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Maximize #SaaS Revenue | @CloudExpo @_Anexia #DataCenter #IoT #SDS

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:15:00 EST

SaaS companies can greatly expand revenue potential by pushing beyond their own borders. The challenge is how to do this without degrading service quality. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director at Anexia, discussed how IaaS providers with a global presence and both virtual and dedicated infrastructure can help companies expand their service footprint with low “go-to-market” costs.

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[slides] #MachineLearning and #CognitiveComputing | @CloudExpo #AI #ML

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:00 EST

Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to improve safety, performance, and reliability in today’s modern wind turbines.

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Tech Primer: When and What to Move to Flash Storage | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage #DataCenter

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:00:00 EST

Flash storage has become a mainstream technology, with 451 Research expecting the market to reach $9.6 billion by 2020. As the technology becomes less cost-prohibitive, and benefits such as its exponentially greater performance capabilities and simplified process for provisioning and optimizing systems become more sought after, it’s clear that the future of storage is flash. But while some organizations may have taken advantage of the burgeoning technology’s benefits early on, a significant number of companies have yet to make the transition. Your organization may very well fall into this category.

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Optimizing VMware Environments for Peak SQL Server Performance | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Analytics #MachineLearning

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:00:00 EST

VMware configurations designed to provide high availability often make it difficult to achieve satisfactory performance required by mission-critical SQL Server applications. But what if it were possible to have both high availability and high performance without the high cost and complexity normally required? This article explores two requirements for getting both for SQL applications, while reducing capital and operational expenditures. The first is to implement a storage architecture within VMware environments designed for both high availability and high performance; the second involves tuning the high availability (HA) and high performance (HP) HA/HP architecture for peak performance.

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[session] Identity Management in #IoT | @ThingsExpo #BigData #M2M #API

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:15:00 EDT

What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the lifecycle of people, systems and devices, transportation and fleet services are at risk of having connected, yet disparate systems.

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Infrastructure 101 - Part 3 | @CloudExpo #Cloud #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:00:00 EDT

When it comes to IT infrastructure, there are some big differences in the needs of the SMB vs the enterprise. What might be minor hiccups in the enterprise can be major challenges in the SMB. What are these differences and how should they affect the way solutions are provided?

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Infrastructure 101 - Part 2 | @CloudExpo #Cloud #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 16:00:00 EDT

Server Virtualization has transformed the way we manage server workloads but virtualization hypervisors were not the endgame of datacenter management. What is the role of server virtualization and hypervisors in the new age of cloud, containers, and more importantly, hyperconvergence? I covered SAN technology in my last Infrastructure 101 article, so for today I'm going to cover server virtualization and maybe delve into containers and cloud. Server virtualization as we know it now is based on hypervisor technology. A hypervisor is an operating system that allows sharing of physical computing resources such as networking, CPU, RAM, and storage among multiple virtual machines (sometimes called virtual servers). Virtual machines replaced traditional physical servers that each had their own physical chassis with storage, RAM, networking, and CPU. To understand the importance of hypervisors, let's look at a bit of history.

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Server Storage I/O Benchmark Workload Scripts | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage #DataCenter

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:00:00 EDT

This is part one of a two-part series of posts about using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part II here which includes the workload scripts and where to view sample results. There are various tools and workloads for server I/O benchmark testing, validation and exercising different storage devices (or systems and appliances) such as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) flash Solid State Devices (SSDs) or Hard Disk Drives (HDD) among others.

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New Changes in Persistent Memory | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage

Sat, 07 May 2016 17:00:00 EDT

Incumbent storage vendors such as EMC, Netapp, and Nutanix have built their rich code base on the block layer. This means that the only viable option to use Persistent Memory as a storage tier is to wrap it up with an abstraction layer that will present it as a block device.

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Happy Earth Day 2016: Eliminating Digital and Data eWaste | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:15:00 EDT

For those involved in data management or data infrastructures, the following are five tips to help cut the overhead and resulting impact of digital e-waste and later physical e-waste. Most conversations involving e-waste focus on the physical aspects from disposing of electronics along with later impacts. While physical e-waste is an important topic, lets expand the conversation including other variations of e-waste including digital. By digital e-waste I'm referring to the use of physical items that end up contributing to traditional e-waste.

