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We're launching the "Tap In Open Forum": a new series of blog posts where we detail a current topic being discussed in the software development and testing community and invite you to participate in an open discussion with our best and brightest here at Skytap. Feel free to share your ...
Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and...
We often get asked “Should I use GridFS for file storage with MongoDB”. As with most things, the answer is a staunch “it depends”. GridFS looks like a great idea on paper - a virtual filesystem held within MongoDB which allows for larger than 16MB files to be held, synced and replicat...
One of the benefits of SDN is centralized control. That is, there is a single repository containing the known current state of the entire network. It is this centralization that enables intelligent application of new policies to govern and control the network - from new routes to user ...
I was recently reading Freakonomics’ authors Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner’s latest book, Think Like a Freak, and passed over a quote that really resonated with me: So rather than address their root causes, we often spend billions of dollars treating the symptoms and are left t...
Accomplish much more, very rapidly, while spending less -- this is the business technology trend that savvy executives everywhere have embraced. Worldwide IT spending will reach a total $3.7 trillion in 2014, that's a 2.1 percent increase from last year, according to the latest global ...
This week in the States, the Nation celebrates it’s Independence and many people will be attending or setting off their own fireworks show. In Hawaii, fireworks are shot off more during New Year’s Eve than on July 4th and there is even Daytime Fireworks now. Cloud computing is explo...
If LinkedIn profiles are any indication, User Experience (frequently shortened to UX) is the new orange. Indeed, across all manners of technology, there is an increasing focus on improving user experience. Driven in part by Apple’s success on the consumer side, it would appear that IT ...
In the video at this link and embedded below I provide some context on new approaches to data can enhance outcomes for public sector organizations, with a focus on real world use cases. I also mention key requirements which apply at most government organizations for their data and how ...
The supply chain is evolving, and buyers need to analyze and predict, but also to manage risk. When Capgemini's business information management (BIM) practices unit needed to provide big data capabilities to its insurance company customers, it needed to deliver the right information t...
Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of...
As revenues from traditional voice and messaging channels continue to dwindle, operators are reassessing their role in the digital communication value chain, and defining what value they can bring to their customers. Of course "customers" increasingly includes partners as well as end ...
Inarguably one of the drivers of software-defined architectures (cloud, SDDC, and SDN) as well as movements like DevOps is the complexity inherent in today's data center networks. For years now we've added applications and services, and responded to new threats and requirements from th...
Welcome to the fourth era of digital. The first three periods or ages or phases — call them what you like — were each defined clearly by transformative events. First, the dawn of the personal computer age in April 1977 with the debut of the Apple II (and validated in August 1981 with...
By now we’ve seen plenty of cost justification on the efficiency of using cloud infrastructure. You can easily Google “Cloud Computing Value” and get a stack of analyst and vendor reports. Or just pop open Amazon’s AWS value calculator and plug in some numbers. There are huge one-time ...
North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124 slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like ...
Some people believe good or bad things always happen in threes. I believe you will always be able to find three (and probably more) things that are good or bad and somewhat related, but sometimes I get surprised by the apparent coincidental appearance of several closely related “things...
Anyone who has been involved with security knows there is a balance to providing both security and privacy and performance at the same time. Security is often blamed for performance woes, particularly when cryptography is involved. SSL and TLS have long addressed this balance by lev...
Compute started its major architectural transition several years ago with the introduction of virtualization. If you pay attention to any of the IT noise today, it should be clear that storage and networking are going through their own architectural evolutions as well. But another shif...
72%. That's an estimate of how much of the IT budget is allocated to simply keeping the lights on (a euphemism for everything from actually keeping the lights on to cooling, heating, power, maintenance, upgrades, and day to day operations) in the data center. In a recent Forrester Res...
Ask two politically opposed people in any given country about the causes of the country’s problems, and guess what? Each will give you an answer filtered through their world-view. Through what they know, and what they believe. That is not to say one is right and one is wrong, both simp...
When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspec...
The announcement this week that Facebook is acquiring Pryte should make operators sit up and take notice. The communications landscape is evolving at break neck speed and operators need to start shouting about where they can bring value, before they get drowned out by the noise. Beca...
About 8 years ago at my previous employer we started a project related to Autonomic Networking. Autonomic Networking is modeled after Autonomic Computing, an IBM initiative from the early 2000s, targeted at creating self managing computing elements. The network version intends to creat...
Good day everyone! In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows 8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment technologies. So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk about deploying Windows 8.1. More importantly throughout these scr...
Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that...
Some of you will remember Caddyshack - that campy '80s movie in which Chevy Chase often offered crazy advice, like "be the ball." For those of you who don't (because you're too young or were living under a rock), the premise of this particular piece of advice was along the lines of Obi...
It was a long and full day for me at Devops Summit. I could fill a week or more with blogs on ideas I both agreed - and of course, disagreed - with from sessions and panels. But for now, here's a digestible selection. Ephemeral Infrastructure From John Willis (@botchagalupe) sessi...
I'll explain the difference between two major categories in in-memory computing: In-Memory Database and In-Memory Data Grid. A few months ago, I spoke at the conference where I explained the difference between caching and an in-memory data grid. Today, having realized that many people...
In many industries today the competitive battleground is quickly shifting to the effective use of data to drive marketing, sales, customer support, R&D, and to deliver hyper-personalized user experiences and digital products. These changes are most readily seen in companies that engag...
Experiencing downtime is not something that companies wish for but as we have seen lately it is something that we hear quite often about. Interestingly enough very few enterprises, especially in the Small and Medium Business area, spent enough time...
During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been reporting their progress -- with the help of their partners -- towards making a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives....
There is probably never going to be a perfect balance in the industry between Do-it-yourself (DIY) and Do-it-for-you (DIFY) networking. It seems exceedingly unlikely that there is a one-size-fits-all type of solution out there. And so we will invariably end up with a bifurcated market ...
No doubt, the world of cloud storage has evolved over the past several months in terms of broader interoperability, increased features and functionality as well as lower overall costs. Whereas the questions posed about cloud storage used to center on integration with (or in place of) e...
It's a great time to be in the business of delivering software. Today, every business needs to leverage software to differentiate its products or services. So, like it or not, every business is in the software business. This theme resonated at the SDLC Acceleration Summit that occurre...
BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to uncover more about about such new, agile business services at the recent 2014 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas when we spoke to Erik Gershwind, President and CEO of MSC Industrial Supply in Melville, New York. MSC has been using the Ariba Networ...
It's a given, this year more CIOs will shift their focus from selective IT efficiency to overall IT effectiveness. In 2014 and beyond, enterprise IT leadership will be judged on their ability to meet the demands of tech-savvy Line of Business users.

This is the type of meani...
Today, more than ever, end user experience is at the forefront of every CTO and CMO’s mind as more statistics show websites and applications are easily abandoned if users are not satisfied with their experience. But what makes a good experience? First we need to ask ourselves what is ...
If you're a real estate investor, you know how important it is to have the latest figures and data at your fingertips. You probably have favorite websites and newsfeeds to keep up as much as possible, but what you really need is real data in real time. Enter S'moretgage, which was debu...
Enterprise collaboration and document management are being transformed by new cloud and mobile requirements, deeply impacting one of the most broadly deployed collaboration platforms, Microsoft SharePoint. Delivering information as an actionable asset in a widely collaborative and inc...