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. Featured Cisco Cloud Computing edge networking edge services fog computing streaming WAN

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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.

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.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

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. They arranged to inspect it immediately after it appeared on the page and bought it the next day, before the for-sale sign had been put up in the yard.

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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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

Guided Hands-On Lab: Protect Your Private Clouds with Orchestrated Site-to-Site Failover via Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager

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. Be sure to get the full details in Brad''s article, and then come back here to walk through the process of configuring HRM in this Guided Hands-On Lab.

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

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. Lucy Turnbull, chair of Committee of Sydney, notes in her opening comments that: Cities are collaborating to compete and the ones that collaborate most compete best. The paper focuses on the challenges and opportunities for Sydney, with the summary recommendations at the bottom of this post.

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. It’s no surprise, then, that Verivo is considered an emerging enterprise mobility leader. Verivo helps businesses simplify the complexities associated with building, securing, and managing enterprise mobile apps.

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

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. Be sure to get the full details in Brad''s article, and then come back here to walk through the process of configuring HRM in the Guided Hands-On Lab in this article. Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan.

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

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. If you were to create a list of the buzz words that are filtering through the world of IT right now, “noSQL” would have to be at the top of your list when you are talking about the importance of information technology. CIOs everywhere have decided that they’ve had enough of traditional databases and the high vendor fees that come with them.

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? What customer sizes should I pursue in what markets? Does market geography matter? How and when should I expand my services offers? Continued on ]. DaaS Business Models Hosting Virtualization VDI

Enterprise-Class Support for Converged Environments

Data Center Knowledge

Converged solutions can help CIOs rapidly deliver IT services, maximize data center efficiency, and strengthen IT service quality, writes Doug Schmitt.What are the best practices for moving to a converged solution? Industry Perspectives

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

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATE: Cloud Spectator recently released an independent study using standard Unixbench testing - Comparative IaaS Report: Analysis of 5 Large IaaS Providers - that concluded the following verbatim results regarding Windows Azure Infrastructure Services : "On average, the highest-performance provider over the test period is Windows Azure , and the lowest performance provider is Amazon EC2.". The difference in performance: Windows Azure scores 3 times higher than Amazon EC2 on average".

Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

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.

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.

Steve Ballmer to Retire As Microsoft CEO

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, after a special committee of the company''s board names a new CEO. Microsoft

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. Ignore these truths, and … well … let’s not even think about those possibilities! In this article, we''ll discuss Cluster Aware Updating (CAU) as an included core feature ( FREE! )

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Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

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




How to get into Virtualization – VirtualizedGeek Tech Talk 24

Virtualized Greek

I get the question on how to get starting in virtualization. I try to tackle the question in this episode of Tech Talk. I’m sure it will spawn more questions than answers but, that’s good. TechTalks Virtualization

Hybrid is Here – The Convergence of Data Center, Hosting and Cloud

Data Center Knowledge

Many organizations feel that if they want to go global, they have to use cloud comput­ing. This white paper from Latisys outlines the solutions typically offered by a modern Infrastruc­ture-as-a-Service provider and offers guidance on where your organization can benefit the most. Cloud Computing Data Center Design Latisys White Papers converged data center hybrid services

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. My fellow Technical Evangelists and I have authored a content series that steps through building your very own Private Cloud by leveraging Windows Server 2012 , our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 , Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ( IaaS ) and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.

Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

What's New: Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server.



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. agency leadership, “continually improve program performance by applying. existing evidence about what works generating new knowledge and using. experimentation and innovation to test new approaches to program.

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. Bill Kleyman looks at four major issues that must be addressed by many data center and IT managers: Cloud Computing Virtualization cloud considerations private cloud Public cloud SAN sizing WAN

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.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!