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Scaling Containers By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Containers

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:00:00 EDT

Containers are rapidly rushing to the fore. They’re the darling du jour of DevOps and it’s a rare conversation on microservices that doesn’t invoke it’s BFF, containers. SDx Central’s recent report on containers found only 17% of respondents that were not considering containers at all. That’s comparable with Kubernetes’ State of the Container World Jan 2016 assertion that 71% of folks were actively using containers, though Kubernetes’ found a much higher percentage of those who say they’re running containers in production (50%) than SDx found (7%).

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The Dirty Truth About Efficiency in Hyperconvergence By @ACConboy | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:00:00 EDT

The business dictionary defines efficiency as the comparison of what is actually produced or performed with what can be achieved with the same consumption of resources (money, time, labor, design, etc.) – Example being : The designers needed to revise the product specifications as the complexity of its parts reduced the efficiency of the product.

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Big Files and Lots of Little File Processing and Benchmarking with Vdbench By @Storageio | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:00 EST

Need to test a server, storage I/O networking, hardware, software, services, cloud, virtual, physical or other environment that is either doing some form of file processing, or, that you simply want to have some extra workload running in the background for what ever reason? Here's a quick and relatively easy way to do it with Vdbench (Free from Oracle). Granted there are other tools, both for free and for fee that can similar things, however we will leave those for another day and post. Here's the con to this approach, there is no Uui Gui like what you have available with some other tools Here's the pro to this approach, its free, flexible and limited by your creative, amount of storage space, server memory and I/O capacity.

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Actifio Releases Web-Scale Copy Data Virtualization Solution | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:01:00 EST

Actifio has announced the general availability of Actifio Global Manager (AGM), a web-scale data virtualization solution delivering instant access and radically simple management of application data for business resiliency and test data management across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Over the last 6 years, the Actifio copy data virtualization platform has been deployed in many of the world's largest and most complex enterprise IT organizations and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). It has scaled up to thousands of application instances associated with petabytes of data deployed across private data centers, and hybrid or public cloud environments including Amazon AWS. After an extensive early access program, Actifio has released AGM for general availability for these web-scale environments, delivering Actifio's trademark capabilities of instant application data access, for even very large database instances, all driven by Service Level Agreements (SLAs) extending across the full lifecycle of data from production to retirement.d cloud environments.

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Service Virtualization: Top Reads of 2015 By @WayneAriola | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Virtualization

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 10:30:00 EST

From the SD Times March Madness Tournament, to the list of new research from voke, Forrester, and Gartner, to the most crowded sessions at key software testing conferences, service virtualization was a hot topic throughout 2015. Out of the 129 white papers, articles, videos, and case studies on Parasoft's service virtualization resource center, these 10 were the most popular in 2015.

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SUSE Embraces Open Source NFV for Software-Defined Data Center Offerings

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:01:00 EST

SUSE® has joined the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project, a carrier-grade, integrated open source platform that is accelerating the introduction of new products and services using network functions virtualization (NFV). The addition of NFV capabilities enhances SUSE's software-defined data center offerings, including OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure and Ceph-based software-defined storage. "SUSE is extending what we've been doing for years in the mission-critical compute, OpenStack cloud and enterprise storage spaces, bringing carrier-grade technology and service to the software-defined data center," said Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE. "Our engagement with the OPNFV project as a platinum member will help accelerate the NFV platform for partners and customers alike."

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EMC Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in Enterprise Content Management Magic Quadrant Report

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:00:00 EST

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the 'Leaders' quadrant in the 'Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management, 2005'(1) report. Gartner Inc.'s Magic Quadrant positioned EMC as an enterprise content management (ECM) leader based on the completeness of its vision and ability to execute that vision. Gartner describes companies listed in the 'Leaders' quadrant as performing well today, having a clear vision of market direction and actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

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How to Succeed with DevOps? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:00:00 EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Helen Beal, Head of DevOps at Ranger4 Limited. We discuss how successful DevOps transitions depend on culture, so to start companies must identify their current problem areas. Helen describes the most successful DevOps culture as a place where each individual has autonomy as part of the larger team and where experimentation is encouraged.

