A Reality Check on 'Everyone's Moving Everything to the Cloud'
A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private
cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed
to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These
individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significant
experience guiding senior IT executives transition to modern architectures,
so I decided I’d engage them in a discussion regarding the future of
self-managed infrastructure as a whole.
There’s a class of individuals, myself included, whose job it is to advise
and recommend direction in Enterprise IT. In this role, we live in a bubble
of sorts. I believe most of us understand the realities of Enterprise IT very
well, but we also have a good handle on next generation architectures, their
value, and how to migrate current IT... (more)
To paraphrase someone famous, "The definition of insanity is to do something
the same way over and over again and expect a different result".
Humans are creatures of habit and when it comes to storage, old habits die
Why do we continue to put our faith in legacy storage providers when they
haven't invented anything new in decades. Sure, they re-badge their products
every couple of years to make their messaging look modern, but ultimately,
it's the same old stuff with a new coat of lipstick.
Asides from becoming smaller, faster and cheaper to acquire, but much more
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Is the ongoing quest for agility in the data center forcing you to evaluate
how to be a part of infrastructure automation efforts?
As organizations evolve toward bimodal IT operations, they are embracing new
service delivery models and leveraging virtualization to increase
infrastructure agility. Therefore, the network must evolve in parallel to
become equally agile. Read this essential piece of Gartner research for
recommendations on achieving greater agility such as:
Don't assume that SDN is the only way to improve data center agil... (more)
The growing popularity of IoT has spawned the debate on privacy once again.
Last year, Samsung stoked controversy by warning customers that their Smart
TV Voice Recognition system was capable of “listening” to personal and
sensitive information spoken by customers. Not only this, all of this
intercepted information is transmitted over a non-encrypted connection to be
stored in a third party server.
Although the company was quick to change its policy wordings and issue
clarification, Samsung is hardly the only one. ‘Hello Barbie’, a WiFi
connected doll from Mattel intercepts chil... (more)
In the business world, it's hard to throw a rock without hitting a compliance
requirement. All must be obeyed, but some call for a high level of control
and auditability. Governing bodies are exerting their authority like never
before, increasing the number of auditors and handing out heavy fines -
sometimes as much as $1 million.
This has become the new norm, and it isn't likely to turn around any time
soon. It's important, then, to be aware of the primary threats that could
undermine compliance efforts. The top three such issues are discussed below.
The Challenges of SOX
2020 seems to be an important milestone for the Internet of Things. That’s
the year that Cisco says there will be 50 billion connected devices and also
the year Gartner notes that over 50% of major new business processes and
systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things.
That’s the good news.
A recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report says there are 25 connected
devices per 100 inhabitants in the US. Minimum 25 entry points to your
personal information, not counting your front door, personal computers,
compromised ATMs and other data sources. As your con... (more)