Sat.Aug 10, 2013 - Fri.Aug 16, 2013

3 common mistakes in cloud migrations -- and how to avoid them

David Linthicum

There are companies that succeed with cloud computing strategies and first-generation implementations. They typically have a few core characteristics, including the willingness to spend the necessary time for planning, the use of their best and the brightest, and being unafraid to make mistakes. The proper use of cloud computing technology is not something you can find in a book.

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Rackspace Adding 50 Servers Per Day

Data Center Knowledge

The growth is back at Rackspace Hosting. The cloud computing specialist added 4,762 physical servers in the second quarter of 2013, an average of 52 servers per day. Featured

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VMware or Microsoft? Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

IT Pros Rock!

Do you need to migrate to Hyper-V to gain significant benefits in your datacenter from Windows Server 2012? Not necessarily! Windows Server 2012 can provide key advantages in one of the areas that is near-and-dear to every VMware administrator''s budget: Storage!

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Advancing Genomics Through Big Data Studies: An Interview with Dr. Mark Guyer of NIH


By Bob Gourley Genomics is a critically important discipline in contemporary biomedical research that takes a comprehensive approach to determining and understanding the structure and function of DNA to advance our understanding of life and our ability to make lives better for all.

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.

Serious action is needed to undo NSA's damage to U.S. cloud providers

David Linthicum

President Barack Obama said last week that the NSA electronic spying scandal gave the world the wrong impression about U.S. data surveillance programs. In response, he defined a plan to correct what the government considers to be a PR issue. As a result, we might see more transparency around the court orders that allow the surveillance and even an oversight committee to monitor approaches to surveillance. read more.

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64 Days and Counting - Get ready for Windows 8.1!

IT Pros Rock!

Today, Blogging Windows announced that the final release of Windows 8.1 will be available on October 18th! Windows 8.1 will be available, beginning October 18th as a free update to customers running Windows 8 via the Windows Store. In addition, Windows 8.1

The Wireless Attack Toolkit


By BryanHalfpap Wireless security is all about implementation. The vendors implementation of the stack, the implementation of the security protocol standards in your OS that you have deployed to your users, the ways that the radios work, and the settings you’ve chosen for your network.

Next B2B IT Forum – Data Analytics: Making It Real

The Investing Edge

We’ve long been excited at Ascent about the tremendous potential gains from the analysis of data and the complex business problems it can solve. And now I believe we’ve reached the point that organizations need to begin the shift toward data-driven decision making that can move the needle.

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Outages for New York Times, Microsoft Cloud Services

Data Center Knowledge

If you were trying to use to email a link to a story about events in Egypt, it''s not been a good day. Both Microsoft and the New York Times have been trouble shooting service problems. Downtime

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.

Leaving Las Vegas and the August 2013 security updates

IT Pros Rock!

Two weeks ago I, along with 7,500 of my closest friends, attended the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, NV. I can’t speak for everyone, but I certainly had a great – if not exhausting – time while there.

Bogons: Do not let them in or through your networks


By Bob Gourley Vogon’s are not bogons, but look like them. With this post we will dive a bit deeper into bogosity in networks, paying particular attention to the fundamental element of bogosity, the Bogon.

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BlackBerry -- I Knew You Well

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Today marks a bittersweet day for many of us who have formed deep personal relationships with our gadgets -- the announcement by Blackberry, Inc. that it is once again exploring "strategic alternatives" -- which is usually a euphemism for selling off all or part of the company.

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Skyera Launches New Enterprise Flash Array

Data Center Knowledge

Enterprise solid-state storage system provider Skyera boosts capacity and performance 10 times over its previous generation Enterprise Storage array, and forms strategic partnerships with Toshiba and SK hynix. Storage flash memory sk hynix skyera toshiba

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.

Foto Friday – Mule Deer eating

Eric D. Brown

Captured this Mule Deer eating at sunset in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs CO. Using a Canon 7D with a Canon 300mm f/4 IS handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


CTOlabs publishes White Paper on Empowering Analysts With Big Data


By Bob Gourley, a subsidiary of the technology research, consulting and services firm Crucial Point LLC and a peer site of , has just announced a white paper titled “ Empowering Analysts with Big Data.”

CIOs Start To Deal With The Problem Of Big Data Backup

The Accidental Successful CIO

It’s How The CIO puts the pieces together that makes big data valuable Image Credit. The era of big data has arrived. CIOs everywhere are swimming in a sea of data and only now are they starting to get the tools that will allow them to make sense of what they have.

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Quantum Object Storage Testing Lab Debuts At SuperNAP

Data Center Knowledge

Hoping to help customers conduct cloud-based proof of concept trials for object storage, Quantum (QTM) launched a new Lattus Demo Lab, located inside Switch SuperNAP data centers. Storage Switch SuperNAPs object storage quantum QTM

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.

Links for August 11 2013

Eric D. Brown

Open Innovation: The Heart of Small Business | Free Enterprise. Quote : The small business often has the advantage of proximity to their customers, but this proximity also means that it may be difficult to "see the wood for the trees" Yet thanks to new social, mobile and connected technologies, there is much a small business can do to identify new areas of value in their products and services.

Fed Forum 2013 Videos and Briefings Posted


By Bob Gourley One of the challenges in very popular events like the FedForum is the breakout sessions are all worth attending but you can’t be in more than one place at the same time. Fortunately much of the content from these sessions has been captured.

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Windows Azure Datacenter IP Ranges

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATED: Updated to reflect new IP Address Ranges introduced in July 2013. Do you need to setup your firewall to communicate with the Windows Azure datacenters for the virtual machines and applications that you are building?

Closer Look: The Argonne MIRA Supercomputer

Data Center Knowledge

Argonne National Laboratory recently held a ceremony to commission its new supercomputer, known as MIRA, which is currently the world''s fifth-most powerful supercomputer. This video provides a closer look at MIRA and its infrastructure. Data Center Videos HPC

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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.

Liftoff Tips for a Social Media Program

CIO Musings

I frequently talk to customers, both internal and external, about how to get started with social media. These three things always come up in these conversations. There are a hundred other details that people talk about (need for a policy, how to measure effectiveness, how to get 1M followers, etc).

What’s Trending For Hackers?


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Making Mobile App Development Easier with Cross Platform Mobile Push

All Things Distributed

This year as I hosted AWS Summits in 12 different cities around the world, I met thousands of developers who are building powerful new applications for smartphones, tablets and other connected devices, all running mobile cloud backends on AWS.

Interior Department Picks 10 Combatants for $10 Billion Cloud Bakeoff

Data Center Knowledge

The U.S. Department of the Interior has tapped 10 companies to compete for a series of cloud computing projects that could involve a total investment of up to $10 billion. The agency has structured the deal as a rolling bakeoff between 10 systems integrators who will compete for each phase of the.

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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.