December 29, 2012

Private cloud computing planning from concept through deployment
Creating a blueprint on what your company expects to get out of cloud computing, getting buy-in from all departments, automating IT workloads, and transitioning to a self-service model are the initial steps in creating a private cloud. But the journey doesn't stop there. Let's take a look at the five final steps, including initiating chargeback, bolstering security and monitoring cloud performance, to help you with planning so you can create a fully functioning private cloud in your enterprise.


What Is a Real-Time Enterprise?
Originally the term real-time was only applied to systems that were reactive within a given time frame. They had very definite operational constraints. So, process control systems which might, for example, be controlling the speed of a production line had to make specific decisions within a given time frame. If they were too slow, the whole operation would grind to a halt, so speed of execution was critical.


Apache Crunch: A Java Library for Easier MapReduce Programming
Crunch provides a library of patterns to implement common tasks like joining data, performing aggregations, and sorting records. Unlike those other tools, Crunch does not impose a single data type that all of its inputs must conform to. Instead, Crunch uses a customizable type system that is flexible enough to work directly with complex data such as time series, HDF5 files, Apache HBase tables, and serialized objects like protocol buffers or Avro records.


How to Effectively Audit Your IT Infrastructure
Native Microsoft auditing tools lack the abilities of convenient tracking and ongoing review of changes in systems and applications putting organizations at risk of losing control over security. Unauthorized, unwanted, and malicious changes in an IT infrastructure can have tremendous impact on business continuity and predictability.


Storage and PaaS shine in cloud computing adoption spotlight
Cloud computing adoption goes far beyond the choice of public, private or hybrid models. Enterprise IT pros and administrators also need to decide on the specific services each cloud model provides. And certain trends are starting to emerge with regards to how IT departments are utilizing cloud services. Storing data in the cloud, as well as SaaS and PaaS, are the clear winners so far.


Data Center Power: Zooming in Where it Matters
By shifting attention from the cooling systems to the servers which account for the majority of the power consumed in the data center, managers can introduce a holistic energy optimization solution. Accurate monitoring of power consumption and thermal patterns creates a foundation for enterprise-wide decision-making with the ability to Monitor and analyze power data by server, rack, row or room, Track usage for logical groups of resources that correlate to the organization or data center services ...


Imperfect leadership
So if you focus on perfection, you will get discouraged, because perfection seldom happens and never happens for long. Or you will choke, trying too hard. Or you might freeze, engulfed by fear. Aim for perfection and bank on discouragement, dissatisfaction, broken relationships, frustration and worse.


Google's Enterprise Chief: We're Going To Grab 90% Of Office Users Away From Microsoft
Google ramped up its enterprise business in several ways this year. It launched a full-on "infrastructure-as-a-service" cloud, Compute Engine, that competes head on with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. It introduced Drive, which let's Google App users store any type of document in the cloud. It eliminated the free version of its Google Apps, and is now charging companies with 10 employees or less. It launched the next-generation of Chromebooks and introduced its first ever PC-like device for businesses, the Chromebox.


IDC Sees US Public IT Cloud Services To Top $43 Billion by 2016
Revenue for US public IT cloud services will grow from $18.5 billion in 2011 to $43.2 billion in 2016, according to a report by International Data Corporation (IDC). The report focuses on the public cloud services that are shared among unrelated enterprises and consumers and that are designed for a market, rather than just one enterprise.


The C# Memory Model in Theory and Practice
This is the first of a two-part series that will tell the long story of the C# memory model. The first part explains the guarantees the C# memory model makes and shows the code patterns that motivate the guarantees; the second part will detail how the guarantees are achieved on different hardware architectures in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.



Quotes for the day:

"Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance." -- J. Donald Walters

"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win." -- Jonathan Kozol