Cloud Computing

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4 Steps for Effective Incident Management

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by Richard Turkel You can’t protect against all failure. If you could we’d never get to use the #fail hashtag. However, you can prepare your team to react well to an incident. You’ve probably already created your incident management plan, but what about the following four points? Did you consider them, or are they going to cause a problem or holdup when you’re trying to handle the incident? Perhaps you should have a look, just in case. Create a Communication… continue…

VMware’s Virtual Desktop Moves into Citrix and Mobile

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Just minutes after VMware made its big virtual desktop announcements at VMworld 2012, I caught up with one of the biggest voices in end user desktops, Brian Madden of brianmadden.com, for his take on VMware’s two biggest announcements. Horizon Suite will manage Citrix XenApp applications Horizon Suite is VMware’s platform to administer mobility, cloud, and BYOD. The big news is that it will also manage Citrix XenApp applications. That’s huge because that’s their big competitor, said Madden. XenApp is Citrix’s… continue…

How to Land a Job at CSC

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CSC, the global technology consultant based in Falls Church, Va., has about 1,600 available positions in the U.S. They span all aspects and levels of IT and development and include 200 positions for application, Web and mobile development. With more than 95,000 employees working in some 70 countries, the company is in the midst of transitioning from a traditional public-service contractor to a more dynamic private-sector tech solutions provider. “While we’ve done lots of consulting in both the private and… continue…

How Small Is Your Cloud? Try a Box

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Release yourself from the grip of the giant, public cloud and follow Dave Nielsen, the Cloud Evangelist of CloudCamp,  as he aims to create the smallest, private, most usable and affordable cloud around. The process of building a tiny “cloud in a box” is being met through the Silicon Valley Cloud Center, the lab Nielsen helped launch last year. Their aim is to capture the same user friendly characteristics of a public cloud: on demand, self service, scalable, and measurable.… continue…

SimpliVity’s OmniCube ‘Assimilates’ Service Stacks

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As virtualization moves from just virtualizing machines to virtualizing entire data centers, vendors are trying to compress entire stacks of services and give you that entire virtualized experience in just one solution. At VMworld 2012, I spoke with Jesse St. Laurent, Director of Technology and Product Strategy for SimpliVity, who showed off the company’s new OmniCube. It compresses a stack  into one shared resource pool for all data centers. They like to call assimilation. OmniCube allows for access and management of… continue…

Storing Web Assets for Performance and Scale

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There are a lot of good cloud platforms out there, and it seems like more are popping up every day. When evaluating them, you need to understand what your real needs are and not simply pick one because it’s a well-known name. For example, if storage of Web assets is critical you should choose a platform that offers the best content delivery network at the best price. If such storage is not your primary concern, and a flexible set of… continue…

Oracle Touts VDI That Goes Beyond Windows

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Oracle’s joining the fray of the many providers offering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. At VMworld 2012, I spoke with Stuart Scurti, an enterprise account manager for Oracle’s VDI. Scurti argues that Oracle’s VDI beats its competitors because: It’s certified on all Oracle applications. They’re not just a Windows OS shop. Oracle’s VDI can connect to any OS you want it to. It has an integrated smart card. By pulling the smart card and bringing it to another machine, you… continue…

Unisys Stealth Enables Virtual Networks

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Security is an obsession for everyone who talks about the cloud and virtualization. Hoping to add another layer of comfort to your security concerns, Unisys has introduced its Stealth Solutions Suite, an NSA-certified technology that stealth-enables network endpoints, making them seem invisible on your network. “You can’t hack what you can’t see,” notes Jill M. Walsh, stealth portfolio manager, Technology, Consulting and Integration Solutions at the company. The stealth technology executes low in the protocol stack. On top of the… continue…

How IT Can Leverage Consumerization

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“Most traditional approaches to IT security we saw last year were fundamentally breaking down,” said Brian Madden of brianmadden.com during an interview at VMworld 2012. Last year at VMworld in Las Vegas, Madden and I spoke about the consumerization of IT. To summarize, Madden pointed out that the world of IT had changed because users are no longer beholden to IT to get services. The endless variety of available Web services means they can circumvent IT security policies and more… continue…

Consumer Cloud Pushes Data, Programming and Networking Skills

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Consumer demand for cloud services from folks like Amazon, Apple and Google is driving the creation of new companies and increasing demand for professionals with a variety of skills, from data warehouse decision support and big data technologies, to C and Linux network applications. Since total cloud computing is projected to be a $241 billion business by 2020, it’s a safe bet that you’ll need to learn how to apply your skills, or develop them, to create and maintains its… continue…