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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...
In its first phase, the “Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure” focused on Data Storage Expansion. In the second, when talking about disaster recovery and data protection, we discussed not only data recovery, but application recovery in the cloud as well. In the journey toward cl...
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...
This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros. Today’s article focuses on a new, much-heralded enhancement to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services to make it more cost-effective for spinning ...
It’s more than likely that a Windows Phone app will need to work with data that resides on the Internet. For example, an app may aggregate data from various news sources using RSS feeds. Consuming this type of data in a Windows Phone app is very similar to consuming it in an Android ap...
Cloud computing ownership is traditionally seen as the province of CIO or CTO, and where those roles don’t exist in an organization, the VP or even Director/Manager of IT oversees cloud implementation. However, with more business units accessing cloud platforms for a variety of purpos...
Are you still spending millions of dollars on storage? There’s no need to anymore with the Cloud OS from Microsoft. The new platform, based on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure, is built to empower people-centric IT by managing applications and hardware in the cloud era more cost-e...
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 ...
Improving performance and scale is - or should be - a primary motivator for those deploying VDI as well as trying to manage the continued growth of BYOD. Forrester's David Johnson notes a convergence of trends that, on the surface, appear only tangentially related but as he points out ...
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...
The success of companies today is less dependent on their physical assets, and more dependent on their ability to competitively utilize data. Just think of companies like Kodak, Borders, Blockbuster, etc., that had great physical assets but could not effectively make the transition in...
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...
In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the Hyper-V enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2. After you review these new capabilities, I’m sure you’ll see why the R2 release is a MAJOR RELEASE – so MUCH MORE than “just another” Service Pack release! This month, we’ll be releasing ...
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...
Recently, there have been an increasing number of cloud-based static code quality analysis tools, or should I say services. A few that I’ve been watching include: Code Climate consolidates the results from a suite of Ruby static analysis tools into a real-time report, giving teams the...
Ex·ten·si·ble (in programming): Said of a system (e.g., program, file format, programming language, protocol, etc.) designed to easily allow the addition of new features at a later date. (from Dictionary.com) Whenever I attend a F5 customer or partner gathering, I always ask of thos...
Hyper-V Replica is our included asynchronous site-to-site VM replication capability for Windows Server 2012 and our free Hyper-V Server 2012 bare-metal enterprise-grade hypervisor. Using Hyper-V Replica, you can quickly implement a cost-effective disaster recovery plan for your busine...
“The last time I checked, people do not change their social security numbers very often...” While in constant debate over data encryption and ease of access, I encountered a train of thought that made my jaw drop. A tradeshow attendee suggested encrypting everything, but just use a we...
Part 2 of a two part blog series looking at the journey enterprise IT departments take as they increasingly seek to understand the relationships and impact of IT infrastructure performance on application performance and business services. Through observation, Fred notices that even...
Windows Azure Virtual Networks offers the power to open up several cross-premises use case scenarios, including Active Directory Disaster Recovery, SQL Database Replication, Windows Server 2012 DFS-R File Replication, Accelerated Cloud File Services with BranchCache, Hybrid Web Applica...
As the infrastructure cloud market (IaaS and PaaS) continues to grow rapidly, we are seeing quite a few customers who are delivering an application – whether it is a mission-critical or SaaS application – and basing their solution on VMware. VMware Security Cloud Encryption cloud keyb...
My fellow Technical Evangelists and I have authored a content series that steps through building your very own Private Cloud by leveraging Windows Server 2012, our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ( IaaS ) and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. Week-by-...
I’ve assembled all of the relevant content from the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge program into an accelerated Certification Study Guide for IT Professionals targeting Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012. In this article, I’ll provide a sum...
This morning Cognizant, the company where I work as an analyst, reported their earnings. In the earnings call Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza stated, "This year we expect to deliver about $500 million in SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, cloud) related services." That is a significant...
Part 1 – of a two part series looking at the journey enterprise IT departments take as they increasingly seek to understand the relationships and impact of IT infrastructure performance on application performance and business services. As a product manager at Netuitive, I’m often put...
I teach a lot of SMAC strategies workshops (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) around the world. Conducting these involves a lot of travel. I have been pondering these last few days just how much my travel experience has changed over the past decade. I could continue. I research ...
Master Data Management (MDM) is a very important data governance aspect in enterprises whereby MDM enables the development of a "Single Version of Truth." MDM establishes Single Version of Truth by providing common descriptions for enterprise-wide entities. Need for MDM in Big Data Pr...
If you have been thinking how to choose your public cloud vendor you are not the only one. There are hundreds of offerings that you can choose from and comparing those can be a cumbersome exercise. Hence most of the people just run to the vendor (or technology) they are either most fam...
As discussed in our prior installment, while there is no “one-size fits all” path to cloud infrastructure adoption, a roadmap can ease and simplify the transition to cloud while minimizing IT disruption. More importantly, a phased approach (as shown in the figure below) enables organiz...
Big Data. There are few conversations in the IT community which do not start, address, or end on the topic. Some conversations are visionary in nature, some critical, and many considering the challenges we’ll need to overcome in the process of understanding how to deal with Big Data. ...
Lori and I were discussing the entire topic of agility the other day, she looking at it from the SDN prospective, and I from the evolutionary perspective for development. While I know there has been a metric ton of writing about the topic, since I’ve used agile development, and find it...
Over the last week, the cloud world seems to have received some significant announcements from Microsoft and Amazon. Also, HP Cloud has introduced a new messaging service. Plus, Appcelerator has announced the release of Titanium 3.1 and Node.ACS GA. Here’s a quick sum up of Cloud happ...
Cloud solutions are evolving rapidly with users eager to easily leverage the underlying infrastructure. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is one option that help developers meet their needs. Typical cloud computing conferences feature a large contingent of pay-to-pay sponsors who are look...
Every two days we create a quantity of information equal to the volume of information created between the dawn of civilization all the way to 2003. WOW. But even the largest data warehouse can't match the biggest data in our world. That data is happening right there inside you. It's c...
Today, April 16th 2013, the Windows Azure team has announced that Windows Azure Infrasructure Services ( Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks ) has been released for General Availability ( GA ) for production workloads! Over 200,000 customers are actively using Windows Azure as their ...


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