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IoT and Connected Marketplaces | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Microservices

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:00:00 EDT

Connected things, systems and people can provide information to other things, systems and people and initiate actions for each other that result in new service possibilities. By taking a look at the impact of Internet of Things when it transitions to a highly connected services marketplace we can understand how connecting the right “things” and leveraging the right partners can provide enormous impact to your business’ growth and success. In her general session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, discussed how this exciting emergence of layers of service offerings across a growing partner ecosystem can be monetized for the benefit of smart digital citizens, enterprises and society.

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Containers and Microservices | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:00:00 EDT

Overgrown applications have given way to modular applications, driven by the need to break larger problems into smaller problems. Similarly large monolithic development processes have been forced to be broken into smaller agile development cycles. Looking at trends in software development, microservices architectures meet the same demands. Additional benefits of microservices architectures are compartmentalization and a limited impact of service failure versus a complete software malfunction. The problem is there are a lot of moving parts in these designs; this makes assuring performance complex especially if the services are geographically distributed or provided by multiple third parties.

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Free Service Virtualization Certification Program

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:50:00 EDT

Want hands-on experience with service virtualization—one of the most exciting new software testing technologies in years? Then don't miss this free Service Virtualization certification program led by Parasoft: the company who pioneered service virtualization in 2002. After spending 2 hours with top Software Evangelist Arthur "Code Curmudgeon" Hicken, you'll have a core understanding of how your team can use service virtualization to test earlier, faster, and more completely.

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Clutch #Docker Authorized Partner | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:45:00 EDT

Clutch is now a Docker Authorized Consulting Partner, having completed Docker's certification course on the "Docker Accelerator for CI Engagements." More info about Clutch's success implementing Docker can be found here. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship and run distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud and achieve 20x greater efficiency in their use of computing resources. Inspired by an active community and transparent, open source innovation, Docker containers have been downloaded more than 800 million times. Docker also provides enterprise subscriptions that deliver the software, support and maintenance organizations need to deploy a Dockerized application environment.

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Interface Masters to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #BigData #DevOps #Microservices

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:00:00 EDT

SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Masters Technologies, provider of leading network visibility and monitoring solutions, will exhibit at the 17th International CloudExpo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Masters Technologies is a leading provider of high speed networking solutions focused on Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet network access and connectivity products. For over 20 years, the company has been providing innovative networking solutions with customization services to OEMs, large enterprises and sophisticated end users. Interface Masters has been an OCP member contributing multiple white box designs to the project while supporting customer SDN development.

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The Value of Storage Management By @Dana_Gardner | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Communications cooperative HTC centralizes storage management to gain powerful visibility, reduce costs, and implement IT disaster avoidance capabilities. We’ll learn more about how HTC lowers total storage utilization cost while bringing in a common management view to improve problem resolution, automate resources allocation, and more fully gain compliance -- as well as set the stage for broader virtualization and business continuity benefits.

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[session] IoT-Cloud Service Centric Use Cases | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Cloud

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EDT

IoT is the next development of how the Internet is applied to the world. TAM for M2M/IoT is estimated at $19 trillion. The IoT device count is in the billions but will not traverse the service providers’ networks. Service providers and vendors are struggling to understand how to map the TAM dollars to real use cases, optimal technology approaches, and profitable business models. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dennis Ward, IoT analyst, strategist at DWE, will focus on the SP transformations that will occur. In Phase I SP infrastructure virtualization. In Phase II SPs will focus on monetization. The key is IoT Cloud-based Service Centric Use cases.

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COOLECT Sets New Benchmark for Personal Digital Media Software

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 03:00:00 EDT

Coolect, LLC, innovators of digital media management software, announced today the release of a new personal data management software product, Coolect, setting a new benchmark for the collecting, organizing, storing and displaying of digital media.

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FileMaker Pro 8 released

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 03:00:00 EDT

FileMaker today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Pro 8, the newest version of the most-awarded desktop database, featuring new ways to work faster, share and manage information of all types, and be more productive.

