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A day doesn’t go by when we don’t hear about sensitive information being exposed or stolen. The culprits could be the government, professional hackers, careless employees with data on mobile devices, or internal employees with unauthorized access to data or unintentional release of dat...
A little while ago I wrote about the differences between routing and switching, or probably more the difference between ethernet and IP forwarding. Then focus of that article was very much on the differences between the two from a forwarding hardware perspective. This article last week...
For the past few months Solar VPS has been conducting an open lab beta test accessible for all Solar VPS clients. The test, known as Cosmo’s Lab, featured a product line called SolarSystem Cloud Apps on Demand, or One Click A.I. The idea behind the laboratory test was very simple: lik...

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Shannon Poulin, VP Data Center and Connected Systems Group and General Manager, Data Center Marketing Group for Intel gave the keynote address at Data Cen...

Eminent network scientist Laszlo Barabasi recently penned an op-ed calling on fellow scientists to spearhead the ethical use of big data. Comparing big data to the atom bomb, Barabasi persuasively argued that the technology and methodologies he and other social network theorists had cr...
The past few years have seen a dramatic improvement in the latency in network switches. Single ASIC based switches can all pretty much switch packets in less than a microsecond. Current 10GE switching silicon provides anywhere from 300 to 800 nanoseconds, specialized silicon shaves tha...
Companies that do not plan for this type of convergence will be caught horribly flat-footed. The kinds of changes we are talking about are measured in years, not weeks or months. The personnel, organizational, and cultural impacts of changes like this are striking. How much more diffic...
In the storage industry, we hear the term "migration" all the time - almost every day. One of the first visuals that comes to my mind whenever I hear that word is a neatly formed "V"-formation of geese or ducks flying south for the winter. The "V" formation is a very efficient way to f...
Evans Data recently released its Data & Advanced Analytics Survey 2013 which focuses on "tools, methodologies, and concerns related to efficiently storing, handling, and analyzing large datasets and databases from a wide range of sources." Glancing through the sample pages reveals this...
IBM Smart Cloud Enterprise is offered as a service called IaaS to deliver the best infrastructure for any business. The user then gets access to IBM’s virtual server and all the resources that go with it. The services are flexible and the security is unmatched. It also provides a clou...
SaaS product management professionals should always remember that there are four P’s in marketing, one being product. Unfortunately, software companies have a bad habit of thinking about product in isolation from the rest of the marketing mix. This is a particularly costly mistake in S...
Stats show risk grows in disproportion to IT security readiness. Security deployed, managed from the cloud provides strong results. How cloud security overcomes the obstacle. It’s simple, really. More bang for the buck. Using the ability to apply operation expenses over capital ones ...
WebSockets provide new protocol between client and server which runs over a persistent TCP connection. Through this open connection, bi-directional, full-duplex messages can be sent between the single TCP socket connection (simultaneously or back and forth). Because it is an independen...
Concern over big government surveillance and security vulnerabilities has reached global proportions. Big data/analytics, government surveillance, online tracking, behavior profiling for advertising and other major tracking activity trends have elevated privacy risks and identity based...
Cloud computing has become the latest technological innovation for users wanting the economical regulation of resources. Cloud basically makes use of a broad infrastructure which shares its resources and services. However, it is equally important for users to know the right kind of clo...
In my opinion, Object Storage officially broke through this month. It went from being the “next” big thing to being “the” big thing. Why? Because Larry said so. Well, technically he didn’t: someone else had to do it for him as he skipped the Oracle Open World Keynote to see Team USA wi...
It’s the dream of every Internet entrepreneur to build a business that goes viral. Yet the sad truth is that most do not. It’s hard to think of any other industry with such a winner-take-all mentality as Internet software. The volatile combination of small market entry costs and big ne...
The Washington Post recently ran an article by Andrea Peterson on RIM (now BlackBerry), with a chart they called "The decline of blackberry in one chart". But more than the story of BlackBerry this chart rang home for me the enormous dynamics of a relative new industry. As their chart...
Around the world, market leaders in all industries have already deployed managed cloud services. Seeking to use business technology as a strategic lever to advance past their competition on multiple fronts, the senior executives at these leading companies are eager to learn about the n...
The bad thing about price differentiation is that it is also the most easily countered. What happens if Cisco announces dramatically lower price-per-port when they spin Insieme in? They don't even have to beat Arista; they just have to be close enough that the price part of the equatio...
