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Who doesn't love a good zombie flick, right? Hordes of undead ambling around in tattered clothing looking for something to eat. The low, drawn-out moans of a once-productive member of society, who now possesses the brainpower of a teenager on an 8-hour Call of Duty bender. While I don...
With a wealth of technology and online resources, many people are ditching the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle and opting to become entrepreneurs. Unlike businesses of the past, where a large financial investment was required to get off the ground, today's startups can get the ball rollin...
With the launch of Cisco’s software-defined networking startup Insieme expected tomorrow, our industry is about to hear a lot about “application-centric” everything. So what does “application-centric infrastructure” mean? First, some basics: Networking is about connecting computing de...
Given the differences in market maturity, cultural acceptance and local IT infrastructures, considerable regional differences exist in the deployment rates of cloud-based security systems. They all play a part in the level of spending dedicated to this delivery model -- when compared w...
I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result. Not in the context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in the context of making better business decisions based on mor...
As infrastructure has grown and mainstream database vendors have tweaked the cloud service model to apply to their own niche, cloud database technology has become an increasingly possible alternative to on-premises databases. Cloud database services offer many of the same benefits of o...
Fundamentally, Agile requires a rethink of the organizational aspects of planning, delivering, testing, and managing any IT project. The entire effort must be tackled iteratively. Stakeholders should be involved at every step. Testing must take place in every iteration, in order to les...
A few weeks ago, Gartner shared its list of top 10 technology trends for 2014, including among its expectations one entitled: “Hybrid cloud and IT as Service Broker.” This prediction speaks to what Gartner views as the necessity of the hybrid cloud – a mix of private cloud combined wit...
I recently came across Gartner research authored by analyst Colin Fletcher about the emergence of Business Value Dashboards (BVDs) that are replacing today’s conventional executive dashboards. When analyst research mentions a developing IT trend, I take note. But I pay special attentio...
These testing demons lurk around complex interconnected systems, just waiting to wreak havoc by forcing you to delay testing, work at dreadful hours, or make distressing trade-offs on the completeness of your testing… You're ready to test the part of the system that you're responsible...
The last few years have seen an explosion in the demand for enterprise mobile solutions. This movement has been clearly reflected in the rapid evolution of the enterprise mobile platform ecosystems. From mobile device management (MDM) to enterprise mobile middleware technologies, the i...
With a slight chill in the air, we know Halloween is just around the corner. But what could be spookier than ghosts, goblins or a haunted house? For many IT managers it’s the fear of Big Data, which can be understandably overwhelming at first. We’ve compiled five of the spookiest misco...
Performance is one of the key non-functional needs for any application and performance requirements needs to to be captured as part of requirements & analysis phase in a way that is understandable by all application stakeholders. In this article, we will see the key aspects of performa...
The worldwide market for cloud computing is rapidly growing across all segments – 36% CAGR through 2016, reaching a market size of $19.5B by 2016, according to the InfoPro Wave 5 Cloud Computing Study from 451 Research. The result has been a substantial increase in the operational comp...
We're in the middle of another major shift in computing and IT: the decline of the hard disk and the rise of solid-state memory. Solid-state has been around for a while, but it's always been expensive, volatile and low capacity. That's changing, and it's changing IT as well. Computing...
When you think of security do you think of locks, guards or even your home security alarm? At the moment security is more likely to bring up thoughts of hackers, PRISM and well-publicized data breaches. Of course I think of the cloud when discussing security. In the contemporary world...
In my previous blog, I suggested that both Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), although arguably different in intent and in detail, are nevertheless both driving the evolution of network architecture in the same direction. Network functions are ab...
Exposing an API to your application is as risky as installing a doggie door into your house—as a recent incident with a bear aptly illustrates. Exposing an API to your application is as risky as installing a doggie door into your house: you expect your dog to have the convenience of o...
When the cloud first came out, there were the usual skeptics. "Why would I need a virtual storage when I have my computer right here?" they would ask. Truth be told, if you can access your stored data by just opening a folder or plugging in a USB drive, why go through the toll of going...
Despite accusations against the gov't of data harvesting and privacy invasion, IDaaS is a feasible and trustworthy option to maintain identity protection. Conspiracy theorists and other concerned citizens will insist the government is watching every keystroke, keeping a record of ever...
