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Logicalis chief technologist defines the new ideology of hybrid IT The next BriefingsDirect thought leader interview explores how digital disruption demands that businesses develop a new ideology of hybrid IT. We'll hear how such trends as Internet of things (IoT), distributed IT, data sovereignty requirements, and pervasive security concerns are combining to challenge how IT operates. And we'll learn how IT organizations are shifting to become strategists and internal service providers, and how that supports adoption of hybrid IT. We will also delve into how converged and hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) provide an on-ramp to hybrid cloud strategies and adoption. To help us define a new ideology for hybrid IT, we're joined by Neil Thurston, Chief Technologist for the Hybrid IT Practice at Logicalis Group in the UK. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, P... (more)

What Is a Cloud Broker, Anyway? | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #WebPerf

What Is a Cloud Broker, Anyway? By Joe Michalowski We've all had that feeling before: The feeling that you're missing something that everyone else is in on. For today's IT leaders, that feeling might come up when you hear talk about cloud brokers. Meanwhile, you head back into your office and deal with your ever-growing shadow IT problem. But the cloud-broker whispers and your shadow IT issues are linked. If you're wondering "what the heck is a cloud broker?" we've got you covered. Cloud Brokers – Like Stockbrokers for SaaS Apps If you've ever invested in the stock market, you know the traditional approach is to work with a stockbroker to invest on your behalf. Your stockbroker is a middleman who can provide key advice as you make decisions on where to invest your money. The same is true of cloud brokers. These third-party companies and consultants mediate between you... (more)

Our Bronze Sponsor @Interoute Partners with @Rancher_Labs | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DevOps #Containers

Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs' container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented "Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster. The integration of Rancher software with Interoute Digital Platform gives developers access to a managed container platform that sits on a global privately networked cloud, enabling true distributed computing." The advent of containers has revolutionized the way enterprises can build, and deploy software applications, bringing greater agility, quicker deployment times and lower operational costs. I... (more)

What Is Containerization and Will It Spell the End for Virtualization? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Containers

What Is Containerization and Will It Spell the End for Virtualization? By Ron Gidron Containerization is popularly viewed as the ‘virtualization of virtualization' or ‘next generation virtualization.' However, containers have existed long before virtualization or the advent of modern container technology like Docker and Linux Containers. Similar tech was built into mainframe systems that pervaded the IT landscape for the preceding decades. However, the implication, as the name suggests, is that modern software containerization will have the same seismic impact on the IT industry as shipping containers have had on maritime freight transport. Indeed, it is quite common now for many major online companies to run their entire infrastructure on containers. The reason behind the analogy, which is even alluded to by Docker in their logo, is that in the same way shipping con... (more)

Blockchain: Byzantine Generals and Achieving Consensus | @CloudExpo #Cloud #FinTech #Blockchain

When discussing disruptive technologies, the topic of blockchain inevitably enters the conversation. Gartner recently listed blockchain as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.' Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus Cushley. IBM announced this week a Blockchain-as-a-Service Enterprise offering at their Interconnect Conference. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality' discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored. In simple terms, blockchain is a digital ledger. You can think of it as a spreadsheet. The blockchain ledger comprises a constantly growing list of transactions called "blocks" - all of which are sequentially connected. Each block has a link to the previous one in the list. Once a block is in th... (more)

Hybrid Cloud Security: Part 3 | @CloudExpo #SDN #API #SaaS #Cybersecurity

In the first article of this three-part series on hybrid cloud security, we discussed the Shared Responsibility Model, and examined how the most common attack strategies persist, are amplified, or are mitigated as assets move from data centers to the cloud. In part two, we talked about the unique security challenges that are introduced by public cloud environments. In this third and final installment, we'll review why it's essential to approach hybrid cloud security with different methods, tools and best practices than those used in the data center. Bridging the Silo Between On-Premises and Cloud Environments For today's resource-constrained IT teams, the explosion of public cloud services has only increased the complexity of securing critical infrastructure. Until recently, it has been a challenge for IT professionals to find security tools that are specifically de... (more)

Doctrines and Strategies for a Digital Age | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

Technologies help us deliver on a business strategy.  Without a strategy, there is no rationale for deploying technologies.  In addition, there is no rationale for digital transformation, unless there is a need for business transformation.  If you believe this as we do, then strategy development will be a priority.  Strategies, however, are developed under the guidance of a doctrine.  The purpose of a doctrine is to create a high level understanding of what we we want to achieve with our strategy, and the concepts that must be employed to achieve it. An organization's doctrine will guide strategy development, and the tactics needed to achieve a goal. An example of a doctrine is, "We will be a fast follower, and excel at quickly manufacturing and delivering popular fashions." With this doctrine, the company can now develop strategies that align with the doctrine. Man... (more)

The Best Programming Languages | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #API #Java #Python

Five of the Best Programming Languages and Frameworks for a Small Business Choosing a programming framework for a small business can be overwhelming- there are so many. Here are a few of the best choices, to help you get started. Ask a room of ten developers which programming framework is the ‘best on the market,' and you're liable to receive ten different answers. Each developer will sing the praises of a different language, and each one will very probably feel that theirs is the only logical choice. The most confusing thing, though? Each and every one of those developers will be correct. Wait, what? I'll be blunt: there is no universal programming framework. The language your organization should work with - whether it's for web development, mobile development, or traditional development - depends entirely on your unique situation. The perfect choice for one busine... (more)

Is Your IT Career Ready for the Cloud? | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Azure

Is Your IT Career Ready for the Cloud? By Bree Brouwer The IT industry is undergoing a significant evolution to keep up with cloud application demand. We see this happening as a mindset shift, from traditional IT teams to more well-rounded, cloud-focused job roles. The IT industry has become so cloud-minded that Gartner predicts that by 2020, this cloud shift will impact more than $1 trillion of global IT spending. This shift, however, has left some IT professionals feeling a little anxious about what lies ahead. The good news is that cloud computing is relatively new by IT's standards, which means it's constantly expanding to encompass new career paths. Despite the Cloud Shift, Traditional IT Skills Aren't Dead With the increased use of cloud computing and AI, some traditional IT roles are being phased out as machines and tech systems take their place. However, the... (more)

TechTarget “Media Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | @TechTarget #DevOps #IoT #AI

SYS-CON Events announced today that TechTarget has been named "Media Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. TechTarget storage websites are the best online information resource for news, tips and expert advice for the storage, backup and disaster recovery markets. By creating abundant, high-quality editorial content across more than 140 highly targeted technology-specific websites, TechTarget attracts and nurtures communities of technology buyers researching their companies' information technology needs. By understanding these buyers' content consumption behaviors, TechTarget creates the purchase intent insights that fuel efficient and effective marketing and sales activities for clients around the world. For more information, visit http://www.techtarget.com/. The W... (more)

Choosing a #Serverless Architecture | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #AI #Docker

What to Look for When Choosing a Serverless Architecture By Sunil Mavadia Information Technology has advanced in different areas at different speeds. This has always been true, as people found workable solutions to the problems that faced them today, most often before there was a market for those solutions. While things like virtualization and eventually cloud computing grew slowly, programming languages sat at the same point for around a decade before the current round of new languages and approaches—Python, Ruby, Node, Swift—came about. These things seem unrelated, but there is a union of the two sets of changes that we are about to see blossom. That union is serverless computing. The joining of easily deployable instances–ultimately in the form of containers–with the ubiquity of REST-based APIs and the new programming languages that made REST-based APIs an easy a... (more)