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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Scaling Cloud Network Infrastructures

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Scale-out networking using fast, fat and flat network topologies deliver the best ROI when building private or public cloud computing networks. A key ingredient of such high performance and highly efficient network designs is the Ethernet switch system that connects server, virtual machine and storage nodes together to deliver desired application level performance. In his session at the 11th International Cloud Expo, Sujal Das, Director of Product Marketing for Broadcom Corporation's Infrastructure and Networking Group (ING) will discuss the following: Technology requirements in Ethernet switch system for delivering the largest network nodes scale with flexible network topologies that optimize application performance How to deliver the highest performance and support multi-tenancy and seamless workload placement across dat... (more)

Application Performance Management Done Right

What is Application Performance Management (APM)? Like a lot of good questions, it depends on your business needs.  What is the goal of an ideal APM?  Does it mean 99.999% availability?  Perhaps it is a favorable overall end user experience when using the application but, as compared to what? My point is that Application Performance Management / Monitoring means different things to different businesses and it can even depend on the application involved. What is the Goal of APM “Begin with the goal in mind.” I wish I could take credit for that quote.  What is the goal of the APM? Have you listed out the objectives you hope to obtain from your APM strategy?  This approach will help your team ensure satisfaction with the final solution chosen.  Here are some examples. Minimum of 99.999% availability with lower Mean Time To Know (MTTK) and Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) Less ... (more)

Ballmer Allegedly Throws Chair Over Google Hiring

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw a chair across the room when Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Mark Lucovsky told Ballmer that he was leaving to join Google. This is according to an article by Verne Kopytoff of the San Francisco Chronicle, reporting on court documents containing statements by  Lucovsky in the Microsoft-Google contretemps over the hiring by Google of former Microsoft researcher Kai-Fu Lee. Ballmer has stated that Lucovsky's version of what transpired is a "gross exaggeration." Kopytoff reported that "Lucovsky recounts that Ballmer erupted violently after Lucovsy told him he was resigning to join Google. He threw the chair across the office and then launched into profanity...(and) said of Google's chief executive that he would 'bury that guy--I have done it before and I will do it again,' according to the (court) filing." Kopytoff also reported that Ba... (more)

Microsoft Rejigs Whole Organization; Boosts Ray Ozzie, Developers, MSN to Forefront

Calling it "an alignment for future innovation and growth," Microsoft has announced a long-anticipated reorganization – including strengthening the role of CTO Ray Ozzie (pictured) – intended to enable the company to compete more effectively with Google and Yahoo!, which have taken the lead in the world of Internet search and usage and which thereby threaten Redmond's long dominance on the desktop and within certain parts of enterprise IT. Microsoft's previous seven divisions have been simplified into a three-divisions structure: The Microsoft Platform Products & Services Division will be led by Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin as co-presidents; Jeff Raikes has been named president of the Microsoft Business Division; and Robbie Bach has been named as president of Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division. In addition, the company said Ray Ozzie will expand... (more)

Silverlight v1.0 Beta vs. Silverlight 1.1 Alpha - Huh??

Kevin Hoffman's Blog The short of the story is that Silverlight 1.0 applications don't support code-behind, they don't support making plain XML calls back to a web service (despite some other people's claims to the contrary, 1.0 will not let you do this!), and there is no real two-way binding (though you can set values of controls in response to events, which is what I call "old school" binding). Silverlight 1.1, however.. now this whole project is actually starting to show some promise. For starters, Silverlight 1.1: Supports communication via XML over HTTP, which makes it ideal for "RESTy POX". Note that the 1.1 alpha version doesn't allow cross-domain access, so you'll still have to drop in server-side service proxies for accessing remote services (which is actually more secure anyway....) You can write "code behind" your Silverlight apps in C# or VB.NET You can wr... (more)

Microsoft's Ballmer Seeks "Respectful Competition" with Cisco

As part of an apparent joint aim to reassure consumers that, if they use Microsoft's software, it will continue to work with Cisco's networking products, and vice versa, the CEOs of both companies spoke at a press event in New York this week about how, while competing as vigorously as ever, Microsoft and Cisco will also be working together in ten areas where their technologies overlap. "There are plenty of competitors that you just don't talk to, or things get acrimonious," Ballmer said, as the two spoke on a discussion panel together on Monday. "That's not where we want to go with Cisco," he added, saying that Microsoft was seeking "respectful competition" with Cisco. Setting the whole announcement in context, Cisco CEO John Chambers spoke during a BusinessWeek interview of "the second productivity wave of the Internet," adding: "It will be any device, any content. ... (more)

Developinn in Microsoft's Cloud with Rosario (Visual Studio 2010)!

