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For several years now, prognosticators have insisted that cloud computing would take over the enterprise. And, for several years, we’ve seen growing adoption of cloud computing technologies, but nothing to indicate massive acceptance. A recent study from Brocade, however, suggests t...
Cyber News we are tracking today: Having multiple hypervisors is a growing trend in the virtualization. Customers have mixed emotions about VMware recent purchase of the Virsto software product. Red Cross decided to use Microsoft Office 365. and more. Having multiple hypervisors is...
The complexity starts with the fact that the Windows server platform is not homogeneous - there's usually at least 2008 and 2012 with R1 and R2 versions, with SQL, System State, and VSS done differently in each release. Next the discussion moves to what is deployed on those servers. I...
Do you remember when computers were hard to use? In fact it’s just nine years since a GM press release asserted that if they developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars that for no reason at all, would crash twice a day, shut down. Because of this great leap forw...
Among a whole host of new management features, Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager adds the ability to now deploy and manage Windows 8 apps for enterprises. These Windows 8 apps could be internal apps that have been created by your corporate developers, or they...
You are a regional bank who is under heavier regulation, focused on risk management, and expanding your mobile offerings. You are seeking ways to get ahead of your competition through the use of Big Data by optimizing financial decisions and yields. What if there was an easy and autom...
There is a significant change in how software is developed over the last decade. Agile had been the buzzword over the last decade and probably is most significant of changes in software development to date. Now that the hype around Agile has been subsided, it is worth an effort to unde...
BYOD has quickly transformed IT, offering a revolutionary way to support the mobile workforce. The first wave of BYOD featured MDM solutions that controlled the entire device. In the next wave, BYOD 2.0, control applies only to those apps necessary for business, enforcing corporate pol...
Agile works! If you have any doubt about it just look at the adoption rate … look at the study results published … or just try it yourself. Offshoring also works! Again, if you have any doubt, just look at the growth of offshoring … look at the success of the success of the India ba...
The growth of Big Data has, in many ways, come as a result of changes in the way we use the Internet. Today’s Internet is as much a repository of data as it is a way for individuals and organizations to connect with others. As this change has taken place, changes have also come to how ...
Not necessarily! “…data on its own is just numbers, and numbers can’t run a company…” “…the quest to assemble relatively unimportant information can actually distract us from the few relevant facts…” “…small data sets won’t always give you the full picture, but the most impactful co...
Hey there; the IT Dog back with some color commentary on our VDI experience. When I first heard the name, I thought VDI was the latest model Volkswagen diesel, but as the guy with the suit explained in the last blog, VDI is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Now that you know what VDI m...
Everyone in the IT industry knows how amazing cloud computing is – it can cut overheads, introduce flexibility and make previously unobtainable services affordable for even the smallest of businesses. But with 60 per cent of the American public claiming to have no clue at all about clo...
In part 4 of the storage subsystem, we’ll provide some guidelines for selecting the stripe-size unit for your selected storage solution. Hardware-managed arrays allow stripe unit sizes ranging from 4 KB to more than 1 MB. The ideal stripe unit size maximizes the disk activity without u...
Today it is exactly two years since the weirdest Valentine's Day I have ever experienced, or indeed hope ever to experience again. February 14, 2011, in short, is etched into my diary and my brain as the day when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Leah Schoeb of The Evaluator Group, wrote a nice piece about storage benchmarking that we highly recommend. I won't reiterate her article here, but I would like to simply point out that the specs many vendors throw around don't come with the appropriate caveats. They don't mention blo...
Learn how to Install and Configure Parallels 8 on a Mac for use in Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development. You'll need the following to use Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 on your Mac: Parallels Desktop. To download a trial version...
Today’s lead article on Ars Technica talks about the importance of protecting backend resources in the context of mobile applications. The article rightly stresses the importance of this security, talks about the uptake in OAuth and cites API Gateway solutions as a popular option in th...
The Agile Manifesto happens to be a unique piece of document. I cannot find any equivalent document in whole of software engineering history. Why only software engineering, I cannot think of any equivalent in any field of engineering. Think of how it was developed. In February, 2001, ...
The success of SOA, which grew out of the popular Object Oriented development paradigm, was greatly hampered by the inability of architects to enforce its central premise of reuse. But it wasn't just the lack of reusing services that caused it to fail to achieve the greatness predicted...
