Sat.Nov 09, 2013 - Fri.Nov 15, 2013

Amazon Web Services has no reason to worry about IBM

David Linthicum

In a recent article at, Rob Enderle made a very clear and somewhat compelling case that IBM would ultimately dominate public cloud computing. I believe he''s wrong. Yes, IBM will make an impact, but it won''t end up being a dominant public cloud computing player. To me, the reasons are obvious. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard IBM Cloud computing

Ubiquity Will Convert Sears Auto Centers into Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

Ubiquity Critical Environments plans to build a national chain of IT facilities by converting dozens of Sears Auto Center stores into data centers. It is partnering with Schneider Electric to build and operate mission-critical facilities in at least 23 second-tier markets around the country.

Authenticity and the November 2013 Security Updates

IT Pros Rock!

If you haven''t had a chance to see the movie Gravity , I highly recommend you take the time to check it out. The plot moves a bit slowly at times, but director Alfonso Cuaron''s work portrayal of zero gravity is worth the ticket price alone.

Big Data Simplified

Eric D. Brown

Over the past few months, I’ve heard and/or read the following statements from consultants: Big data is complex. Big data is complicated. Big data is the future.

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.

PaaS isn't what it used to be

David Linthicum

Platform as a service (PaaS) isn''t what it used to be. In the past, PaaS was defined as anything that related to application development, testing, and deployment. Indeed, IDC defines categories of PaaS offerings as APaaS (application PaaS), DPaaS (database PaaS), cloud-based tests, and IPaaS (integration PaaS). read more. Cloud Computing IaaS PaaS

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Why R2? Software Defined Networking with Hyper-V Network Virtualization

IT Pros Rock!

Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) is part of our Software Defined Networking (SDN) portfolio that is included inbox with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

From Big Data To Modest Data

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Mea culpa.    Several years ago, I became thoroughly enamored with the whole notion of Big Data. 

DHS Inspector General Pushes For Common Cyber Tools Across Government (attention Recorded Future and DHS)


By Bob Gourley The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security just released an important report for those seeking to understand or improve how the US government responds to cyber attacks.

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Microsoft Will Use Fuel Cells to Create Self-Powered Racks

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft wants to bring power generation inside the rack, and make data centers cheaper and greener in the process. The company says it will test racks with built-in fuel cells, a move that would eliminate the need for expensive power distribution systems seen in traditional data centers. Featured

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.

MBSA 2.3 and the November 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

IT Pros Rock!

Today we’re publishing the November 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. The majority of questions focused on the ActiveX Kill Bits bulletin ( MS13-090 ) and the advisories.

When The Storage Bubble Bursts

Chuck's Blog - EMC

For those of us who’ve been in the storage business for a while, these are exceptionally interesting times. All sorts of new technologies and ideas are coming to market these days, many by small startup companies, fueled by an apparent ocean of venture capital. 

IBM versus Amazon – The Cloud War?

Eric D. Brown

I just read Why IBM Will Win the War With Amazon Web Services over on and felt the need to publish my own thoughts. In that article, the author writes the following regarding the IBM vs Amazon war: IBM is gearing up for war.

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Open Compute Reports Progress on Open Network Switch

Data Center Knowledge

The Open Compute network switch is moving closer to reality. Broadcom, Intel and Mellanox have each submitted specifications for a top-of-rack switch to the Open Compute Project, while Cumulus Networks is providing software. Networking

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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.

The Time is Now for 21st Century Leadership

Cloud Musings

I''ve just had the opportunity to preview my good friend Melvin Greer''s newest effort, " 21st Century Leadership: Harnessing Innovation, Accelerating Business Success ".

ActiveX Control issue being addressed in Update Tuesday

IT Pros Rock!

Late last Friday, November 8, 2013, a vulnerability, CVE-2013-3918, affecting an Internet Explorer ActiveX Control was publically disclosed. We have confirmed that this vulnerability is an issue already scheduled to be addressed in “Bulletin 3”, which will be released as MS13-090, as listed in the November Advanced Notification Service (ANS). The security update will be distributed to customers tomorrow via Windows Update at approximately 10:00 AM PDT.

How CIOs Can Build IT Departments That Are Money Makers

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs need to find ways to turn IT departments from cost centers into money makers Image Credit. CIOs have since the beginning of time struggled to get the respect that the other C-level executives get.

Amazon Enters Desktop Virtualization Market With WorkSpaces

Data Center Knowledge

Amazon Web Services rolled out a flurry of new services at its AWS re:Invent user conference this week in Las Vegas, including a new managed desktop computing service called WorkSpaces, Amazon Cloud Computing

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.

News on @Fixmo and Defense Information Systems Agency Mobility Management for U.S. Department of Defense


By Bob Gourley Editor’s note: I serve on the Fixmo advisory board and have never been prouder of my association with this very virtuous firm.- The following exciting information is from: [link]. Defense Information Systems Agency Mobility Management for U.S. Department of Defense.

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The Questions That Get Interesting Looks

A CIO's Voice

I have been actively interviewing. While it has been an interesting time to look for a senior level role I have been cautious about the organizations I have been interviewing with.

Links for Nov 10 2013

Eric D. Brown

Are technologists trying to solve the wrong problem? Tech News and Analysis. Quote : Technologists tend to forget that normal people have a different take on technology. That’s why they should pay more attention to interfaces. Innovate on Purpose: Why innovators are like astronauts. Quote : Ralph Waldo Emerson said that once a mind is stretched by new experiences it rarely returns to its original status. The same is true with innovators.

Dunking for Density: New Projects Pursue 3M’s Take on Immersion Cooling

Data Center Knowledge

We''re continuing to see new examples of immersion cooling at meaningful scale. Last year we offered an early look at an immersion cooling technique developed by 3M known as open bath immersion. Here''s an update on some projects using this technology. 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.

Why your networks and collaboration are at the heart of the value you create

Trends in the Living Networks

I was recently interviewed for an extended article Networked Business: The wealth in your connections written by Nick Saalfeld for the Microsoft Talking Business series. Here are some excerpts from the article, which provide a neat summary of some of my thinking on the space.

So what kind of consultant are you?

Cloud Musings

Yesterday over lunch, a good friend of mine from the Limelight Marketing Group and I started talking about my recent transition. As you can imagine being in the DC metro area our discussion centered on the many business challenges associated with sequestration and our deadlocked government leaders. After a short while, she then hit me with the quintessential question,"So what kind of consultant are you?". Elevator speech time!!

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Tomorrow! Online Azure IT Camp - 11/12 - 9AM to 1PM PT

IT Pros Rock!

Want to learn more about the Cloud, but haven''t had time yet to pull yourself away from the office? Tomorrow (11/12) , my good friends and colleagues, Brian Lewis and Dan Stolts , will be delivering a FREE Windows Azure IT Camp technical event online.

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Analytics Firms Unveil Integrations for AWS CloudTrail

Data Center Knowledge

At the Amazon re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week software vendors Splunk, Sumo Logic and Alert Logic made announcements, supporting the new CloudTrail service from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon Cloud Computing alert logic splunk sumo logic AWS

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.