Sat.Aug 17, 2013 - Fri.Aug 23, 2013

Google's cloud encryption is good for PR -- and users, too

David Linthicum

Google will, by default, encrypt data warehoused in its Cloud Storage service, the IDG News Service reports. The server-side encryption is now active for all new data written to Cloud Storage, and older data will be encrypted in the coming months," wrote Google product manager Dave Barth in a blog post. You can even hold your own encryption keys. read more. Cloud Computing Security The Industry Standard Google Cloud Storage Data Security Encryption

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Welcome to Fog Computing: Extending the Cloud to the Edge

Data Center Knowledge

There''s a new buzz word in distributed computing - Fog Computing. The idea of fog computing is to distribute data to move it closer to the end-user to eliminate latency and numerous hops, and support mobile computing and data streaming.

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Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

IT Pros Rock!

Our FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription offer provides a tremendous opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the cloud – it provides up to 30 Days or $200 USD of “cloud credit” to use as you see fit for building new cloud-based lab solutions involving Cloud Storage, Virtual Networks and Virtual Machines.

Big Data – Construct or Reality?

Eric D. Brown

Before we get started – a definition of “construct” is needed. Taking a page from my years in quantitative research, I submit this definition ( based on this definition ): A construct is a mental abstraction used to express an idea, object or any other ‘item’ (could be people, organizations, etc.). It’s a way of bringing theory into the ‘real’ world and attempting to explain it using other real-world examples.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

If IBM cloud-washed its earnings results, it's likely not alone

David Linthicum

I hate cloud-washing, the practice of repositioning traditional technology so that it''s sold as cloud computing technology. In many cases, this is done by large companies that initially pushed back hard against cloud computing, to the point that they would not allow me to mention the "C word" when speaking at their conferences years back. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard IBM Cloud computing Technology Business

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IO Conducts PUE Faceoff: Modular vs. Raised Floor

Data Center Knowledge

Which delivers the best energy efficiency: raised-floor space or a modular data center? It''s a hard question to answer in a satisfying fashion without comparing apples and oranges. IO has compared the PUE performance of both models within a single facility. Green Data Centers IO

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The immense social media opportunity for real estate

Trends in the Living Networks

The Weekend Australian last Saturday had an interesting article titled Facebook shakes up house hunt (subscription may be required). It described how a couple had bought their dream home after finding it on the Facebook page of a real estate agent.

Q&A with Verivo’s Steve Levy

The Investing Edge

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Verivo CEO Steve Levy for 5 years. Steve is a sharp executive and has consistently built his businesses through creating new revenue models, extending product offerings, and identifying new market opportunities.

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Digital Realty Launching Open Internet Exchange Initiative

Data Center Knowledge

Data center developer Digital Realty Trust is seeking to create a global open-interconnect environment that it says will provide more cost-effective exchange options. Featured

VMware or Microsoft? Protect Private Clouds with Site-to-Site Failover using Hyper-V Replica and Windows Azure HRM

IT Pros Rock!

On Friday, Brad Anderson , CVP for Windows Server and System Center, announced Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) as a Cloud-integrated Disaster Recovery solution on his In the Cloud blog.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Metropolitan IQ and Urban metabolism: Great case studies of innovative, collaborative cities

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I went to the launch of an excellent issues paper created by The Committee for Sydney , titled #wethecity: Collaborating to Compete in the Digital Era.

Why NoSQL Is The Wrong Choice For A CIO — Sometimes

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs need to realize that not every data problem can be solved by noSQL Image Credit.

Morphlabs Raises $10 Million to Boost OpenStack in AsiaPac

Data Center Knowledge

Morphlabs'' $10 million Series D round brings total funding to $22.5 million. The company will use the funding to continue its push of OpenStack in AsiaPac. Cloud Computing

Build Your Cloud - Migrating Cloud VMs from Amazon AWS to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

IT Pros Rock!

