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With the release of Windows 8 comes an unprecedented opportunity for developers to build and monetize applications on a platform with over a billion users. Find out how to take advantage of that opportunity by signing up for a developer account and learning how to build applications fo...
Driven by large-scale government initiatives as well as private investment, cloud computing has become a hot growth area in China. Named a ‘Strategic Emerging Industry’ in the government’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011 – 2015), cloud computing is slated to become a primary force in the Chi...
The cyber security market in 2012 is estimated at $60 billion, yet adding more and more layers of perimeter security may lead to a false sense of security and be completely useless against a determined system administrator working on the inside. The end result is that your data might b...
It is no secret that HP has been struggling to compete in the mobile scene as evidenced by the heavily discounted Touchpads in the market. Now it is seeking a facelift in the consumer mobile market via Windows 8 and open source WebOS! The company is launching a comeback with two ultra...
For decades, the infrastructure needed to keep your public-facing websites online has had a relatively simple design. After all, it was all contained in one or a few datacenters under your control, or under the control of a contractor who did your bidding where network architecture was...
With all the news this week around the launch of Windows Server 2012, you may have missed that Hyper-V Server 2012 has also launched! I've provided details on this equally important launch milestone along with helpful resources to get started in this article ...
See how a common data architecture and fast SaaS delivery benefits combine to improve the efficiency, cost, and result of IT support of end users. Our examples are intelligent energy-management solutions provider Comverge and how it’s extended its use of Salesforce.com into a self-ser...
I frequently find myself thinking that the dumbest thing we Internet marketers ever did in social networking was to rename it social media. In the early days of Web 2.0, there was no such thing as social media. Everyone was just working to make software more social, whatever that mean...
If you had the chance of working in an organization which has received SEI-CMMi certification then you would definitely be familiar with the concept of: Requirement Baselining Requirement Traceability Matrix (RTM) If you are not familiar with these terms then the best place to look is ...

Did you catch Clint Eastwood’s conversation with an empty chair at the recent 2012 Republican convention? During his short speech, he talked to an invisible Obama about what was wrong with American politics.

Within minutes, Twitter was flo...

