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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...
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 ...
In the last few posts, we have outlined how in-memory solutions are being adopted in industries such as financial services, travel & logistics, and big pharma to overcome many kinds of Big Data challenges. Here I’d like to share an independent report from a leading analyst, Aberdeen Gr...
Code-switching is a linguistics term that refers to the act of switching between two or more languages in a single conversation. It's like starting off the conversation with a greeting in one language, switching to English for most of it, but using elements of the other language throug...
This is the first in a multi-part series of posts looking at if large enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC VMAX 10K updates means. EMC has announced an upgrade, refresh or new version of their previously announced Virtual matrix (VMAX) 10,000 (10K...
Virtualization has been a boon to enterprise, as it makes IT operations more efficient. Some like its green qualities as virtualization saves on energy consumption, while others appreciate the storage capacity, as well as the data recovery solutions for if disaster strikes. However, t...
The PaaS market is filled with noise. "Platform as a Service" is surrounded with blind men around the elephant, each with their own definition PaaS. This is further compounded by the fact that the Application Platforms landscape is changing quickly as well. We keep hearing that "Develo...
Recently, McKinsey & Company released an article entitled Protecting information in the cloud which discussed the increased use of cloud computing by enterprises of a variety of sizes and industries and the benefits and risks cloud usage entails. The article recognizes that many organi...
I recently posited a question on Twitter to feel out the attitudes toward technology related to cloud bridges. As you might recall, IPSec VPN connectivity was cited by attendees (real people) as a major requirement for cloud bridges at Gartner DC. For some time now, SSL VPNs have been ...
Gone are the days when the cloud meant simply a hosted virtual instance or resource on some provider's network. We're seeing all sorts of new variants and twists emerge. I'm not just referring to the use of storage or compute resources or those that allow for elastic computing, such as...
Storage hypervisors were a 2012 popular buzzword bingo topic with plenty of industry adoption and some customer deployment. Separating the hype around storage hypervisors reveals conversations around storage virtualization and virtual storage. Storage virtualization along with virtual...
Yesterday, I nearly drowned in a sea of extraneous data. In just one hour during an important conference call, my laptop overflowed with 300 e-mails from an email thread I frankly didn’t care about. Imagine how much time I could have saved if my system knew I was unavailable, and sent ...
Ultimately cloud computing will be driven by customer needs for control and enabled by a new generation of hybrid cloud solutions. Today public and private cloud operating models offer islands of IT operating efficiency that can be highly desirable for applications and services specif...
Thank you Gartner for your statements concurring and endorsing the notion of clouds can be viable, however do your homework, welcome to the club. Why am I thanking Gartner? Simple, I appreciate Gartner now saying what has been said for a couple of years hoping it will help to amplify...
This is the first of a two-part industry trends and perspectives series looking at how to learn from cloud outages (read part II here). In case you missed it, there were some public cloud outages during the recent Christmas 2012-holiday season. One incident involved Microsoft Xbox (...
My copy of the new book The Human Face of Big Data created by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt arrived yesterday compliments of EMC (the lead sponsor). In addition to EMC, the other sponsors of the book are Cisco, VMware, FedEx, Originate and Tableau software. To say this is a big book...
Many organizations are focusing on IT metrics and metering to generate IT cost savings. Here's a quick summary of how one organization is using metering of IT resource consumption to improve IT cost visibility and move from being a cost center to an internal service provider. The Comp...
Last year, I offered my thoughts on trends and developments that the market would see in 2012. At that time, I felt that we were looking at a continued emphasis on cloud, while mobile and backend integration technologies would rise in prominence within enterprise IT. I think the indust...
Having all the security solutions--even if they're cloud-based--doesn't necessarily ensure holistic protection. In the modern enterprise, there are simply too many parallel silos of data. The key is to get the solutions not only to talk to each other, but to leverage one another's capa...
Every year has threatened to be “the year of the Cloud” but my main prediction for 2013 IT industry developments will be that yes, this is the year that it cements its role as the most major of technology disruptions. It’s hard for Cloud to be defined in such a delineated manner, as i...
Last year, we saw three trends making lots of noise and a fourth one closely following – Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobility, and Social networking for the enterprise. Let me comment on each one as we enter 2013. In cloud computing, the focus shifts to Platform as a Service (PaaS) a...
My prediction for 2013 is that competitive advantage will translate into enterprises using sophisticated Big Data analytics to create a new breed of applications - Intelligent Applications. "It's more than just insights from MapReduce", a CIO from a fortune 100 told me, "It's about us...
Performance is important, and that means it's important that our infrastructure support the need for speed. Load balancing algorithms are an integral piece of the performance equation and can both improve - or degrade - performance. That's why it's important to understand more about t...
In some ways, virtual security of your data center can be easier to manage than physical security. At least, some data center managers seem to be more concerned about the former than they are the latter. Yet physical security breaches make up a significant portion of data center securi...
Another year, another dollar… or something like that. It’s time for an update on the 6 things I think I think for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) in the coming year! 1. Hybrid Cloud Computing 2012 Perspective: Hybridization WAS key in 2011 and I’m doubling down in 2012. If you’v...
We have previously written about the importance of discipline in terms of art like Big Data. There are plenty of indications that more discipline and rigor is required on how we use the term. To date, our key message has been that it is the enterprise CTO who is responsible for definin...
This is a question we get a lot. In the web hosting industry, most customers know they need some variation of web hosting technology to power their company website, professional blog or ecommerce site. However, although most consumers and small to medium sized businesses understand the...
Ecosystem could be "the word" of 2013, if only vendors, providers, ISVs and other technology conglomerates stop acting in a "This Town ain't big enough for the both of us" way. As an App user* I am increasingly amazed, affected and annoyed by what in my view can only be described as t...
Using the Holiday season as a way to educate about the cloud. Happy holidays to all of you and may the season keep your perimeters protected, your assets secure and your networks free of nasty little elves! Twas the night before Christmas and all through the net No access was stirr...
Knowing what to test is half the battle. Knowing how it was tested the other. Knowing what that means is the third. That’s some testing, real clear numbers. In most countries, top speed is no longer the thing that auto manufacturers want to talk about. Top speed is great if you need...
A question – specific to F5 technology – was raised during the panel session I moderated at Gartner DC 2012 that for me, at least, raised an interesting question. Well, actually it wasn't just that question, but rather the question was the icing on the cake after hearing commentary fro...
Along the lines of the first blog in the testing portion of the Bare Metal Blog series, I’d like to talk a bit more about how the testing environment, the device configuration, and the payloads translate into test results. One of the problems most advanced mass education systems run i...
Is Big Data a buzzword with no clear definition? Wikipedia defines Big Data as… …a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications… Here is a collection of 13 (unluck...


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