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In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft has announced that the end of life (EOL) for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. If you’re wondering what this means for you, it comes down to this – there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New...
Cool and disturbing at the same time. A fully interactive version can be found here where you can click each circle to get more information. I thought about adding all the numbers but stopped at 140,621,000 between 2012 and 2013.
At Usersnap we spend a lot of time thinking about optimizing the developer workflow. With great tech startups helping us with our tests, and Continuous Integration, we want to add Continuous Feedback to the dev checklist. Fortunately we don't need to stress the importance of receiving ...
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 ...
Eric Knipp’s fantastic post (Don’t let API Management Wag the Dog) on cautioning clients on selecting a strategy prior to jumping in with an API Management vendor was excellent. It seems that many of the popular API management vendors are doing a great job of marketing, so much so that...
As applications grow increasingly interdependent, the security, functionality, and performance of the composite “mashup” is only as strong as its weakest link. The success of an end-to-end transaction depends upon all the parts working flawlessly...all the time. An API that fails to me...
The people assigned to rethink the role of cloud computing by those charged with HIPAA best practices management and security have a daunting task on their hands these days. There are many decisions that should be made, and not a lot of emerging information and best practices. Howeve...
The open group has reached a significant milestone in its certification program for enterprise architects. Last Wednesday represented a significant milestone for The Open Group’s TOGAF 9 certification program. In case you hadn’t already seen it on our homepage, Twitter, or LinkedIn, t...
As with many things it depends, however how about some of these? Is more better for example (among others): Facebook likes Twitter followers or tweets (I'm @storageio btw) Google+ likes, follows and hangouts More smart phone apps LinkedIn connections People in your circle or co...
Having a Deployment Pipeline in place is extremely helpful! Learn how to set it up and how to deploy to production servers with Zero Downtime Deployment in this article. A deployment pipeline lays out the whole process that your code needs to go through from your repository to product...
Research has shown that approximately 65% to 70% of organizations today have more than one hypervisor deployed. This presents a large opportunity for IT Professionals to increase their technical differentiation and value in the IT marketplace by supporting multiple hypervisors. Using ...
Efficient Development Workflows save a ton of time. In part 2 of our new series 'The Codeship Workflow' we talk about the steps necessary to get a feature shipped: Pull Request, Code Review and Merging. Check it out! As I mentioned last week we use GitHub Flow on GitHub. But the whole...
An analysis from Jones Lang LaSalle indicates technology startups are looking beyond San Francisco and Silicon Valley. A Jones Lang LaSalle report says that a surge in high-tech start-ups has started to influence regional economic growth in the country. The trend is igniting demand f...
One of the New Zealand government’s largest departments is migrating its software testing platform from the physical world to the virtual world, empowering its development teams to create and launch new testing environments in minutes. This revolution enables testing to commence at a m...
Once the initial thrill of SDN abated to a dull roar, the issue of what to do about higher order services (layers 4-7) was raised. Thus far, we've seen some fairly expected responses with notions like service chaining and SDN application service insertion into the controller. What's b...
If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some point in time you have most likely witnessed The Three Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management. Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable, manageable datacenter environment. Ignore these truths, and … we...
Having an efficient Development Workflow is immensely important. In this new series 'Efficient Development Workflows' we show how the Codeship Crew works on new features, which apps it uses and how it communicates. With this blog post we start a new series about how we work on the Cod...
Wipro, a leading provider of IT services to Global 1000 companies, has always emphasized the high quality of its code. The Bangalore-based company maintains software standards that often are far more rigorous than those that its clients have previously experienced or presently demand. ...
WOW! Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) extends site-to-site protection to entire Private Clouds by leveraging the Hyper-V Replica asynchronous VM replication capabilities in Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisors....
Do you need to migrate to Hyper-V to gain significant benefits in your datacenter from Windows Server 2012? Not necessarily! Windows Server 2012 can provide key advantages in one of the areas that is near-and-dear to every VMware administrator's budget: Storage! In this article, we'll...
When I’m speaking with IT Pros about the great multi-server management enhancements in Windows Server 2012, I’m frequently asked about ways in which servers can be programmatically added to the new Server Manager tool. This can be very useful when building many new servers and you’d l...
Big data. Little data. Offsite data. On-premises data. Primary data. Archive data. Data comes in all shapes and sizes. As a culture of pack rats, we all love data of all kinds. We even conducted a whole campaign last year where we told everyone to "Embrace Storage Hogs." And for good r...
Deployment patterns (or as I like to call them of late, devops patterns) are good examples of how devops can put into place systems and tools that enable continuous delivery to be, well, continuous. The goal of these patterns is, for the most part, to make sure operations can smoothly ...
Each of us are surrounded by our digital choices, preferences, activities, history and experiences that are captured as data and analyzed by the systems and websites we use. Why did Google, a company known for its search engine, develop a mobile operating system? They recognized the ...
Choosing a cloud vendor is all too often an exercise in what you’re willing to give up, instead of what you are able to gain. The truth is, just with any business relationship, there is a necessary give and take. But with infrastructure, the degree of importance to that relationship h...
We have written before about SANS and the virtuous collaborative work they encourage in the community. They work so well with others and have for so long that a community of trust has arose around them. The collegial project that produced the “20 security controls” referenced here incl...
On average. Earlier this month, the State of California released its first annual data breach report showing that in 2012, 131 data breaches were reported putting more than 2.5 million Californians personal data at risk. The real kicker is that of the 2.5 million, 1.4 million woul...
I’ve suffered through my share of SharePoint upgrade / migration projects now and I have really changed the way I look at them. Often when you get exposed to a new system, the lack of governance has led to a total mess with site sprawl as far as the eye can see. The architect in me m...
For many companies with whom I talk, there isn’t a lack of IT talent when it comes to security--just a lack of hours in the day, computing resources and necessary headcount with specific expertise to change the culture from reactive to proactive and strategic risk management. Executive...
On an almost daily basis, I'm approached for my views on "cloud computing technology". Although typically innocent in nature, I always cringe at the thought of enduring yet another hours long discussion over the existence of a "cloud computing business model". With this in mind, you c...
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...
Microsoft held a Build conference targeting developers and showed significant their cloud capabilities. This note summarizes their strengths and challenges. When you think of IT vendors and cloud computing, companies like Amazon and Google first come to mind because they are very succ...
Amazon’s stock this last week crossed $300 (from $2 in 1997 when it went public, after splits) and the valuation reached $140B, twice that of Facebook, but lower than Google and Apple. This is indeed amazing. Amazon started out as a web-based book selling company. Now it has three bus...

Making it rain for your organization with the cloud can be achieved a few differe...

The question should not be if SSD is in your future, rather when, where, with what and how much will be needed. As part of this announcement, HDS is releasing an all flash SSD based HUS enterprise storage system. Similar to what other vendors have done, HDS is attaching flash SSD stor...
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...
To say you have cloud enabled your big data usage is to say that you’ve taken the first step of many to get what you need out of that data mass. However, big data is a very particular to the organization that’s using it – it’s not the same everywhere you go. The virtues of big data su...
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...
Healthcare is one of those industries that will be most impacted by SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) developments. It is information based. Information, as we all know, is easily digitized, analyzed, stored in the cloud, and shared via mobile devices. Here is a personal ex...
IT transformation is being driven by modern methods of delivering services and MSPs can lead the way in helping customers. The growth of smart mobile devices has led to a simultaneous advance of social gaming. Game developers are taking advantage of this trend by building popular prod...


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