Sat.Nov 22, 2014 - Fri.Nov 28, 2014

The Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

I participated in the #DataCtrChat Twitter chat last week to join in on the conversation about the Agile Data Center. If you haven’t joined in on a Twitter chat recently, you should. The #DataCtrChat is a great one to be a part of, especially if you’re interested in the data center.

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4 cloud realities to be thankful for

David Linthicum

The rapid growth of cloud computing continues. As we implement systems, migrate applications, and move infrastructure to the cloud, proceedings seem to be going better than most people expected. I’m certainly thankful for that, but I''m particularly grateful for four developments this year. From Amazon to Windows Azure, InfoWorld puts IaaS clouds to the test to find out which is best for you. Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld''s Cloud Computing newsletter. ].

We Change The World, The World Changes Us

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I was born in 1959.  I guess I have the dubious honor of watching the world change for over half a century. Yes, I could fill several uninteresting pages with the rapid pace of innovation in technology, human health, physics, economics, chemistry, etc.

A New Way To Search


By Katie Kennedy. The visual below features the rapidly rising search platform Apache Solr. The graphic visualizes its growth, where it is used most and who is using it. Solr might just give Google a run for their money. Find more information on Lucidworks. Related articles.

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.

Step-by-Step: Automated Provisioning for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure, XPlat CLI, JSON and Node.js ( Part 1 )

IT Pros Rock!

Since previously publishing the Quick Start Guide for Building Highly Available Linux Servers in the Cloud on Microsoft Azure , several people have asked me about ways in which Linux workload provisioning can be automated with Azure.

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We Change The World, The World Changes Us

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I was born in 1959.  I guess I have the dubious honor of watching the world change for over half a century. Yes, I could fill several uninteresting pages with the rapid pace of innovation in technology, human health, physics, economics, chemistry, etc.   It seems the boundaries of human knowledge continue to expand like a supernova. More interesting to me is how this new world is changing us — as individuals, and as members of society.

What You Should Know About Big Data


By Katie Kennedy. The visual below highlights use cases of Big Data and how industries can benefit from incorporating Big Data into their operations. Find more information on Datameer. Related articles. The rising importance of big data to big business (

Step-By-Step: Migrating DHCP From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2


End of support for Windows Server 2012 R2 is nearing quickly. To address this concern, Microsoft provides great tools to assist organizations in their migration efforts. Windows Server Migration Tools, introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 enables.( read more ).

The Cloud in 2014 and Beyond

Data Center Knowledge

APIs, mobility, data security, hybrid cloud, and software defined everything have dominated the cloud conversation this year Read More. Cloud Computing Featured cloud

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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.

Help! I have a Virus!

Sean Daniel

I get this question a lot. I wanted to write something up on how you can self heal your Windows 8 PC (although most of this also works for Windows 7), or at least get you started in the right direction. Let’s dive right into figure out what’s going on.

NSA Releases A New Technology to Open Source Community


By Bob Gourley. On 25 November NSA announced the release of an new technology called Niagarafiles or NiFi that enterprises can use to automate data flows among multiple computer networks. Here is their press release : NSA Releases First in Series of Software Products to Open Source Community.

Top 7 New Improvements Now Found in Microsoft Intune


Microsoft Intune has see quite a few updates over recent months aside from its recent renaming. The changes address concerns brought forth by IT professionals looking to get a better handle on their client end deployment and management. System administrators.( read more ).

The Ethics of Cloud Computing

Data Center Knowledge

The code of ethics that has informed IT operations for decades also apply to cloud computing, writes Seth Payne of Skytap. However, it is important to broadly review this code to determine if cloud computing introduces new challenges or presents new ethical questions. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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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.

Time to get over the fear of Linux

Virtualized Greek

After following the Cloud computing market for a some years, I’ve begun to ask myself the question, can you have a significant engineering job in Cloud computing without knowing Linux. Back in my pure engineering days, I could get by. Cloud Computing

ENIAC: The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected


By Vijay Prabhu. From Wired: Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history.

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Dive Deep in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight


Hello folks, One of the new Microsoft Azure service that was announced at TechEd Europe is Azure Operational Insight. ) It is an analysis service that gives IT Pros the tools to gain deep insight into their environments.( read more ).

You May Not Know it, but You Used a Supercomputer Today

Data Center Knowledge

From weather reports to pharmaceuticals, HPC systems are involved in our lives more than we like to think Read More. Featured HPC

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.

November 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

Storage IO Blog

Hello and welcome to this November Server and StorageIO update newsletter. Enjoy this edition of the Server and StorageIO update newsletter and watch for new tips, articles, StorageIO lab report reviews, blog posts, videos and podcasts along with in the news commentary appearing soon.

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Will The Crash of Motivate A Move To The More Functional GitHub?

CTOvision provides some very important functionality that developers in the DoD ecosystem need and more importantly allow the technology leadership of DoD to ensure more appropriate influence over enterprise software projects. But it has been criticized by many in the community for not being as fully functional as GitHub. GitHub has achieved tremendous success in the commercial world and in key niches in governments as well. It is easy to use, scales to th. To read more please log in. Login.

A Prioritization Mind: How to Improve Productivity and Reduce Stress

Future of CIO

The prioritization mind can spend time and energy on strategic thinking and focus on result-driven activities.

Questions Every IT Manager Should Ask About Thermal Management

Data Center Knowledge

A smart approach to data center cooling can reduce electricity bills by up to 50 percent, writes JP Valiulis of Emerson Network Power. But how do you identify the best thermal management strategy for your facility? Read More. Industry Perspectives

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.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes …

Sean Daniel

I started this blog back in 2003. I remember clearly asking permission to start an official “Small Business Server” blog to get information out to our community and my lead when I worked on the Small Business Server team thought it would take too much of my time.

Cyber Security and Corporate Governance: The five principles every corporate director should embody


By Bob Gourley. This post is sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. The Institute of Internal Auditors ( IIA ) is an international professional association of more than 180,000 members recognized as the preeminent professional organization for internal auditors. They provide a venue for internal auditors from around the world to share lessons learned and best practices.

Three Key Factors for Organization from Good to Great

Future of CIO

There is no magic formula from good to great, first things first, doing these fundamental things right.

Open Cloud Alliance Formed to Answer Germany’s Data Privacy Concerns

Data Center Knowledge

IBM, Univention, Open-Xchange form alliance around secure OpenStack cloud tech for smaller players Read More. Cloud Computing Europe Featured Hosting Security

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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.