March 06, 2013

Ageing hardware is driving up your datacentre costs, businesses warned
UK organisations do not realise that in three years they spend as much on cooling inefficient and poorly performing servers as they would on buying new hardware, Bitterlin said, speaking at the Datacentre World 2013 conference. Every time datacentres change servers, they cut their power consumption by half and double capacity at the same time, he said.

Microsoft acquires cloud-monitoring startup MetricsHub
"MetricsHub will now offer all Windows Azure customers our premium product as a pre-release, no charge, service available through the Windows Azure Store," the company said in a statement. "We will also be converting all paying customers to this no-charge version of the service and MetricsHub technology will continue to keep your cloud applications running."

Businesses Concerned About State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks
"The number of organizations that are potential targets for state-sponsored cyber-attacks is probably much higher than 50 percent, because if attackers can't break into a targeted organization, they will go after partners and suppliers," nCircle chief research officer Tim Keanini said in a statement. "Frankly, I'm surprised that the level of paranoia among information security professionals isn't higher."

Using SQL Bulk Insert with the .NET Framework
The migration of the Bulk Insert process to the integrated coding environment has opened many more effective uses of Bulk Insert to .NET developers. The goal of this article is not just to show developers how to use the SQL Bulk Insert component within the .NET Framework, but to show how it can be effectively integrated into an automated system to greatly improve flexibility, code reuse, speed and efficiency.

Cloud: Fail to Prepare and Prepare to Fail
As a greater proportion of workloads make their way to the cloud each year, enterprises have a vested interest in expanding network capabilities and evolving critical data center infrastructure to accommodate an ever-increasing array of cloud-based applications and data storage requirements. So how do you put the foundations in place for successful cloud experience? On March 20th, MeetTheBoss TV will be hosting a virtual roundtable for six leading end-users – entirely free from the comfort of your own office – to find out.

Addressing Messaging Challenges Using Open Technologies
Tom McCuch, Solution Engineer for Hortonworks with over twenty two years of experience in software engineering and Oleg Zhurakousky, Sr. Software Engineer with SpringSource/VMWare and has 14+ years of experience in software engineering across multiple disciplines explain and demonstrate providing messaging for distributed systems with Spring AMQP, Spring Integration and RabbitMQ.

The Art of Failure
"I'm OK with having failed at this part of the journey," Andrew Mason wrote in his open memo, posted on the Groupon external blog. "If Groupon was Battletoads," he wrote, "it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through." ... And one trait that too many corporates, and no more so that then their communicators, seem to share is the fear perpetuated by failure.

BCP for SaaS a must on unstable broadband
"The very idea of being constantly online to use a particular app has its challenges [due] to the difficulty in having uninterrupted Internet connectivity," Ghosh explained. "This is one of the fundamental reasons why companies [in these locations] hesitate to move to the cloud model." If companies want to try out SaaS, they will first do so with non-mission critical apps, he noted.

Closing the app gap on risk
Many organizations are drowning in technical debt from more applications than their internal software security programs can handle. Many of these enterprises are turning to cloud services for support. With the support of SaaS-based software security partners, the enterprise can focus on those applications that are critical to core business. The first step, though, is to identify that there is a gap.

Accountants Will Save the World
Make no mistake, I am a capitalist: Someone who puts capital to work, and wants something back. But where we've lost the plot is that we only demand — and manage — a return on financial capital. In order to address current economic crises in a systematic way, we must begin to demand a return on social and natural capital as well. That's where we need to change the rules of the game.

Quote for the day:

"A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit." -- John C Maxwell

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