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Well, the first week has come and gone in our giveaway contest and it looks like it will be a battle to the end! Here’s what the standings look like as of today:
- ToddN2000: 390 points
- Jenjewell99: 330 points
- Clark445Kent: 320 points
And for all of you outside the top three, make sure to keep piling up those points to make this an even closer race.
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From Citrix to DevOps, and even Microsoft Windows, the IT world was fully covered in our top community posts for January. Take a look at the stories and share your thoughts with the community.
- Seismic shift in Windows punditsphere – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Citrix Summit 2015 preview: Marketing tools, sneak peek at Citrix Solution Advisor – Lynn Haber (Channel Marker)
- DevOps is a Reorg, takes 6-12 months – Brian Gracely (From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise)
- Continuous development carries continuous improvement into 2015 – James Denman (Software Quality Insights)
- Rethinking IT immigration – Matt Heusser (Uncharted Waters)
- BackBlaze releases drive reliability data and Seagate has a Sad – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- NetApp: No SSDs have worn out – Carol Sliwa (Storage Soup)
- Going off autopilot – Justin Rohrman (Uncharted Waters)
- Windows 10 free upgrade for Windows 7, 8.1, Phone 8.1 users for one year after GA – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Here’s a backup job: The entire Internet – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
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It’s been quite a while so it’s time for another ITKE giveaway contest! For this month’s contest, the user with the most ITKE points will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Don’t worry, I’ll be giving weekly updates on it too.
What did the security world look like in 2014? What does it have in store for us in 2015? That’s what our experts discussed in yesterday’s #ITKESecurity Twitter chat. Come check out what they talked about.
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What’s the best way to start off a new year? By having another #ITKESecurity Twitter chat! Our experts, including Kevin Beaver, Ken Harthun and Jeff Cutler, are coming back on January 20th at 12 PM (EST).
What will they be discussing? Our experts will be looking at the year it was for security in 2014 and looking ahead at 2015. Here are the questions they will be looking at during the chat:
- How have you changed your data security based on the myriad breaches that occurred in 2014?
- How concerned were you about your security based on the numerous data breaches in all industries last year?
- Based on the security breaches of last year, do you plan to make any changes in your security model?
- What is the one main step you’ve taken to deal with/prevent data incidents in the coming year?
- How can we break the tiring (and costly) breach-then-react cycle moving forward?
- What team(s) are tasked with responding to and rectifying any data incident within your organization?
To get involved in our chat, just send your questions to our experts below or send your questions via Twitter. See you on the 20th!
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2014 has already come and gone, with plenty of great blog posts to show for it. To give 2014 a proper goodbye, here are the top community posts from the past year. Check out the stories and tell us which one was your favorite.
- Why the ‘hard drive-sniffing dog’ should scare the crap out of you – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- SQL Server 2014 licensing – Denny Cherry (SQL Server with Mr. Denny)
- Gartner report places IBM, Pure Storage atop 2013 all-flash array market – Carol Sliwa (Storage Soup)
- Wozniak (finally!) comments on Steve Jobs – Matt Heusser (Uncharted Waters)
- Oops! IE tops zero-day hit list for H1 2014 – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- MS relents on Windows 8.1 update application timing – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- New Windows 10 user? Build 9860 ISO for clean install – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- What crimes do vendors look for in our email? – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- Any little thing can kill a SQL Server upgrade – Denny Cherry (SQL Server with Mr. Denny)
- Will Paris be the last OpenStack Summit? – Brian Gracely (From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise)
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What should we expect from the the Internet of Things in 2015? Well, that’s just one of the predictions our bloggers share in our top blog posts for December. Come check out the stories and share your thoughts with the community.
- Heads I win, tails you lose – Matt Heusser (Uncharted Waters)
- Microsoft brings its homies to fight ruling – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- IDC prediction for IoT 2015: It’s a doozy – Kristen Lee (TotalCIO)
- Managing a multitude of micro SD cards – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- The time is ripe for self-service data preparation – Rick van der Lans (The Wondrous World of Data)
- Are certifications worth it? – Justin Rohrman (Uncharted Waters)
- How to build the future – Matt Heusser (Uncharted Waters)
- Dirty data lakes and dubious analytics – Barry Devlin (Now…Business unIntelligence)
- Eight geeky questions about Jeb Bush’s email dump – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- 2015 predictions sure to be wrong – Brian Gracely (From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise)
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What was the overall theme in the top November blog posts? Storage, storage and more storage! Check out all the different stories and share your thoughts with the community.
- Here’s the one thing to look at to see if your hard drive will fail – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- NoTesting makes NoSense – Justin Rohrman (Uncharted Waters)
- Quit faking it – And we’re all faking it – Matt Heusser (Uncharted Waters)
- Pure Storage expands maintenance coverage, hopes to keep customers forever – Dave Raffo (Storage Soup)
- After two weeks, I’m “cautiously optimistic” about Windows 10 TP – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- BMC automates storage asset management – Sonia Lelii (Storage Soup)
- Performance reviews, exit interviews and dysfunction – Justin Rohrman (Uncharted Waters)
- The art of “making time” – Michael Larsen (Uncharted Waters)
- Were the missing IRS email messages found? Not quite – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- Sanbolic stays off hyper-converged bandwagon – Dave Raffo (Storage Soup)
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Ladies and gentlemen…we have a winner. Congratulations to ToddN2000 on winning a brand new Canon digital camera! Here were the final standings:
- ToddN2000: 2,010 points
- Kapilbhardwajj: 1,210 points
- Clark445kent: 780 points
- Michael Larsen: 640 points
- Deepu9321: 365 points
Thank you to everyone who participated. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of more contests in 2015 (including more special prizes).
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We’re just over the halfway point in our November giveaway contest and one user is leading the pack! Here are the current standings:
- ToddN2000: 1,335 points
- Clark445kent: 375 points
- Deepu9321: 315 points
- Brian Gracely: 285 points
- Michael Larsen: 260 points
For all you other users out there, there’s still plenty of time to make up points. Now, let’s talk about the ‘secret prize’ in our contest. The word is out that it’s a digital camera but we’re not going to tell you what type it is. You’ll just have to find out after you win it!