Sat.Nov 14, 2015 - Fri.Nov 20, 2015

Stats are wrong: The public cloud is already the norm

David Linthicum

It's no longer new or odd for enterprises to use the cloud. The cloud is now a reliable workhorse, and it brings a great deal of value to the business. A recent Verizon report shows what everyone already knows: Use of the cloud is no longer new or specialized; it's become a solid part of our IT arsenal that most enterprises have already established as a core resource. From Amazon to Azure, InfoWorld puts IaaS clouds to the test to find out which is best for you.

The Megatrend of Artificial Intelligence: An update for technology decision-makers


There are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for C loud Computing, A rtificial Intelligence, M obility, B ig Data, R obotics, I nternet of Things, C yberSecurity.

America’s Supercomputer Might Continues Shrinking

Data Center Knowledge

… while China’s continues growing Read More. Featured HPC


Hybrid IT Governance: Automation is Key

Cloud Musings

As cloud computing continues to grow in importance, enterprises are now facing a new realization.

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.

No, containers are not the future of the cloud

David Linthicum

I'm speaking at the New Structure Conference in San Francisco this week, and the common themes are the cloud and containers -- often interwined. The sense is that containers are exploding in use, with Docker , CoreOS , and Mesos becoming the new rock stars of cloud computing. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Vapor IO Wants to Bring Server Management Tools Out of the 90s

Data Center Knowledge

Launches open source hardware management interface into general availability Read More. Blades Featured Management

Is Embedding IT Staff The New Way For CIO’s To Organize IT?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Placing IT staff in other departments is a new IT trend Image Credit: VIA Gallery. The person with the CIO job understands that the because of the importance of information technology, the role of the IT department is to support the rest of the company.

What Atlassian's Success Teaches us on Agile Business Fundamentals

Social, Agile and Transformation

Is anyone surprised that a SaaS company that provides agile project management tools to software developers, marketers, and enterprises is about to IPO at a $3.3 Billion valuation on revenues of $320M? I'm talking about Atlassian of course and if you've been leading agile practices you know them for their tools like Jira and Confluence that help teams manage agile programs and collaborate. agile data agile planning agile software development digital transformation in the news SaaS

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CTOvision Readers Authorized Free Access to Udemy’s V-Ray Course


Autodesk 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio Max) is a professional 3D computer graphics program for making 3D animations, models, games and images. It has a very powerful and extensible plugin architecture and is used by many video game developers, TV studios, animation shops and architectural firms.

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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.

Telecity Data Center Outage in London Dings Cloud, Internet Exchange

Data Center Knowledge

AWS Direct Connect users see packet loss, LINX infrastructure affected Read More. Colocation Downtime Europe London Power Telecity

Bimodal IT: The Good and Bad

CIO Dashboard

I recently had the pleasure of appearing on CXOTalk with Michael Krigsman to discuss PwC’s Digital IQ survey. Michael asked me about a concept catching fire in the IT community called “bimodal” or “two-speed” IT.

(Part 25) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - SQL High Availability in Azure with SQL Server FCI clusters and Azure Files

IT Pros Rock!

We’ve part 25 in our ongoing " Build Your Hybrid Cloud " series and in today’s episode Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze show us how to implement SQL High Availability in Azure with SQL Server FCI clusters and Azure Files. [ 2:11 ] SQL High Availability in Azure overview [ 7:13 ] DEMO: How to configure Azure files with SQL Server FCI clusters __ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these FREE downloads! Build Your Lab! Download Windows Server 2012 R2 , System.( read more ).

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A Sea Change in Europe Leaves No Shelter in the Harbor


Editor's note: we asked Toby Duthie and Lukas Bartusevicius of Forensic Risk Alliance to provide context on the dynamics underway in the European Union now that a court has declared Safe Harbor invalid. Their context is below. - Introduction.

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.

Facebook’s DCIM Vendor CA Quits DCIM Software Market

Data Center Knowledge

Says investing in vertically integrated solution not the best use of its resources Read More. DCIM News Featured

Are companies on the wrong path where smart plant security is concerned?

Computerworld Vertical IT

As the number of smart plants that use M2M, sensors, and other ICT continue to rise, so too does the lure for attackers. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here (Insider Story

Step-By-Step: Configuring Azure Active Directory, SSO and SaaS


Over the last several weeks I have been working with the Canadian Microsoft Partners to help them learn about Azure and grow their Azure practice. One of the features that garners a lot of attention is using Azure Active Directory to provide single.( read more ).

Bright Computing’s Management Solution for VAI


Bright Computing has just announced that it has provided Van Andel Institute (VAI) with high-performance systems management software that lets them implement HPC cluster infrastructure in a private hybrid cloud. VAI is an independent biomedical research and science education organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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.

IIX Raises $26M from Silicon Valley’s VC Heavyweights

Data Center Knowledge

Formation 8, AME, NEA, Andy Bechtolsheim invest in data center interconnection startup Read More. Cloud Computing Connectivity Networking Peering SaaS

The NVMe Place (Non Volatile Memory Express)

Storage IO Blog

Welcome to the NVM Express (NVMe) place containing various links and content on you guessed it, NVMe, which is a companion to The SSD Place, which has a broader Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) focus including flash among other SSD topics. NVMe is a new server storage I/O access method and protocol for fast access to NVM based storage and memory technologies.

Automating Microsoft Endpoint Full System Scan upon Infection

Mick's IT Blog

While helping to manage Microsoft Endpoint, a former colleague suggested that I setup Endpoint to automatically run a full system scan each time an infection is detected. I googled the blog posting on it and although it is a great post, I figured I could streamline it even more by just using SCCM alone to achieve the same outcome. It is nice when you are out of the office and your backup might not have the time to keep an eye on the antivirus infections.

Fed Tech Roundup November 17


The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (from and ): Fed Tech Ticker. Mitre Unveils $100,000 Contest to Seek Detection Systems for Unauthorized Drones. Data Breach Prevention Series: Weaponized Documents are Dominant Malware Delivery Vector. Sonya Jain: Expanding eGlobalTech’s Client Reach Through Key Contract Wins. FTC Scrutinizes Cross-Device Tracking, Possible Privacy Issues - InformationWeek.

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.

Anyone Can Now Build Facebook’s Data Center Switch

Data Center Knowledge

Social network open sources Wedge design through Open Compute Project Read More. Facebook Networking

Cirba – Virtualization Field Day 6 Preview

Virtualized Greek

Next up in my previews to Virtualization Field Day 6 (VFD6) is Cirba. There’s already a good amount of introduction content out from other VFD6 delegates for Cirba. Cirba is a veteran of Tech Field Day. They made an appearance. Blog Posts VFD6

Three Questions to Assess a Person’s Profundity

Future of CIO

A profound mind is like a big ocean, deep, but also open. At today’s “VUCA” digital dynamic, businesses become over-complex and hyper-competitive, the leadership bar has been raised, and employee professionalism is part of your business brand.

Fed Tech Roundup November 16


The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (from and ): Fed Tech Ticker. Paul Meyer Joins Seabury Group as EVP; Charles Davis Comments. Pete Sandlin, Mario Suarez Named to Director Roles at HumanTouch DoD Business; Moe Jafari Comments. What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years - TechCrunch. Retailers' Earnings, the Star Wars Battlefront Video Game and 2 Technology IPOs - New York Times.

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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.