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DNS, like any public service, is vulnerable. Not in the sense that it has vulnerabilities but vulnerable in the sense that it must, by its nature and purpose, be publicly available. It can't hide behind access control lists or other traditional security mechanisms because the whole poi...
Driving tacks in carpentry is just that – putting small nails in to hold something (normally carpet) in place. It is a task that is easily accomplished by the most novice of carpenters, and heck, even a non-carpenter like myself can get it right most of the time. A repeated process of ...
Windows Azure Active Directory ( WAAD ), a cloud-friendly REST-based implementation of Active Directory for identity management of cloud applications, is now generally available for production cloud apps as a FREE service. WAAD provides consistent centralized identity management for M...
Private cloud may be the right choice for you, though it is not without its potential pitfalls. There are many reasons to trust the private cloud – from reliability, to security and compliance, to predictability, private cloud can often be the best choice for a business. But just bec...
Yes, I'm about to say something that's on the order of heresy in the church of virtualization. But it has to be said and I'm willing to say it because, well, as General Patton said, "If everyone is thinking the same... someone isn't thinking." The original NFV white paper cited in t...
According to recently conducted research, organizations using ERP software solutions were receiving less than 50 percent of the benefits promised to them prior to implementation. Yet, the main reason for failure in most of these situations was attributed to poor software selection. Her...
Last week I watched a presentation recorded at GigaOm Structure: Data conference featuring Gus Hunt, CTO of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In his presentation, he identified SMAC (social, mobile, big data analytics, and cloud) as the culprit for the massive increase in availab...
Many things are intended to work together, but require specific knowledge to get the outcome you desire. Automobiles and trailers, for example, require a trailer hitch, and not just any trailer hitch, but one with a ball the correct size to work with the trailer, and wire connectors th...
Due to the unprecedented volume, variety, and velocity of Big Data, it is neither trivial nor straightforward to find a clear path to jumpstart the Big Data journey. This space is overwhelmingly crowded with so many immature options and evolving solutions. To some extent it is somewhat...
If you're immersed in the world of service providers (sometimes called carriers, telecoms, or carrier service providers) then you've probably heard the term "traffic steering." Traffic steering is the ability to control and direct data and voice traffic to the best suitable cell layer a...
2012 proved to be the year that’s been predicted for almost half a decade now: enterprises are turning in droves to cloud computing solutions. With the rapid growth and acceptance of robust open source solutions like Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and others, the cloud is starting t...
by Joseph Rickert When talking with data scientists and analysts — who are working with large scale data analytics platforms such as Hadoop — about the best way to do some sophisticated modeling task it is not uncommon for someone to say, "We have all of the data. Why not just use it a...
PrivateFew days ago I noticed a question on a LinkedIn group that made me thinking how important is the notion of private clouds. First, let's briefly look at what is the difference between public, private and community clouds as well as hybrid clouds. Once again those are very well de...
We’re now entering a world where cloud-managed big data is not just a topic of conversation in tech circles but a necessity for companies and service providers alike. Shifting data needs drive technological innovation. The truth is that as data gets bigger, older technology isn’t abl...
For years now server virtualization has been a core technology for larger companies. It’s provided the opportunity for businesses to reduce operating as well as capital costs, and offered them great flexibility and scalability. In more recent times, server virtualization has made its w...
Last week seems to have been an important week for the Windows Azure team at Microsoft. They have provided some new and improved features to Windows Azure. There were also some new feature releases from Google, Amazon and Eucalyptus. And, Hortonworks releases new version of the Sandbox...
Virtual Machine Guest Clustering allows us to extend the high availability afforded to us by Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering directly to applications running inside a set of virtual machines that are hosted on a Hyper-V Host Cluster. This allows us to support cluster-aware appl...
Traditional file sharing protocols, such as Server Message Block ( SMB ) in Windows Server 2012, are primarily designed for low-latency, high-bandwidth scenarios commonly found in Local Area Networks ( LANs ). When attempting to move file server workloads to the cloud, many IT Pros fi...
Why are AT&T and Google paying for New Yorkers’ free Wi-Fi? A recent Amdocs survey into service provider Wi-Fi strategies provides a pointer. Announcing another free Wi-Fi service for a New York neighborhood recently, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made an interesting point: “Keep in min...