“With Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0, we are focused on the core pillars of developer experience, support for the latest platforms spanning client, server, services and devices, targeted experiences for specific application types, and core architecture improvements,” said S. “Soma” Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. “These pillars are designed specifically to meet the needs of developers, the teams that drive the application life cycle from idea to delivery, and the customers that demand the highest quality applications across multiple platforms. You can expect to hear a lot more about Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 in the coming months.” Democratizing Application Life-Cycle Management Today, much of application development remains siloed throughout the enterprise, leading to decreased productivity... (more)

Top Ten Reasons Why The Most Important Machine Is Unlabeled

Today is office move day across much of .NET Framework land.. Good folks across building 41 and 42 are doing a little shuffling around…   As part of the move, we all had to be out of the office today.  Like any good manager, I wanted to keep my team productive even during this “downtime”..   Many of engineers on the team wanted to work on “their” machines, so we reserved a conference room and had them plug in their machines there then go home or to Starbucks or the local library and work from there remotely.   So we ended up with a conference room full of nearly identical headless dev machines, luckily we had the foresight to label them.. all but one of them ;-)   All was going well until machine “Enso01” needed to be rebooted.  This is our test pass machine… no one could run or update tes... (more)

Cloud Expo Preview: Security, Residency, and Malevolence

Cloud Expo Opening Keynote Security will be one of the top-of-mind issues at Cloud Expo when it opens April 19 at the Javits Center in New York. Here are just three examples: 1. A session to be presented by Intel architect Charlton Barreto addresses the challenge of "building a more secure, trustworthy cloud." Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! As he says, "Cloud computing allows companies to perform feats of computation that would otherwise have been impossible, or at least prohibitively expensive. However, cloud computing has generally lacked the security features typically required by small and medium-sized enterprises. Likewise, in using public clouds, IT cedes control over key security parameters to the service provider." Barreto's session promises to cover "technology advances, such as Trusted Boot Chains to enable or disable a... (more)

Modernization of IT: Solving a Legacy of Business Problems & Applications

I talk to a lot of CIOs. I met with one in early May who oversees the IT operation of a $6 billion yearly entertainment-related company with about 7,000 employees. This top-notch exec was all about transforming a huge investment in existing IT infrastructure into a new dynamic, extensible and agile platform that would propel the business forward - not hold it back. This guy is busy figuring out how to keep a Boeing 777 up in the air while simultaneously re-fitting aircraft to make it best-in-class. That's what IT should be all about. But in some organizations, it's not. Either the message from the top gets lost as it percolates down through the IT organization, or the message from the top isn't the right one to begin with. Either way, for those unfortunate IT organizations, IT is a ball-and-chain that holds the enterprise back, rather than gives it the capability to... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
Historically, some banking activities such as trading have been relying heavily on analytics and cutting edge algorithmic tools. The coming of age of powerful data analytics solutions combined with the development of intelligent algorithms have created new opportunities for financial institutions. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sebastien Meunier, Head of Digital for North America at Chappuis Halder & Co., discussed how these tools can be leveraged to develop a lasting competitive advantage in priority areas: customer analytics, financial crime prevention, regulatory compliance and risk management.
"NetApp's vision is how we help organizations manage data - delivering the right data in the right place, in the right time, to the people who need it, and doing it agnostic to what the platform is," explained Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate for NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In their Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, and Mark Lavi, a Nutanix DevOps Solution Architect, explored the ways that Nutanix technologies empower teams to react faster than ever before and connect teams in ways that were either too complex or simply impossible with traditional infrastructures.
In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace.
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker containers gain prominence. He explored these challenges and how to address them, while considering how containers will influence the direction of cloud computing.