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Containerization, the Next Wave of Virtualization | @DevOpsSummit #Containers

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:00 EDT

When I started exploring virtualization, like many folks, I was in awe of how much efficiency came with moving physical servers into VMs. To this day, the number of success stories about improved usage, reduced overhead costs and increased functionality makes virtualization a solid business model for IT folks. Then I learned about Containerization and well, it takes efficiency to another level.

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If Hardware Is Commodity... By @DMacVittie | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:00:00 EDT

We really are moving in the direction of truly commoditized hardware. Some uses will always have specific requirements that are not mainstream and thus will require specialized builds, this is true in every industry. But increasingly, who made your hardware and where they got their parts from is a secondary issue. Which makes one consider what really sells hardware these days. Years ago when I was working for Network Computing, I reviewed a low-end blade server company capable of cranking up blades at a fraction of the cost of most vendors. They (like far too many good companies) ran out of money before they could grab market traction, but they did show that it could be done at a price even small enterprises could afford.

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Cloud Computing: The Open Performance Grid Drives Innovation

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EDT

The amount of data processed in the world doubles every three years and a global commitment to open source technology is the way to handle this growth. An open technology approach fosters innovation through massive community involvement and impedes expensive vendor lock-in. This benefits buyers as markets remain more competitive. In doing so, open standards and technologies also allow for market hypergrowth, and this is the key to handling the growth of data. A doubling every three years means we'll be grappling with a full Yottabyte of data in the year 2040. That's one billion petabytes, an amount of data that, similar to pondering geologic time, I can understand in the abstract but not truly grasp. Meanwhile, the nature of this data—which can truly be called Big Data in today's age of the Zettabyte—is transforming from a jet plane model to a chewing gum model. By this I mean Big Data in its original conception 20 years ago referred to a small number of massive files, the type found in meteorology and nuclear-bomb building. Tomorrow's Big Data will largely be a product of billions of sensors, transmitting less than 10K at a time. Rather than thinking about a few 747s, we'll be thinking about billions of pieces of chewing gum. Already There We're already in such a Little Big Data era, with stuff like Hadoop and NoSQL databases equipped to handle the onslaught of data volume, variety, and--because of much this data's real-time nature—velocity. But we've only just begun. Innovation must continue apace, in hardware even more so than software. Today's technology already requires more almost 3% of the world's electricity grid to power its data centers—exponential increases in data processing simply will not be met by the global electricity grid in the absence of vast new hardware efficiencies. The OPG Thus I'm involved with something called the Open Performance Grid, or OPG. Announced in San Francisco in August 2015, the Open Performance Grid measures openness, performance, and leadership of hardware, software, and designs for modern data centers. The OPG is a community effort with input from technology users and buyers, analysts and researchers, and vendors who wish to compare their own self-assessments with what the community is saying. Sample measures of openness, beyond simple open-source availability, include the presence, size, and activity of a community and foundation for a particular technology. Market share, benchmark performance, and what we call the Innovation Curve are also part of the mix. Software categories include operating systems, virtualization, containers, PaaS, IaaS services and stacks, monitoring/analytics, management consoles, software-defined storage, SDN, SDDC. For hardware, we're looking at chips, boards, subsystems, and even overall data center designs. The challenge of meeting the astounding growth in data is enormous. The Open Performance Grid is a way to encourage and enable the technology provider, development, and user communities to meet the challenge. Contact me on Twitter to learn more.

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Service Automation Creates New Silos By @FusionLayer | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EDT

Services providers have traditionally organized the management and operation of different technologies into several teams with very specific domain knowledge. These teams have been staffed with specialists looking after routing, network services, servers, virtualization, storage area networks, security and various other technology domains. Over time, these functional teams have had the tendency to develop into loosely tied silos.

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New Storage Solutions: Hyperconverged and Hyperscale | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:45:00 EDT

Mobile devices. Cloud-based services. The Internet of Things. What do all of these trends have in common? They are some of the factors driving the unprecedented growth of data today. And where data grows, so does the need for data storage. The traditional method of buying more hardware is cost-prohibitive at the scale needed. As a result, a new storage paradigm is required. Enterprises today need flexible, scalable storage approaches if they hope to keep up with rising data demands. Software-defined storage (SDS) offers the needed flexibility. In light of the varied storage and compute needs of organizations, two SDS options have arisen: hyperconverged and hyperscale. Each approach has its distinctive features and benefits, which are explored below.

