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How Parasoft Service Virtualization helped Comcast increase the scope & accuracy of performance testing, slash testing costs and cut downtime by 60%. There were two primary issues that led Comcast to explore service virtualization. First, we wanted to increase the accuracy and consist...
I want to introduce you to a long time friend of mine J.D. Axford. He is a civil engineer with all kinds of acronyms after his name (P.E., CESCL, etc.), who has worked for most of his career in the Northwest of the USA in and around water and mud. He is a hero among the duck populati...
In my last blog, I speculated about some of the opportunities that could arise from the implementation and subsequent evolution of SDN and NFV across virtual carrier networks. With companies like Google well-advanced in the implementation of an SDN control plane to manage its flow of b...
Learn why Service Virtualization is a must-have for accelerating the SDLC and bringing higher quality functionality to the market faster—at a lower cost. No matter what industry you're in, software is increasingly becoming the interface to your business. Organizations that are able to...
With the rise of BYOD and the sharp growth of mobile devices, organizations worldwide, including those in need of government-level security, are turning to Virtual Bridges, Inc. to reduce risk and increase control over their sensitive data. With Virtual Bridges VDI private cloud soluti...
You are surely aware of the new features introduced in OpenNebula 4.2 Flame, and its focus to strengthen the most demanded and useful features. So now is time to move forward and implement new features demanded by our uses and that's why the beta version OpenNebula 4.4 Retina is out f...
I've just had the opportunity to preview my good friend Melvin Greer's newest effort, "21st Century Leadership: Harnessing Innovation, Accelerating Business Success". Now in pre-release, this book highlights the compelling linkage between internet scale technology, advance business mod...
Moving your data storage to the cloud is a smart move as there is an explosion of data day by day and systems are struggling to store all that data effectively and securely. Cloud computing has proven not only to be cost effective but also frees the businesses to concentrate on the da...
Perhaps it is tied to the number of press releases, product or staffing announcements including who has joined the organization along with added coverage of it? Maybe its based on how many articles, videos or some other content and coverage that helps to show traction and momentum? O...
So I opened my resume and counted how many places I have been since leaving the electronic engineering field. I have had 18 gigs. Most of that time was spent as a consultant in the role of software architect or software process engineer. Most gigs were like building a house. You do the...
For half a century, the trajectory of computing has followed a "faster, smaller, cheaper" arc. In his Day 3 Lunchtime Keynote at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Tim Park, Director, Platform Strategy at Microsoft and alumnus of Nest Labs, will look at how that trajectory is both acc...
I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result. Not in the context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in the context of making better business decisions based on mor...
I personally don’t like the term “War Room” when describing a firefighting situation that many software companies have to deal with when systems go down or have problems. The way these war rooms typically play out is that key personnel (engineers, operations, business) are summoned int...
A cloud security take on an old riddle: analyze risks, identify needs, develop priorities, deploy scalable model, and leave room for dessert. Security is big. It encompasses a great many definitions, confronts a great many issues and is addressed through a great many solutions using a...
HGST on Wednesday announced its chief technology officer, Steven Campbell, will deliver a keynote speech on new developments in enterprise storage for the cloud (#cloud) at Cloud Expo 2013 Silicon Valley (@CloudExpo). Additionally, Brendan Collins, HGST vice president of product market...
I recently came across Gartner research authored by analyst Colin Fletcher about the emergence of Business Value Dashboards (BVDs) that are replacing today’s conventional executive dashboards. When analyst research mentions a developing IT trend, I take note. But I pay special attentio...
So, do we stick with a technology that Microsoft has labelled as legacy - WPF, or do we go with the new unpopular WinRT for line of business applications? After the Silverlight fiasco I personally do not trust Microsoft to not throw the baby out with the bath water again in the future....
Cost savings, scalability and offload are the hallmarks of cloud computing benefits. Sub-par performance, sketchy reliability, and porous security concerns rank among top concerns and have undoubtedly led to delays in growth and adoption. In his session at the 13th International Clou...
When Windows Azure was first released a few years ago, it was Microsoft's PaaS offering in the public cloud space. This has matured and Microsoft recently released a preview of their IaaS offering in Windows Azure. This new offering allows an organization to host a virtual machine with...
Get a solid understanding of the underpinnings and principles of Hadoop, perhaps the most sought after high-paying skill for a developer today. In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Bruno Terkaly, an evangelist for Microsoft, will begin by illustrating how you build y...
