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The quotable @ScottMcNealy said: Trying to run a business without awareness of the cyber threat is asking to be fired


By Bob Gourley. The book The Cyber Threat was written to provide business and government executives insight into the nature of the dynamic adversaries attacking our networks.

The Role of the CEO – Driving Corporate Culture

Eric D. Brown

I’m sure there are many definitions of a CEO out there. Plenty of people will say the CEO should be a leader, manager, communicator and facilitator. Other’s might say that the CEO is the person most focused on strategy and the ‘future’ of the business.

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Docker's tremendous upside could upset some enterprises

David Linthicum

Docker gets a lot of attention, but at issue is the lack of downsides to using this container standard. Yes, you read that right: Having few downsides is an issue. Why is that a problem? Because most enterprises have figured out their development approaches and even the platforms they''ll use. Because Docker has few downsides, it''s likely to be used quickly and broadly, throwing a kink in those plans. [ Dig into the the red-hot open source framework in InfoWorld''s beginner''s guide to Docker.

Photo Tour: Iliad’s DC3 Data Center on Paris Outskirts

Data Center Knowledge

Provider scales data center using massive factory-manufactured metal rooms Read More. colocation Europe Featured Hosting

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

Most Violent Cyber Attack Noted To Date: 2008 Pipeline Explosion Caused By Remote Hacking


By Bob Gourley. Reporting by Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley in Bloomberg is shedding new light on a destructive attack against an oil pipeline that caused a massive explosion in Refahiye Turkey in 2008.

Demystifying IT

Eric D. Brown

In a recent “Movers and Shakers” article by Martha Heller titled “ The Power of Metaphor “, Malini Balakrishnan, CIO of Building Materials Holdings Corporation (BMC) claimed that one of the most important roles that a CIO has today is helping the organization uunderstandwhat role the IT group plays.

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Facebook to Deploy TrendPoint Data Center Power Meters

Data Center Knowledge

Meters to integrate with social network’s DCIM software Read More. Facebook Power

Examining New Mission-Focused Capabilities Coming From The Cloudera And Intel Engineering Partnership


By Bob Gourley. The video at this link and embedded below captures the content and dialog of a webinar which examined new capabilities of Cloudera and Intel , with a focus on capabilities that provide a full stack solution to many key enterprise mission needs.

Diagnose Azure Virtual Network VPN connectivity issues with PowerShell

IT Pros Rock!

Azure Virtual Network Gateways provide a great solution for quickly building secure cross-premises network connectivity for a Hybrid Cloud via IPsec site-to-site VPN tunnels. However, VPN tunnels can sometimes be a bit tricky to configure with certain on-premises VPN gateways.

Why The Singapore Stock Exchange Problem Is The CIO’s Fault

The Accidental Successful CIO

Bad things have been happening at the Singapore Stock Exchange Image Credit: Reuters. Stock exchanges are challenging businesses to run. The people who use stock exchanges, stock traders, banks, brokers, etc. move very fast.

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!

Taiwan’s Foxconn Patents Solar-Powered Data Center Container

Data Center Knowledge

Three patents describe two different container cooling systems, power supply system Read More. Asia-Pacific Modular Data Centers

DDN raises the bar as data intensive analytics push storage systems


By Dan Cybulski. It is no secret that today’s data intensive analytics are stressing traditional storage systems. The capacity of individual drives continues to increase while performance sees little change.

TechNet Radio: (Part 16) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Migrating Applications to Microsoft Azure from Hyper-V, VMware, Amazon AWS & Physical Servers

IT Pros Rock!

Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze are back for Part 16 in our “ Build a Hybrid Cloud ” series and in today’s episode they focus on how you can migrate your existing server workloads from Hyper-V, VMware and Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure using the Microsoft Migration Accelerator for Azure tool. [ 6:45 ] You mentioned the “Microsoft Migration Accelerator” … what is that? [ 8:10 ] How does the MMA help with migrating large datasets to the cloud? [ 13:05 ] DEMO: Microsoft Migration Accelerator Read the.(

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How the Internet of Things Can Improve Environmental Sustainability

The Investing Edge

I’m a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and sit on the board of Change is Simple , a non-profit devoted to educating the next generation to become thoughtful and aware of environmental issues and social responsibility.

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

IBM SoftLayer Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

Data Center Knowledge

APIs replace manual cross-connects for hybrid enterprise cloud deployments Read More. Cloud Computing colocation Enterprise Equinix IBM

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FBI Provides An Update On #SonyHack Investigation Including Some Tech Details On Attribution


By Bob Gourley. The FBI just posted the first official written articulation of why they believe North Korea is linked to the ongoing Sony Hack. As someone who has worked with FBI investigators in the past I have to tell you they do not go public like this unless they have evidence. It is true they have been wrong before, and it is a very American trait to be skeptical of government assessments. But this is important context that should inform the dialog for sure.