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Musings on Neural Networking By @DaveGraham | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EDT

I’ve always had a fascination with the way information is acquired and process. Reading back through the history of this site, you can see this tendency towards more fanciful thinking, e.g. GPGPU assisted network analytics, future storage systems using Torrenza-style processing. What has once been theory has made its way into the realm of praxis; looking no further than ICML 2015, for example, to see the forays into DML that nVidia is making with their GPUs. And on the story goes. Having said all this, there are elements of data, of data networking, of data processing, which, to date, have NOT gleaned all the benefits of this type of acceleration. To that end, what I am going to attempt to posit today is an area where Neural Networking (or at least the benefits therein) can be usefully applied to an area interacted with every single nanosecond of every day: the network.

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Free Registration to #Containers and #Microservices Expo | @CloudExpo #DevOps #IoT #API

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 22:30:00 EDT

SYS-CON Events announced today that the "First Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. The “Second Containers & Microservices Conference” will take place November 3-5, 2015, at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.

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WSM to Exhibit at @CloudExpo New York | @WSMINTL [#DevOps #Cloud]

Thu, 14 May 2015 04:45:00 EDT

SYS-CON Events announced today that WSM International (WSM), the world’s leading cloud and server migration services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. WSM is a solutions integrator with a core focus on cloud and server migration, transformation and DevOps services.

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The Mouse That Roared… for Business by @ChrisFleck

Sun, 10 May 2015 15:30:00 EDT

The Citrix X1 Mouse dramatically improves the user experience of any remote Windows app or desktop delivered to an iPad via Citrix and makes anyone more productive. At Citrix, we’ve been helping people access and use business apps on any device for years. Yet many of our customers depend on Windows-based applications that are hard to use on iPad and Android tablets, because so many features depend on the point-and-click simplicity and accuracy of a physical mouse.

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Industrial Internet: Big Opportunity, Daunting Challenges

Tue, 05 May 2015 23:00:00 EDT

We heard for many years how developing nations would be able to develop mobile-phone networks quickly, perhaps even leapfrog developed nations, because their lack of traditional, wired networks would not inhibit them from deploying the new technology. Now there is talk of history repeating itself with the Industrial Internet--a key aspect of the emerging Internet of Things. For example, Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, said in a recent report from the World Economic Forum, "The Industrial Internet will afford emerging markets a unique opportunity to leapfrog developed countries in digital infrastructure," says a guy from Chinese giant Huawei in this report. To some degree the first prediction turned out to be true, as mobile communications have become well established in many developing countries, and mobile phones the first phones ever used by perhaps 2 billion people. Our ongoing research at the Tau Institute shows that, indeed, developing nations in several regions are the most dynamic among all nations of the world. Unleashing Potential Now, with the Industrial Internet, no less a pontificator than Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff pronounced the IoT “ground zero for a new phase of global transformation...reshaping industries,” in the same WEF report. This particular report, entitled “Industrial Internet of Things: Unleashing the Potential of Connected Products and Services,” cites operational efficiency, connected ecosystems, software platforms, collaboration between humans and machines, and something called the outcome economy as the key opportunities afforded by the Industrial Internet. (“Outcome economy” is some mumbo-jumbo invented by the report’s collaborator, Accenture, and seems to mean that feedback from the IoT will provide companies with new insights that let them create products and services that will better meet customers’ outcomes. Perhaps pharmaceutical companies in the past, for example, were unclear that their customers wanted to feel better.) In any case, the touted new efficiencies of the IoT in general and the Industrial(ized) Internet in particular do seem to hold promise to bring new productivity--and if history is a guide, economic growth--to nations that move toward the IoT aggressively. Healthy Growth Economic growth without increased economic parity and social development will be the empty calories of this new global development engine: if bigger just means fatter, then nations will be hurting themselves over the long term. This is one of our concerns about recent economic growth in the Philippines, for example. It’s widely reported that the administration of President Noynoy Aquino--which runs from 2010-2016 in the country’s single-term presidential system--has produced rapid economic growth currently running at 6 to 7 percent annually, trailing only China among Asian nations. And our most recent trip to Metro Manila revealed significant infrastructure improvements at its airport and surrounding highways; a number of new high-end hotels, condominium comple[...]