There’s been lots of buzz on the enterprise hypervisor front over the past month … In August, Microsoft announced the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, the latest major releases of the Windows Server and System Center families. In addition, at VMworld t...
Once upon a time, there was a movement in IT called "agile". Developers adopted it in response to complaints from the business that they needed applications, that applications were everything, that without new applications the business would surely dry up. Dev then began tossing code o...
Every organization needs to consider innovation as part of their strategy. Bernard Golden recently wrote a book titled Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Dummies, which I had an opportunity to review. One intriguing segment of the book came from a section offering 10 reasons to use AWS and...
If you talk to folks in the networking industry about switching hardware, you probably don't get more than a few sentences in before you hear the words merchant silicon, typically followed closely by commodity hardware. There is some confusion in the dialogue about these topics, and I ...
Asserting control of the IT environment through collaborative and integrated identity and user access strategies create the necessary visibility. Security is not an all-or-nothing proposition. And that’s part of the problem. It creates blind spots; gaps in vulnerability. Partly becaus...
It was at my very first job as a developer that I learned about code reviews (and that I intuitively hated them, a characteristic I share with many developers I've then since learned). We wrote and maintained software that automated tax preparation (yes, you may in fact be using servic...
On Wednesday, September 25, The Open Group will host a tweet jam looking at a multitude of emerging/converging technology trends and the risks they present to organizations who have already adopted or are looking to adopt them. Most of the technology concepts we’re talking about – Clou...
One issue relative to cloud computing that keeps critics well fed is the degree to which expectations and realities of the technology all too often don’t sync. Add to the mix a large degree of expected hype around buzzy marketing concepts, and what companies expect going into switching...
New technology always runs into problems with terminology if it's lucky enough to become the "next big thing." SDN is currently in that boat, with a nearly cloud-like variety of definitions and accompanying benefits. I've seen SDN defined so tightly as to exclude any model that doesn't...
The call for help began as a rumble. Twenty miles beneath the ocean’s surface, a rupture in a massive tectonic plate ripped a 310 mile-long break in the sea floor, sending an army of seismic waves to the coast of Japan, a geologic event as unavoidable and uncontrollable as it was unpr...
Continuing our discussion from my last blog in July, perhaps it’s helpful to drive deeper into security approaches and technology for use within clouds that serve the healthcare vertical. We’ll start by focusing on the fundamentals of cloud security for healthcare. However, some of t...
One of the most commonly cited use cases for SDN (the classical, architectural definition) centers on ensuring quality of service for applications, usually by adjusting bandwidth constraints and prioritization, sometimes dynamically based on the operating conditions present on the netw...
I note interesting debates about the need for a next-generation EA framework. However I am disappointed by the less than radical nature of debate that, at least I, have observed. I submit a good place to start is with the fundamental nature of business and how it is evolving and to con...
Mobility is a significant driver of technology today. Whether it's mobility of applications between data center and cloud, web and mobile device platform or users from corporate to home to publicly available networks, mobility is a significant factor impacting all aspects of applicatio...
At some level, every business is utilizing outsourced platforms. But where infrastructure as a service is concerned, what are some key indicators that managed services is the next logical step? Most companies are comfortable with outsourcing some portion of their infrastructure and a...
First, the paragraph that spawned this post: The increasing use of cloud-based services is driving the need for better and more interactive single sign-on (SSO) and federated identity management (FIM) services. It is building relationship dependencies between businesses, their partner...
Cloud Computing – the buzz words of the technology sector this decade: if you’re not already doing it, you’re missing out. Articles have been written. Experts have been crowned. Events have been attended. We all agree – the cloud presents opportunities for cost savings, elasticity, ...
Sporting events are periodic events that suddenly demand lots of information technology resources and a good example where cloud technology can be applied effectively. At VMWorld, a marketing executive from a technology company asked me what kinds of workloads were inappropriate for t...
We know we want it, so Cloud must be a thing, right? If we’re carrying our enterprise IT shopping basket around, we know we want to stop at the Cloud shelf. Once there, we might select a nice fresh IaaS or perhaps some of this SaaS or that. And whatever our selection, we’ll pay the bil...
VMware vSphere 5.x includes automated server workload balancing in the vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise+ premium suites via two feature sets: Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM). DRS and DPM together are intended to provide an automated method ...