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This month I want to revisit supporting infrastructure and datacenter environments. I have touched (some would say rant) upon this topic since my post in April 2014 called "Take a Holistic View of Support". My thoughts and views on this topic have not changed at all: it's critical for ...
In part one of this series, our COO tackles the history and purpose of the NOC. A NOC, for those who don’t know, stands for Network Operations Center and, quite simply, is how large organizations with complex systems monitor them. Early versions of the NOC came about in the early 1960’...
JMS provides a standard messaging API for interoperability of applications on the Java platform. This enables your JVM-backed applications to connect to each other to send and receive messages. RabbitMQ is a messaging broker that serves as an intermediary for messaging between multiple...
If RAID were really not relevant anymore (e.g. actually dead), why do some people spend so much time trying to convince others that it is dead or to use a different RAID level or enhanced RAID or beyond raid with related advanced approaches? When you hear RAID, what comes to mind? ...
Few companies are able to implement Agile Development across the organization because there exists a chasm between the Application Development team and the Database Administrators. All too often, database development is an afterthought in Agile Development. Developers perfect how be...
Companies in all industries have been moving some aspects of their operations away from traditional IT and data center functions to the cloud – but usually not everything. Doing so can be somewhat scary, for a myriad of reasons, especially if a company’s cloud strategy isn’t locked up,...
I knew one software company that failed their SaaS transition because they chose to cut a few corners with the operations. Since they were software engineers, they did not really want to spend time on such mundane tasks as security, auditing, backups and so on. One day they let a disgr...
Kirk Byers at SDN Central writes frequently on the topic of DevOps as it relates (and applies) to the network and recently introduced a list of seven DevOps principles that are applicable in an article entitled, "DevOps and the Chaos Monkey. " On this list is the notion of reducing var...
When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspec...
In my first post, I discussed how software and various tools are dramatically changing the Ops department. This post centers on the automation process. When I was younger, you actually had to build a server from scratch, buy power and connectivity in a data center, and manually plug a...
As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen more debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word than we’re seeing over the word “DevOps.” And while it can be frustrating to find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the...
One funny thing about DevOps is that it is often touted that constant, on-the-fly changes are the way of the future in operations, and DevOps enables those changes. While this sounds really good, and some organizations are actually doing this type of DevOps, I think it is time that, fo...
By AdamElkus Over at Wired, a headline blares “Artificial Intelligence Is Now Telling Doctors How To Treat You.” Sounds unique, novel, and even scary. Those AIs are replacing humans, to the point where even the detailed knowledge of the physician is superseded by a Dr. HAL!...
28 AUGUST 2014 - Telstra today announced the launch of the Whispir Conversation Platform, a cloud-based enterprise service that allows organisations to quickly reach and communicate with customers, employees and the community via SMS, voice, web, email, mobile data and social media net...
I wrap it up from VMworld 2014. Special thanks to F5ers Bill Church, Brandon Frelich, Nathan Pearce, Calvin Rowland, Paul Pindell & Kent Munson for their guest appearances. A special thanks to Andrew Berenato of AirWatch and thanks to Lars, Natasha, Jay and Robert for helping with ...
Kent Munson, F5 Principal Solution Engineer, explains why the F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator won Best Partner Solution – VMworld 2014 – in the Cloud Automation category. The F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator provides automation, management, and orchestratio...
The article below was originally published by Rajini Padmanaban on the fantastic QAInfoTech blog.​In any discipline, a specialization is most often considered valuable and has a premier status attached to it when compared to a generalized body of knowledge. For example, a cardiologist ...
Elasticity is hailed as one of the biggest benefits of cloud and software-defined architectures. It's more efficient than traditional scalability models that only went one direction: up. It's based on the premise that wasting money and resources all the time just to ensure capacity on ...
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, EPiServer continues to build momentum with digital leaders in the UK London UK, 27 August 2014: EPiServer, a global software provider of innovative ecommerce and digital marketing solutions, today released a series of figures showcasing the organisatio...
For folks accustomed to the original blogs we post daily, our industry is in the throes of VMworld bliss, so we will be running the Best of Plexxi this week. Of course, if you haven’t read this one yet, it’s new for you! Stop by Booth 747 if you are in San Francisco this we...
