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Live Webinar: Understanding the Economics of Flash Storage - Win a $300 Amazon Card

The rapid rise of flash storage in the data center has turned traditional storage economic models upside down. While capacity remains a critical part of the financial equation, overall performance of storage systems has emerged as an equally important factor.

However, there is far more to the story that many marketed financial indicators might suggest. Register for this Webinar and you will be exposed to the fundamental financial facts that surround flash storage and learn how modern storage systems help IT focus more on the business than ever before.

WHEN?  January 28, 2015 @ 2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific)

You will join the experts and hear from: Scott D. Lowe, vExpert and MVP Hyper-V; Rob Commins, Flash Storage Expert

As an attendee you will:

  • Learn about the two primary metrics used to determine the overall cost of modern storage
  • Discover how these metrics play a role in changing how IT does business
  • Identify the key features that must be present in order to economic models to remain viable
  • Understand the second order economic benefits that can be achieved in a flash storage environment

See you on January 28th!



Cloud Computing: Palo Alto Networks - Proactively Averting Cyber Attacks

Grazed from SysConMedia.  Author: Charles Hall.

Cyber threats are becoming more advanced, persistent, and focused. The threat landscape is rapidly changing, and evolving faster than ever. Today it is difficult to determine who is winning: either those behind the cyber threats, or those fighting to prevent and remediate the threats. The strategy against cyber threats has been to throw more and more technology at the problem, in an attempt to keep up, and it is not working.

What if there was a way to prevent a cyber attack before it could ever happen? While no solution will prevent 100% of attacks, the goal should be to get as close as possible. Moving to a more proactive solution makes it increasingly difficult for attackers to achieve successful attacks...

Read more from the source @ http://www.sys-con.com/node/3284302

For Cloud Computing Guidance, Look To Washington (Seriously)

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Joe McKendrick.

Let’s face it, cloud computing is uncharted territory for many organizations. To sort-of paraphrase Winston Churchill, never in the field of computing have so many depended on so few. Enterprises are gradually, and inexorably, turning over significant portions of their infrastructures to outside cloud providers. Lately, there’s been talk of consolidation of big cloud providers to a few major providers.

The potential over-reliance on cloud providers is, in fact, making many enterprise CIOs and business leaders nervous. This may be the second round of angst in the cloud maturity cycle, once the first hurdle is passed. For some lessons on what to expect here, look no further than the U.S. federal government’s huge web of agencies...

Cloud Computing: Can Microsoft Survive Without Windows As Its Cornerstone?

Grazed from StreetWise.  Author: Jacob Maslow.

A number of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) observers were shaking their heads at the seeming backsliding of new Microsoft CEO during the company’s recent Windows 10 roll out. In his short roll out speech, Microsoft head honcho Satya Nadella said that Microsoft’s goal should be to move people from simply needing Windows to loving Windows.

Some people had a problem with this line of thinking because they argue that this is precisely the corporate mindset that led to Microsoft missing the boat on some of the most important consumer technology shifts in the past two decades.  How exactly did Microsoft screw up by focusing too much on Windows? Let’s just stick to the big ones. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched the iPod...

As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Sharon Wagner.

A lot can happen in a year, and in the world of cloud computing, 2014 was a breakout one. Cloud adoption finally experienced a tornado of demand that swept up large enterprises en masse. Yet as businesses move services to the cloud and increasingly depend on third-party vendors, important questions should be answered around who is responsible for managing these services and how service quality should be measured.

The main objective of a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is to clearly define relationships and set expectations for adequate service levels between the buyer and the seller. In the case of the cloud, this would be the cloud provider and the cloud consumer. A traditional SLA is a rigid and custom contract with complicated legalese focused around operational metrics provided by IT and using IT internal resources...

Apple Inc. to Store User Biometric data on iCloud

Grazed from PFhub.  Author:  Kaitlin Longmire.

Apple will use iCloud to store Biometric data from Apple Pay; according to the iPhone maker, the move is being made to ensure a seamless process of mobile payment when using the Apple Pay service. To ensure a secure data verification system, instead of storing information on the device only, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will also store fingerprint data of users on its iCloud – Apple Inc.’s own cloud service.

This is just a plan at this stage; Apple as of yet has not started storing this data because this initiative raises a lot of questions in terms of user security and privacy. Information about the possibility of the move was revealed by a reliable website, which got hold of a recent patent bought by the tech giant with information about the coveted move...

Microsoft’s Azure Is Beginning to Close the Gap With Amazon’s Cloud Service

Grazed from NationalGazette.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Last year software program maker K2.com stopped relying on Amazon.com (AMZN) for its cloud services and turned to Microsoft (MSFT) instead. K2 Chief Executive Officer Adriaan van Wyk says he’s satisfied with the choice—most of the time. The developer tools of Microsoft’s Azure cloud service are superior, he says, and he likes its customized customer service.

However occasionally Azure is slow, and on Nov. 18 it suffered a international outage that lasted several hours. As insurance coverage, Van Wyk has moved five % of his business enterprise back to Amazon Internet Services. “We still like Microsoft,” he says. “At the similar time, it’s been a bit bumpy. The 5 % makes certain if we have to move back to AWS we can do it rapidly.”...

Cloud Computing: It’s not the technology…stupid

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Tony Pagliarulo.

As we began the New Year, industry prognosticators and research firms published their lists of major technology predictions and trends that could have a major impact on organizations in 2015.  We continued to hear about the growing impact of “big data”, the “Internet of things”, cloud computing, and the increasing impact of emerging technologies such as 3D printing, wearables and smart machines.

My research and discussions with dozens of CIOs and line of business executives over the past year indicate that the strategic importance of IT and the role of the CIO continue to grow in importance.  Organizations are willing to invest more in technology; however they are expecting a significant increase in business results and at a much faster speed...

Cloud Computing: Key Considerations for Enterprise Unified Communications

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Shirley Siluk.

With such a variety of unified communications (UC) services now available, enterprise Relevant Products/Services IT managers and telecom directors need to consider a whole host of factors to choose the best option. Let's take a look first at what unified communications can do for your enterprise, and then consider some of the key decision points you may need to address when selecting a UC system or provider.

Starting with the Basics

Unified communications technology enables users to communicate in either real time or non-real time, switching seamlessly from one form of communications to another -- for example, sending an instant message to someone who just left a voicemail. Systems for unified communications also enable users to collaborate more easily across an organization, from department to department, and from one location to multiple others...

Amazon Cloud Facing Data Tsunami, Competitive Challenges as IoT Looms

Grazed from TechTimes.  Author: Christian de Looper

Amazon Web Services, the e-tailer's cloud business, has been holding tight to a leadership position but all that could change as the Internet of Things, with all its data, arrives like a gale force into the consumer and enterprise environments.

One industry watcher is questioning whether Amazon will survive as a cloud services provider given the e-tailer has a short window to re-strategize its cloud business model due to the Internet of Things (IoT), which is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices collecting data from every point possible...