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Software is eating the world. Everywhere you look there's an app for that. And I'm talking everywhere - including places and activities that maybe there shouldn't be an app for. No, I won't detail which those are. The Internet is your playground, I'm sure you can find examples. The p...
Okay, kids. It's time we had "that talk". You know the one, the one you've been whispering about with your friends but heretofore were afraid to actually ask about because of course everyone else knows about it and you didn't want to appear, well, not cool by admitting you didn't reall...
Data center models are changing. A variety of technical trends and business demands are forcing that change, most of them centered on the explosive growth of applications. That means, in turn, that the requirements for application delivery are changing. Certainly application delivery ...
Cloud Migration Management (CMM) refers to the best practices for planning and managing migration of IT systems from a legacy platform to a Cloud Provider through a combination professional services consulting and software tools. A Cloud migration project can be a relatively simple ex...
SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us today, Derek. Can you please give us an overview of your background? Derek Gabbard: It’s a pleasure to be with you today. Before coming to SRC and working to help launch FourV Systems, I worked in the information and network securit...
Where’s my data? Not in the ‘where did I leave my glasses’ sort of way, but rather thinking of data resilience, a key concern for many businesses putting their data and applications in the cloud. It’s especially crucial in light of the recent EMC Global Data Protection Index, which sho...
By now it is widely acknowledged that cloud enables a fast (agile) start. But more important than a fast start is getting results quickly. We are talking then about high productivity platforms, a category of PaaS. Funnily enough, several cloud providers – such as Microsoft and Google –...
I recently attended and presented at the east coast version of the Jenkins User Conference held this year in Washington, DC. The weather certainly fit the theme of the conference: The heat was continuous. The humidity was fully integrated with the heat. And, most importantly as you c...
The building processes inside the new mechanics of the cloud are difficult. There, we’ve said it – do we feel better now? Okay so maybe not so much difficult as such, but more complex in many cases… and definitely more varied. The ‘more varied’ element here is simple to understand. So...
We had over 300 conversations about Cloud Monetization at Cloud Expo just a few weeks ago. What was more surprising was the fact that Cloud Monetization is not something new that is revolutionizing the industry, but a natural need of the market. Imagine that you came up with the new ca...
Many people recognize DevOps as an enormous benefit – faster application deployment, automated toolchains, support of more granular updates, better cooperation across groups. However, less appreciated is the journey enterprise IT groups need to make to achieve this outcome. The plain f...
For some, SDN was about operational efficiency; about driving more stability and consistency out of the processes that push applications through the app deployment pipeline into production. For others, it was really about financial efficiency - the drive to lower capital expenditures. ...
With careful planning and the right technology, Federal, State and Local Government IT Leaders can overcome fears of data migrations, breaking free from archaic procedures to lead the pack . Jurassic World, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park film series, opened this week - an...
Being able to append documentation to an alert is very powerful and provides the on-call person with information to help solve the problem baked right into the alert. Imagine wikis, links to runbooks or graphs right when and where you need them. But that’s only addressing half of the ...
Redcentric PLC used an advanced configuration database approach to scale management of some 10,000 devices across two disparate companies and made them accessible as a single system. The next BriefingsDirect performance management discussion uncovers how Redcentric PLC in the UK tackl...
People have re-entered the picture in discussions about cloud computing. This was my primary takeaway from this year's Cloud Expo East in New York, an event for which I serve as Conference Chair. Over three days, we hosted thousands of delegates attending sessions from more than 150...
Caesars Entertainment Corp. is transforming supplier discovery and improving supplier diversity through collaboration across cloud-based services and open business networks. The next BriefingsDirect business trends interview focuses on Caesars Entertainment Corp. and how they're tran...
Collaboration is vital to a DevOps ethos that promotes agile deployment. The variety of people, tools and workloads often combine for a chaotic application release cycle with no running thread. Automation can be the common denominator that binds the process together. Automation docume...
I just read a new booklet from O’Reilly called The Software Paradox by Stephen O’Grady. You can access it here. Here is a direct quote: “This is the Software Paradox: the most powerful disruptor we have ever seen and the creator of multibillion-dollar net new markets is being commerc...
