Vendor Neutral Training: Proven Protection Against Cloud Horror Stories
Cloud computing is now entering adolescent. With all the early adopters now
swimming in the cloud pool with that “I told you so” smug, fast followers
are just barely beating the early majority. The gold rush to cloud is also
driving the IT herd to get cloud computing training. Training vendors from
multi-billion dollar behemoths to little Mom and Pop shops are ready to cash
in with fast and easy, vendor-specific certifications for just about any
cloud service provider.
Although at first glance, all is well with this vision, the industry’s
adolescent hubris has started to show some troubling warning signs. The
source of the trouble, however, is not with the Cloud Service Provider (CSP).
The problems are actually caused by the CSP customers themselves!
Driven by an almost reflexive assumption that ... (more)
(This post originally appeared on Direct2Dell, The Official Dell Corporate
Enterprise storage is trending away from traditional, enterprise managed
network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SAN) towards a more
complex environment that includes software-defined and cloud-based solutions.
Spinning disks are also being replaced with flash arrays and solid state
devices. These transformations are driven by challenges associated with the
parallel processing of unstructured data within a near-real-time business
operational tempo. Technology advances that exemplif... (more)
Today data has replaced money as the global currency for trade.
“McKinsey estimates that about 75 percent of the value added by data flows
on the Internet accrues to “traditional” industries, especially via
increases in global growth, productivity, and employment. Furthermore, the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that
about 50 percent of all traded services are enabled by the technology sector,
including by cross-border data flows.”
As the global economy has become fully dependent on the transformative nature
of electronic data exchange, its p... (more)
The "Internet of Things" depends on the "Cloud" for the processing and
storage of data. The Cloud's backbone, however, is the network. This logic
train reveals the importance of professional rigor and solid System
Engineering (SE) of the network.
Imagine a sea of sensors, put out in the field by multiple independent
vendors. Complying with specifications only in an informal sense, these
sensors are sending Terabytes of data to the cloud. The availability of this
data to anyone globally is impressive enough. But even more amazing is the
fact that anyone in the world can also deve... (more)
With all the excellent training available on television today, we are all now
well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse. Our failure as a
society lies, however, in our misunderstanding of the nature of the
cybersecurity challenge. This failure threatens us all and our survival will
depend on society’s ability to deal with the evolution and maturation of
the changing enterprise cybersecurity challenge.
If you’re completely oblivious to the living dead threat, a zombie
apocalypse refers to a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to
human life. The zom... (more)
It was late 2011 and Steven Donovan was comfortable working at SHI
International Corporation, a growing information technology firm, as a
personal computer break/fix technician. His company had been growing quickly
from a $1 million "software-only" regional re-seller into eventually becoming
a $6 billion global provider of information technology products and services.
At that time, cloud computing was just starting to explode onto the
information technology scene. Although Amazon Web Services had been offering
its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) since 2006, browser-based enterprise