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

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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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

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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.

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.

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?

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

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.

“Shoezam” app mimics Shazam to image, identify, and replicate shoes on the street

Trends in the Living Networks

This morning I attended the Innovation Bay breakfast on Where to for retail now? It was a fascinating discussion, which was definitely useful as I develop my forthcoming Future of Retail framework. Still working on it, I don’t know when it will be ready for the public, more later.).

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Ethics for (young) Technology Professionals

CIO Musings

Every year I give a presentation at a local technical high school through Junior Achievement on ethics. The kids in this program are sharp, sharp, sharp. They have tremendous potential, and will one day be the CIOs, CTOs, network administrators and innovators in our society. They will have the keys to the kingdon, so to speak, and their need for ethics will be paramount. Ethics are important to these professions and to young people in general.

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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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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

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.

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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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

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.

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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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.

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. 

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

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Why R2? Step-by-Step: Solve BYOD Challenges with Workplace Join in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

IT Pros Rock!

These days, users are growing more and more accustomed to expecting that they can accomplish productive work from anywhere , at any time , and on any device.

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 ".

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. 

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

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

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.

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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Network Virtualization: ACI vs. NSX is about ASIC vs. Software

Virtualized Greek

I’ve been thinking a bit more about the Cisco ACI vs. VMware NSX debate. It brings about a larger question. It’s not just ACI vs. NSX but Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC). When I started programing back in high school I had this theory about x86 hardware.

Dimension Data Adds Four New Cloud Locations Including Sao Paulo

Data Center Knowledge

Dimension Data is expanding around the globe, by adding four new data centers in the US, UK, Australia and South America in order to address growing demand of its Managed Cloud Platform. Shared

Serverless and Containers: How to Choose the Right Application Strategy

Speaker: Tolga Tarhan, Senior Vice President, GM AWS Services at Onica

When it comes to the modern tech stack, one of the fastest changing areas is around containers, serverless, and choosing the ideal path to cloud native computing. How do you as a technology leader point your team in the right direction, especially given how quickly this is evolving?