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How to avoid a fiasco in your cloud

David Linthicum

Last week, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. and the public face of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), announced her resignation.

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Inside SubTropolis: LightEdge Opens Data Center in Underground Complex

Data Center Knowledge

LightEdge Solutions has turned on the juice at the SubTropolis Technology Center, a new data center campus housed completely within SubTropolis, the 5-million-square foot underground business complex in Kansas City. Read More. colocation Data Bunkers

Facilitators Announced For NGA Agile Cloud Brainstorming Event

Cloud Musings

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Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1

Chuck's Blog - EMC

If we’re going to dig into software-defined storage , we’re going to need a conceptual model — just so we can keep the discussion organized.   The particular model I’ll be using for this discussion is the one VMware currently uses. 

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.

Happy Tax Day! Hope you kept your cloud receipts

David Linthicum

Happy Tax Day! I suspect that many Americans are now getting around to filing. You''re not alone if you''re befuddled by some of the taxman''s rules. They''re confusing in cloud computing, too. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Cloud Computing

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An Update: A CTO’s Perspective On the USGIF GeoInt Symposium 14-17 Apr 2014


By Bob Gourley. For a short update on some key issues to track, sessions to watch and tech to see on during the 14-17 Apr USGIF GeoInt Symposium see the video at this link (it is also embedded below): Thanks for watching! For more like this please subscribe to our YouTube channel. Related articles.

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Foto Friday – Carolina Wren

Eric D. Brown

Captured this Carolina Wren in the backyard. The photo is quite busy with the branches but it was the best of the bunch that I captured. Captured through a glass door with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


Something New! vCloud Hybrid Service — Disaster Recovery

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I think the announcement of VMware''s new vCHS disaster recovery service deserves some extra attention.    One reason is that I work in the same group that built the product, so of course I want to share some love. 

Bomb Threat at Google Data Center Prompts Evacuation

Data Center Knowledge

The Google data center in South Carolina was evacuated this morning after a report of a bomb threat, according to local media. Read More. Google

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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.

Another Topic For Us To Discuss At Geoint: Google Glass for National Security Missions


By Bob Gourley. Today is the first day of the Geoint Symposium. Most of the events are special, pre-events that dive deep into key mission areas, but the convention center is humming with activity. I picked up my credentials and walked the halls a bit, with my Google Glass.

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The Value of Data

Eric D. Brown

I’m always on the look-out for stories of companies using data and analytics to manage their business. In a recent case study, IBM presented the story of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s use of data and analytics to better predict visitor behavior.

Why Software-Defined Storage Matters

Chuck's Blog - EMC

We live in an information age. All those zettabytes of ones and zeros need to live somewhere.    If they are to be of any value, they must be stored, protected and managed.    The more information we produce, consume — and depend on —  the more storage matters. 

CoreSite Powers Up With Double-Stacked Generators

Data Center Knowledge

At its NY2 data center, CoreSite has stacked the massive generators that provide emergency backup power for the huge new facility. Our photo feature provides a look inside the new Secaucus, New Jersey data center. Read More. Featured

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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.

What’s New in PowerShell: Getting Started with OneGet in one line with Windows PowerShell 5.0

IT Pros Rock!

Over the past couple weeks, while we’ve all been focused on the news on Windows 8.1 Update , Windows Phone 8.1 , Microsoft Azure , and Heartbleed , there’s also been a number of significant enhancements and announcements regarding PowerShell – including a preview release of the next major PowerShell version, Windows PowerShell 5.0. This article is the first in a series of articles designed to highlight recent announcements and new features in Windows PowerShell.

Tools For Government Tech

CIO Musings

The good folks at asked me to show you their new infographic. See below. Their home page is an original, an effect I had not seen before. Check it out too and follow them at @pulpPR They raise a good point here, I''d like to expand on just a bit.

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Introducing The Software-Defined Storage Series

Chuck's Blog - EMC

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know my story:  I’m a storage geek at heart, I work for VMware, and I think the next big phase of this industry is software-defined storage.

DCeP-tive Metrics Are Not Productive

Data Center Knowledge

Data Center energy Productivity, abbreviated DCeP, has been the focus of recent attention. Mark Monroe, of DLB Associates, and formerly of the Green Grid, asks if DCeP is really a valuable and useful metric for the data center industry. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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.

Domestic “Drones” Are the Latest Object of Threat Inflation


By SeanLawson. Recently, several news outlets reported on a supposed plot by a Moroccan national to use remote controlled model airplanes as flying bombs. The story seems to lend credibility to speculation that model airplanes could be the next terrorist threat. In reality, however, these fears are part of a larger pattern of threat inflation about domestic “drones” that mirrors the kind of threat inflation that we see too often in public policy debates about new technologies.

How To Question Developers and Learn What is Really Going On

Social, Agile and Transformation

Anyone who''s ever worked with me knows that I love spending time with developers. I will ask simple questions, "What are you working on?", "Can I see the code?", "Who is also working on this requirement and what are they doing?", and my favorite question, "How will your work help customers?". This is far more than just getting in touch with the staff and understanding what''s going on. agile software development innovation it management organizational change project management

Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 2

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Welcome back to an ongoing series, exploring the new world of software-defined storage.

Microsoft to Build New $1.1 Billion Data Center in Iowa

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft is building even bigger in Iowa. The company today unveiled plans to invest a whopping $1.1 billion in a new data center campus in West Des Moines, where it already operates a large server farm. Read More. 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.

Finding The Elusive Data Scientist In The Federal Space


Everyone is talking about the data scientist. Harvard Business Review called it the "Sexiest Job of the 21st Century". Friends from across industry and academia have also been using this term and I have met so many real data scientists that are making big differences for their organizations. Except in the federal space. A near-universal gap exists across all Government Organizations these days. There are no real data scientists. Everyone needs one, and. To read more please log in.

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Links for April 13 2014

Eric D. Brown

Leading IT Through Trust and Ownership. Quote : I need my entire IT staff to think “outside / in” by learning about and caring about the lives of our customers. We can do that by walking a mile in their shoes. What is it like to be a call center agent? Spend a day with them and see. What is it like to use the technology we create? Ask to be on the implementation team of our newest customer.

Windows Phone 8.1 ready for download as Developer Preview

IT Pros Rock!

A couple weeks ago at our Build 2014 conference, we announced Windows Phone 8.1 with tons of new capabilities for both consumers and enterprises. Yesterday, Windows Phone 8.1

As It Expands in San Antonio, Microsoft Sees Data Centers Transforming the Power Grid

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft wants to use its data centers to help transform the way electricity is delivered in the United States. That process will focus on San Antonio, TX, where the company has confirmed plans to build a new $250 million data center. Read More. Featured

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.