May 01, 2013

Amazon Web Services SVP defends why public clouds trump private models
Businesses are moving to the cloud at a faster pace than ever before -- and for a few select reasons, according to Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services. "There's a lot of noise about this point, and there are a lot of companies trying to commandeer this messaging for select purposes," said Jassy while speaking at the opening keynote of the AWS Summit on Tuesday morning.


10 stupid things people do in their data centers
We’ve all done it — made that stupid mistake and hoped nobody saw it, prayed that it wouldn’t have an adverse effect on the systems or the network. And it’s usually okay, so long as the mistake didn’t happen in the data center. It’s one thing to let your inner knucklehead come out around end user desktop machines.


User provisioning best practices: Access recertification
The first step in the recertification process is to gain access to all the account and access information on the systems being provisioned. In the beginning phases of a provisioning deployment, this is normally done by auditors and/or security personnel who either physically extract account information into a format for comparison, like a spreadsheet, or are granted administrative privileges on the business systems to view provisioned account information.


Apps for the data center technician's iPhone
Smartphones are now offering data center technical staff a new level of mobility by enabling them to have a view into critical data center systems, regardless of where they’re located. Data center technicians no longer have to be tethered to a PC, because many data center infrastructure vendors have mobile apps that provide just as powerful views as were once only available from a web browser on a PC.


CERN celebrates the Web and how it changed the world
"The web will grow at an even faster rate over the next decade than it did over the past decade," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. "This will be driven by the Internet of Things, where many objects are interconnected. Things like your door locks, lights, jewelry, home appliances and even clothing will be connected."


BlackBerry chief questions tablet category: Maybe he's not wrong
Heins is basically saying that BlackBerry can't make money on tablets. In fact, it's unclear anyone beyond Apple can make money on tablets. The Android tablet race is headed to a commodity hardware market. There's just no room for BlackBerry. The leap Heins is taking is that tablets are a transition device and may suffer the same fate as netbooks in five years.



Shifting to an MDM Golden Profile
When the business wants to put master data to use, it is about how to have a view of a domain. They don't think in terms of records, they think about using the data to improve customer relationships, grow the business, improve processes, or any host of other business tasks and objectives. A golden profile fits this need by providing the definition and framework that flexes to deliver master data based on context. It can do so because it is driven by data relationships.


Nanowire Transistors Could Keep Moore’s Law Alive
Unlike with most vertical nanowire transistor prototypes, in which the nano wires are grown upward from a substrate, the French duo created their nanowires by starting out with a block of doped silicon and then etching away material to leave nano pillars. In between the pillars, they deposited an insulating layer to about half the pillars’ height. Then they deposited the 14 nm of chromium and filled the remaining space with another insulating layer.


The power of information in the new consumer health insurance market
The key to success in this new environment will be information. Knowing who is at risk, and connecting them to services that will reduce their risk, will be important for preventing out-of-control costs and financial disaster. It will also give health plans the ability to provide coverage at affordable rates, increasing their sales.


New theory could streamline operations management, cloud computing
“The topic of flexibility has been explored in various directions,” says Ton Dieker, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech’s Algorithms and Randomness Center and Thinktank. Indeed, the classic literature on flexibility in manufacturing systems includes several papers by David Simchi-Levi, of the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Stephen Graves.



Quote for the day:

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast" -- Peter Drucker