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IT Automation Jobs Require Cross-Platform Skills

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As IT environments grow more complex, companies are increasingly looking to automate business processes across myriad platforms. That’s fueling a demand for engineers who can tie it all together. “Companies have been scheduling these processes manually or doing it through custom scripting, and inevitably they reach a tipping point where it becomes too much,” says Colin Beasty, marketing manager for automation vendor Advanced Systems Concepts. “[They’re looking for] a way to more easily build and automate these processes across different… continue…

Here’s Why Training Will Get You a Job in the Cloud

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Standing in the way of the cloud’s expected growth isn’t technology, but a growing shortage of tech professionals with the right skills, hiring managers say. Currently, companies are struggling to fill an estimated 1.7 million open cloud jobs—more than 24 percent of the 7 million positions expected to be available by 2015. In a study conducted for Microsoft, researcher IDC said the number of workers needed to fill those positions will grow by 26 percent each year during that period.… continue…

Here’s the Job Trend You Need to Know About

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In some areas, tech job trends followed surprising paths during 2012. Big Data and cloud efforts, for example, were stymied at some companies by architectural, cultural and organizational issues that got in the way of data sharing, meaningful analysis and effective migration. The result: CIOs slowed down their hiring to explore possible solutions. The good news, according to David Foote, CEO of researcher Foote Partners, is that hiring should ramp up in these areas in 2013 after deciding to weave… continue…

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…