November 07, 2013

Is tiered storage obsolete? Yes and no!
While the economic angle for SDS is interesting, when I listen to enterprise customers and service providers talk about software defined storage, what I mostly hear is a desire to eliminate storage-specific management from application workflows. At a recent industry event, I heard from application and virtual infrastructure admins who want to provision, manage and protect appsusing terms they understand, without requiring intervention by storage professionals.

Putting the ‘Service’ Back Into IT Service Management
When it comes to ITSM, it is extremely important that you understand who your customers and suppliers are. It is equally important that you understand that in your daily job, you can be both a supplier and customer. Every interaction between a customer and a supplier is a “Moment of Truth”. In that moment, you have the opportunity to alter your customer’s entire perception of you, your company and the service you provide. So it’s important that expectations are properly set, service is delivered in a consistent manner, and that you demonstrate empathy for the client.

Different paths to cloud and SaaS enablement yield similar major benefits
The next VMworld innovator panel discussion focuses on how two companies are using aggressive cloud-computing strategies to deliver applications better to their end users. We'll hear how healthcare patient-experience improvement provider Press Ganey and project and portfolio management provider Planview are both exploiting cloud efficiencies and agility. Their paths to the efficiency of cloud have been different, but the outcomes speak volumes for how cloud transforms businesses.

How to analyze hedge fund risk with sparse data
To get around the lack of data or the short data sets, we can use factor models, exposure data or some other type of proxy mechanism. We can also support our decision making by building factor benchmarks or style factors for regression analysis using data that’s available on a daily basis – such as stock and market index data. This helps us understand equity, credit, currency and volatility exposures, as well as some style exposures such as momentum or value versus growth.

SanDisk’s wireless flash drive: A simple storage boost for your iOS or Android phone
SanDisk also makes a Wireless Flash Drive app you can download to use the drive with your phone or tablet. Once you’ve downloaded the app, simply press the lone button on the drive that looks like a Wi-Fi signal to turn it on, then connect to it as you would with any other Wi-Fi connection (it will show automatically show up in your available networks once you turn it on – the drive uses 801.11 b/g/n).

Insight-Driven Innovation
Indeed, innovation will always require risks, some that can’t be quantified, and some that will demand imagination and insight on a very human level. Data will help shape and guide risk-taking, giving direction and clarity to innovative thinking. It provides a basis for the confidence that business leaders need in order to assess viable options, select the ones with the highest probability of success, and put them into action – quickly.

OLTP Clearly in Hadoop's Future, Cutting Says
Cutting didn't don a wig or fancy robe when he made his predictions about the future of Hadoop during a speech at the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week. He didn't wave a magic wand or use a crystal ball. Instead, the plain-speaking technophile made his points by tapping into his own vast repository of knowledge on the topic. Oh, and PowerPoints. "I don't have a time machine. I can't see the future any better than you can," Cutting said. "I'm a guy who, in the past, looked at the present, looked at facts, and decided what to do next. I'm not attempting to look too far down the road."

Google security team drops F-bombs on NSA for internal Google cloud data surveillance
Even Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, said if it’s true that the NSA is spying on Google data centers then it’s “outrageous” and “perhaps illegal.” Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal, “The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people's privacy, it's not OK.” Then he added, “There clearly are cases where evil people exist, but you don't have to violate the privacy of every single citizen of America to find them.”

New server processors and the lower-power, more-memory IT roadmap
Processor designs now highlight efficiency over raw speed; an efficiently designed server processor handles workloads faster and with less power than a monolithic, do-everything processor -- a work-per-watt measurement rather than pure speed. Server processors will diversify in their purpose and functionality, with more emphasis on system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. By tailoring processors for specific jobs, rather than putting every function into every model, chip makers achieve better performance even at slower clock speeds and lower power draw.

Gartner: Global companies should stick to only two data centres on each continent
Gartner analyst Rakesh Kumar said many firms had too many data centres as a result of business expansion, either organically or through acquisitions over many years. Kumar said, "Having too many data centres results in excessive capital and operational costs, an overly complex architecture and, in many cases, a lack of business-IT agility."

Quote for the day:

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” -- Phil Jackson

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