Cloud: Mobility Driving Asian Startups

Sat, 02 May 2015 21:00:00 EDT

There are more mobile phones in the Philippines than people. And there are a lot of people. This is one of the amazing statistics of our current era, in which the compulsion for humans to communicate is leading us into the realm of massive data flows in an increasingly interconnected world. The Philippine phenomenon is due in part to the presence of two dominant mobile carriers–and a third that nips strongly at their heels—who charge extra fees for texts and calls outside of their networks. About 96% of this traffic is from prepaid traffic, in which users “load” up their phones from ubiquitous small stores in increments of less than one US dollar. Similar noteworthy statistics are found elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Indonesia, for example, was sending out 385 tweets per second in 2013, grabbing 7.5% of global Twitter traffic. Other strong social-media numbers have led to many there referring to their country as “the social media capital of the world.” With overall wired Internet access still lacking, more than 60% of Indonesia's social traffic is mobile. Thailand claims 97% of its population on social media, with prepaid SIM card system like the Philippines, and easy roaming throughout neighboring countries. Malaysia has a higher average income than most of its neighbors, and Vietnam a lower one, but both also contribute to an Asian average of more than 360MB of data use per month on mobile devices. Singapore is of course the great economic power of the region, with a per-person income level that now surpasses that of the United States. Singapore has among the fastest Internet access in the world and is moving toward being a Smart City through use of IoT technology. The average mobile data use in Asia is more than three times that of North America, almost 20 times that of Europe, and 200 times that of Africa. As I noted above, amazing. Heat, Noise, and Startups The hyperkinetic nature of Southeast Asian nations—the traffic, noise, masses of people, and heat can easily overwhelm on a short-term basis and grind one down over the long term—is reflected in recent economic growth through the region. Our research at the Tau Institute shows the region to be the most dynamic in the world, even as clear infrastructure problems are apparent everywhere outside of Singapore. This energy is also reflected in a growing culture of startups and innovation. I recently attended a startup competition in Manila, which is part of a larger event called the Top 100 program. The Top 100 program culminates in Singapore June 23-24, where 100 companies from a field of 300 among 14 Asian nations will compeete for attention from investors. The competition goes beyond Southeast Asia, with teams from India, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea joining in the fun. Much of the fun will be focused on mobile apps, because mobility is huge and apps are cool. Apps also seem to lack the barriers to entry of creating the next great piece of enterprise software. I would like to see more of an emphasis on frameworks a[...]



Achieving Regulatory Equilibrium

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:36:47 EDT

In the electric utility business, structural change is afoot. If you are watching this all unfold in the regulatory hearing room, legislative chamber or the trade press you are familiar with the players in this drama. You have the "technarians at the gate", SolarCity and its cousin Tesla Motors, numerous other residential solar suppliers and advocates calling for the shift to a distributed renewable driven grid. On the other side is the establishment, the investor owned utilities who own and operate the electric grid that serve the masses. The technarians seem to be the more modern, with the times contingent while the utilities are viewed as stodgy, unwilling to change and obstructionist.

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Cirrus Data Offers Cache-as-a-Service to Speed up Your Data Center

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:45:00 EDT

What if you could enjoy solid state drive speeds without upgrading your storage area networks? What if there was a solution that didn't require a disruptive overhaul of your data center? That's the proposition being put forward by Cirrus Data with its newly launched Data Caching Server (DCS) solution. “Our new caching server and service represents a revolutionary way to address the need for speed for database administrators and a unique offering for service providers as the appliances can be installed and removed in a live production environment,” says Wayne Lam, CEO of Cirrus Data.

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MWC 2015 – NFV for Service Providers By @PSilvas

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:40:00 EST

Frank Yue, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, discusses Network Function Virtualization and how service providers are deploying it within their infrastructures. Frank talks about the relation to SDN, the functionality it provides SP’s, the NFV components, the importance within a carrier network and how F5 helps steer and scale the huge growth in mobile traffic.

