IT & Data Center

Europeans Flog Themselves with Cyber Attacks

Cyber Europe 2012
A massive denial of service attack hit more than 300 European public and private institutions this week, including major government agencies such as the UK’s spy agencies MI5 and MI6 and several banks. The interesting thing is that the assault wasn’t by some hacker. It was a coordinated attempt by the agencies and businesses themselves. Welcome to the latest round of defensive planning for the next real cyber war. The Cyber Europe 2012 exercise was run by the European Network… continue…

How IT Can Leverage Consumerization

“Most traditional approaches to IT security we saw last year were fundamentally breaking down,” said Brian Madden of 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

Cat Miller
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…

Peek Inside VMware’s Hands-On Labs

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One of the most sought-after experiences at VMworld 2012 was to spend time in the user labs and get some hands on experience with VMware’s latest and greatest. We got a rundown of the entire environment with Adam Zimman, Senior Director of Integration Engineering at VMware R&D. The promise of the labs is to let users get access in a full-blown encapsulated environment. More than just seeing the new technology, they get to try out different business scenarios. For example,… continue…

Avaya’s Approach to UC in a Virtual Environment

Avaya displayed its new Collaborative Pod at VMworld 2012. The approach allows for the delivery of Unified Communications and Contact Center applications in a virtual environment. Interested? Here are some more points of interest: Everything runs on virtual machines over vCenter. Top of the rack delivers 10 Gigabit switching. Media gateway allows for DSP resources and PSTN access. On top of vCenter you can deploy other needed management services such as utility or element management. Includes KVM Ewitch and Compute… continue…

How VMware’s Leadership Sees Virtualization

VMware CEOs
  The morning of the first day of VMworld 2012 conference, VMware CEO Paul Maritzhis soon-to-be successor Pat Gelsinger answered open questions from the press. Here are some of their comments. With regard to VMware’s global virtualization penetration, they’re aware that while VMware is well established in mature markets, they’ve got a lot of work to do in less mature markets. Can VMware be ported over to ultra density ARM-based servers? Users technically have the capability to do that already.… continue…

Some Unexpected Benefits from Virtualization

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Virtualization has been sold for the host of benefits it offers, things like reduced capital expenditures, consolidation and speed of deployment. But it’s not until you actually deploy a virtualized environment that you realize some of the other wonders it can bring to your operation. On the show floor at VMworld 2012, I asked attendees — all of whom had virtualized — some of the unforeseen gains they’d seen by virtualizing. Image: Plus Sign Illustration from Bigstock

Strategies for Creating Tomorrow’s Workplace, Today

For decades, the tech industry has been burned by buying into equipment and technologies that became obsolete far too quickly. Knowing that’s a constant, how can you lessen the economic burden, and prepare for the ever changing demands, technology, and capabilities of your workforce? This was the topic du jour in a panel session titled: “Strategies for Creating Tomorrow’s Workplace, Today” at the VMworld 2012 conference in San Francisco. On the panel were: Bruce Scheer, President, Future Sight Consulting –… continue…

Data is Safer in the Cloud than on Your Network

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“Cloud environments may be safer than on-premise environments,” said Rohit Gupta, VP, Business Development for Alert Logic. He was referencing a biannual study on cloud security that Alert Logic released this month. We spoke at the VMworld 2012 conference in San Francisco. The cloud’s questionable security has become such a super hot topic that just the endless discussion of it alone has become something of a joke. Gupta, who works for a security as a service company, noted that we… continue…

How to Prepare for a Team Member’s Departure

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The end is coming. It may be next week or it may be next year but soon it’s going to happen: someone in your organization is going to leave. There’s a lot to be done when someone leaves, but being prepared in advance can make the process a lot easier. There’s a lot of HR and training needed when someone leaves the company, but this is the software development blog, so let’s talk about the software. Handling the transition of… continue…