IT & Data Center

The Basics of Cloud Storage Latency Solutions

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Recently, a company asked me to help solve what appeared to be a cloud storage latency problem with Amazon S3 for their clients outside of the U.S. Fortunately, there are many potential solutions available to solve this kind of simple latency issue that haunt a lot of cloud storage systems. In this case, determining which one was appropriate began with a review of Amazon S3′s cloud storage naming conventions. Lets set the stage with a quick review. Cloud storage is… continue…

Tech’s Top Job Stories of 2012

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Before the ball drops on Times Square to usher in 2013, let’s reminisce about a bit about the events that marked 2012—lots of firing but also some hiring. Here are our 10 top stories about IT jobs in 2012, in no particular order. Linux is hot — In a poll released in February, 81 percent of hiring managers said hiring Linux talent was a priority. Sixty-three percent said Linux hires were increasing relative to jobs in other skill areas, and… continue…

How Do You Apply Integrated Design?

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When people think about design they often visualize Apple’s products or a user interface. But design in IT is much more than that. While many pieces of an overall lifecycle are concerned with design tasks, say like the UI, the process itself is also driven by the need to create functional systems. This holds true for both hardware and software, as well as complex enterprise initiatives like ERP or even cyber security. If we consider “design” as a verb—the activity… continue…

3 Steps to Protect Your Personal Data When the Big One Strikes

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For many of us, the data stored on our computers practically defines our lives. As an inventor, computer scientist, software developer, photographer, technical writer and fiction author, the data and information that I produce is extremely valuable to me and to my livelihood. As I have started reducing paper financial records while migrating to electronic records, my data becomes even more important to me personally. So where do I have all my data stored? Well, given that I have 20+… 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…

Kink.com’s CTO Shares the Tech Behind the Scenes

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In 1996, shortly after he came from England to get a Ph.D. in Finance at Columbia University, Peter Acworth read about a fireman who made millions selling pornographic pictures on the Internet. Acworth enjoys BDSM, and knew he wasn’t the only kinky person on the planet. The nascent Internet porn industry wasn’t meeting his needs, and he was sure that if he felt that way, millions of others did as well. He began to build what could be the most… continue…

IT Salary Trends: What’s Hot

According to InformationWeek‘s 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey, information technology remains a well-paying field, with median total compensation of $90,000 for staffers and $116,000 for managers. Staffers reported a median rise in total compensation of 1 percent, while managers reported a 1.8 percent rise. Pay is on the increase across job functions. People who perform 11 of 23 staff job functions report median total compensation above $100,000. Last year, just three staff functions broke the six-figure barrier: ERP, enterprise app integration,… continue…

After Sandy, Thinking About Offsite Backup

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Data backup, archiving and recovery aren’t exactly sexy. They are mundane tasks that IT doesn’t get too excited about. But then along comes a once-in-a-decade event like Superstorm Sandy, and suddenly secure data backup and recovery is the most exciting thing in the world, at least to businesses that find themselves in the path of the storm. Not in a hurricane zone? What about a fire or even a water pipe that bursts? Among Sandy’s painful lessons is the importance… continue…

How to Solve Retail Problems Through Virtualization

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“Retailers are not known for disruption,” says Rick Terlep of VMware. “They’re not in the business of disrupting the infrastructure. They’re in the business of selling things.” Terlep, along with his colleague Chris Scrudato, shared their thoughts in a session titled “Solving the Problems of the Modern Retailer Through Virtualization” at the VMworld 2012 conference in San Francisco recently. But even if retailers are not disruptive themselves, as Terlep noted, when change happens, retailers have to adapt or they could lose… continue…

Beyond Hadoop: Open-Source Options for Big Data Analysis

It’s virtually impossible to read any article about big data without hearing about Hadoop and the NoSQL class of databases. With a potential $34 billion lined up to be spent on big data initiatives in 2013, according to Gartner, it looks like the market is widening to include other platforms and technologies that can tackle the number crunching and analytics that big data demands. For example, you can check out Storm and Kafka. Storm, which was developed at Twitter, is… continue…