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Last week Greg Ferro (@etherealmind) wrote this article about his experience with scripting as a method for network automation, with the ultimate conclusion that scripting does not scale. Early in my career I managed a small network that grew to be a IP over X.25 hub of Europe for a...
It's an application world; a world that is rapidly expanding. With new opportunities and markets arising driven by mobility and the Internet of Things, it is only going to keep expanding as applications are deployed to provision, license, and manage the growing sensors and devices in t...
Attenda is one of the UK's leading managed services and cloud platform providers, helping UK midmarket organisations to manage and safeguard the availability of their critical business applications. The company has 270-plus employees, who service clients from its head office in Staines...
Earlier this month our friend Greg Ferro wrote an article highlighting his experience with scripting for networking automation and the resulting issues with scaling. It’s definitely worth a read. In response, our own Marten Terpstra (resident king of #TerpstraThursdays on Twitter) penn...
In general, I’m a huge fan of making the buying and selling of digital ads more efficient and effective. This desire to continually evolve and improve the buy and sell process is one of the many reasons why the promise of programmatic buying is so compelling. Through automation and mac...
Cloud computing security issues are constantly a top concern for IT leaders migrating to the cloud. There are many issues related to data security in the cloud and more than one approach to cloud security. Focusing on Infrastructure as a Service cloud security, there are five issues th...
Dorset, 10th July 2014, - As of today Alex Cruz Farmer has been appointed Technical Director of C4L Group the Fast Growing Colocation, Connectivity, Cloud & Comms specialists. With his extensive experience in the IT infrastructure industry, the new Technical Director appointment is...
​The Chicago Quality Assurance Association (CQAA) was founded in 1984 to “promote quality principles and practices within Chicago-area companies” and to provide “a forum for information professionals to present and discuss quality and process management within information systems, tech...
Public cloud service adoption is already a mainstream phenomenon in most organizations. Meanwhile, many large enterprises see a private cloud in their future. But choosing whether to invest in building an internal cloud infrastructure or buy from a cloud service provider will become mo...
​Noel: I recently read a piece of yours on the QAInfoTech blog where you asked, “Is it fair to compare manual and automated test results.” That’s a great question, and one that I imagine could result in a variety of answers, depending on who is being asked the question. What made you w...
Intamac set for growth as connected devices are expected to double by 2020 8th July 2014: Intamac Systems, the UK headquartered 'Internet of Things' company, which delivers software and services that enable manufacturers and service providers to connect products securely to the interne...
Survey reveals 39% of enterprises not managing, or manually managing their virtual environments, negating any anticipated cost savingsMaidenhead, UK - July 8, 2014 Tensions between application producers and enterprises around virtualisation are likely to heat up. As software vendors a...
Brocade Fibre Channel Connectivity Supports and Enhances New EMC VMAX³ and XtremIO Product FamiliesSAN JOSE, Calif.,-July 8, 2014: Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD), the leader in data center fabric networking solutions, today announced that Brocade® Gen 5 Fibre Channel Storage Area...
While the bulk of the networking industry’s focus is on CapEx and automation, the two major trends driving changes in these areas will have a potentially greater impact on that which matters most: availability. In fact, despite that datacenter purchasing decisions skew towards CapEx, t...
New Mailroom Automation Solution Automates Capture, Classification and Routing of Documents and Information from Various ChannelsLondon, UK (3. July 2014) - ABBYY UK Ltd., a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies, today announced ABBYY Flexi...
How have most organizations been building hybrid clouds to date?
​The article below was originally published by Rajini Padmanaban on the fantastic QAInfoTech blog. Manual and automated testing have long co-existed and have contributed significantly in successfully signing off on a product’s quality. Over the years test teams have talked about the va...
If LinkedIn profiles are any indication, User Experience (frequently shortened to UX) is the new orange. Indeed, across all manners of technology, there is an increasing focus on improving user experience. Driven in part by Apple’s success on the consumer side, it would appear that IT ...
Two companies targeting raised awareness for mobile enabling ITAM and work order management applications within ServiceNowBerkshire, ENGLAND, 1st July 2014: TeamUltra (http://www.teamultra.net) and Mobile Reach today announced closer marketing and sales co-operation in the UK. This wil...
