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The term "service chaining" hasn't quite yet made it into the mainstream IT vernacular. It's currently viewed as a technical mechanism for directing packets, flows or messages (depending on where you sit in the network stack) around the network. Service chaining is the answer to "how ...
Spark is a platform for applications like Machine Learning, which can make a good use of distributed, in-memory capabilities. Machine Learning is critical part in extracting value from Big Data. Choosing proper model, preparing data and getting usable results on large scale data is n...
While technology changes on a regular basis, IT teams have had a standard approach to administration. In recent years, however, there has been a drastic shift in data center administration. One of the biggest shifts is the adoption of private and public clouds. In part one of this seri...
Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops. For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well. Group Pol...
"In Greek mythology, Atlas (/ˈætləs/; Ancient Greek: Ἄτλας) was the primordial Titan who held up the celestial sphere. He is also the titan of astronomy and navigation." (Wikipedia, Atlas) How apropos, then, that DNS should be much like the Atlas of the Internet, responsible for guidin...
Cloud computing powered by open source is of growing interest all over the world. Enterprise customers are frustrated with growing costs and limitations of traditional IT software. This problem is exacerbated when start-ups appear out of nowhere to compete with agile businesses powere...
Cobbling together point solutions provides tools, but doesn't promote the key collaborative intelligence integrated cloud-based unified security offers. Of all the strategies and tactics available to prevent breaches, deter data leakage and theft, control access and secure beyond the ...
Perhaps not as popular as its brothers and sisters I, P and S, Network-As-A-Service or NaaS has slowly started to appear in industry press, articles and presentations. While sometimes associated with a hypervisor based overlay solution, its definition is not very clear, which is not at...
A recent joint study from IDC and the National University of Singapore (NUS) predicts that companies around the globe will spend around $491 billion in 2014 for fixes and recovery from data breaches and malware. The sponsor, Microsoft, also noted that pirated software tweaked with inte...
In the cloud storage industry, we talk a lot about “price wars.” Every 6 months or so, one of the major cloud storage providers drop their prices, and everyone else follows suit. Well guess what? Game over. Perhaps you’ve heard Google dropped the cost to $0.026/GB per month for sta...
As an informed senior executive, you already know that it's no longer a question of whether cloud service adoption is the right forward-thinking business technology strategy, but rather how you will leverage the abundance of new resources to outpace your competition. More companies ...
A recent Forrester Research survey of Fortune 1000 companies indicates that 58% of IT leaders in their companies place faster delivery of IT services in their top 3 priorities. Yet, only 12% can deliver high quality results fast enough. 2014: The Year of Continuous Delivery
All prognosticators, even us who simply roll out a single annual list, hope for two things: one, that your predictions get a lot of traction and shares across the industry, and two, that you end up actually being correct. Anil Batra’s list of 2014 predictions has turned a lot of hea...
The overall networking landscape has been going through a fairly deliberate shift over the past couple of years. Where we used to talk CapEx, we are now talking OpEx. Where we used to talk features, we are now talking about workflows. This change in industry dialogue mirrors the rise o...
In my experience when you work in IT the executive team rarely focuses on your team until you experience a catastrophic failure – once you do you are the center of attention until services are back to normal. It is easy to ignore the background work that IT teams spend most of their da...
I will admit I have been a strong opponent of those listing roles and organizations as DevOps. Primarily because DevOps is a way to do something and creating a role DevOps Engineer is just putting lipstick on the pig for those looking to hire a Linux Sysadmin or infrastructure script c...
I see and read a lot of IT articles almost demanding that organizations must do certain things to ensure that some piece of their infrastructure is secure, highly available, fault tolerant, agile, flexible, scalable, recoverable, cloud’able, whatever the silo needs or face the dire cir...
As "applications" continue to morph into what we once might have called "mashups" but no longer do because, well, SOA is officially dead, dontcha know, it is increasingly important for a variety of constituents within organizations - from business stakeholders to application owners to ...
Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke, discusses "Extreme Automation: Software Quality for the Next Generation Enterprise." Learn how service virtualization and other extreme automation technology helps organizations overcome traditional age-old computing problems. We really want to unde...