A leading telcom's testing efforts were regularly delayed & cut short due to test environment access constraints. Learn how service virtualization helped. To accelerate application release cycles, KPN needed to address a critical bottleneck in the testing process. Their end-to-end tes...
Cloud computing is enabling services transforming many industries and every CIO needs to be ready to respond to new competitive threats. Benefits from cloud computing are often focused on infrastructure optimization, but one disruptive change occurring across a variety of industries a...
In their March 2013 report “Business Technology Innovation,” Ventana Research found that 40 percent of companies attributed cloud usage to reduced costs, followed by improved efficiency of business processes (39 percent).[1] Though the benefits of the cloud, like business and social co...
Not long ago, the dominant form of electronic communication among people was telephones. The core of the infrastructure was the telephone network. When the Internet emerged during the nineties, IP networks become the new core for electronic communications. Many proprietary standards an...
In the past, innovation in the IT industry consisted of a few large vendors developing hardware and software products in virtual isolation. This behavior stemmed from the desire to hide trade secrets from competition and maintain a lead in the market. Few solutions dominated the IT lan...
In the recent survey I conducted titled "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" I asked the question, "Does your company view mobile solutions as tactical (LOB or process specific) or strategic (critical to the success of the company)?" Over 220 participants answered the question with 71....
Healthcare provider Sentara Healthcare has improved its IT operations and services delivery at higher quality and higher speed, making IT an internal business-service provider, and deploying better monitoring of app services. To learn more about how Sentara Healthcare excelled at appl...
In the recent survey "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" I asked the question, "How many wireless devices do you use daily?" An incredible 69 percent use three or more wireless devices daily. I myself use three - my MacBook Pro, iPad mini and iPhone. I use my iPad mostly for reading ...
Is Service Virtualization is worth it? Consider the ROI opportunities: OpEx/CapEx reduction, risk reduction & incremental top-line revenue. Last week, we explored the business value of service virtualization: how service virtualization's simulated test environments speed innovation, a...
Traditional BYOD policies had two main concerns: Companies worried about security; employees worried about privacy. VDIs are almost perfectly suited to solve these BYOD issues. Bring Your Own Device policies have fascinated both the corporate world and the tech world for some time now...
In just a few short recent years the idea of software-defined networks (SDN) has moved from a theoretical academic concept to a real-life practical proposition for making the world’s telecommunications networks more efficient, cost-effective, easier to manage and resilient. The SDN con...
More and more people are getting credit cards with a built-in RFID chip in them. That little RFID chip (Radio Frequency ID) can transmit your credit card info out several feet when it is scanned by any reader. Most people don’t know this. You can tell if your credit card has an RFID i...
Hillsong United, is a global musical powerhouse headquartered in Sydney, Australia. While I was in Sydney recently I was able to attend a musical program led by Hillsong's Taya Smith. Taya Smith is the singer of the popular christian worship song Oceans. Last week, our daughter sang...
What's the value of Service Virtualization? Learn how it speeds innovation, accelerates time to market, and reduces application development risks. With today's interconnected applications, a complete and realistic test environment is nearly impossible to stage. However, without reliab...
Inside the world’s companies and government departments, IT organizations have traditionally focused on delivering to internal customers. This has created an environment where IT is expected to align the services it delivers with age-old business processes that have evolved over years ...
For enterprises moving more business and customer data to the cloud, investigating and selecting an online storage solution can be a challenging task. A primary concern is the level of data security offered by the sites being considered. While the theme holds true across all of the maj...
Fast-growing healthcare claims company Navicure is gaining better control and optimization across its IT infrastructure by deploying a comprehensive monitoring and operational management approach and taming IT complexity. The next VMworld innovator interview focuses on how a fast-grow...
Cloud computing is at the forefront for many organizations across the world. Experts believe it is the future of IT. Considering all the benefits offered by the cloud, making the transition may appear inevitable to enterprises. But just like any major technology, it also comes with cer...
Film and production companies are often located across the globe with several teams working collaboratively to create the next box office hit. Imagine you are an animator in Brazil and in charge of illustrating the characters for a future film. Similarly, the individual who is creating...
Increasing the I/O performance of next-generation data centers and cloud computing environments is essential for supporting enterprise e-commerce, database and email applications. To successfully deploy high-performance storage, it’s essential for storage appliance software to be flash...