For folks accustomed to the original blogs we post daily, our industry is in the throes of VMworld bliss, so we will be running the Best of Plexxi this week. Of course, if you haven’t read this one yet, it’s new for you! Stop by Booth 747 if you are in San Francisco this we...
#vmworld #SDDC #NSX #SDAS #cloud VMware and F5 offer up a production-ready L2-7 SDDC Many of us may recall from our school days some fairly typical "word problems" in math class. Consider for a moment this familiar pattern: If it takes Bob 27 hours to complete a job, how lo...
Are VMware VVOL's in your virtual server and storage I/O future? By Greg Schulz
VMware VVOL's and storage I/O fundamentals (Part I) By Greg Schulz
We’re busy planning our 7th Annual Media Technology Summit, and we’re going to devote quite a bit of time to the subject(s) of programmatic advertising. While it is one of the most overused phases in our business, the impact data-driven automation is going to have on how ad...
Orlando, FL, August 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- A major announcement for apartment property managers who want to spend less time dealing with package delivery: PackageLog™ (powered by Logware™ announces its ability to seamlessly communicate with Yardi® (yardi.com), a leadin...
SDL's language solutions selected to deliver culturally relevant experience across 16 languages MAIDENHEAD, UK - August 20, 2014 - SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced that Dometic Group, world-leading provider of leisure products for caravans, motor homes, automotive, truck and marine marke...
Achieving the best data security in the cloud has multiple steps. In our tip of the month series, we have been addressing many of them and have received extensive feedback from you that these tips are helping you secure your data, achieve compliance, and attain peace of mind knowing th...
New release simplifies deployment of multi-tier applications and adds support for latest versions of Windows, Apple, Linux and virtual applications Maidenhead, U.K. - August 19, 2014 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installa...
Collaborative Applications Company Will Discuss the Importance of Making Collaboration Easy and Accessible for AllLondon, 19 August 2014 Hornbill, today announced that it will be exhibiting at the Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit, in London on the 15th and 16th of Se...
A New York Times article yesterday discovers the 80-20 rule: that 80% of a typical data science project is sourcing cleaning and preparing the data, while the remaining 20% is actual data analysis. The article gives short shrift to this important task by calling it "janitorial work", b...
As we head through earnings season, we get the opportunity to learn a bit about the state of the networking industry. Each data point gives us a bit more information about how the competitive landscape is unfolding, and ultimately how this will shape the market. So what do we know so f...
Gulu, Uganda, August 18, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Backed by Volo’s expert design and cloud-based software integration, Northern Uganda’s newest Internet Service Provider (ISP), is now delivering the most affordable high-speed Internet access to businesses and residences in the re...
At the beginning of the book the authors say they created this book to be used in a classroom setting. I agree that it is a great book for the classroom, but I would also recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the current Agile methodologies. It does what the title of the book...
With over 2,000 stores, and $79.38 billion in revenue from the last twelve months, Home Depot has the potential to be a giant force in home automation. It now has more than 600 “smart” devices in stock and is pushing the Wink home hub platform as its play in the smart home. According t...
Samsung has bought SmartThings, the startup that makes smart-home controllers. While the companies did not disclose the price, sources said the South Korean consumer electronics giant paid about $200 million. SmartThings will continue to be run by CEO and founder Alex Hawkinson and ope...
In the world of cloud, there are several forms of automation that make your life easier when deploying virtual infrastructure. Most of you are probably familiar with configuration management platforms like Puppet or Chef. Those are great for customizing virtual machines or instances th...
Object Linking and Embedding is a Microsoft developed technology for the Windows OS. Most of you must have used it one time or another. OLE Client and OLE Server based technology that was present in most of Microsoft products.The OPC Foundation started by industrial automation vendors ...
Philadelphia, PA, August 12, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Lehigh University, one of the top private research universities in the country, has decided to replace its existing electronic procurement platform with Unimarket’s cloud-based solution to improve the performance of their procuremen...
By Shannon Perry Scientists, programmers, and engineers work ceaselessly to develop improvements in robotics and artificial intelligence, which constitute some of the most impressive technological feats ever accomplished. Impressive personal assistants like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s...