This blog post distills critical information from VMware to help with an evaluation of VMware vCloud Director. VMware vCloud Director is used by organizations wishing to build a private cloud (Infrastructure as a Service - IaaS). The purpose of this guide is to help you set up vCloud....
How do you eat an elephant? Simple – cut it into small pieces at eat one piece at a time. BUT… …is it really that simple? When you have a large software project it is too simplistic to assume that all you need to do is to decompose the problem to individual manageable chunk which ca...
I think every IT Pro I’ve ever met hates tape backups … but having an offsite component in your backup strategy is absolutely necessary for effective disaster recovery. One of the new features provided in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update 2 is the ability to now backup S...
I came across an article discussing NoSQL and partition tolerance - The NoSQL Partition Tolerance Myth. I may not entirely agree with the author. But what most NoSQL systems offer is a peculiar behavior that is not partition tolerant, but partition oblivious instead. No argument here...
An LTE-enabled Cadillac? Driving (and parking) will never be the same again… I explain what’s new from behind the wheel of GM’s new connected car at Mobile World Congress. Actually, the only thing 4G won’t accelerate is the driving speed of the LTE-enabled Cadillac, which will hit th...
Consolidating data centers has always made sense. Having the data securely tucked away into well-managed data centers has got to improve performance and even cyber security. It will also require fewer of those really smart, well-trained (expensive) system administrators to keep things...
There's been a growing focus on scalability as the Internet of Things has continued its rapid growth. Perhaps due in part to large online failures during periodic or individual events, perhaps due in part to simple growth, the reason is less important than the reality that scalability ...
In my 20 years in the technology industry, I've found that there are three types of product/service strategy discussions that companies (vendors) have: "Our new product/tool will change the world." - Occasionally this happens, but more often that not it's just a feature that could...
"The unexamined life is not worth living," said Plato. There's no doubt he was on to something. The observation, from Plato's Apology, is a recollection of the speech Socrates gave at his trial...and for all that Socrates may have lived a little before Tim Berners-Lee and knew nothing ...
Recently the Windows Azure Mobile Services team released official support for Android. Along with the SDK Microsoft has also written a number of tutorials to help you get started. The best place to start if you’ve never used Windows Azure Mobile Services before is the Getting started w...
If you’re like most people, when you notice something really odd about your body, the first thought to enter your brain is not “I need to call the doctor”. Of course let me clarify, if you look down after a fall, and think “My arm really shouldn’t bend like that”, then yeah, you call a...
Over the past several weeks I’ve been working on some content I’m excited to finally share with you through a series of blog posts. This series will introduce you to Windows 8 development from an Android developer’s perspective. Through the course of the series you’ll create your first...
This article is a summary of a seminar I attended on the key to an engaging presentation. Following up on my prior article, how to deliver effective demos, here are some guidelines how to deliver effective presentations. This is a summary of an excellent seminar I attended, given by T...
EMC (@EMCflash) has announced some new, enhanced, renamed and a rebrand flash solid-state device (SSD) storage portfolio around theme of XtremIO. XtremIO was the startup company with a new all flash SSD storage array that EMC announced they were buying in May 2012. Since that announcem...
A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltw...
Generally speaking when the topic of devops comes up security isn't something we mention. If we do it's in hushed tones, eyes darting back and forth, the fear that someone might hear us overriding the certain truth that security can benefit as much from devops as any other operational ...
The best way to do software development is to get hold of master programmers. Get them to form a self organizing team and do the development in short increments. That is agile. What happens if you cannot find sufficient number of master programmers? Get as many master programmers as...
Last week, there were some offerings and new features release from Amazon. Microsoft made an announcement on Windows Azure Store expansion and new add-ons. Google has published some interesting Google Cloud Platform case studies. Plus, Scalr has announced the extension of their multi-...
As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been working together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you...
It’s been a while since we released the last major version of Compuware dynaTrace AJAX Edition. With AJAX Edition 4 we introduce the capability to test across all versions of Internet Explorer (IE) starting with IE6 and all versions of Firefox starting with 3.6. Why is this important?...
Have you ever been invited to present a product solution and within a few minutes the audience is thumbing on their mobile devices? Have you ever presented to a remote audience and asked the end "any questions?" and there are none? Here are some tips for giving a great demo. (Credit ...


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