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Alan Shimel twitterbird posted a question as a blog post last week regarding the usefulness of anti-virus products on desktops. It was an intriguing question because no doubt many of us who are security savvy have asked ourselves the same thing – especially if our AV scanner is consum...
Introducing the cloud “point of purchase” - the magical spot where the consumer and provider meet. As product manager at ScaleUp, one of my top jobs is to make sure our cloud management platform has as much impact as possible at what we call the cloud "point of purchase". This is t...
Rackspace Cloud Files is a good cloud storage choice. Rackspace will host your data inside its data centers and allow you to use the online storage over the Internet – thus cloud storage for you. File server replacement is one of the main cloud storage use case. Basically you can atta...
Last year I wrote up seven tech predictions for the 2010 year. I’m happy to say that it looks like I went five for seven (71.4% for those keeping track at home). Somewhat content to rest on my laurels, I thought we’d go over last years predictions (before we ramp up to this years). ...
Over a year ago, I posed a simple question in a post: ‘Should developers care about cloud computing?’ In the post, I went on to assert that developers should indeed care about what was at that point a little more of an emerging trend. Not that this was ever a controversial issue, but i...
You want your PaaS to be a one-stop-shop for business service production and that means from the very beginning to the very end. You have to tenant and support your customers all along the way. So it really takes the vertical stack, which is the way we currently think about cloud in te...
With the exponential growth of information why are we not paralyzed yet? IDC had predicted 40-60% Y-O-Y growth of information. This translates to a ten times growth in about 6 years time. Here are some interesting analogies on information explosion from Infographic: The Information Ex...
When I go out and chat with different users about cloud computing, we usually end up discussing characteristics and associated benefits of the approach. As one may expect, rapid provisioning and increased asset utilization typically dominate the discussion. Users can draw a more or les...
It has been fascinating to witness how the use for SOA gateways evolved over time. In 2010, we saw an explosion of market demand for our gateway appliance product. Here are my thoughts for what I expect to see this year and beyond. Recent use cases for these types of devices largely fo...
With the various workflows in the past, there used to be a real disparate way of looking at how software is being developed. But with ALM 11, they're starting to bring that together. Now, this customer case-study from the conference focuses on McKesson and how their business has benef...
Surprise, surprise … Agile has never appeared in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. So, the task of separating the hype from reality becomes simpler. The reality, Scott Ambler says, is that “…you’d have a hard time these days trying to find people who don’t want to be ag...
2010 was a great year for cloud computing. The hype phase of cloud computing is closing in on maturity, as the message has finally hit awareness of nearly all in the Cxx tier. And for good reason. The diffusion of IT-everything into nearly every aspect of our lives needs a lot of co...
Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new! No really. I know that a sane IT manager or network admin is averse to change just because there is so much natural change in our particular industry, but this is one of those times where you can run, but you can’t hide. The one thin...
Five technology application trends that I think will be most popular in 2011 are: Tablets, tablets and tablets: iPad started the fever and its not stopping anytime soon. Newer and smarter tablets of all sizes, form factors and capabilities will emerge. Newer and newer applications for...
Few good things that could move the Cloud towards the Slope of Enlightenment or the very same items could have a negative effect and lead the Cloud towards the Trough of Disillusionment. Five things that could contribute toward a mass adoption of Cloud Computing in 2011, such as wheth...
Technology Architecture is not so different from civilian Architecture of buildings, cities, dams, landscapes etc. But the discipline and the process of creating a technology Architecture for an IT solution however misses some basic principles. - Narayanan Chathanur The Hoover Dam, Th...
In a few days the year 2011 will be with us, and just a decade ago, in 2001, while AOL was busy buying Time Warner for $162 billion, IBM had just started an autonomic computing initiative. The intent of autonomic computing was to address the increasing complexity of computer systems b...
I’m working on a talk that asks why our greatest institutions have trembled, if not shattered, before the tiny silver hammer of the hyperlink. One tap and, boom, down come newspapers, the recording industry, traditional encyclopedias… Why? I recognize there are many ways of explaining...
While just about every developer and information security professional knows that a buffer-overflow exploit can result in the execution of malicious code not many truly grok the “why”. Fortunately, it’s not really necessary for either one to be able to walk through the execution stack ...
In the past weeks we launched directly from the season of cloud events into what SYS-CON calls the Annual Predictions Bonanza. Gartner released its predictions on December 1 leading with "critical infrastructure will be disrupted by online sabotage." At CIO magazine Bernard Golden gav...
As I talk to MSP customers around the world, I am amazed by the variety in what they are doing with "cloud." In past posts I have pointed out that MSPs are the biggest cloud instigators. If it weren't for them, we probably wouldn't see business users complaining so much about the tim...
We're probably past early adopter and more into mainstream. I anticipate it will continue to grow and gain momentum. We are seeing a lot of interest in the market today for SaaS and cloud. I think it’s an extension of what we've seen over the last decade, of companies looking at ways ...
First, there was One Tier, and it was good. Back in the eighties, there was one mainframe and users’ dumb terminals were connecting this one and only Big Iron. These 3270 terminals were called dumb because they had only a keyboard and a monitor. No CPU. It was simply an I/O device. Tw...
Every once in a while, I like to step back a bit and write for those who haven’t been in the field for a zillion years. For starters, it helps refresh the pool of information out there for people trying to research something they haven’t done before. It helps a lot that I enjoy sharing...
With a private cloud strategy and dynamic data center you can quickly respond to rapid business fluctuations. But how do you get there?

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Small businesses in the technology space drive enormous innovation throughout the economy. However, the Federal Government does not fully tap into the new ideas created by small businesses... On December 9th Vivek Kundra, the U.S.Chief Information Officer (USCIO), released a “25 Point...
Lost in the high profile media attention around WikiLeaks is the simple fact that WikiLeaks reflects a common security risk all organizations face - the threat from insiders. While the sensitive nature of the WikiLeaks data has resulted in more media attention, the reality is that ins...
Small businesses have to constantly be in control of the balance between income and expenditures, especially in an economic downturn. I liken expenditures (and debt) to gaining weight. It is so easy to gain weight, yet it is so hard to shed old habits and lose the pounds. Every success...
While helping Lori with her fishtank avocation, I have learned a lot of incidental information, like the fact that there are essentially three types of tanks – reef, fish, and mixed. Reef tanks hold corals, anemones, etc, while fish tanks hold fish, with a minimum of incidental coral o...
If Anonymous has taught us anything it’s that the future of information security is in fending off attacks across the breadth and depth of the network stack – and the data center architecture – at the same time. Traditionally DDoS attacks are so-named because the clients are distribute...
Vodafone decided in 2006 to go for a global IT project and centralization in terms of PC client automation. It came down to us to evaluate the current solutions in all these countries and then come up with the best solution for the new global environment. This customer case-study focu...
Anyone familiar with enterprise-class infrastructure and servers knows that lights-out management is a must-have; not just in the event of a failure but also in the face of any event that compromises the ability of an admin or operator from accessing the machine. Lights-out management ...
When WAN optimization was getting its legs under it as a niche in the broader networking industry it got a little boost from the fact that remote/branch office connectivity was the big focus of data centers and C-level execs in the enterprise. Latency and congested WAN links between co...
We look at WAN governance as really a piece of ISO standard for IT governance, which is an official ISO standard. Ipanema strongly believes the WAN governance is really a standard too that should be put on the books.
You know how we can tell PaaS is hot right now? We see vendors suffering from the same ‘me too’ syndrome that we see with its parent, cloud computing. That is, it seems some players are all too willing to throw around the term PaaS in order to spunk up a press release or product announ...


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