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Cloud is at the center of a convergence trend that is impacting people across all of ICT. This convergence is breaking down the walls that separated the traditional silos of IT, networking, storage and security. But with this breaking down of the walls we also need to better understand...
Dealing with legacy applications in the cloud is not a simple, straight ahead proposition. The bottom line is it can be done, but doing it smartly is a whole other issue. As Dan Woods asks: “Can cloud infrastructure support traditional applications that were not built to deliver reli...
As you may have read in prior installments of this series, businesses whose IT infrastructure resides on-premise can ease the integration of cloud infrastructure into their existing environment by adopting a phased roadmap that provides numerous benefits along the way. The final insta...
I was recently reviewing some sales and marketing materials regarding building out Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Part of these materials included attributes of IaaS, one of which is multi-tenancy. Having been working with some large enterprise customers lately around private clou...
In the last couple of weeks my colleagues and I attended the Hadoop and Cassandra Summits in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was rewarding to talk to so many experienced Big Data technologists in such a short time frame – thanks to our partners DataStax and Hortonworks for hosting these...
There is an old saying that the best I/O (Input/Output) is the one that you do not have to do. In the meantime, let's get a side of some context with them IOPS from vendors, marketers and their pundits who are tossing them around for server, storage and IO metrics that matter. The go...
Just in time for our speaking session at SenchaCon 2013 we are happy to announce the latest version of Compuware APM/dynaTrace AJAX Edition. Version 4.2 now supports the latest versions of Firefox (FF 21 & FF 22). Download the latest version from ourAJAX Edition website. If you happen...
It was nearly 10pm on a Saturday night. A handful of architects and developers sat around a cube, munching on cold pizza and chatting while waiting for the phone call that would kick off testing. The phone call came, but not to begin testing. It was the dreaded call of failure. Somethi...
Development and software testing work hand-in-hand; the risks associated with pushing testing as far back in the software development lifecycle (in order to save on resource costs) might not be cost-effective in the long run. In addition, if you fail to create a process, or perhaps a t...
When dealing with Software Analysis and Measurement benchmarking, people’s behavior generally falls in one of the following two categories: “Let’s compare anything and draw conclusions without giving any thought about relevance and applicability” “There is always something that diffe...
One of the biggest drawbacks in IT operations is that we work in silos, with loads of attempts made to connect functional departments before but it seems like very little progress has been made. With applications being the lifeblood of businesses, it is imperative that there is a commo...
It is surprising to see how every new technology suddenly becomes the thing that will solve every problem. The cloud is no different. Everybody rushes to migrate their applications to the cloud because they think this will magically make them faster, cheaper, agile, competitive and… ad...
In a recent panel session I chaired, a question was raised from audience in the Q&A part about how to relate Big Data and Big Service. There are basically two aspects in this: Big Data as a Service, and Big Data for Big Service. Big Data as a Service: BDaaS is to a large extent Bi...
Access policies must be a part of any company’s risk assessment and security policy because unsecured, unmonitored access by former employees can only lead to trouble. Earlier this month I attended a local cloud developers group, and I met a gentleman who consults with companies to e...
Historically, the end user has not been a primary focus for IT operations. While this focus is starting to change, the user continues to be supported through the service desk and enabled through the management of the devices used. This level of support alone does not give the user the ...
Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop is a perfect fit for lowering the costs of desktop management and simplifying access to the hosted applications from any device. Last week we discussed some challenges to application performance monitoring (APM) introduced by Citrix. Apart from getting yet a...
How many times have I heard that the real problem with Agile is getting to the start line? There has to be some definition up front, but Agile methods don’t really help. Perhaps it’s a little secret for many organizations that they feel they must do more specification work up front bec...
Agile development methodologies advocate a rapid release cycle. Facebook, for example, noted last year that it pushes code live twice a day. Organizations may never push code that often, but they do push new versions, new features, and new APIs on a much more frequent cycle than has be...
Decision making is defined most simply as the act of choosing between two or more courses of action. It might seem straightforward, when only one person is involved and the choices are black and white. But add another person to the equation, and a few more choices, and the decision get...
The number and complexity of test environments that need to be accessed for an organization's various projects has become overwhelming. The challenge of providing rapid access to the necessary test environments with the appropriate configurations has recently escalated for a number of ...