A lot has been written about the difference between REST APIs and SOAP Web Services. The technical differences are well known at this stage. SOAP is heavyweight, while REST is light and mobile-friendly. However, there is another key difference which is often overlooked: It is easy to ...
One of the premises of SDN and cloud scalability is that it's easy to simply replicate services - whether they be application or network focused - and distribute traffic across them to scale infinitely. In theory, this is absolutely the case. In theory, one can continue to add capac...
Over the last week the cloud world seemed to be showered with heaps of new offerings and releases from the cloud providers. There had been a few announcements and new feature release from Microsoft, Amazon, Cloudera and StackMob. Also, there was some good news for developers from Googl...
We’ve had rapid prototyping technology for a while, but this year we’re going to see a lot more 3D printers designed for the consumer market. Many of these models are small enough to use right on your own desk. Why does this matter? Because if they can continue to make the technology m...
Gartner projects that by 2015, more than 30 percent of analytics projects will deliver insights based on structured and unstructured data. Sounds rational/logical/realistic to me. Sounds like the entire reason everyone in the federal space has been moving towards open source Apache H...
Migrating traditional client/server applications to Windows Azure Virtual Machines is what Don Noonan does every day. The majority of these workloads use Active Directory Domain Services as their authentication provider, or in other words, classic Windows authentication. In this post w...
If you take the literary meaning of the words off-shore and distributed then it would appear that off-shore is indeed a special case of distributed. But, if go by the de facto understanding then off-shoring is definitely not a special case of distributed software development. Off-shor...
Now lets look at using a tip from Dave Warburton to make an internal SATA HDD into an RDM for one of my Windows based VMs. My challenge was that I have a VM with a guest that I wanted to have a Raw Device Mapping (RDM) internal SATA HDD accessible to it, expect the device was an inter...
Have you spent time searching the VMware documentation, on-line forums, venues and books to decide how to make a local dedicated direct attached storage (DAS) type device (e.g. SATA or SAS) be Raw Device Mappings (RDM)? Part two of this post looks at how to make an RDM using an interna...
I’ve been granted an incredible opportunity. Over the past three and a half months I have gotten to lead a real world large-scale delivery of a cloud solution. The final solution will be delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to the customer via an on-premise managed service. While ...
Reactionary defenses cost an unreal amount of money for consumers, businesses, governments (both state and local), federal and military. You would think with all of this time and money spent on the various products billed as “protecting” you from cyber threats & intrusions, your enviro...
I'm writing this article about Don Noonan, a Cloud Architect from Skylera and his overview of “Infrastructure as a Service” platform. Don and I met at TechEd in Orlando 2012 last year and I interviewed him on the newest technologies around Windows Azure. Don has experience working at M...
During the last decade, the enterprise war was among the handful of players. Microsoft wanted to be the de facto choice of the IT by pushing .NET application platform, integrated tools through Visual Studio, a set of servers in the form of SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and System Cen...
We - and that's the networking industry at large - have been using the term "Application Fluency" for a long, long time. It started back in the days of bandwidth management solutions. QoS enforcers from many now-relegated-to-history vendors like Packeteer and Sitara Networks and Lights...
Rapid trends in collaboration and business networking are driving innovation and new social interactions, so BriefingsDirect invited a Harvard Kennedy School researcher and a chief strategist at business network provider Ariba to explore the ramifications. The opportunities for collab...
Windows Server 2012 is available. It offers businesses and service providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud-optimized infrastructure. Windows Server 2012 helps organizations connect securely across premises and helps IT Professionals to respond to business needs fast...
We have a saying here at ‘wichcraft: Make people happy while being proud of what you do. We’re in the retail food business. Our job is to feed our customers, and our customers are at the core of everything we do. As Director of Technology for a sandwich company spanning 15 locations...
Which ecosystem am I talking about? IBM had ruled and still rules the mainframe ecosystem . But the game changed! Microsoft lorded over the desktop ecosystem. It still does but we all know that the game is changing again. You would be pardoned if you think that the new game in town ...
What is the “Social Journey” and why is it important to integrate community and web together? I realized that some of you may be asking that question why would I put my team and community through this process and spend the level of effort to make it happen. Well, The answer is 48% and ...
This is the second in a multi-part series of posts (read first post here) looking at if large enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC VMAX 10K updates mean. Thus on January 14 2013 it is time for a new EMC Virtual Matrix (VMAX) model 10,000 (10K) sto...


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