Tag Archives: Contributor

IDG Contributor Network: How to add JBOC (Just a Bunch of Cloud) to your enterprise

Storage is a fast-evolving industry. Groundbreaking hardware technologies quickly become commoditized, which is a challenge for vendors, but a great benefit to customers. Today’s shiny new array soon becomes matched by a similarly capable JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disk) … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: AIOps combines machine learning and automation to transform IT operations.

IT operations has become the lifeblood of all businesses today. A healthy IT organization can provide key competitive advantages for businesses in a fast-paced market. Many companies struggle to meet the high demand due to increased cloud system complexity. Distributed … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: The high cost and risk of On-Premise vs. Cloud

When was the last time I bought an on-prem application?  Over five years ago and I am not looking back. Having been a CIO for many years, I have seen my share of large-scale software implementations and the maintenance and … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Twilio jumps on the serverless bandwagon

News from the second day of Twilio’s annual developer conference, Signal. While yesterday’s big news focused around end-user functionality (in particular speech recognition and understanding), today’s news is more down in the weeds but no less important for a company … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Microservices need to honor contracts

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Archilochus said in 700 B.C. Centuries later, Unix was developed using similar philosophy: “Do one thing and do it well.” Derived on the same principles, microservices aim to deliver specific functionality … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: PureSec picks up investment because serverless is exciting

While in Israel late last year, I caught up with Shaked Zin and Avi Shulman, co-founders of security company PureSec. PureSec was in a bit of a conundrum. It was doing important work but in a space that was still … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Going interstellar with Microsoft Cosmos

At Microsoft’s Build developer conference last week, the company announced Cosmos DB, a new cloud database offering that, if you believe the hype, entirely changed the database game. Before reelecting on what this means for developers and organizations, it’s worth … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Are VMs more secure than containers?

We often say, “HTTPS is secure,” or “HTTP is not secure.” But what we mean is that “HTTPS is hard to snoop and makes man-in-the-middle attacks difficult” or “my grandmother has no trouble snooping HTTP.” Nevertheless, HTTPS has been hacked, … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Veeam aims for continuous availability with Availability Suite v10

Veeam Software has been busy at its VeeamON user conference in New Orleans this week. During the event, the company talked about how it supports the “always on enterprise” and how it is helping enterprises support the transition to supporting … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Azure Stack and the role of context

There were dozens of announcements at Microsoft’s Build conference last week, but perhaps one caused the most angst among the cloud cognoscenti. I’m referring to the upcoming general availability of Azure Stack. Microsoft’s offering will let organizations leverage the Azure … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Xero breaks through its glass ceiling: customers, revenue and cashflow

It’s fair to say that no one has been covering Xero longer than I have. I first talked to its co-founder and CEO, Rod Drury, long before the company launched a product. Trawling back through my emails and I discovered … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Catching up with Adaptive Insights and ruminating over the future

I’ve written in the past about Adaptive Insights, a Silicon Valley-based company in the corporate performance management (CPM) space. CPM is a term that describes vendors who help organizations plan and model in order to get better insights over future … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Six highlights of Red Hat Summit 2017

At the Red Hat Summit 2017, the company showed how it is evolving from being a Linux vendor to a cloud provider and recognized the work of individuals and partners who have contributed to the popularity of open source. Collaboration … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: How Docker’s new CEO plans to manage the company’s growth

Docker has appointed Concur founder Steve Singh as the company’s new CEO. Singh succeeds Ben Golub, who has taken a position on the company’s board of directors, where Singh serves as chairman. I talked to Singh to learn more about … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Move to the cloud: The barriers are all removed

Still have concerns about moving to the cloud? It’s time to take another look. Like you, I was skeptical, risk-averse, downright nervous. Since overcoming my self-induced psychological roadblocks, I finally drank the Kool-Aid. I have not purchased an on-premise application … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Can Amazon be stopped?

Prime retail space is going vacant. The latest example of yet another retailer closing its doors is Payless Shoe Source. Payless has filed Chapter 11 and will be closing 400 stores. It’s ironic really, because their whole premise is Americans … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: The wrap: Ubuntu 16.04 comes to Windows 10, Galaxy S8 announced, Red Hat reports 2017 revenue

Windows 10 users will soon be getting the Creators Update, which brings many new capabilities to users who want to run Linux command line utilities in Windows 10 through its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Those who are trying WSL … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: How Procore brought the cloud to the $10 trillion construction industry

When the history of cloud software is written its beginnings will be traced to 1998 and the founding of NetLedger (Now Oracle-owned NetSuite) an accounting app. Over the course of two decades companies like Salesforce.com, Workday and Concur would follow, … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Chaos in the enterprise: How digital transformation drives agility, continuous development

In today’s data-driven economy, consumer expectations for services anywhere, anytime have led to a need for organizations to become more agile and increase their speed of deliver exponentially. Gone are the days when product and service updates were delivered on … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: The revolution will not be televised – it’ll be computerized

Imagine that you have millions of supporters eager to help your cause. You only have a few weeks to get organized and hardly any existing systems or budget. How do you harness all the volunteer energy? This was the challenge … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Docker and Core OS plan to donate their container technologies to CNCF

Containers have become a critical component of modern cloud, and Docker Inc. controls the heart of containers, the container runtime. There has been a growing demand that this critical piece of technology should be under control of a neutral, third … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Who will win the battle for cloud dominance?

Enterprises are now contending the impact of cloud computing on all matters IT. The scalability and flexibility of cloud resources are crucial to CIOs, and the cloud has the potential to liberate IT teams from hit-or-miss capacity planning and future-proofing. … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Public cloud services sneak in through IT’s back door

“I’m a back door man, I’m a back door manThe CIO don’t know, but the users understand.” Well, maybe those aren’t the exact lyrics sung by Jim Morrison (or Howlin’ Wolf). Yet much of the information technology used by enterprises … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Can we trust the public cloud vendors?

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) outage on Feb. 28 took down many well-known websites and web services. For the complete post-mortem from Amazon Web Services (AWS), read this lengthy explanation of what went wrong and what AWS is doing to … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Customization key to successful ITSM implementation

Axelos defines IT Service Management (ITSM) as the implementation and management of quality IT services that meet the needs of the business. IT service management is performed by IT service providers through an appropriate mix of people, process and information … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Building the predictive enterprise: What CIOs should tell CEOs about A.I.

By now we have all heard the buzz. Siri has plenty of company. Alexa and Google have invaded the home. Tesla’s artificial intelligence is, well, driving itself. Google’s Deep Mind is running the company’s multi-billion-dollar search business. Even they don’t … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Is PaaS dead?

First, a mea culpa: I was one of the handful of people who closely followed the PaaS world a few years ago. For those not in the know, PaaS (platform as a service) was all about providing a development and … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Greenpeace announces its latest report about the environmental impacts of cloud

Greenpeace, the organization that is an advocate for the environment, is a useful part of the conversation around technology. Readers would be forgiven for scratching their heads as to why Greenpeace would have anything of note to say about technology, … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Alexa revisited: Reflections on living with Amazon’s assistant

Last summer I wrote about my initial experience using Amazon Alexa. Alexa continues to be a hit, and was a major success story at CES 2017. We’ve been using it for a few months now and I’d like to revisit … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: 2017: The year of serverless?

As we embark upon a new calendar year, the blogs are full of navel-gazing looks back at the year just past and crystal ball perspectives on what is yet to come. While I don’t go much for those sort of … Continue reading

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