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NetApp and Equinix, Unveil Private Cloud Solution for AWS

NetApp and Equinix, Unveil Private Cloud Solution for AWS

Amazon is putting the heat on traditional data center vendors with its quest to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the enterprise IT market.  In view of the company’s success in accomplishing this goal, NetApp has adopted a new strategy: if you can’t beat 'em, join 'em. The storage vendor announced a new private cloud offering that enables organizations to leverage on-demand cloud services without giving up control of their mission-critical data. NetApp Private Storage for AWS is available in all Equinix International Business Exchange data centers that have AWS Direct Connect deployed – there are currently multiple suitable... more »
Google Makes Patent Pledge, Promises It Won't Sue Open-Source Developers

Google Makes Patent Pledge, Promises It Won't Sue Open-Source Developers

Google has come out with an interesting promise that might just be the start of something big. It’s made a public pledge not to sue any user, developer or distributor of open-source software on ten specified patents, unless it falls under attack first. For now, the pledge relates to a mere 10 patents linked to MapReduce, its core Big Data technology that has since spawned dozens of open-source versions that are widely used in the IT industry today. Writing in a blog post announcing the commitment, Google’s Duane Valz says that the first ten patents are just the start, with company intending... more »
Cloud Wars Episode II: Return of the VMware - Breaking Analysis

Cloud Wars Episode II: Return of the VMware - Breaking Analysis

According to recent reports, PayPal is abandoning VMware for OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform that has picked up a lot of steam in just a couple of years.  Senior Analyst  Stu Miniman appeared on the this morning's NewsDesk show to take an in-depth look at the story and what is means for VMware in the long run (full video below). He kicks things off by providing some extra background on the news: eBay, which acquired PayPal in 2002, adopted OpenStack last year. The e-commerce firm  is now following suit, but Miniman says that it’s highly unlikely the company will simply replace... more »
Did CloudFlare Lie To Us About The Spamhaus Cyberattack?

Did CloudFlare Lie To Us About The Spamhaus Cyberattack?

The headlines yesterday were earth-shattering, with tech blogs and news agencies screaming in unison about how the “Largest ever cyberattack slows the internet for millions”, or the “Global Internet slows after biggest attack in history”. Even I was caught off guard with my own report, “CyberBunker Launches World’s Largest DDoS Attack, Slows Down the Entire Internet”. But in actual fact, it seems that not a lot actually happened. Could it be that yesterday’s top story was nothing but a clever PR stunt that had us all hooked? It sure looks that way now. The hype all began with a company called CloudFlare, which... more »
The Magnificent Seven: Benefits of Private PaaS

The Magnificent Seven: Benefits of Private PaaS

Enterprises are often disappointed when they move to the cloud. They expect efficiency, flexibility, and productivity gains from virtualization, and it doesn't happen. They still run into the same IT roadblocks. That's why they come to us. Private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a critical component for companies wanting a complete cloud solution and to fully extract the value from their cloud. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what I think are the seven key value propositions for private PaaS as our customers have told us. Virtualization is not the problem. The real issue is that enterprises don't take their... more »
Moving Up is Hard to Do (in IT): CIO Strategies for Career Success

Moving Up is Hard to Do (in IT): CIO Strategies for Career Success

Moving up in IT is hard to do. When you start off you have to follow many policies along with your regular job. When you receive promotions, the polarity changes, and you become the one implementing policies. Being the owner of a technology company is even more daunting, because you have your worker’s hopes and fears wrapped up in your decisions. If you are in one of these positions, how can you make things better? To answer this question, I turned to my good friend Robert Minor. Through the years I recall him traveling a lot and having something to do... more »
Plants vs. Zombies to Hit Facebook This Summer

Plants vs. Zombies to Hit Facebook This Summer

After a long time, PopCap is finally bringing Plants vs. Zombies to Facebook. This award-winning action-strategy game from PopCap is a favorite for many game players, and all of them including me, have been waiting a long time for the full version to come. What will make the Facebook debut different from the original one is more adventure and fun. Unlike the current PC and mobile version, the social network game version will have the beloved formula from the classic version mixed up with new plants, new mechanics, and new social features. Technically speaking, it’s not just about the undead-fighting vegetable... more »
Windows Server 2012 is a Must-Have Upgrade, But Select Carefully from the Menu

Windows Server 2012 is a Must-Have Upgrade, But Select Carefully from the Menu

The latest Wikibon study has found that Microsoft Server 2012 is a must-have upgrade but that users should be careful in their feature selections, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest Professional Alert. Specifically, the research results indicate that ODX, Hyper-V V3, and TRIM/UNMAP are priority features, praised by study interviewees, that users should implement immediately. On the other hand, users should be cautious about implementing Storage Spaces, Deduplication, Resilient File System (ReFS), & SMB 3 until they have done significant testing and staff education or until they are better integrated into the Microsoft ecosystem. Overall Wikibon recommends general adoption... more »
Google Will Deliver Condoms Right to Your Doorstep, Today

Google Will Deliver Condoms Right to Your Doorstep, Today

Online shopping has greatly revolutionized retail to the point of no return.  It can be far less stressful, and far more convenient if you're in the market for new shoes or electronics, and don't mind waiting a day or two (and sometimes longer) for your items to arrive.  But what about the immediate stuff you need from the corner store or local strip mall?  Why don't they deliver too? Testing out a new Consumer Service, Google has launched a localized delivery service in San Francisco called Shopping Express.  Items come from from top retailers like Target and Walgreens.  And the best part?... more »
Cloud Service Brokerage Industry on Path to $100B - Jamcracker Provides a Peek

Cloud Service Brokerage Industry on Path to $100B - Jamcracker Provides a Peek

Cloud Services Brokerage (CSB) – it’s a term that hasn’t really seeped into the mainstream, yet.  As we’ll show, there is an ever-increasing necessity for this emerging service, so much that in a recent Gartner report, the predicted market for CSB will be $100 Billion, with CSB platforms and providers becoming the fastest growing segment in the overall cloud market. Let’s lay the groundwork – the simple fact is that many companies are moving to cloud-based services and that typically includes involvement of a number of cloud service providers. That’s where a CSB steps in, negotiating and managing relationships with... more »

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