The last decade was about virtual machines, but the next one is about containers. Containers enable a service to run on any host at any time. Traditional tools are starting to show cracks because they were not designed for this level of application portability. Now is the time to look ...
According to Google Trends, web users across the world have been searching less frequently for the terms “CRM” and “customer relationship management” over the past 12 years. In that same time frame, however, there have been notable rises in the amount of searches for “customer service...
Last month I spoke at the Conversion Conference, and after my talk I met a developer who had been tasked with single handedly making her company’s site faster. We talked for quite a while, and she expressed good-humored frustration at the vagueness of this directive. Some of the ...
Almost every functional department in a business is thinking about how the cloud applies to them. The benefits are clear – it is easier for geographically diverse teams to access and collaborate over data, it is convenient for users, and it can cost far less. When it comes to performan...
Cloud computing CAD is now a business requirement. Cloud solution architects are integral to the ideation, creation and deployment of new business models and CAD is the right tool for optimizing their solutions. This is why the use of cloud computing solution computer aided design toda...
APIs permeate the connected world, used by technical and non-technical professionals alike. At some point, we all work with APIs, building them, selling them, maintaining them and consuming them. With so many viewpoints and opinions, misconceptions can quickly emerge, clouding the deci...
In the last blog we started the conversation on our findings from @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015 as the industry came together to explore the impact of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) on business models as we know them. While often the focus of IoT are consumer services and t...
Today, more organizations are looking at new technologies and applications for their operations. There is a convergence of industries that were thought to be independent which are now interdependent. What is missing is the ability to find common ground in definitions of infrastructure ...
Many network management systems can discover the topology of a network. As with inventory, some do it once (i.e., “get and forget”). Better ones continually monitor for topology changes. Lower-end tools, however, separate the topology from the management system. They get a map for the ...
Over the last couple months, in between some video coverage for events, I’ve been writing a series of IoT stories. From the basic What are These "Things”? and IoT Influence on Society to the descriptive IoT Effect on Applications and the IoT Ready Infrastructure. I thought it only fair...
There's a lot of things we do to improve the performance of web and mobile applications. We use caching. We use compression. We offload security (SSL and TLS) to a proxy with greater compute capacity. We apply image optimization and minification to content. We do all that because ...
This week, the team assembled in NYC for @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015. For the past four years, this has been a must-attend event for MetraTech. We were happy to once again join industry visionaries, colleagues, customers and even competitors to share and explore the ways in w...
The rapid adoption of digital business transformation processes and the ongoing deployment of open hybrid cloud platforms are enabling the achievement of software development bold goals. But when management consultants and industry analysts talk about how IT innovation is changing many...
If topics like performance monitoring and processing metrics, log management, and distributed transaction tracing — at scale, no less! — interest you, then you’ll want to check out what Sematext founder Otis Gospodnetić had to say at this week’s DevOps Summit in New York City. Applica...
Everyone wants to optimize their team’s performance, but coming up with a good plan for doing so isn’t always easy. That’s why operationally mature DevOps teams use metrics to gain valuable insight into their work, enhance the their capacity, and drive cultural change. Good data all...
This week we're attending SYS-CON Event's DevOps Summit in New York City. It's a great conference and energy behind DevOps is enormous. Thousands of attendees from every company you can imagine are focused on automation, the challenges of DevOps, and how to bring greater agility to so...
As more and more businesses choose to depend on the cloud, it is not unreasonable to be cynical and doubt the evolution. Are businesses risking it all by moving their data to the cloud? Or is this a totally thought-out move? The days of hosting websites and applications on your own in...
ViON solves complex enterprise problems by combining passion and agility to deliver the most effective, innovative solutions because commitment to mission success is in their DNA. One of the ways they deliver success is through
The causality question behind Conway’s Law is less about how changing software organizations can lead to better software, but rather how companies can best leverage changing technology in order to transform their organizations. Hints at how to answer this question surprisingly come ...
Business Intelligence has matured as a core competency necessary to sustain competitive advantage. Organizations of every size and industry are generating valuable data with each interaction, and that data can be captured, analyzed, and turned into business insight. These organizations...
Technology is advancing all around us. From our TV's that we use in our homes to the smart phones we ever so mindlessly use on a day to day basis, and they're becoming more and more connected to each other too. Technological advancement and connectivity are driving forces in businesses...