When people talk about a hybrid cloud storage solution, it typically means they want to keep using the existing file server. At the same time, they also want to replicate the file server data into cloud storage and make it available to remote users. Basically, the local employees will...
The cloud holds enormous promise for improving agility, availability, and cost for app deployments. Amazon’s EC2 is especially attractive given the investments they have made in building out capacity around the world, allowing apps to be deployed where they are being used, minimizing l...
Data security is no joke. Whether composed of clients, patient, or business information, your data is the lifeblood of your business, and can be one of, if not the most, important parts of achieving success. With so many threats facing your data, both in and out of the cloud, the scale...
The use of big data with predictive analytics systems layered on top has a tremendous amount of potential in the healthcare market. Indeed, when paired with cloud-based platforms, there is the potential to become more cost effective, and much better at delivering healthcare services. ...
Selecting reliable hosting is important for any website, but for an ecommerce enterprise especially, it is imperative. Even the best sites can suffer from the effects of poor quality web hosting. For the online retailer, any amount of down-time can cause significant loss in revenue, w...
What are popular ERP systems in North America? Often it depends upon who you ask. When you ask "which system is best?" or "which ERP is the most favored?", you should consider that each company has unique needs and process requirements. So there is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes ...
It is often noted that every presentation by an API vendor must include the "Iceberg Slide". As Swift from Sendgrid noted at API Days SF, "API people sure do love their icebergs".The iceberg slide is used to show that Open APIs (the ones you see on ProgrammableWeb, which any developer ...
“Which ERP is suitable for companies with x million dollars?” Revenues size is one of the most common factors in ERP selection. It is a common question facing a manager looking to find a replacement system for their current ERP solution. The question comes down to “How large are you?” ...
Customer self-service is a theme that is spreading across a number of industries. As a result, numerous jobs, including those in IT, are changing or becoming obsolete, while industries are becoming more efficient. Cloud computing is a key technology enabler in making these changes poss...
But what is malware and what makes it so particularly bad for your PC? Malware - short for "malicious software," malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system. Below is a list of the top ten things you may not, but should, k...
The pressure on enterprises to deploy applications as fast as possible has never been greater. The mobile revolution, the huge impact of cloud computing, and the BYOD trend have intensified the pressure, forcing large organizations to re-think and re-tool their approaches to app develo...
Today, more and more IT organizations have stated plans to migrate to the cloud to improve operational cost efficiencies and to provide better services to the business users. The challenge that these companies face lies around the choice of an application performance management soluti...
More and more companies around the world are embracing the cloud – and that’s a good thing. But this massive IT shift also presents a problem: With so many businesses moving to cloud, is there enough quality IT technicians available to help businesses manage the switch? Don Reising...
“We expect that the revenue made via our mobile apps will cross the 50% mark within this year!” Most of our eCommerce customers are starting to say this to us. These customers have driven their businesses to the web and have successfully applied Real User Monitoring (RUM) for web. They...
It certainly has been a wild ride thus far for 2013 as we head into the second half. Breaches, hacks, exposures, leaks, along with things like BYOD and SDN should make the next 6 months interesting. From the many headlines in 2012, you’d think organizations would be locked down tight...
Are you using Celery to process python backend tasks asynchronously? Have you wanted to get insight into their resource consumption and efficiency? Here’s a few useful ways to get insight into Celery performance when running tasks. For a quick review, Celery lets you turn any Python...
The notion that PaaS exists solely "in the cloud" as a discrete environment of developer services is hampering the maturation of enterprise PaaS. The three most common answers to "give me an example of PaaS" are: Force.com, Azure, Google. I didn't even need to do an unscientific Inter...
Software defined networking (SDN) has been in the spotlight since its conception in recent years because of the revolutionary potential that this emergent technology has for the future of IT networking. SDN is like a testament to the changing times. It is a confluence of several of the...
As with everything else, the best way to get a view of a new technology area is by asking for independent opinions. The old adage of the 6 blind men and the elephant comes to mind. Coincidentally, there were six "blind men" on the panel, including our very engaging host, Mr. Geelan. An...
Cloud Expo 2013 New York is all about the technlogies that enable cloud computing. The multiple tracks,, boot camp, keynotes and general sessions all focus on how to enable cloud computing through hosting, storage, data, APIs and services and application - grouped under IaaS, PaaS, and...