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From the Cloud to Virtualization, Software As a Service to Web Services, ideas seem to be everywhere all the time. Somewhere, somehow, someone needs to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve asked Matt Heusser to provide his insight and commentary on the prevailing issues for IT staff today.


Music City Agile and PAST

August 24, 2016 - I attended and spoke at the first run of Music City Agile last Wednesday. Music City Agile is a one day conference themed around, your guessed it, agile software development. A sister conference, Music City Code ran the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Jim Benson ran the opening keynote on Post-Agile Stress Disorder (PAST). Jim...... READ MORE


  • Music City Agile and PAST

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    I attended and spoke at the first run of Music City Agile last Wednesday. Music City Agile is a one day conference themed around, your guessed it, agile software development. A sister conference, Music City Code ran the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Jim Benson ran the opening keynote on P…READ MORE

    Justin Rohrman1,340 pointsBadges:
  • Nimble says customers quick to embrace all-flash

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    Nimble Storage, which was relatively late selling all-flash arrays, is trying to make up for lost time since launching its Predictive Flash platform in February. The vendor received a jolt from all-flash sales but not enough to stop or even slow its significant losses.

    Nimble said it added 133 al…READ MORE

    Dave Raffo7,745 pointsBadges:
  • Releasing a Page Blob Lease in Azure

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    Sometimes when firing up VMs or moving VMs from the page or blob store you’ll get an error that there is still a lease on the file.  To solve this you need to release the lease. But waiting won’t do the trick, as the leases don’t have an expiration date.

    I found some VB.NET code online that with…READ MORE

    Denny Cherry67,505 pointsBadges:
  • Security experts fear voting machine hacks during general election

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    After a Democratic National Committee email leak, security experts are warning against a possible voting machine hack come November. Also in GRC news, the New York branch of one of Taiwan’s largest banks has been fined $180 million after violating compliance regulations, and a data leak by hacker gr…READ MORE

    Christian Stafford25 pointsBadges:
  • Governance isn't enough when it comes to designing secure software

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    In a world where IT capabilities, tools, and infrastructure are evolving at an unprecedented pace, it’s easy to get swept up in the forward momentum. But enterprises are beginning to realize that while free open source code and low-cost cloud infrastructure are certainly valuable, unbridled and un…READ MORE

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  • Admin Toolbox: SG TCP Optimizer

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    SpeedGuide.net is a broadband networking resource online that offers numerous free software tools and utilities. Their SG TCP Optimizer program asks you to input your download speed, then tweaks a raft of TCP settings for your network interfaces in response. The result is usually a slight to moderat…READ MORE

    Ed Tittel7,550 pointsBadges:
  • Is OT security a threat to enterprise IoT?

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    During an ultrasound test, both the patient and the doctor expect the data to tell an accurate story. However, in a distributed ultrasound design, the probe itself is an IoT endpoint. It is no longer wired to local ultrasound electronics, but wirelessly transmits the sensed data over low-latency net…READ MORE

    Sravani Bhattacharjee15 pointsBadges:
  • It’s time for all-flash says IBM, but IT chiefs won’t necessarily agree

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    “We’re going all-flash!” That was the message this week from IBM product marketing VP Eric Herzog. Though that’s not quite the truth, Herzog’s proclamations were pretty clear.

    He said: “Regardless of workload for primary storage, all-flash is the answer. That even includes big data wo…READ MORE

    Antony Adshead2,180 pointsBadges:
  • Hackonomica

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    The BBC has reported that the University of Bournemouth was attacked 21 times by ransomware.
    the observant report notes, that this occurred in spite of the university having its own cybersecurity course.
    As every Comp Sci student knows, the first thing you do when you log onto the college network …READ MORE

    Cliff Saran6,910 pointsBadges:
  • Agile Godzilla roars, Blueprint Storyteller for Jira

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    The rush to adopt, embrace and imbibe Agile (CAPS A) tools both inside and outside of software application development circles has never been greater. Aiming to stake a claim in this space is Blueprint Software with its set of management software products that claim to reduce error-prone functions i…READ MORE

    Adrian Bridgwater9,130 pointsBadges:
  • Delta outage sparks disaster recovery concerns

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    This week, the news of Delta Air Lines’ computer outage soared high, while Delta flights remained grounded. Over 2000 flights were cancelled and delays still continue. In Searchlight, associate site editor Brian Holak talks with industry experts to find out what IT executives can learn from the outa…READ MORE

    Mekhala Roy140 pointsBadges:
  • Whose bloatware is killing your on-line sales?

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    Internet marketeers appear to have only just discovered that  half their audience “won’t even wait three seconds” for a website to load. I was, however, more interested to learn that average response times are now 4.5 seconds and growing.  Back in 1971, I was taught than an average response time o…READ MORE

    Philip Virgo3,425 pointsBadges:
  • Calling the odds

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    I’ve had some interesting conversations recently with Professor Fred Piper regarding risk probability. The discussion started because I was concerned about assessments of risk probability, as one might routinely use to populate a risk heat map or risk register.

    What’s the problem? For me, it…READ MORE

    David Lacey3,510 pointsBadges:
  • What's the future of the PaaS "layer"?

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    If you give a techie a whiteboard and a marker, regardless of the topic, they tend to want to draw “a stack”. They like to build layers upon layers of technology, showing how each is dependent and interacting with other layers.

    When people talk about the cloud computing stack, they often sta…READ MORE

    Brian Gracely6,135 pointsBadges:
  • Ransomware is reaching for new targets. Protect thyself.

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    No doubt you’ve read news stories about individual consumers, police departments, and now even hospitals having their computers and data victimized by ransomware , an exploit in which the attacker “kidnaps” and encrypts the victim’s data, demanding payment for the decryption key. As a developer, is …READ MORE

    Joel Shore1,710 pointsBadges:
  • Hazelcast: building through 'modularised' efficiency

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    Hazelcast is an open source in-memory data grid with 500,000 installed nodes and over 16 million ‘node starts’ per month. The firm has now announced Hazelcast 3.7 which is claimed to be 30% faster than previous versions and is the first fully modularised version of Hazelcast.
    Each client/language…READ MORE

    Adrian Bridgwater9,130 pointsBadges:
  • How to break up GDS without breaking up GDS

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    The Cabinet Office and its latest recruit – new Government Digital Service (GDS) chief Kevin Cunnington – are adamant that GDS will not be broken up.

    Cunnington told us so in his first blog post of his new job. The Cabinet Office said that the controversial change of leadership “categorical…READ MORE

    Bryan Glick3,100 pointsBadges:
  • IBM, Cisco add Watson to edge

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    Cisco and IBM said they’d work together to add Big Blue’s Watson artificial intelligence and analytics technology to Cisco’s edge devices.

    The alliance reflects Cisco’s strategy to push more intelligence to the edge of the network, eliminating the need to push the data to the cloud, said Mike Fla…READ MORE

    Chuck Moozakis800 pointsBadges:
  • In the fine print: Dissecting a cloud service agreement

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    Without a cloud service agreement, public cloud users would be in the dark about crucial factors related to cloud performance, security and data privacy.

    Like any contract, though, cloud service agreements aren’t the easiest documents to digest; their length and complexity can tempt even the most…READ MORE

    Kristin Knapp250 pointsBadges:
  • Emerging tech trends point to new era of digital business

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    Talking SMAC, an acronym for social, mobile, analytics and cloud, is so yesterday. Instead, if CIOs want to be fashion forward — technologically speaking — they should start talking artificial intelligence, machine learning and software-defined security, an approach that relies on software rather …READ MORE

    Nicole Laskowski4,095 pointsBadges:

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