Want to gain an edge in your technical career? Industry insiders suggest that over 70% of businesses now run at least two virtualization platforms in their IT environment. That’s why IT pros who understand multiple platforms are invaluable to their companies and clients. With all the t...
Client latency is driven by multiple factors, in the browser, network, and code. Dan Riti explores all those factors, including how Google... Let's face it, users are impatient. They demand a blazingly fast experience and accept no substitutes. Google performed a study in 2010 which p...
The Open Group today announced the new Open FAIR Certification Program aimed at risk analysts, bringing a much-needed professional certification to the market that is focused on the practice of risk analysis. Both the Risk Taxonomy and Risk Analysis standards, standards of The Open Gro...
Most of my friends in the US are looking forward to the new Healthcare website that allows them to select the health insurance that best suits their needs. As with any new website that has been anticipated by a lot of people, it was not a big surprise that there were glitches when mill...
Enterprises are eager to implement virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to address BYOD, disaster recovery, mobility, security, EOL for Windows XP and more. But the high cost and complexity of building their own on-premises solution have been huge barriers to VDI adoption. In his ses...
Contrary to common misconceptions, offshore product development (OPD) of software involves a lot more than just cutting costs and accelerating time-to-market. Savvy companies know OPD enables them to improve the quality of their software. Outsourcing software development and independe...
Some of the most technologically advanced organizations in the world today are utilizing strategies based on the concept of the Network Centric Organization. These strategies, methodologies and concepts are important for just about any organization that is geographically dispersed and...
This book is exactly what the sub-title "A Practical Guide to Agile Requirements Discovery" says it is. The book is a very detailed breakdown of the steps that should be taken by Scrum teams that want to succeed. I have listed the chapters below to give you an overview of the topics ...
The world of cloud services moves fast and is the foundation that enables a diverse set of devices and applications from many vendors. This environment is both an opportunity and a challenge for developers and IT organizations. In his Day 4 Keynote at the 13th International Cloud Exp...
Perhaps one of the perplexing things about cloud computing is the choice around renting time in someone else’s cloud (Amazon, Google, Rackspace or a myriad of others) or building your own. It’s not unlike the age-old car buyer’s dilemma, take the lower payments and lower total miles le...
Read why customers choose EMC and VMware to dramatically increase performance and improve Oracle licensing ROI. Read how DBAs are getting up to 3X more performance and 80% faster tuning, deploying new Oracle servers and storage in minutes, and more.
The importance of privileged identity management as a means of managing risk has long been understood. After all, it's reported 43% of security breaches involve trusted insiders, according to research group Forrester. And the most recent Verizon Data Breach report revealed some 13% of ...
Cloud computing has been an important trend for several years now and that trend is continuing to gather weight with new and improved ERP software offerings for manufacturers. Like any ERP selection choice, the decision to move to the cloud has pros and cons compared to traditional on-...
As you strive to achieve new levels of sophistication when creating performance baselines, it is important to consider how you will navigate the oscillating winds of application behavior as the numbers come in from all directions. The behavioral context of the user will highlight key t...
It is 11 October, 2014. I am writing this in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal at the foot of the majestic Himalayas. The date is only marginally significant - it is now 2 years and seven months since I was successfully operated on for pancreatic cancer - but the location perhaps is more rev...
This weekend I was clever. That is newsworthy because it doesn't happen very often. Our son is stationed at a military base that did not receive TV coverage of the Boise State football game on Saturday night. It must have been the government shut-down. I can't think of any other re...
How can one effectively Sync and Move large volumes of content from existing on-site storage platforms like SharePoint, Network File-Shares and ECM systems with Business Cloud services? In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Jonas Sostakas, a Senior Systems Engineer at...
Cybercriminals are employing more sophisticated techniques all the time and far too many companies and organizations still don’t have the protection they really need to safeguard their systems. The prevalence of targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs) is disturbing. ...
Everyone is talking about the benefits of “the Cloud,” but are you ready to pick up and move your business applications? With Windows Server 2003 end of life approaching, companies are faced with moving large numbers of enterprise applications. Learn how you can modernize your applicat...
Although this book is written for the Java programmer, I would recommend reading it to any .NET or iOS developer as well. It is a must read for the Java developer, but is also a valuable read for developers of other languages because the guidelines are often built around a programmer's...