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Recently I've been thinking about what happens to an identity through its life cycle and how the identity data is treated during this process. I think you will also see that the Enterprise itself has differing methods of dealing with it as well. I am considering this to be the beginni...
The number one IT issue for all enterprises today is delivery - responding to business demand for change in ever faster timescales, at lower cost. But in the typical large enterprise, IT is widely perceived to be incapable of responding in a reasonable timeframe and cost. There are man...
Do you know of any organization which does not have an annual budgeting process? Do you know of any organization which does not do an ROI analysis before deciding to fund a project? There may be smaller projects which come out of the discretionary fund of a sponsor but any project of...
Following a number of months of work with a team effort of industry experts and requirements from key user groups like government agencies here in Canada, version 1.00 of our Cloud Maturity Model for RFPs is now complete and available for purchase. Many businesses are at the point th...
One of the interesting side effects of having been a developer before migrating to a more network-focused view of the world* is it’s easier to understand the limitations and constraints posed on networking-based software, such as web servers. During the early days of virtualization ad...
Innovations are commonly judged by how fast they reached 50 million users (Radio, 38 years; TV, 13 years; Internet, 4 years; iPod, 3 years, etc.). Another way to look at this is by time equivalents: If one Dog Year equals 7 human years than how many years of traditional IT do we travel...
A critical component of a Private Cloud 2.0 architecture is what Techcello call a ‘CMAP’ – A Cloud-ready Multi-tenant Application Platform. In the same fashion that Private Cloud internalizes the IaaS model, so this can also be repeated for both the PaaS and SaaS layers too. Indeed w...
Virtualizing mission-critical applications formed a foundation for improved disaster recovery (DR) best practices. Pre-2009, we'd experimented with virtualization. It'd be one of those things that I had my teams working on, mostly so we could tell my boss that we were doing it, but th...
When you get down to brass tacks, the cloud is simply a server somewhere outside the four walls of your enterprise. Whether you share (multi-tenanted) space on the server or have one all to yourself, the same question revolving security still pertain. Is it safe? The answer lies on how...
Infrastructure metrics have always been focused on speeds and feeds. Throughput, packets per second, connections per second, etc… These metrics have been used to evaluate and compare network infrastructure for years, ultimately being used as a critical component in data center design. ...
Virtualization provides an excellent on-ramp to improved data lifecycle benefits and efficiencies, and also forces a rethinking of the culture of data as a lifecycle. The benefits of server virtualization are clear for many more companies now as they reach higher percentages of worklo...
There has been a rush lately of retailers exposing APIs to enable mobile access to what previously were in-store operations. Last month, Adam Broitman wrote in Advertising Age about Walgreen's photo API. In the article he notes that APIs may become crucial to brick and mortar stores.
Imagine getting a $20 parking ticket and then filing suit against the issuing municipality for exposing too much personal information on that ticket. That’s exactly what Jason Senne did after receiving a $20 parking ticket in 2010 for illegally parking his car overnight in the Chicago...
Did you know that Microsoft has a wholly owned subsidiary called “Microsoft Open Technologies”? It was announced in a blog post in April 2012. Here is the home page and here is the page on Git Hub. Did you know that Microsoft is now in the top 20 list of the Linux kernel’s biggest co...
I had the chance to attend the Triangle DevOps meetup, along with my podcast co-host Aaron Delp (@aarondelp), which was being held at the Teradata offices and lead by their DevOps person responsible for their OpenStack environment. It was an interesting event for a few reasons:
Network management is important to cloud computing success. Software defined networks and data center fabrics all help in helping manage cloud initiatives better. Acquisitions in the cloud computing space have been picking up recently as technology companies look to offer end-to-end s...
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...
Over at APIEvangelist.com, Kin Lane has a great list of "Successful APIs to look at when planning your API". These include Ebay and Flickr. It's a great list, showing how APIs can be very different from each other. Some are OData-y (Ebay), some still support SOAP as well as REST (e.g. ...
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 ...
Analysts from Gartner to IDC say that in early 2012, about 50% of x86 workloads were virtualized, and that most organizations are looking to virtualize most of their workloads over the next three to five years. Virtualization is a mature technology, most organizations have developed...
