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Many organizations that are looking at implementing a new network infrastructure for cloud computing; a new building being built; or any other network capability, better look closer at their network designs. Why? All the cabling needed to build the network should fit the lifespan of t...
Few, if any, information technology subjects have garnered more attention over the past two years than Big Data. It’s a savior. It’s evil. It’s the killer app of killer apps. And now, according to Gartner analyst Svetlana Sicular, “Big Data Is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment...
The Big Data Old Tail focuses on the costs inherent in maintaining archives of increasingly small, yet increasingly costly data as we struggle to deal with older and older information. True, perhaps the fact that the Old Tail data sets from a particular time period are small will compe...
The cloud is often touted as the answer to all our problems. The cloud broker model can give service providers the chance to avoid commoditization by repackaging their own offerings together with cloud services and selling these to customers. But cloud brokers beware. There’s a risk of...
I have been working for technology companies for 33 years now, so I don’t know why I’m always surprised at the technology myths that proliferate. For example, there is a popular notion running around that Solid State Drives (SSDs) will replace Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) as the dominant st...
The promise of “the cloud” is that cloud storage delivers users seamless “just in time” storage scalability to handle growth and quickly respond to peak loads. The economics and business impact of cloud storage also delivers a compelling financial proposition in today’s budget constrai...
The networking industry has gone through different waves over last 30+ years. In the ’80s, the first wave was all about connecting and sharing; how to connect a computer to other peripheral devices and other computers. There were many players who developed technology and services to ad...
The good news about the Big Data market is that we generally all agree on the definition of Big Data, which has come to be known as data that has volume, velocity and variety where businesses need to collect, store, manage and analyze in order to derive business value or otherwise know...
During a recent conversation with a CIO of a multi-billion dollar enterprise and his top executives, it became apparent that amid all the new technology advancements like cloud computing and Big Data, organizations are struggling to seek the concrete advantages in applying these techno...
The Big Data and analytics challenge that data virtualization best addresses is helping enterprises take advantage of their data. In other words, enterprises today are data rich with loads of enterprise, cloud, third party and Big Data. But they remain information poor. In this context...
Load testing, perhaps more than any other form of testing, is one of those activities that you either choose to do well or risk a result that leaves you worse off than not doing it at all. Half-hearted attempts at load testing yield “results,” but too often those results are inaccurate...
2011 ended with the popularization of an idea: bringing VMs (virtual machines) onto the cloud. Recent years have seen great advancements in both cloud computing and virtualization. On the one hand there is the ability to pool various resources to provide Software as a Service, Infrastr...
The implementation of EA means that an organization adopts processes for the development and governance of EA artifacts and deliverables. The discipline of enterprise architecture (EA) was developed in the 1980s with a strong focus on the information systems landscape of organizations...
No matter which team you were cheering for (or if you even watched the game at all), Super Bowl Sunday 2013 was more than a football game. Since the late 1990s, Super Bowl advertisers have tried to successfully link their TV ads to their online properties, sometimes with mixed results....
The other day I was looking at a web application that was using MongoDB as its central database. We were analyzing the application for potential performance problems and inside five minutes I detected what I must consider to be a MongoDB anti pattern and had a 40% impact on response ti...
Over the last few weeks I’ve been hearing a lot of discussion around HIPAA. When we speak about HIPAA, invariably the two components of data security and data privacy arises. In the traditional data centers database managers and data owners know where their data reside and implement ...
Ultimately, CIOs decide how best to manage their IT infrastructures to guarantee a quality of service to end users while staying within the allocated budget. Using a shared services approach for APM fits best in line with these goals. This approach can provide quality of service to all...
Managing complexity is difficult in any growing business. As companies innovate, add new business lines, expand their global reach, cater to increased volume, or adopt new regulatory rules, processes proliferate and the discipline surrounding them goes out of the window. Moreover, the ...
By the end of January, it’s estimated that 80 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions will have already broken them. The New Year is a time for reflection and introspection, but not necessarily one that leads to action, it seems. The opposite should be true during software com...
Uploading Big Data from our internal network to the Cloud via an Internet connection is as practical as filling a swimming pool through a drinking straw. It doesn’t matter how sophisticated our Big Data analytics, how super-duper our Hadoopers. If we can’t efficiently get our data wher...
