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The Pain Curve

The Complexity of Clusters and Why Clusters are So Different

Blog-post by Greg Bruno, Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:54

I've been building clusters for my entire professional career and I've known that clusters are different, but never could quite articulate why. Until now.

After having many conversations with operations team members from a broad cross-section of enterprises, I now have a handle on why clusters are so different from farms of single-purpose servers that reside in traditional data centers.

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Technology, Cloud, Mobility

Cloud and Mobile, Two Sides of the Same Coin

Blog-post by Anoj Willy, Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:48
Anoj Willy

By Anoj Willy, Trace3 Cloud Practice Director


In a very real sense, mobile and cloud computing are quickly becoming two sides of the same coin. Mobile computing is how users experience technology, while cloud computing is the platform from which the experience is delivered.

CIO Leadership, Cloud

Four Critical Cloud Challenges Facing CIOs in 2014

Blog-post by David Eisner, Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:35

The role of the CIO is changing. According to a June 27 article from NextGov, federal agencies are coming to terms with the idea that greater CIO responsibilities must dovetail with increased authority and a broader perspective. To that end, Congress is debating a proposal that would see CIOs granted full budget control — and full responsibility for any IT investments.

Business Issues, Big Data, Cloud

Emerging technology Twitter chat talks up Big Data, analytics

Wearables and IoT not so much, but....

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:57

We had a very robust Twitter chat about which emerging technologies and which ones aren't. Such an open ended question always sparks debate, but the answers are pretty obvious - Big Data and then cloud and are most important while the value of wearables and Internet of Things are less well understood. There was almost no mention of mobile and we had at least four CIO types in the chat!

We also danced around the issue with many Tweets talking about what would make an emerging technology important - supporting the business strategy and end users, good governance and so forth.

Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Big Data, Cloud, Mobility

What is the digital enterprise: July 17th Twitter chat

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:17

The media, analysts and some CIOs are obsessed with the digital enterprise. So what is it exactly?

That's our central question in the Twitter chat on July 17th from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The hashtag is #CIOchat 

CIO Leadership, Big Data, Cloud, Mobility

The digital enterprise: what's in a myriad of names?

New and Third Platforms, the latest

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Wed, 07/09/2014 - 18:54

What is a digital enterprise?

Quite simply, it is one whose IT foundation is based on cloud, Big Data/analytics, Mobile and social/collaboration - all in support of business goals. That is the digital enterprise and to get there you must pass through something called digital transformation. When you actually arrive is anyone's guess, but the CIO should know when he or she sees or feels it.

This is one of those posts that basically wrote itself as the result of an internal e-mail discussion. My nonsense detector was loudly going off.

Business Issues, Technology, Cloud, IT Infrastructure

How to recover after a cloud computing misstep

Quick Post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:57

Computerworld's feature about cloud missteps gives inplementers a good look into the unforseen pitfalls one can encounter in deploying clouds. Dreamworks CTO Lincoln recounts two significant downsides in deploying Google apps.

One is the customer is not in control of the user experience. When Google wants to roll out new features, everyone gets them "ready or not." The other is when there are several cloud suppliers, the customer is "hindered" setting up apps workflows across the many environments. While Wallen cites many benefits, these are two serious downsides.

Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Applications, Big Data, Cloud, IT Performance

Private cloud, analytics top strategic initiatives

Strong CIO-CMO relationships key for top performers: PwC

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:07

Across a broad swath of 11 industries, "data mining and analysis" and "private cloud" are in a dead heat as the top two strategic initiatives, according to PwC's 6th annual Digital IQ survey. Data mining is not a top initiative in technology (seems odd) and private cloud was absent from the retail & consumer sector.

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Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Technology, Applications, Big Data, Cloud, IT Infrastructure, IT Performance, Mobility, Security, Services

Building a Secure Cloud Environment

A secure IT strategy often emerges as a key concern

Blog-post by Chris Patterson, Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:49
Chris Patterson

Cloud computing is fundamentally revolutionizing how businesses deliver and operate the services and products they bring to market. The ability to leverage virtual infrastructure in a public cloud context enables compelling and strategic benefits including increased agility, improved scalability, reduced costs and capital expenses, and more efficient deployment of IT resources, all of which allow an organization to focus on growing their core business.

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Cloud Security for Rational Leaders: A Practical Approach for the C-Suite

Blog-post by Chris Patterson, Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:48
Chris Patterson

News headlines are filled with enough stories about compromised data security to drive executives away from networked and cloud solutions and back to the proverbial days of stuffing cash in a mattress. However, effective leaders recognize that threats to a computing environment are always present, and believe a more fruitful approach to operate a secure organization is to direct their IT teams to manage against real – not simply perceived – threats.

Rational vs. Irrational Fears

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