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

IT Pros Rock!

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.

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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Foto Friday – Garden of the Gods

Eric D. Brown

This is capture of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Taken immediately after a rain storm had passed through. Captured with Canon 7D and Canon 17-40 L. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

IT Pros Rock!

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?

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

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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

Lessons from NG-3-1-1 for NG-9-1-1

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

When you are in a life-threatening emergency – a serious car accident or having a heart attack or your house is on fire – what do you do? You call 9-1-1, of course.

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.

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.