Sat.Feb 27, 2016 - Fri.Mar 04, 2016

Moving to the cloud? First choose the right apps

David Linthicum

Most enterprise IT shops have more than 1,000 applications they must understand or relearn before moving any of them to the cloud. You simply can't move your apps en masse. Because some workloads make sense for the cloud, and some do not. Here's my guide on how you can assess which are good candidates for a move to the cloud.

Foto Friday – Shorebird at work

Eric D. Brown

Not sure on the ID on this shorebird…I never can seem to ID them correctly. Captured in Port Aransas a few years ago with a Canon 7D and Canon 400 5.6 See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio.


MIT, UMass Scientists to Study Solar-Powered Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

Researchers launch test bed data center to investigate cutting-edge green computing tech Read More. Cooling Data Center Design Green Data Centers HPC Power

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Does It Make Sense To Grade Your IT Employees?

The Accidental Successful CIO

How do IT workers feel when they get graded? Image Credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL). As the person with the CIO job, it’s your responsibility to stay on top of the quality of the employees that you have working in your IT department.

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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.

3 critical issues cloud builders overlook

David Linthicum

People who define new cloud platforms in enterprises often do only half the work. What do they miss? They consistently overlook these three areas: Governance , both at the resource levels (such as storage and compute) and at the service level (such as APIs). Safeguard your data! The tools you need to encrypt your communications and Web data. • The tools you need to encrypt your communications and Web data. InfoWorld's encryption Deep Dive how-to report.

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ASHRAE Strikes PUE from Data Center Efficiency Standard Draft

Data Center Knowledge

Standard 90.4, currently under development, no longer relies on PUE to determine efficiency Read More. Cooling Data Center Design Data Center World Featured Infrastructure Power Regulation

What is a Digital "Big Idea"?

Social, Agile and Transformation

Do you remember this classic scene from the movie Big? Do you remember Josh sitting in a product review meeting and asking the tough question - "I don't get it. Well what's fun about that?"

10 Questions to Discover Your Digital IQ

CIO Dashboard

Full-blown digital transformation is a relatively new phenomenon. There’s not a lot of well-documented evidence of how companies rewire their internal and external operations to generate revenue in the digital age. Yet, some companies have an uncanny ability to dominate on the digital front.

Dynamic Datacenter with Bright Computing


Katie Kennedy. The video below if from the 2016 Stanford HPC Conference. Robert Stober, the Director of Systems Engineering for Bright Computing, presents Advanced Cluster Management using Bright Cluster Manager.

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.

Three Storage Trends Shaking Up the Enterprise

Data Center Knowledge

As storage becomes a larger and larger aspect of an overall IT environment, companies are beginning to not only understand, but witness firsthand the expense of the integrated system model. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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Bitlocker Access is Denied

Mick's IT Blog

We recently started getting access is denied when trying to enable bitlocker on our Dell Latitude E7440 models. At first we thought it was a problem with the laptop itself upon the first occurrence of it. We were able to image all other models with no problems.

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Alexa voice commands can now be spoken into Amazon's smaller Echo Dot

ComputerWorld Consumerization IT

Amazon on Thursday announced a sleek new hockey-puck shaped, Alexa voice-controlled device called Echo Dot, a smaller $89.99 version of the larger, more expensive Echo tower. The tower was first introduced in November 2014. Both the Echo and the Echo Dot are promoted as being able to easily control lights, music and other functions in a home or small office via Alexa voice commands. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Visualizing Information Most Important with Job-Based Metrics


Katie Kennedy. Most HPC users care more about health and resources usage of a specific job than the device they run on. That is why Bright added job-based metrics to their Bright Cluster Manager solutions.

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.

The Life Cycle of a Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

Just as with a human being, the individual care and love you show your data center can lengthen the life of your partnership Read More. Data Center World

Skyport eases the pain of deploying and securing remote servers

Network World

Skyport does one thing, and it does it well. Skyport offers SkySecure Server, a remotely deployable platform for Windows and/or Linux virtual machines in a fortress-like environment. You can rent one for $2,500 per month, or less. Skyport SkySecure Servers solve a major pain point for IT execs looking for control over their remote servers. Skyport provides a hardened server that can be safely deployed to off-premises locations with little to no pre-configuration headaches.

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Cops and Teachers: The New Social Workers

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Social Work. The social workers and case workers of the future probably reside in our schools and police stations, carry gradebooks and body-worn video cameras, walk the halls of schools and the streets of our cities.

The Legal Challenges of the Internet of Things


Rick Delgado. These days, just about everything and every organization collects data. Even refrigerators collect information on temperature, usage, etc. Employers do on just about anything they can; some are in fact requiring employees to wear health trackers that monitor heart rate and other metrics. From cars to medical devices, personal data is everywhere.

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.

Friday Funny: Lucky Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

It’s got to be a lucky data center! Read More. Humor

Review: 5 application security testing tools compared

Network World

Application security is arguably the biggest cyber threat , responsible for 90 percent of security incidents, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Yet it suffers from not-my-job syndrome, or, as SANS put it in its 2015 State of Application Security report, "Many information security engineers don’t understand software development — and most software developers don’t understand security." To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here (Insider Story

DevOps Basics : Deploying A Simple Docker Environment on Azure


Whether it be a simple environment with one machine to test and discover Docker or a full redundancy production environment on multiple machines, Azure is the best destination to deploy it! In this video I will show you how you can easily spin up a.( read more ).

How Important Is “Perfect Data” To Data Analytics Programs?


Dennis D. McDonald. Back in 2014 I published a guest post on the Open Data Institute's web site titled How important is the quality of open data? Here's a quote from that piece: Setting aside for the moment how we define “quality”. database managers have always had to concern themselves with standards, data cleaning, corrections, and manual versus automated approaches to data quality control.

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.

White House Orders Federal Data Center Construction Freeze

Data Center Knowledge

New data center optimization initiative seeks higher efficiency, aggressive cost savings Read More. Consolidation Data Center Strategies DCIM News Featured Government

Running an Innovative IT with Creative Mechanism

Future of CIO

Innovation is how to transform novel ideas to achieve its business value. IT Management is a strange animal, in that the capabilities are there, the data is there - but the motivations are often confused.

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When Should a CEO Hire a Product Manager?

Sean Daniel

A company usually starts with an idea, or a couple of people getting together over an idea. That idea percolates and becomes the center of attention for the founder(s) or CEO. Obsession over details and getting things just right is the norm. This is all goodness.

Hortonworks New Distribution Strategy and New Streaming Analytics


Katie Kennedy. This week, Hortonworks announced a comprehensive strategy with new product advancements across its Connected Data Platforms, including Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP™), and Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF™). This announcement encompassed a new distribution approach for Apache™ Hadoop ® with the latest release of HDP 2.4, which includes the latest generation of Apache Spark 1.6, as well as the announcement of HDF 1.2. Hortonworks Data Platform 2.4 – A New Distribution Strategy.

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.