Perhaps you may have read that Brazil recently abandoned their controversial proposal that would have forced global internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country. While many of us can surmise a number of reasons the viability of such a measure might have been u...
What do you look for when you choose a Web hosting provider? These days, it seems difficult to compare the differences between each service, whether you’re talking about supported languages, databases or bandwidth. You might be tempted to pick the cheapest provider and plan in hopes of...
Windows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client. This provides support for several scenarios including: Test Lab: This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server ...
After five days (and eleven meetings) with new customers in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, I think time is right for another refinement of in-memory computing's definition. To me, it is clear that our industry is lagging when it comes to explaining in-memory computing to potentia...
A survey from the Vanson Bourne market research agency (with CA) late in 2013 indicated that 39% of those surveyed had adopted some form of DevOps and 27% were planning to do so in the near future. Despite this being such a hot topic in the IT sector, and with a high level of take-up, ...
When applications crash due to a code quality issues, the common question is, "How could those experts have missed that?" The problem is, most people imagine software development as a room full of developers, keyboards clacking away with green, Matrix-esque code filling up the screen a...
There are a few ‘The ______ of Our Lives’ out there: Days. Time. Moments. Love. They define who we are, where we’ve been and where we are going. And today, many of those days, times, moments and loves interact with applications. Both the apps we tap and the back end applications used t...
This post is following up on last week's post, "The Inevitability of Idle Resources", in which I mentioned the importance of ensuring not only that resources are available when you need to provision a new service to scale but that the resources available match the needs of the service....
Once you learn the definition of shadow IT, it shouldn’t be too shocking to learn how widespread it is at companies large and small all over the world. I hate to assume, but the odds are, that you yourself have used a non-IT approved SaaS option for the same reason as everyone else, m...
Digital Ocean is a NY based hosting provider specializing in SSD based virtual machines. A majority of our customers choose to deploy and manage databases on Amazon AWS. However running large scale write intensive databases on AWS is a fairly difficult and time-consuming operation. If ...
It used to be called a business plan. But management-speak and a few decades of PC-fueled innovation changed that simplistic approach. Bill Gates famously entitled his first book The Road Ahead and although this didn’t officially help coin or endorse the phrase “roadmap,” it didn’t do...
They say good things come to those who wait – but sometimes good things happen simultaneously and you don’t even have to wait to revel in them. While I was enjoying a week of snowboarding in Val d’Aosta, right by the legendary Matterhorn, DDN was announcing the new WOS 360 at the Next ...
Most of the discussions on Big Data begins and ends with Hadoop. It is the commercial version of HPC (High Performance Computing), whose underlying technologies have been around for years: clustering, parallel processing, and distributed file system. In today’s parlance you can read Ha...
There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read about meditation, and internalize books like "Wherever You Go, There You Are," a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I'm more of a Malcolm Gladwell fan -- Outliers or his newest book “David and Goliat...
Proponents of pure software infrastructures often point to rapid provisioning (like right now, push a button and blam! Instant scale) as one of the reasons to "go software." Superficially this is true. If your infrastructure is all software (or virtual, if you prefer) then when you nee...
The term "Big Data" is quite possibly one of the most difficult IT-related terms to pin down ever. There are so many potential types of, and applications for Big Data that it can be a bit daunting to consider all of the possibilities. Thankfully, for IT operations staff, Big Data is mo...
Google’s pursuit of self-driving cars has been well documented over the years. The promise of fleets of self-driving vehicles that could potentially make driving safer while simultaneously shortening commute times makes it one of the most attractive futures technologies around. But whe...
Today PerspecSys announced the results of a survey conducted at the 2014 RSA Conference concerning the attitudes and policies of organizations towards cloud-based security. After polling 130 security professionals on the show floor of the RSA Conference, PerspecSys found that "an overw...
LIn 1974 a specification was developed that would, eventually, launch what we know of as "The Internet." That specification was TCP and though it is often overshadowed by HTTP as the spark that lit the fire under the Internet, without TCP HTTP wouldn't have a (transport) leg to stand o...
One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my start menu. These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our start menu. I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally unders...
Disaster recovery is about being able to get your business back up and running as quick as you can after the disaster happens. Throughout this series, my teammates have focused on the Infrastructure side of the house, servers, virtual machines, etc. You can see the full series here: D...