Fully compliant with European Union (EU) data privacy and security laws, FlexNet Manager Suite Cloud is the only full-function, software-as-a-service (SaaS) Software License Optimisation Solution for a global marketplaceMaidenhead, UK - July 1, 2014 - Flexera Software, the leading prov...
In this module we'll be looking at the different ways in which you can invoke your Azure Automation Runbooks as well as how you can monitor their progress. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for ...
In this module we'll be stepping through the process of creating and publishing your first custom Runbook with Azure Automation. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various...
In this module we'll show you how to connect to Microsoft Azure using Azure Automation by setting up your Azure Automation account as well as creating some basic assets that we'll use to connect and authenticate your Microsoft Azure subscription. This video is part of the Micro...
In this module we'll be going through the process of explaining what Azure Automation is and why its important for IT Pros as well as showing you how to sign up for the Azure Automation feature. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program de...
London, United Kingdom, June 26, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Storage Made Easy, a leading provider of private cloud solutions, today announced that their private Enterprise File Share and Sync Cloud Control solution was being used by HouseLens, a video marketing company to securely backup video...
Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Just to catch up on terminology, a Robo Advisor is an online, automated financial advisory service in which software algorithms are to manage a person's portfolio versus a human advisor. The issue today is not about the the plus and min...
Having lived through the unprecedented growth of the CRM software category, I never thought I’d see another category of marketing software reach similar levels of such frenzied adoption, but just this one time, maybe I was wrong. I spend my days advising companies on marketing strategy...
Depending on who you ask, the primary objective of SDN is to improve management and operations. By centralizing control, things like provisioning and troubleshooting can be streamlined, reducing the time and effort it takes to perform tasks. From that central point of control, a number...
72%. That's an estimate of how much of the IT budget is allocated to simply keeping the lights on (a euphemism for everything from actually keeping the lights on to cooling, heating, power, maintenance, upgrades, and day to day operations) in the data center. In a recent Forrester Res...
Redesigned for rapid adoption by tech-savvy employees, App Portal helps ensure successful self-service consumerisation of IT initiativesMaidenhead, UK - June 24, 2014 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions f...
Last Wednesday we had an excellent and very interactive webinar discussion with David Sisk and Scott Buchholz, Directors at Deloitte Consulting, LLC. David and Scott are experts regarding technical debt — both at a technical hands-on level as well as the strategy and governance t...
  When Comcast’s ad sales division Spotlight revealed a partner deal with Rubicon Project earlier this month, it underscored the multiple system operator’s (MSO) push to power the TV buy through both programmatic and direct sales channels. It was a pivotal moment for Comcast. Digi...
The organizers at Devops Days Amsterdam asked me to give the keynote this year. It was a great event and got to meet a lot of cool people. Here’s the abstract of the talk and slides: The term DevOps has crossover over from a culture movement around improved IT delivery to a buzzw...
Network address management ought to be, according to the conventional wisdom, a problem that’s been solved long ago. Yet, when you add in complexities like a private cloud infrastructure, everything isn’t always as easy as it seems at first blush. DDI (the management of DNS, DHCP and I...
Continuing our “ Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud ” series on TechNet Radio, Yung Chou welcomes Sr. Program Manager Charles Joy to the show as they discuss the be the importance of automation in your datacenter especially when it comes to advancing your...(read more)
According to an article in PC Games (August 2014, Ben Griffin, p. 12), two people from the Danish Ministry of the Environment “have recreated Denmark on 1:1 scale” in Minecraft. Although the idea came from observing their children playing the game, the construction required...
Creating an Amazon AWS Endpoint is really just assigning the credentials you would like to use to communicate with Amazon. vCAC already knows how to communicate with Amazon, it just don’t know what it needs to authenticate. To create the AWS Enpoint perform the following steps: W...
Creating an Amazon AWS credential has a few extra steps then a general set of credentials. You will need to login to your AWS account and access your Acess Key Id as well as your Secret Access Key to be utilized in the creation. The steps below outline the process to create an Amazon A...
Thanks to Amy Lewis(@commsninja) for inviting me to join the Geek Whisperers podcast with John Mark Troyer(@jtroyer) and Matt Brender(@mjbrender). We talked about: What makes some businesses consider Open Source a sexy strategy while others consider it a waste of time?What’s it like to...