Feb 28

Flash storage is revolutionizing the way enterprise stores, processes and accesses important data. As opposed to the old methods of storage, most notably hard disks, flash storage is faster and consumes less energy. Flash devices also don’t require the amount of space that other technologies do. This is seen in everything from small personal handheld devices to enterprise scale storage systems, such as Hadoop in the Cloud.

Enterprise grade flash stands out from the type of flash storage used on a personal scale in that it is even faster, more durable, and more reliable. These benefits have been known for many years, yet flash was avoided by many companies, particularly because of its high costs. Now, however, several companies have stepped forward as vendors for flash, providing affordable and realistic services. The following are companies that have made the strongest impact. Each of them has established research and development flash laboratories in order to stay on the cutting edge of the technology.

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Feb 28

In the final post in this series about bringing DevOps patterns to database change management, we’re going to discuss the Third Way.
The Third Way: Culture of Continual Experimentation & Learning – This way emphasizes the benefits that can be realized through embracing experimentation, risk-taking, and learning from failure. By adopting this kind of attitude, experimentation and risk-taking lead to innovation and improvement while embracing failure allows the organization to produce more resilient products and sharpen skills that allow teams to recover more quickly from unexpected failure when it does occur.

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Feb 28

Introducing the concept of the Service Factory as a Service (SFaaS ), a ground breaking advance over conventional solution and service delivery practices which can deliver transformation to and realization of an agile business architecture without major up-front investment.
The service factory concept has been in vogue for some time. As long ago as July 1989 the Harvard Business Review published a seminal article by Chase and Garvin titled The Service Factory[i]. They argued that “The factory of the future is not a place where computers, robots, and flexible machines do the drudge work . . . the next generation, then, will compete by bundling services with products, anticipating and responding to a truly comprehensive range of customer needs.”

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Feb 28

If you are new school or old school, then will you be stuck on those school’s of thought or advanced to the current and future schools?
From the old school folks you will hear things along the lines of that is how we do or did it. Also you might hear things along the lines of lets use what we have as long as we can make it work to fix problems while learning from mistakes. Also from old school you may here things like new school is only focused on the newest latest greatest shiny technology. Not to mention themes such as we have to stick around and clean up and take care of the mess left when new schoolers move to their next focus.

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Feb 28

For those that don’t believe that the hypervisor wars are here and that they are real, it’s time to see the light. As the ecosystem helped to bring… Read more at VMblog.com.

Feb 28

CloudSigma, a public cloud IaaS provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, today announced that it is partnering with CompatibleOne, an open… Read more at VMblog.com.

Feb 28

In part one of this three-part series I summed up how the way we produce and consume data has evolved over the last three decades, creating a need for new storage methodologies that can help enterprises store and effectively manage massive pools of data. I concluded that the immutable nature of unstructured data storage holds the key to solving the scalability and availability problems of traditional file storage.

Unstructured data has traditionally been stored in file-based systems, which enable users to access files simultaneously and modify them. This is great functionality for office environments, where multiple users might indeed be updating each other’s spreadsheets, but it is complete overkill when storing data that will probably never be changed again. DDN developed our Web Object Scaler (WOS) solution with this “unchanging” aspect of data in mind.

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Feb 27

Enterprise Cloud Analytics and Business Intelligence enables organizations to leverage the Cloud and provide end to end data aggregation and analysis capabilities. The objective is to develop Analytics on the Cloud to support Business Intelligence and Analysis capabilities. Effective strategic and operational business decisions can be made based on the search, analysis, drill down and visualization of data in real-time to get actionable information for making effective business decisions. In addition predictive analysis can be very useful to predict trends and patterns.
In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Ajay Budhraja, CTO at the Department of Justice, will discuss enterprise cloud analytics and business intelligence management, solutions, best practices, challenges, trends and specific examples. He will go over the development of a road map, architecture and a data-driven strategy for cloud analytics and business intelligence at the enterprise level for public, private and hybrid solutions. He will also cover approaches to making data accessible through analytic capabilities and the governance, methodology, architecture, security, privacy aspects.

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Feb 27

I am excited to share a guest blog article today from my colleague Rob Brown who works at The Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant. In this article he shares his insights on the future of smart machines, analytics and code halos.
Gartner’s Tom Austin presented a webinar titled “The Emerging Era of Smart Machines Changes Everything” recently (www.gartner.com). The scenario he paints canvasses where automation and robotics will be taking business processes - not to mention society and employment - in relatively short order.

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Feb 27

Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack vendor, today announced dramatic new benchmark numbers for running an OpenStack cloud at scale to feed the growing… Read more at VMblog.com.

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