Sat.Jan 16, 2016 - Fri.Jan 22, 2016

Now raging: The 3 cloud battles that matter most

David Linthicum

The public cloud wars are over, and three providers have emerged as the powers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google, the trio I call AMG. Yes, IBM, Oracle, and HP Enterprise remain in the game, but they're not really players. As a cloud consultant, I don't see them in deals any more, and I suspect that they can't keep up with AMG's massive spending on R&D and marketing. So now what? The big war for the public cloud may be over, but several cloud markets will be active battlegrounds.

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Comprehending Machine Intelligence: Research and Graphic by Shivon Zilis


Bob Gourley. Shivon Zilis is an investor at Bloomberg Beta , a very interesting early stage venture capital fund. I knew I would like Bloomberg Beta when I saw how they do their website. It is smart and reflects very well on their leadership team: They decided to leverage GitHub for their site.

Data Center Documentary Explores Places Where Cloud Lives

Data Center Knowledge

Artist who explores internet infrastructure releases trailer for his latest work Read More. Popular

Foto Friday – Johns Lake, Glacier National Park

Eric D. Brown

A photo taken at Johns Lake in Glacier National Park. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Sigma 8-16mm handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio.


An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

The cloud is a bargain, but it's not cheap

David Linthicum

According to findings from Tariff Consultancy, the average cloud computing price for enterprises has dropped by two-thirds since 2014. Tariff found that an average entry-level cloud computing instance is currently valued at 12 cents per hour for Windows users, with cloud services now employed by enterprises across a range of crucial applications. The cost of the public cloud appears to have stabilized.

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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of January 15th

Data Center Knowledge

Here are some of the most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge this week Read More.

Perfect Takes Work

Eric D. Brown

Every so often I run across a story that leaves me in awe. A story out of Scotland about a photography who has spent years trying to make the ‘perfect’ picture is one of those stories.

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How A Gold Mine CIO Is Preparing For The Internet Of Things

The Accidental Successful CIO

Even gold mines need an IT infrastructure Image Credit: Nicolas Emmanuel-Emile. As the person with the CIO job, you have a challenging job.

Now Every Home Can Have A Security Robot


Michael Johnson. The video at this link is an overview of the iCam Pro by Amaryllo. There are many other security cameras on the market, and increasingly they are connected to the Internet and controllable by your smartphone.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Switch Data Center in Michigan to Run on Renewable Energy

Data Center Knowledge

Service provider and utility in talks about new renewable energy generation project in state Read More. Chicago Colocation Power Site Selection Switch SuperNAPs

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Why Is Enterprise IT Continually Reorganizing?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

It's become an obligatory part of most enterprise IT conversations I have -- what's the latest org structure? I joke that most enterprise IT shops are always in one of three states: (1) in the middle of a reorg, (2) getting over the last reorg, and (3) preparing for the next big reorganization.

Who’s in Charge of Digital?

CIO Dashboard

Only 6% of companies have appointed a Chief Digital Officer to chart a course for digital transformation, according to PwC’s 2015 Chief Digital Officer Study. The problem isn’t the lack of CDOs, but the scarcity of digital leadership.

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The Future Is Here: Video review of 10 very innovative technologies


Michael Johnson. This short clip reviews ten technologies that are innovative and amazing, including: Sunscreen Pill. Self-Fitting Clothes. Universal Translators. Mind Controlled Appliances. Portable Healing Laser. Motor Neuroprosthetics. Permanent Artificial Organs. Personal Nanofactory.

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

JP Morgan: Data Center REIT Stocks Undervalued

Data Center Knowledge

Analysts expect faster earnings growth to help close valuation gap with wireless tower firms, traditional REITs Read More. Colocation Featured Investing

Installing Microsoft Updates in the Build Post-OS

Mick's IT Blog

There are updates that have to be installed after the OS has been installed.Net Framework is an example. When I am building a reference image, I cannot inject the updates as packages to.Net Framework as it is not installed until after the OS has been installed.

Step-By-Step: Adding an Azure Subscription as an Endpoint in Visual Studio Team Services


Understanding the configuration of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is not without it's challenges. One of the prerequisites required is the inclusion of an Azure Subscription which has been noted by some attending one of the various Microsoft DevOps.( read more ).

How Data Journalism is Impacting the Industry


Rick Delgado. Though it may not be obvious to the average person, the journalism industry is undergoing a transformative change, one that could very well revolutionize the business in exciting ways. Many people are already somewhat familiar with the concept of big data, and while analytics is mostly applied to the business world, its impact on journalistic practices cannot be understated. Data has, of course, always been a part of journalism, especially when it came to in-depth reporting.

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

Top Five Data Center and Cloud Considerations for 2016

Data Center Knowledge

Here are the biggest trends and considerations going into 2016 around cloud, your data center, and new IT strategies Read More. Cloud Computing Convergence Featured Networking Virtualization cloud data center

Configuring Dell BIOS Before the Image is Laid Down

Mick's IT Blog

In 2014, I published this blog entry that configured the BIOS during a build process. It used the Dell Command | Configure utility. At the time, I was in a squeeze to get the new build created along with getting all new GPOs and upgrading to a new document management system at the same time.

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The Multitude of IT Dexterity

Future of CIO

Learn the business; be the business and become the business. Digital makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people, culture to process and capability both horizontally and vertically.

Fed Tech Roundup January 18


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (from and ): Fed Tech Ticker. California natural gas leak just one of thousands across country - PBS NewsHour. When Detection is Response by Another Name: The EDR Market Category. Tech seeks green light for self-driving cars - The Hill. Why Is The Government Investing in Self-Driving Cars? Newsweek. Department of Defense Awards $200 Million Contract to ManTech.

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Nine Main Challenges in Big Data Security

Data Center Knowledge

Of particular concern is the supposition that legitimate cloud file hosting services such as Dropbox, Box, and Stream Nation, are at risk of being used as control servers in upcoming cyber espionage campaigns. Read More. Industry Perspectives

Step-By-Step: Downgrading A Windows Server Domain and Forest Functional Level


Once upon a time, it was not possible to downgrade Windows Server forest and domain functional levels once upgraded. Enter Windows Server 2012 R2 and it's Active Directory enhancements, as detailed by the video below, backed by PowerShell automation.( read more ).

Three Trends in Digital Leadership

Future of CIO

The digital leaders win with purpose and fight for the better world. More and more organizations are heading to the digital journey, it takes digital leadership to encompass the right direction, empower the right talent and enable the long-term transformation.

Fed Tech Roundup January 22


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (from and ): Fed Tech Ticker. Hyperloop Race Picks Up Speed - Wall Street Journal. VA chief lays out 2016 priorities, including IT improvements - Five Things New State Privacy Bills Could Teach Congress - WIRED. Rogers: Cyber Command capabilities at 'tipping point' - California to test taxing drivers by the mile - The Hill.

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.