Sat.Dec 14, 2013 - Fri.Dec 20, 2013

3 surefire ways to screw up a cloud deployment

David Linthicum

There are cloud projects that tank, and those that fail on to an epic degree. The causes can usually be traced back to simple issues that are easily corrected. Unfortunately, cloud success stories are not as common as they should be. To help change that balance, address these cloud issues to increase your odds of success. read more. Cloud Computing IT Management Cloud computing

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The Year in Downtime: The Top 10 Outages of 2013

Data Center Knowledge

There were wide range of causes for data center downtime in 2013. The year''s major outages covered the spectrum, affecting clouds, companies, payment networks and governments at the federal, state and local level. Here’s our list of the Top 10 outages of 2013. Featured

SiliconANGLE: Great Way To Bring Silicon Valley To Your Enterprise


By Bob Gourley If you love learning about technology this is a great time to be alive. There is so much out there worth learning. And there are so many free and open information sources. The only problem is picking your information sources.

You are doing big data, but do you have the storage space for it?

Eric D. Brown

Big data is everywhere these days. Everyone’s talking about using data to make better decisions. According to most, big data is the answer to everything (although I’ve argued that big data isn’t the answer ).

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.

Good riddance! 25 percent of IaaS providers will be gone in a year

David Linthicum

"Cloud adopters face serious risk in the next two years because of the strong possibility that their provider will be acquired or forced out of business, according to Gartner," says this Computerworld story. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard IaaS Technology Business

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Predictions for 2014 and the December 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

IT Pros Rock!

Today we’re publishing the December 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. We answered 17 questions in total, with the majority of questions focusing on the Graphics Component bulletin ( MS13-096 ), Security Advisory 2915720 and Security Advisory 2905247.

NSA and 60 Minutes: If You Want To Know The Culture of NSA This May Be Your Best Source


By Bob Gourley If you are a national security professional we most highly recommend pausing to watch the video at this link and embedded below. It is the video of a 60 minutes examination of NSA which includes interviews of General Alexander, Rick Ledgett and several NSA analysts.

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Blame a bad cloud deployment on the CIO, not the provider

David Linthicum

Good CIOs don''t blame vendors for their problems. After all, they''re the ones who validate the technology, build the larger plan, and understand the market forces. When failures occur, these CIOs look at their own organizations. Cloud computing brought to light a lot more technologies for IT to complain about. In some cases, CIOs now in production with cloud platforms are finding that their expectations aren''t being met. read more. Cloud Computing Cloud computing

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The Year in Downtime: The Top 10 Outages of 2013

Data Center Knowledge

There were wide range of causes for data center downtime in 2013. The year''s major outages covered the spectrum, affecting clouds, companies, payment networks and governments at the federal, state and local level. Here’s our list of the Top 10 outages of 2013. 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.

Citizen Opinion - What Influences It?

CIO Musings

I just finished a graduate degree in public leadership from Virginia State University. My research for the degree focused on the opportunity to improve citizen satisfaction with local government by leveraging the trends of social media and the internet.

Three Minute Video from @LockheedMartin Highlights Current and Future Robots and DARPA Robotics Challenge


By Bob Gourley The video embedded below and at this link provides a three minute overview of some current and future robots. It is short and exciting and well worth three minutes of your time: From the video description: Robots are coming of age.

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Foto Friday – Junco on the Ground

Eric D. Brown

I captured this Junco last week after the ice hit Dallas. Captured with Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


Currency Miners Cause Spot Shortages of Dedicated Servers

Data Center Knowledge

A number of dedicated hosting providers are running short of servers to lease, and attributing the shortages to heavy buying by customers mining for digital currencies. Surge buying by Primecoin miners has tested the capacity of at least one cloud provider, but others see opportunity.

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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.

NRRC Video Series - Video 7 : Dave Boulos Demonstrates Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Management

Cloud Musings

In September, the NCOIC delivered the Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) demonstration.

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Security News: @Invincea Raises $16 Million in C-Series Funding Led by Aeris Capital and Dell Ventures


By Bob Gourley Announces Acquisition of Sandboxie to Expand Global Reach, Small Business Footprint and Consolidate the Two Leading Brands in Burgeoning Virtualized Containment Solutions Market. FAIRFAX, VA–(Marketwired – Dec 16, 2013) – Invincea, Inc.,

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CIOs Need To Be On The Lookout For Proprietary Solutions Disguised As Standards

The Accidental Successful CIO

Not all standards are what they appear to be Image Credit. As the person with the CIO job, you are always on the lookout for ways to simplify what the IT department is doing in order to boost the importance of information technology for your company.

The Role of Robotics in Data Center Automation

Data Center Knowledge

Robotics will never replace the need for unique human interaction within the data center. But robotics may help automate repetitive tasks, freeing up professionals to do bigger and better things, and thus boosting increase productivity. Featured data center automation robotics

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.

Step-by-Step: Offline VM Template Servicing in Hyper-V - Part 2 - Downloading Windows Updates via PowerShell

IT Pros Rock!

Earlier this month, I published an article here on using PowerShell to perform offline servicing of Windows Updates for a set of VM templates.

Learn The Fundamentals of The @Pentaho Approach With A Three Minute Architecture Overview


Tapping into the Maker Movement

CIO Dashboard

When you hear the word innovation, what’s the first thing you think of? For me, it’s probably the Media Lab at MIT.

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Dec. 14

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: Google brings Asia-Pac capacity online, Gartner sees $1 billion market for DCIM, Chef raises $32 million, cloud providers embrace flash, and Verizon buys a CDN. Featured

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.

Top Local Apps - Get Ready To Rumble with Battle Bears Gold for Windows 8

IT Pros Rock!

Battle Bears Gold is a new first-person shooter game app, and it’s now available free for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices.

Four Attributes of Openness in Modern Communications


By Prayson Pate Openness is one of the most-cited advantages of cloud-based applications, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In this context, what does open really mean?

Is VMware a one hit wonder?

Virtualized Greek

In my opinion, VMware is much too dependent on their vSphere product suite. This isn’t an analysis of VMware’s sales or market share.

Fusion-io Scales ioTurbine for Enterprise Caching

Data Center Knowledge

Fusion-io (FIO) announced the release of an ioTurbine caching software update that enhances performance and manageability for large-scale enterprise environments. Storage fusion-io FIO

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.