Nov 30

The digital age has forced a kind of dependency never before seen, a dependency on our inbox. The mere thought of losing these emails is inconceivable where the thought of it leaves us with a sense of panic, one similar to losing our credit cards or house key. Unfortunately, the potential for losing access to email is greater than one might think.
There are a multitude of threats that can bring about the loss of an email, or an entire email account. Simple user error, such as clicking the wrong button, can result in the loss of crucial information that could potentially make or break your business. A more daunting threat is cyber attack, wherein hackers target email accounts to gain access to personal information, which could also result in the deletion of critical communications.

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Nov 30

As e-commerce continues to widen its reach beyond the traditional browser onto connected devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. – ensuring that you are ready to handle peak season traffic has become a very important consideration for retailers. It is critical to plan appropriately and ensure that the right parties are involved – not just for your tech team, but for the business as well. Here are some topics to spark your thinking.
No matter how ready your site is to handle peak holiday traffic, having a communication plan nailed down is critical.

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Nov 30

Cloud computing is helping businesses combat a growing problem: Too much information and not enough storage capacity.
With businesses increasingly facing the prospect of running out of storage capacity, adoption of cloud storage technologies continues to grow, according to a report from cloud-integrated storage solutions specialist TwinStrata.
The survey found that 37 percent of respondents have been using cloud computing for three or more years, more than a one-third increase over last year’s 27 percent number. When compared with last year’s survey, overall adoption of cloud services has steadily increased across all categories, with use of Software as a Service (SaaS) reaching as high as 62 percent and both cloud storage and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) edging closer to 50 percent adoption rates. Platform as a Service (PaaS) experienced the greatest increase in adoption as more organizations become increasingly comfortable with the cloud, the report indicated.

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Nov 29

This month, Yung Chou, Mitch Tulloch and I have published a new book on Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, titled Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller. As part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book focuses on using App Controller to manage virtual machines and services across private and public clouds.
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an enabler and a self-service vehicle for connecting clouds and implementing the hybrid computing model. In Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions, both System Center and Windows Azure play critical roles. System Center can be used to transform enterprise IT from a device-based infrastructure and deployment strategy to a service-based user-centric consumption model based on private cloud computing. Windows Azure on the other hand is a subscription-based public cloud platform that enables the development, deployment, and management of cloud solutions. App Controller is the glue that unifies these two platforms by providing a single interface that enables administrators to perform complex operations without overwhelming them with the underlying technical complexities involved.

In this article, I’ll provide an introduction to this book as well as the details for downloading your FREE copy …

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Nov 29

I first heard the word “frenemy” a few years ago from my teenage daughter describing one of her classmates. She really liked this girl, but there were things about her she didn’t quite trust – like she couldn’t be counted on as someone who “had her back.” Off to the Urban Dictionary I went, as was the new norm if I wanted to more fully relate to my teenagers. Thanks to my daughter, today I’ve found a great use for this word that can help others come to terms with certain fast-paced technology. For me, the Cloud is like my daughter’s nice, but not-so-trustworthy friend. The cloud is our frenemy.
The cloud is our frenemy because we struggle with the stability of the relationship. Consumers have never felt so powerful since the advent of smartphones and tools that enable them to download, upload and share music, videos, and photos. When this phenomenon first caught on, most consumers didn’t even realize they were using the cloud – or what was behind the technology. They just knew they were more productive and more fulfilled.

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Nov 28

I was at the Velocity Conference in London last week. Of course, fish & chips is still a must eat, a double-decker is far more than a bus, and pea shooting is, as always, so… British!
But away from these classic London cultural elements, at Velocity I heard more and more about performance. I saw many tracks related to rendering, browser optimization, even the neuronal impact of slowness; etc. But it was always about one user at a time… only. Not so much as a word was uttered about challenges with multiple users or back-end and infrastructure related tests.

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Nov 28

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes “Economist Edward Hadas writes in the NYT that developers of bitcoin are trying to show that money can be successfully privatized but money that is not issued by governments is always doomed to failure because money is inevitably a tool of the state. ‘Bitcoin exemplifies some of the problems of private money,’ says Hadas. ‘Its value is uncertain, its legal status is unclear, and it could easily become valueless if users lose faith.’ Besides, if bitcoin ever really started to take off, governments would either ban it or take over the system says Hadas. The authorities might be motivated by a genuine concern about the stability of a shadow monetary system or they might act out of self-preservation because tax evasion would be too easy in a parallel economy. ‘Part of the interest in virtual currencies like bitcoin is that their anonymity can provide a convenient cloak for criminal activity. Part is technological — this is a cool idea. And part is speculative — gamblers bet that bitcoin’s value will increase,’ concludes Hadas. ‘Truly private money is an inferior alternative to the money that comes with the backing of a political authority. After all, no bank or bitcoin-emitter can be as public-minded as a government, and no private power can raise taxes or pass laws to unwind monetary excesses.’” Could be there’s something good about money that can’t be manipulated by law. Some people at least think there’s plenty of value in Bitcoin and similar currencies, despite the risks. And those risks aren’t at present probably aren’t enough to comfort the unforunate Welsh fellow who (HT to reader judgecorp) who “has realised he threw out a hard drive containing 7500 bitcoins, worth £4 million at today’s prices. it is now under four feet of garbage in a landfill site the size of a football pitch.”

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Nov 28

In this white paper, you will discover the cure for the storage mismatch between virtual environments and traditional storage. Find out why this storage solution – designed to meet the unique challenges of virtual environments and eliminate the complexity associated with managing storage – is the right approach for your infrastructure. Published by: Tintri

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Nov 27

A dangerous environment, an unknown frontier, a lack of resources, the pursuit of something greater than themselves—yes, software development teams face some great challenges while aspiring to achieve prodigious goals that (they hope) will benefit the organization for years to come. Not unlike the Plymouth colony we remember this time every year, software developers require tools and resources— as well as a way to efficiently deploy them—to ensure that what they build is not only safe and robust, but also well-poised to thrive in a competitive environment.

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Nov 27

HotLink is one of those companies that are always on the move and coming up with new ways to simplify IT management complexity. I’ve been fortunate… Read more at VMblog.com.

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