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People use the R language every day to create the elements of reports: tables, charts, analyses, and forecasts. But assembling all of that information into a print-ready document laid out with text can a hassle. You can cut-and-paste all of the elements into Word, but then what do you ...
There is something easy about emails. Emails give you time; time to confer, time to double-check, time to weigh up the pros and cons – time to respond. While fewer and fewer of us are picking up the phone to contact customer services, an increasing number are using public social media ...
I got this Google alert the other day and it caught my attention because it talked about configuring IPFIX and the link went to a pdf on Juniper XGS 5000 IPFIX Support. Apparently the Juniper Networks Security Network Protection XGS 5000, a next generation IPS now supports IPFIX but r...
In this video I discuss what "tempo" means to mobile strategies, and provide examples of how companies find competitive advantages by increasing their tempo through the use of mobile technologies. How could increasing the tempo of your business through the use of mobile technologies h...
Today, Microsoft has reached an exciting milestone that allows you to download and begin installing the final RTM releases Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 in your shops! As of today, August 15th, the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 final RTM (released to manufacturing) bits are no...
We use the term “hybrid cloud” to indicate a joining together of two disparate environments. We often simplify the “cloud” to encompass public IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and private cloud. But even though the adoption of such hybrid architectures may be a foregone conclusion, the devil is, as th...
For the last few months, security breaches have been on the rise (or let’s just say have been receiving more news coverage). We have seen countless stories of large, popular websites being compromised by unknown, or later identified, hackers. The quest, it seems, is to determine how ea...
Are you as Mars-obsessed as I have been in the past week or so? Maybe I shouldn’t have started things off by watching the original Total Recall movie starring Arnold in all of his campy best. The current remake doesn’t even take place on Mars, which is truer to the original Philip K. D...
Recently, IDG's Joab Jackson of IDG wrote a piece titled, Five Things CIO’s Should Know About Big Data. Amid the slew of articles offering advice on Big Data, this particular one stood out because of how absolutely spot on it was. Of course we couldn't stop at just five. You will need...
According to Wikipedia, “Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets.’” Twitter’s brand personality is that of a service that allows us to communicate wit...
Secure cloud backup is a scenario which increasingly gains traction. It allows organizations to implement an off-site backup while maintaining costs at a minimum. In this blog post I would like to focus on a specific use case of secure cloud backup. The system we describe is comprised ...
I don’t know about how you feel about the current state of robotics but I was hugely surprised when I started exploring the state of art. AI is a field which has never lived up to its promise – real or perceived. For example if you look at Arthur Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” (nove...
I blogged last week about HBO’s “The Newsroom” and how the show debuted at an opportune time – soon after the Gallup Poll showed Americans’ confidence in TV News at a all-time low. There is now nowhere for the credibility of TV journalism to go but up, and if it does rise in future pol...
Cloud makes more urgent the need to consistently manage infrastructure and its policies regardless of where that infrastructure might reside While the potential for operational policy (performance, security, reliability, access, etc..) diaspora is often mentioned in conjunction with c...
The Socialympics? Nope. Just Social and Olympic. Everyone seems to want to talk about how social media is impacting NBC’s Olympic coverage. “Look at the velocity of tweets!” “Look at the ratings!” “Twitter must be helping raise awareness and therefore impacting ratings.” “Social media...
If you're a large corporation, two things that are a significant challenge for your Network Administrators' are DNS management and Global Load Balancing (GLB) configuration/management. With systems spread across a region, country, or the globe, the amount of time investment required to...
How many times have you heard it said that social media can help your company? All you have to do is learn a few simple tricks about tweeting and likes and soon enough you’ll be living large. Better yet, just pay Mr. or Ms. Confidence a small fortune to do it for you. After all, they ...
There are no shortage of bold, sometimes inane, headlines related to Big Data. In just the past 15 minutes, I ran across these two unrelated articles on my #bigdata Twitter feed. Big Data Knows What You're Doing Right Now Wow! Twitter can tell you when you are going to get sick. O...
It’s become incredibly in vogue to classify different marketing channels as “dead.” Sounding the death knell for traditional media was first, whether that was 30 years ago with the rise of cable TV, or more recently with content streamed online, to multiple devices, on demand. The pre...
Mobile is the fastest growing advertising segment (up 60.9 percent worldwide in 2011, PQ Media), but accounts for only one percent of total ad-spend. Even that low percentage represents $2.6 billion this year in the US alone (eMarketer). Brands are fed up with standard ad banners, pre...
We, the agile practitioner, had known it all along. Teams where all members participate equally, collaborate with each other and self-organize produces better software! Authors of the agile manifesto had experientially learned this. Now researchers from MIT and CMU have experimentally ...
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a scalable, extensible management infrastructure included as part of Windows 2000 and later. It’s an implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) and is based on the Common Information Model (CIM). WMI includes a rich set of powe...
Samsung has begun manufacturing on their new NAND storage for mobile devices. This should not only make new devices cheaper, but make them faster and more capable. It could even be possible that these memory chips are destined for the next iPhone (which will be shipping in September so...
Hurricane Labs and Information Security Summit are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of their new Corporate Training Center located at 4401 Rockside Road in Independence, Ohio. Featuring state of the art classroom technology, a large classroom for up to 30 students, 2 breakout room...
In order to provide more value to their users, Amazon has rolled out the instant video app for the iPad. Amazon’s instant video offering has a huge library of free streaming video for Prime subscribers. Amazon is trying to show that while Netflix and Hulu Plus can stream video, they ar...
You may be familiar with the truTV program Bait Car, where the police place a vehicle equipped with hidden cameras and radio trackers in various areas to catch a would be car thief in the act. It’s kinda fun to watch people ‘check out’ the car, check out the surroundings and decide to...
While Yahoo has gotten lots of attention in the past week with its latest CEO switchover, we now turn to another early Internet pioneer AOL. The company has a new version of their Web-based email software to add to the good news around its quarterly earnings announcement and stock pric...
In a new report published by Appcelerator/IDC yesterday titled 2Q 2012 Mobile Report (download here), iOS appears to have conquered the enterprise mobility market. Here is an excerpt from the report, "iOS has opened a dramatic 16% lead over Android in the mobile enterprise apps space....
Google is an advertising company first and foremost, but the big revenue the company sees from ads is funding the rest of the company’s efforts — efforts that have brought us great products and services like Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Search remains Google...
Going from a "job-centric" approach to a "server-centric" one isn't inherently bad, but it's a mismatch for how backups were being done, by a lot of people. Specifically people using tape. It seems like BE did this for two reasons. First, to allow for job parallelization. Basically, a...
Perhaps I should have entitled this post “The Cyclical Nature of IT” because the same principles apply. Over time, storage moves back and forth between fully dispersed and fully centralized like a sine wave on an oscilloscope. The Evidence Look at the evidence. In the 1950′s and 196...
When application issues land on the front page of the news you know it’s no longer just an IT problem. Application performance and availability is a key element of your organization’s brand, especially if a substantial percentage or the entire business is done online.
In honor of the summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, let’s take a look at one of the most celebrated heroes in history—Batman. (Okay, granted, he’s not real. But that doesn’t mean he can’t help us understand some best practices regarding application uptime and availability, right?...
When it comes to building new cloud services, there is a large opportunity for new services built around Big Data. So when you look at consulting firms that provide application development and integration services, are there opportunities for them to leverage Big Data in their servi...
Next week I’ll be speaking at Cloud Expo in New York City, one of the premier cloud industry events in the U.S. Of the 150+ sessions that will take place over the four-day conference, a handful appears to address an essential element of the cloud: the network. The importance of an ent...


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