Six Ways to Define Your Internet of Things Strategy

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Frank Burkitt. By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

2014 Big Data Posts - Self Service BI, Agile Data Management Practices, and Killing Data Landfills

Social, Agile and Transformation

In 2014, many of my posts on BigData were actually about "small" data management practices. Specifically, I hope these posts educated readers that tools of "Data Science 1.0" such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and especially Access can disrupt - even kill - efforts to make organizations become more data driven. In addition to calling out this problem which is something I have been doing for a. agile planning big data cio it management organizational change

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Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

Rackspace Building OpenPOWER-Based Open Compute Server

Data Center Knowledge

With OpenStack cloud architecture and Open Compute server design, firmware is last element of the stack that needs to be opened up Read More. Blades Cloud Computing IBM Rackspace Hosting

Federal Government Signals Interest In Several Key Leading Edge Technologies


By Bob Gourley. One of the federal government’s key procurement arms, the General Services Administration (GSA), has released a survey to the tech community in the form of a request for information asking a few simple questions regarding the experience of their vendor base. Responses are being anonymously submitted but are meant to give insights relevant to future procurements.

The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore Part II

The Investing Edge

In our last blog post , we referenced an IDG study suggesting that in the past two years, the percentage of enterprises with either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud has gone from just 12 percent to an enormous 69 percent. This post will discuss why.

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2014 - The Year the CIO and CMO Partnership Became Mission Critical

Social, Agile and Transformation

I started 2014 with several posts on the CIO / CMO relationship and where IT departments can help with digital marketing initiatives. The main touch point is around data and the technologies that enable CMOs to be more data driven. With so many technology vendors trying to tap into marketing budgets and when most of the key marketing data is is enterprise systems, SaaS products, and other data. big data cio cmo data management organizational change SaaS

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Big Switch SDN Fabric Gets Red Hat OpenStack Certification

Data Center Knowledge

Vendors pitch OpenStack clouds with SDN on bare-metal switches Read More. Cloud Computing Networking

What I Took Away From The Operation Cleaver (#OpCleaver) report


By Bob Gourley. If you track cyber security you have no doubt heard of the recently published report by Cylance titled Operation Cleaver. It has been extensively referenced in the press (including here and here ) and has generated significant dialog among practitioners, pundits and policy wonks including on Twitter with the hashtag #OpCleaver.

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Technology and the Evolving Workforce

Cloud Musings

by Melvin Greer Managing Director Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation According to a Greer Institute Workforce and Talent study, the 2020 workforce is both “the most educated and culturally diverse of any generation” and “notorious job-hoppers who dislike bureaucracy and distrust traditional hierarchies.” Given this, it is crucial for leaders to understand how best to motivate and engage this 2020 workforce and win the war for top talent.

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A CIO’s Christmas List

A CIO's Voice

2014 has been a great year. Things are looking better. Hopefully the momentum will carry into 2015. I have tried to be really good by being the best CIO I can. So Santa, this year, I would like the following: Apple iPhone 6 plus. I have decided bigger is better but I haven’t figured out how to carry it. A development team that can hit the ground running and fix code quickly. An approved IT budget where I don’t have to make drastic cuts and figure out how to do more with so much less.

Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

Five Tips to Advance Your Cloud Career in 2015

Data Center Knowledge

It''s time to get out there and get noticed. The IT industry is hot, and cloud is the hottest thing in IT Read More. Cloud Computing Staffing career cloud jobs

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Game Change: Three Reasons Why #SonyHack Will Change Security


By Anup Ghosh. Editor’s note: As an advisor to Invincea I closely track not only their capabilities but the context they provide the community. Anup Ghosh, CEO of Invincea published well reasoned context on the Sony Hack at the Invincea blog, it is reposted below for your consideration. – bg. Let’s be honest.

Security attacks and countermeasures

Cloud Musings

by Sandra K. Johnson Cyber security is rapidly becoming a significant issue in the C-suite as well as the population at large. The results of Dell’s Global Technology Adoption Index(GTAI) [1] show that security is a top concern for most of the 2000 global small and medium businesses surveyed. The outcomes further noted that such concerns create barriers to the adoption of critical technologies that drive value and growth: mobility, cloud and big data.

Will Docker replace VMware?

Virtualized Greek

Is Docker, and for that matter containers in general full-on competition to VMware and other virtualization platforms? Docker has announced platform level features that include network virtualization and clustering. However, not every workload is suitable for containers. Containers lack much. Cloud Computing Virtualization Docker

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.