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Links for August 18 2013

Eric D. Brown

Unicorn, Shmunicorn: Be a Pegasus | UX Magazine. Quote : But who better to take on the product challenges of the future than cream-of-the-crop UX professionals? No one is closer to the intersection of people’s goals and a company’s products than the designers sweating over every detail of the user experience, day in and day out. Rather than re-inventing yourself as a part-time, mediocre coder, consider aiming your trajectory squarely at these product leadership positions.

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Service Definition for Hosted Desktops – Where to Begin


Managed service providers know they want to offer exemplary customer-focused hosted services including apps and hosted desktops. But these firms (players ranging from niche players to global Telcos) also all struggle with the same questions: What are the right services to lead with?

4 Key Cloud Considerations For Data Center Managers

Data Center Knowledge

With the evolution of the cloud platform, it''s a good time to look at a few considerations when working with the modern cloud.

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VMware or Microsoft? FREE Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuous Availability with Hyper-V Server 2012

IT Pros Rock!

If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management. Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable, manageable datacenter environment.

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

8 hours vs 8 hours Plus – When Is Enough Enough?

A CIO's Voice

How much is enough? Are you productive during your 8 hours? Some organizations expect you to put in more than 8 hours. Not really for anything else but to show your dedication to working 12 plus hours each day. While there are times when one might put in such long days (i.e. after hours maintenance or systems upgrades), I subscribe to the philosophy that if you cannot complete your task or make progress to complete your task then you are doing something wrong.

OMB's Evidence Memo: A Call for Cloud Services Brokerage

Cloud Musings

by Ray Holloman and Kevin Jackson. In a late July memo the Office of Management and Budget requested cloud services brokerage. Well, not in so many words. Rather, OMB requested increased use of evidence in 2015 budget. proposals and in evaluation of existing programs to, in the words of.

New Programs Emerge to Train Big Data Scientists

Data Center Knowledge

As big data gains traction in business, stakeholders like major universities and corporations are investing in programs and facilities to train the next generation of Big Data Scientists. Big Data Staffing kaggle

August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

IT Pros Rock!

Today we’re publishing the August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. We fielded 13 questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Exchange Server ( MS13-061 ) and Windows Kernel ( MS13-063 ). There were 3 additional questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer on air, and we have also answered those on the Q&A page.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

Learning NVP, Part 3: NVP Manager

Scott Lowe

Welcome to part 3 of the Learning NVP blog series. In part 1 , I provide an overview of the high-level architecture of NVP and discussed the role of the components in broad terms.

PowerShell: Find out who is logged on and logged off

Mick's IT Blog

Being an SCCM administrator, I often have to log into machines to see if a deployment went ok. Trying to login to machines and getting the message that someone is already logged in gets tiring. Ed Wilson originally wrote a script to tell you whether a user was logged onto a machine or not. I took his script, compacted it and made it more presentable. This script will read from a text file named Computers.txt located in the same directory as the script.

Cleversafe Raises $55 Million For Storage Disruption at Petabyte Scale

Data Center Knowledge

Cleversafe believes its ahead of the innovation curve when it comes to storage technology. It now has $55 million to help it tread forward. The oversubscribed Series D round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from all major existing investors as well as new investor, New.

Step-by-Step: Build Your Private Cloud with System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V and Windows Azure

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATED: Added new Module 15 for Private Cloud Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance.

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.

Back-to-the-Future Weekend Reading - Distributed GraphLab: A Framework for Machine Learning and Data Mining in the Cloud

All Things Distributed

The intense travels around the world in the spring have kept me from keeping up on the historical reading that I would like to do, as such there have not been that many suggesting for the back-to-basics reading list.

Step-By-Step: Creating a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability.




Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of August 17

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: Rackspace has 99,000 servers, CloudPhysics raises $10 million for big data analytics,10 cloud vendors to vie for Department of Interior mega-contract. Featured

Step-by-Step: Build Your Private Cloud with System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V and Windows Azure

IT Pros Rock!

August 23rd - UPDATED: Added new topic in Module 3 - Deploy & Upgrade. How to Install a Highly Available SCVMM Management Server by Thomas Maurer, MVP. August 20th - UPDATED: Added new module. Module 15 - Private Cloud Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.