Sep 30

It used to be so easy. The company needed more IT infrastructure, so you bought more components, built more technology, and scrambled to keep it all well oiled. Then along came the cloud and the world shifted under your feet – or perhaps more accurately, over your head. Suddenly they wanted you out of the server room and (instead) in the boardroom, assessing the services of cloud vendors and discussing the cost benefits of the new technology. And then it’s all “strategy this, planning that.” But you keep thinking to yourself: What was wrong with the old stuff? And do things really have to change?
If “Internal Trembling” is all that comes to mind at the mention of “IT” nowadays, you’re not alone. For the past few years, CIOs have developed an inferiority complex, questioning the very skills that got them where they are now and assessing how they can be useful moving forward. In the worst cases, cloud computing has made flying blind at work a reality, and that can shatter CIOs’ confidence. Server rooms, with their friendly racks of IT infrastructure were once so warm, cozy, and inviting. Now everything’s cloudy. Adding cloud computing – with its associated outsourcing management responsibility – to the mix when your roster already includes responsibility for managing legacy systems, maintaining uptime, delivering customer service, securing data, ensuring compliance, making mission-critical decisions, and sometimes even getting coffee for the CEO, can be overwhelming.

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Sep 30

Healthcare services provider McKesson has transformed the notion of IT by recasting the role of IT. How pharmaceuticals distributor and healthcare information technology services provider McKesson has transformed the very notion of IT. We will see how a shift in culture and an emphasis on being a services provider has allowed McKesson to not only deliver better results, but elevate the role of IT into the strategic fabric of the company.
Let me start with this notion of IT transformation. What allowed you to convince others that this was worth doing?

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Sep 30

The issue of Big Data seems very prevalent these days. How to store it. How to manage it. And, how to best secure it. But Big Data is much more complex than a voluminous amount of information. It requires a new paradigm in application, process, and security…all from the cloud.
There’s data. And then there’s BIG DATA. Many of us have been bombarded with the term in many frameworks. There are some professionals that chalk it up to marketing hype or meaningless buzzword. Personally, I prefer the way Gartner categorizes it. That it is more than size. It is a multi-dimensional model that includes complexity, variety, velocity and, yes, volume.

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Sep 29

“#CloudExpo looks super interesting (almost sexy),” tweeted Xochi Adamé ‏(@xochiadame) recently, referring to the Cloud Expo due to be held Nov 5-8 in Silicon Valley. “Who’s going?” Adamé continued. She is just one of dozens of IT professionals who are using Twitter right now to connect with other like-minded Cloud & Big Data experts and compare notes as they prepare to attend The Largest Cloud & Big Data Event in the World…11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley.

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Sep 29

Cloud providers are increasingly looking at application marketplaces as the best way of enabling customers to onboard software to their cloud. However, providers often lack the deep pockets or extensive manpower required to populate the marketplace; they must engage and empower an ISV ecosystem to populate it on their behalf. As such, providers must offer ISVs an easy way to publish and maintain their software in the store, as well as make money from it.
In his session at the 11th International Cloud Expo, James Weir, CTO and co-founder of UShareSoft, will outline why an application marketplace can drive cloud services revenue for providers, their ISV and channel partners; and how providers can quickly implement a marketplace with today’s turnkey solutions.

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Sep 29



An anonymous reader writes “After just over a month of release candidates, the final version of Python 3.3 launched today. This version includes new syntax, including the yield from expression for generator delegation; new library modules, including fault handler (for debugging crashes), ipaddress, and lzma (for data compression using the XZ/LZMA algorithm); a reworked OS and I/O exception hierarchy; the venv module for programmatic access to Python virtual environments; and a host of API changes. The full list of features and the change log are both available.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Sep 29

Companies must continue to provide basic business services even as they transition to a cloud environment. This white paper highlights a unified computing strategy that can address issues associated with assembling infrastructure components, multiple switching layers, and more. Published by: Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Sep 28

Consolidating data in an organized and highly accessible yet secure fashion is one concept many organizations are finding is helping increase productivity throughout the company. Unified storage, which is also referred to network unified storage (NUS), is a concept that the principles of cloud architecture are built upon – the idea of a single area to pool resources for data storage and application virtualization. The effects this will have on organizations will vary depending on several factors from hardware utilized, knowledge of staff and adherence to the IT service management practices.
Sometimes the need to consolidate a business’s information systems is because of an organic internal growth that has occurred over time. Other times, business mergers have patched together dissonant systems into one messy but functional infrastructure. Either practice often yields the same result – a system that mostly conforms to meet business needs but is not completely optimized because of hardware and software relationship nuances. Often, a good IT staff can fit these pieces together with solid scripting and tightening of access protocols but such practice will require consistent maintenance as time goes on.

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Sep 28

Dell today announced it has completed the acquisition of Quest Software ( www.dell.com/quest ), an award-winning IT management software provider…. Read more at VMblog.com.

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Sep 28

More than ever before, we are seeing cloud-based software and storage slowly becoming the benchmark. It simply cannot be ignored any longer; the concept is here to stay. Companies and certain growing industries that want to expand while also staying safe are turning to the cloud for convenient services and reliability. Modern businesses need dependable and secure options for storing their information and providing web-based applications. So it’s no surprise that in direct relation to this need, we are seeing a trend emerge; throughout all facets of industry, the benefits of the cloud are being embraced and companies are continually looking for ways to save money, streamline processes, and create a better experience for their consumers.

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