As we know, Chief Information Officers are generally ‘change and upheaval averse’ because it is, after all, mostly prudent to resist change. With change comes risk, new user training, new integration challenges and a bottom line with increased cost. But new social enterprise trends can...
Modern enterprise class Oracle shops typically operate hundreds of Oracle databases, all managed by sizable DBA teams. Properly deployed Oracle databases actually require little administrative effort. I am here exploring ideas, technologies and techniques that bring us closer to the...
There are numerous applications for cost-effective data retention. Organizations can gain substantial competitive advantages when able to rely on data retention for improved decision making and trend analysis. Research enterprises can make use of large scale data sets enabling them to ...
Innovation doesn’t just happen… it evolves out of business desires and it frequently involves changing your own view of the IT value statement. This article focuses on one of the key components needed to make the shift from maintenance to an innovation IT philosophy, Business Service R...
As Senior Director/IT Leader of Information Technology at Dole Fresh Fruit North America, I am responsible for providing consistent and reliable distribution services for our division. Dole’s mission is to provide our customers with safe, healthy, high-quality products and services. To...
Despite the immense potential for efficiency offered by the proliferation of cloud and SaaS solutions, integration of these solutions into often disparate enterprise IT frameworks continues to be a challenge for many businesses. Even traditional B2B integration faces greater complexity...
Hybrid cloud is early, yet promises to accelerate the enterprise adoption of cloud computing. The question is: who will lead and what impact will they have on how enterprises buy technology solutions? There are a handful of publicly-traded companies vying for leadership in cloud compu...
Corporations around the globe rely on having highly efficient IT networks, and introducing a new piece of enterprise software into the mix will have a far-reaching impact on the entire organization. The decision to purchase and implement new business IT software is not one to enter int...
I must admit that before I began reading this book I truly thought it was going to be another twisted story of an attempt at agile that failed in everyone's eyes except for those that needed to say it was a success. That is what I am used to. It is kind of like when I am on a product ...
Not long ago, customers and prospects had to find a computer to visit your website. But today they’re online 24/7 via mobile devices. Serving your customers is now a continuous interaction, and this phenomenon will only grow in the coming years as customers and prospects demand reliabl...
I was programming in C++ for a living when I fell in love with Java. It was an unintended affair. At the time, I was following a trend with the limited language of C++, which didn’t even have operator overloading or templates, but boasted simplicity and the ability to write the code o...
A tester friend of mine recently came to me with a complaint that I think is fairly common in the testing community. He said, “Every time there is a new release of the software for us to test, we have to rework our testing scripts.” I’ve heard this complaint throughout my career, not o...
The lack of a proactive security strategy is much like an ostrich putting its head in the sand. It is a matter of when, not if attacks will happen. As enterprise systems are exposed to substantial risk from data loss, theft, or manipulation, a proactive unified approach deployed and ma...
It was never a question of whether SAP would bring it flagship product, Business Suite to HANA, but when. And when I saw this while parking the car at my physical therapist over the holidays, I should’ve suspected that something was up: SAP at long last was about to announce … this. F...
Dear Mr CIO, how is the year ahead planning program going so far? I know, sorry, it's a tough one. The deployment and integration of devices, mobile connectivity points, virtual cloud-based desktop services, security, Big Data, tablets, mini-tablets and micro-mini-tablets (don’t worry,...
It’s no secret that the cloud is growing at an exponential rate. By 2016, two-thirds of the world’s server workloads will exist in the cloud. But according to Cisco’s 2012 Cloud Index, less than half of server workloads currently run in the cloud. Closing the gap between current capabi...
Gartner recently published an important report titled "Will IT Operations Analytics Platforms Replace APM Suites?"* The report is based on Gartner client Inquiries about enterprise performance and availability strategies and these enterprises report a near-universal commitment to the i...
The NEBs level 3 certification is essential to keeping carriers services up and running during natural disasters and other catastrophic events. The Network Equipment-Building System (or NEBS) is such a standard, attempting to force device builders to engineer their products to withst...
This is part of a series of blog posts on the emergence of hybrid cloud and how it will impact enterprise IT, solutions and public cloud service providers. Over the last four years Archimedius has tracked the evolution of VMware from server virtualization leader to private cloud leade...
There are many ways to enter into IT field as a programmer or tester, but the most powerful and demanded language in any software industry is Java.This article simplifies your Java learning and offers a simple application to start your programming in as lesser than 10 minutes. You can...


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