This is such a hugely important area for Cloud Providers to develop new services because of the double impact it represents. First there is the simple facet of the business opportunity. Clients like governments and the finance industry have extensive requirements for archiving and e-d...
A critical component of a Private Cloud 2.0 architecture is what Techcello call a ‘CMAP’ – A Cloud-ready Multi-tenant Application Platform. In the same fashion that Private Cloud internalizes the IaaS model, so this can also be repeated for both the PaaS and SaaS layers too. Indeed w...
One of the negative's of cloud computing is it's one-size-fits-all approach to infrastructure. A single load balancing system (and subsequently configuration) is considered acceptable for all applications. After all, it's just about distributing requests, isn't it? Except it isn't, ...
Samsung is unveiling a bevy of electronics, including, the Note 2, a Windows Phone 8 (Ativ S), a touchscreen Windows 8 laptop, and more – the Galaxy Note 2 looks pretty amazing, but while I like the device and size as a secondary device, I could never use it to make phone calls. With t...
In my Private Cloud talks with IT Pros, how best to virtualize Microsoft Exchange workloads, regardless of underlying hypervisor, has been a recurring hot topic area of discussion. At Microsoft Tech Ed 2012, Jeff Mealiffe, Senior Program Manager on the Exchange team and responsible fo...
Welcome to a series on three concepts decision makers must understand for their own mobile application development. Many companies are creating mobile applications for internal and external use. Some of these mobile apps are systems that exist in some other form, such as a traditiona...
Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which will ultimately replace the existing Small Business Server (SBS) and Home Server products, has reached the Release Candidate milestone! Essentials provides a simple to install and configure version of Windows Server 2012 intended for Small Busines...
The new Microsoft certification exams for MCSA on Windows Server 2012 will be released over the upcoming weeks and to help you prepare early for certification on Windows Server 2012, we're launching a new "Early Experts" peer study group that is available online for FREE. By joining a...
Virtualization provides an excellent on-ramp to improved data lifecycle benefits and efficiencies, and also forces a rethinking of the culture of data as a lifecycle. The benefits of server virtualization are clear for many more companies now as they reach higher percentages of worklo...
Amazon announces “Glacier” - which they call a ‘secure, reliable and extremely low cost storage solution.’ Amazon claims that this data service will be excellent for rarely accessed data, and offer costs as low as 1 penny/GB/month. Verizon blocking vacations in September for the iPhon...
People use the R language every day to create the elements of reports: tables, charts, analyses, and forecasts. But assembling all of that information into a print-ready document laid out with text can a hassle. You can cut-and-paste all of the elements into Word, but then what do you ...
There is something easy about emails. Emails give you time; time to confer, time to double-check, time to weigh up the pros and cons – time to respond. While fewer and fewer of us are picking up the phone to contact customer services, an increasing number are using public social media ...
I got this Google alert the other day and it caught my attention because it talked about configuring IPFIX and the link went to a pdf on Juniper XGS 5000 IPFIX Support. Apparently the Juniper Networks Security Network Protection XGS 5000, a next generation IPS now supports IPFIX but r...
In this video I discuss what "tempo" means to mobile strategies, and provide examples of how companies find competitive advantages by increasing their tempo through the use of mobile technologies. How could increasing the tempo of your business through the use of mobile technologies h...
Today, Microsoft has reached an exciting milestone that allows you to download and begin installing the final RTM releases Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 in your shops! As of today, August 15th, the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 final RTM (released to manufacturing) bits are no...
We use the term “hybrid cloud” to indicate a joining together of two disparate environments. We often simplify the “cloud” to encompass public IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and private cloud. But even though the adoption of such hybrid architectures may be a foregone conclusion, the devil is, as th...
For the last few months, security breaches have been on the rise (or let’s just say have been receiving more news coverage). We have seen countless stories of large, popular websites being compromised by unknown, or later identified, hackers. The quest, it seems, is to determine how ea...
Are you as Mars-obsessed as I have been in the past week or so? Maybe I shouldn’t have started things off by watching the original Total Recall movie starring Arnold in all of his campy best. The current remake doesn’t even take place on Mars, which is truer to the original Philip K. D...
Recently, IDG's Joab Jackson of IDG wrote a piece titled, Five Things CIO’s Should Know About Big Data. Amid the slew of articles offering advice on Big Data, this particular one stood out because of how absolutely spot on it was. Of course we couldn't stop at just five. You will need...
According to Wikipedia, “Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets.’” Twitter’s brand personality is that of a service that allows us to communicate wit...
Secure cloud backup is a scenario which increasingly gains traction. It allows organizations to implement an off-site backup while maintaining costs at a minimum. In this blog post I would like to focus on a specific use case of secure cloud backup. The system we describe is comprised ...
I don’t know about how you feel about the current state of robotics but I was hugely surprised when I started exploring the state of art. AI is a field which has never lived up to its promise – real or perceived. For example if you look at Arthur Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” (nove...
I blogged last week about HBO’s “The Newsroom” and how the show debuted at an opportune time – soon after the Gallup Poll showed Americans’ confidence in TV News at a all-time low. There is now nowhere for the credibility of TV journalism to go but up, and if it does rise in future pol...
Cloud makes more urgent the need to consistently manage infrastructure and its policies regardless of where that infrastructure might reside While the potential for operational policy (performance, security, reliability, access, etc..) diaspora is often mentioned in conjunction with c...
The Socialympics? Nope. Just Social and Olympic. Everyone seems to want to talk about how social media is impacting NBC’s Olympic coverage. “Look at the velocity of tweets!” “Look at the ratings!” “Twitter must be helping raise awareness and therefore impacting ratings.” “Social media...
If you're a large corporation, two things that are a significant challenge for your Network Administrators' are DNS management and Global Load Balancing (GLB) configuration/management. With systems spread across a region, country, or the globe, the amount of time investment required to...
How many times have you heard it said that social media can help your company? All you have to do is learn a few simple tricks about tweeting and likes and soon enough you’ll be living large. Better yet, just pay Mr. or Ms. Confidence a small fortune to do it for you. After all, they ...
There are no shortage of bold, sometimes inane, headlines related to Big Data. In just the past 15 minutes, I ran across these two unrelated articles on my #bigdata Twitter feed. Big Data Knows What You're Doing Right Now Wow! Twitter can tell you when you are going to get sick. O...
Mobile is the fastest growing advertising segment (up 60.9 percent worldwide in 2011, PQ Media), but accounts for only one percent of total ad-spend. Even that low percentage represents $2.6 billion this year in the US alone (eMarketer). Brands are fed up with standard ad banners, pre...
It’s become incredibly in vogue to classify different marketing channels as “dead.” Sounding the death knell for traditional media was first, whether that was 30 years ago with the rise of cable TV, or more recently with content streamed online, to multiple devices, on demand. The pre...


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