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How Connected Cars Will Transform Industries By @MadGreek65 | ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST

Connected cars will create new business models and provide opportunities for current businesses to greatly improve their service offerings. Areas like targeted marketing, fleet management, event planning, city planning, insurance, and auto repair will benefit immensely from the data that connected cars will provide in the not too distant future. Check out my latest post on Forbes to see how.

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Why IT Gets Telecommuting Right By @SolarWinds | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:00:00 EST

It’s no secret that telecommuting is a highly disputed topic. For the general employee, the jury is still out on the pros and cons of telecommuting. For organizations like Yahoo!, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and U.S. Postal Service, telecommuting is not an option due to the need to foster collaboration, alleged employee abuse of telework benefits and mounting security concerns, respectively. Among the startup scene and various other organizations, though, telecommuting is seen as a way to provide flexibility and improve work/life balance.

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Separating Fact from Fiction By @DanteMalagrino | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:00:00 EST

While many hardware vendors publicly appear to be embracing the move to virtual Layer 4-7 network services, the reality is quite different. To sell virtual appliances – such as load balancers, firewalls, VPNs and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) – they have to overcome the fear of cannibalizing their hardware product line. As companies that have been solely focused on promoting hardware in the past, they don’t immediately recognize how virtual services can enable a wide variety of new use cases and, as a result, increase revenue opportunities. They instead focus on virtual services as one-for-one replacement of existing solutions. If that’s not enough to stall any transition to marketing the new offerings they do actually want to sell – or more accurately, ones that customers want them to sell – they also often take the wrong approach to licensing, making it impossible for users to achieve the promised cost benefits for virtual network services.

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Three Things You Didn't Know About BIG-IP

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:46:00 EST

There's a lot of things people know about F5 BIG-IP and a lot of things people think they know about BIG-IP and some things people don't know at all about BIG-IP*. So I thought it'd be a good idea to talk about some of the things you don't know about BIG-IP or in some cases, the things you didn't really know about BIG-IP. Kind of a myth-busting post, if you will. So without further ado, let's get onto the list, shall we? It's Friday, after all, and there's an Internet full of cat videos waiting to be watched.

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Why Leading Companies Love Service Virtualization

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:34:38 EST

Read some great stories about why leading organizations across financial, retail, communications, utilities, travel, insurance, and other industries fell in love with service virtualization... Why leading organizations across financial, retail, communications, utilities, travel, insurance, and other industries fell in love with service virtualization... There are a lot of things to love about service virtualization. Just consider a few of the many exciting findings from voke's recently-released service virtualization research.

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Five Ways #IamF5

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:47:00 EST

Three years ago, F5 Networks was honored by the City of Seattle, when the mayor proclaimed February 5 as F5 Day to recognize the contributions of F5 to our community. This year, we’re taking that pride and bringing it to all of our offices around the globe. In celebration of F5 Day, I present to you the 5 Ways I’m F5. Happy F5 Day!

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VMware PEX 2015 – That’s a Wrap!

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 19:11:00 EST

I wrap it up from VMware PEX in San Francisco. Special thanks, of course, to you for watching this week – I do appreciate it and hope it is both entertaining and helpful. Appreciation also goes out to Ron Carovano, Matt Quill and Keith McManigal for their guest appearances. Reporting from the City by the Bay, thanks for watching!

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VMware PEX 2015 – F5 Channel Partner Ecosystem

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:37:00 EST

Keith McManigal, F5 RVP Channel Sales, stops by to share some insight into F5’s Channel Program. He discusses the critical role the channel plays, how F5/VMware technology integration spurs channel growth and how to become a F5 channel partner. In addition, Keith talks about F5 being awarded Americas Technical Partner of the Year Award at VMware Partner Exchange 2015.

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VMware PEX 2015 – BIG-IP on vCloud Air

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:10:00 EST

Matt Quill, F5 Business Development Manager, explains the collaboration with VMware and how F5 has certified three critical components of its industry-leading application services portfolio on vCloud Air, VMware’s hybrid cloud. We now offer LTM, GTM, and ASM to customers in a “bring your own license” (BYOL) model via the vCloud Air Marketplace. Additionally, organizations can now take advantage of F5’s simplified Good, Better, Best licensing practices, bringing customers flexibility, simplicity, and a better value in choosing the right security features for their on-premises and cloud networks.

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