In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables software defined networks (SDN). Also last week Oracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading a...
I don’t blog or read blogs as much as I once did but I like keeping up with the state of the art. So here’s a link to Marketing Sherpa’s 2012 “best-of” list for marketing blogs . I listed them all so I can easily go back and refer to them all: Best Social ...
If you’ve worked with Apache OFBiz or opentaps 1.x, you’ve probably had moments like this: Q: What’s the difference between internal name and product name? A: If your company wants to maintain an internal name for products that’s different than the standard product name, then you can...
There are a lot of benefits to leveraging cloud computing technology but so are barriers. The thoughts of several folks collected through tweet chats is captured in this blog post. Why is it that cloud computing is maturing but adoption is lagging? This transformational approach has...
You may have heard recently that Facebook will be implementing SPDY. In that light I’d like to give you a basic understanding of the upcoming improvements to HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol). As you probably know, this is the protocol that moves most of the HTML documents and images ...
Keeping in mind that there is no such thing as a data or information recession, not to mention that people and data are living longer, there is the need to discuss expanding data footprints. When researching his new article over on SearchSolidstateStorage.com John Hilliard reached out ...
We’ll we're movin on up In the cloud stack To a deluxe datacenter, made of software Moving on up In the cloud stack We’re finally getting network marketshare.
Silicon Valley is a strange anomaly in a big world. It's arguably the center of the technology universe, constantly cranking out new ideas, new products and new companies. And its residents create billions (or trillions) of dollars of revenue on the back on that technology. But Silicon...
The Enterprise software industry has grown up around the standard three tier-architecture for web applications, which pioneered circa 1995. This architecture is ideal for web browsers, which have become the universal client of the Enterprise. With the introduction of Enterprise mobile...
Although sometimes portrayed as a big computer in the sky, the reality of cloud computing is far more mundane. Clouds run on physical hardware, located in data centres, connected to one another and to their customers via high speed networks. All of that hardware must be powered and coo...
There is a myth that is perpetuated that when you follow agile you do not do any upfront design. Any piece of software that we write today is made up of multiple components – classes, services, layers, tiers etc. To translate a user story in a piece of code requires a decision on how...
So Microsoft has spent USD 1.2 billion to buy Yammer. Few days back Salesforce acquired Buddy Media for USD 0.689 billion and about a month back Oracle acquired Vitrue for about USD 0.3 billion. That makes the Microsoft acquisition of Yammer the 3rd social media startup acquisition i...
Terracotta offers data optimization technologies that take current IT capabilities and enable scalability, availability and performance. They offer services, support software and solutions such as BigMemory, which stores “big data” in machine memory for ultra-fast access, Enterprise Eh...
Of late patents around mobile technologies have been in the news. Four high profile news items are (1) Oracle suing Google for Java patent violation, (2) Apple and Samsung fighting each other in different parts of the world, Microsoft, Apple, Rim and others jointly buying Nortel patent...
Everyday in our life we rely on services provided by other people. Making a phone call, getting a car fixed, or ordering a pizza – and yet we want those things to happen as quickly as possible, because time often means money. If you take your car to a Mercedes or BMW dealer, you will u...
I’ve been using Firefox on my Mac as my default system browser for years until I got really irritated with the need to kill it once in a while after it became non-responsive. Switched to Google Chrome, but was still running Firefox for testing of my HTML/JavaScript code with the ...
Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD? Short answer NO not yet. There is still a place for traditional storage arrays or appliances particular those with extensive features, functionality and reliability availability serviceability (RAS). In other words, there is still a p...
All the buzz surrounding OpenStack over the past few months may beg the question of whether Openstack can repeat for Cloud what Linux has done for server operating systems over the past several years. With an enthusiastic following and a compelling, if not industry-leading set of funct...
It’s only natural that most organizations split their IT budget between new technology to enhance business operations and maintenance of their existing infrastructure. Although the actual split varies across organizations, it is striking how high the typical percentage of budget alloca...
In our previous article, SQL Server 2008 Overview, we looked over the different features that the Microsoft SQL Server provides. In this article we will focus on the new and advanced features of the latest SQL Server release – SQL Server 2012. They include, but are not limited to, the ...