IT & Data Center

Why Systems Administrators Are Gold

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Cloud services like Amazon’s AWS are creating a talent gap by eliminating the need for systems administrators. That means companies have to build their business without having the in-house expertise needed to run their own data centers when the time comes. The rise of cloud services providers means fewer people are developing the operational skills needed to build and maintain a business’s infrastructure. As a result, finding people who can tackle that work has become more difficult, Steve Curry, president… continue…

Microsoft to Hire for Washington Data Center Expansion

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Microsoft plans to expand its data center operations in Quincy, Wash., with construction on the new center expected to begin in the spring of 2014, according to the Columbia Basin Herald. The first phase of the expansion is plotted for completion by early 2015 and will create about 100 full-time jobs, as well as a number of indirect jobs, according to the company. “As demand grows for our online and cloud services, Microsoft is anticipating growth in its cloud infrastructure… continue…

EMC’s Joe Tucci Forecasts Future for DBAs

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Wonder what the future holds if you’re a database administrator or other IT pro? EMC’s CEO Joe Tucci on Tuesday sent a clear message on the future of the data center – be ready to transform yourself. Tucci, a keynote speaker at Oracle’s OpenWorld, addressed how technology has morphed into a software-defined data center, where the magnitude of unstructured data is growing at a phenomenal rate and millions of new applications are being built to access the information from across… continue…

Build Vs. Buy: the 7 Most Important Questions to Ask

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Software is the lifeblood of most IT departments. So it’s logical that determining when to buy a packaged solution versus building a custom one for a given business requirement is one of the most common types of decisions they have to make. Usually, making the “Buy versus Build” decision involves both technical and business resources. How it’s done varies greatly from one enterprise to the next. Some organizations spend a significant amount of time deciding, while others focus more on… continue…

Is the Demise of COBOL Greatly Exaggerated?

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Some people say COBOL is kind of like a Wall Street bank: It’s too big to fail. Not long ago, our blogger David Strom argued that as a stand-alone skill, COBOL wasn’t all that valuable anymore despite its prevalence in legacy systems. Along with Fortran and to some extent Visual Basic, he said COBOL was pretty much “dead and forgotten.” A number of users disagreed, pointing out that the federal government and corporations from banks to manufacturers rely on COBOL… continue…

Dell and eBay Eye Hyper-Scale Data Centers

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Dell is teaming upwith eBay to launch the Evergreen Innovation Center in a move to grab a piece of the hyper-scale data center market and leverage its existing enterprise offerings. The center is housed in an existing building on Dell’s Austin campus and is drawing on the companies’ current workforce to staff it, a Dell spokeswoman told Dice News. With the Innovation Center, Dell aims to offer customers the ability to scale out and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of… continue…

A Cloud Storage Latency Fix With Minimal Code Change

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In my first article on cloud storage latency, I gave a brief review of cloud storage, specifically how Amazon S3 stores and references objects. Now we’ll pick up where we left off to begin illustrating one of many possible solutions that can help solve the latency that haunts cloud storage, specifically in the mobile space. Cloud storage providers that are worth their salt all have at least two regions in the U.S. to choose from to store your objects. For… continue…

SimCity: How Not to Launch a Game

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Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard of Electronic Arts’ disastrous launch of the latest SimCity. It was designed to play for only about 20 minutes offline before closing down. Since cities are saved on servers, not locally, you don’t get to play if the server happens to be too busy for you. Tough luck. Unfortunately for EA, it underestimated the number of people who bought SimCity when the game launched. Kotaku says 700,000 cities were created in… continue…

Uptick in Hosting Jobs Doesn’t Look Like a Trend

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Data processing, hosting and services jobs posted 1.73 percent year-over-year growth in January to 252,600 positions, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s better than December, when the sector posted an annual decline of 0.66 percent, and November, when the number fell by 1.8 percent. The news about overall tech jobs was better: Their level improved by 2.4 percent year-over-year, to 14.2 million jobs. That’s a tad better than December’s 2.35 percent. It was the uptick… continue…

Uptick in Hosting Jobs Doesn’t Look Like a Trend

Posted In Looking in Tech
Dice Techonomics
Data processing, hosting and services jobs posted 1.73 percent year-over-year growth in January to 252,600 positions, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s better than December, when the sector posted an annual decline of 0.66 percent, and November, when the number fell by 1.8 percent. The news about overall tech jobs was better: Their level improved by 2.4 percent year-over-year, to 14.2 million jobs. That’s a tad better than December’s 2.35 percent. It was the uptick… continue…