Datacenter Automation on Ulitzer
Down economy or not, IT managers have never had a blank check with which to
meet an organization’s needs. As time goes on, IT managers have to deal
with increased demand for computing and information services, all while being
asked to cut costs and create grater justification for expenditures.
One of the areas IT departments are asked to cut back in is operational costs
for their data centers. There are a few steps involved in reducing data
center costs while maintaining the kinds of service levels your organziation
has come to know and expect:
1. Look at Energy Management. One of the areas most data centers can reduce
costs in is the area of energy management. You can set the temperature of
your data center to 24 degrees Celsius, in most cases. Another way to reduce
your energy costs is to use outside air to cool the data center, as ... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
"I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s
web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and
government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their
information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tummler
Singer, Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday, at
SYS-CON's 1st Annual GovIT Expo, in the event's opening keynote.
"For agencies like mine," Singer (pictured below) continued, "and for many
corporations, keeping such precious gems in our own possession is a foregone
Jill Tummler Singer keynoting at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo, Oct. 6
The answer, for the CIA at least, is what Singer calls Enterprise Cloud
Enterprise Cloud Computing as defined by Singer is behind the firewall and
contained within a business... (more)
Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing
strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud
Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of
Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT
Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their
cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM.
Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and
includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a
service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). Further, they wrap this all in a
set of comprehensive service offerings that they can deliver globally. It’s
a big vision, and if they can pull it off it should make them one of the more
interesting providers out there. One of their key differentiators is Unisys
Stealth (described bel... (more)
Sam Gross is Vice President of Global IT Outsourcing Solutions at Unisys
Corporation, where he leads the vision, strategy, technology development and
implementation for Unisys innovative global IT outsourcing solutions. He is a
recognized industry expert and thought leader in business and IT alignment,
application management, service level management and enterprise systems
management. Here's his latest Tweet:
Sam_Gross: Should mid-sized firms outsource IT to the Cloud? Check out EMC
Webinar today focusing on this question: http://tinyurl.com/m52dkb
Let's face it right now the cloud is pretty immature. The level of automation
and management of these environments are analogous to the early assembly
lines, but it won't be this way long. This is not the industrial revolution
and it moves at a wicked fast pace. Before we know it the next generation of
cloud computing will be upon us and it will be very different than the
IaaS/PaaS/SaaS offerings we know today. For one, it will be intelligent. That
is, the cloud will be content aware and it's network connections will act
like mycelia hyphae and what one hyphae learns will become available to
the entire cloud. Whereas the current cloud is focused on scalability and
elasticity, the next instance of the cloud will focus on redundancy,
resiliency and collaboration. The discussion regarding public, private or
hybrid will become moot as the cloud simply becomes a system o... (more)
"We believe that the presence of Cloudera KK will significantly propel Hadoop
deployments and its application in Big Data forward in Japan," said Mr.
Hiroshi Endo, Sr. VP Senior Executive Manager System Platforms Sector, NTT
DATA, as Cloudera today announced that it has established a Japanese
subsidiary, and an office in Japan.
To provide Hadoop enterprise support services in Japan, Cloudera KK is
working with NTT DATA and Nippon Steel Solutions Corporation.
"We are excited to work closely together to deliver superior support services
and solutions for enterprises, and also to promote open source software such
as Apache Hadoop-based solutions," Endo continued. "NTT DATA looks forward to
the global development of the Hadoop platform. By partnering with the
industry leader, Cloudera, we are able to address the growing demand of
enterprise customers for a more effectiv... (more)
Nobody in their right mind will claim today that distributed agile is not
possible. There are simply too many success stories available to disprove the
feeling that “distributed agile does not work”. There is also enough
evidence that “agile offshoring” works better than “waterfall
But, this was not the case ten years back.
It was a firm belief of the initial proponents of agile that to deliver good
quality software that meets the user need you need to get a group of
excellent developers and the key users into one room and let them iteratively
build the software without outside interference.
There is no doubt that this is the most productive way of working but over
the course of the years we have realized that in a real enterprise scenario
such luxury may not be feasible.
Why did the Agilists believe that Agile & Offshoring cannot be mixed?
To better a... (more)
Thereʼs a popular childrenʼs book called Whereʼs Waldo, in which the lead
character - with his signature red-and-white striped shirt and somewhat goofy
expression - is obscured by various collections of people and things. Heʼs
hidden, but in plain sight (if youʼll excuse the oxymoron) and itʼs the
young readerʼs task to locate him in every illustration. By the end of the
book, children become adept at locating the enigmatic Waldo in a glance.
We can only hope that this instructional parable reminds us of how sometimes
the simplest truth can be obstructed by our need to make things complex. And
so it is with the new world of work. If you want to know where the jobs are,
hereʼs a hint: Theyʼre in plain sight.
You might call this new, adult game Whereʼs the Work. And the stakes
couldnʼt be higher.
The Case of the Disappearing Jobs - Or Not
In listening to politicians a... (more)
Have you heard the story of the person who outsourced his work for US$
50,000, which was just one fifth of what he was earning!
His complete work was done by somebody in China (not India) while he spent
his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing
Reddit and eBay. He was also considered one of the best software developers
in the company!
Here is the blog post from Verizon Business Security that gives detail of
what happened and how it was discovered.
Investigators had the opportunity to read through his performance reviews
while working alongside HR. For the last several years in a row he received
excellent remarks. His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a
timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as
the best developer in the building.
Was the employee smart … or … was the employer dumb?
NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a
new market research report is available in its catalogue:
Document Work Process Market
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Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020
Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the cloud
computing utility infrastructure and the smart phone communications systems
for apps are put in place, continuing to drive the use of electronic document
replacement of all paper... (more)
DUBLIN, August 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/j4d3sx/engineering) has
announced the addition of the "Engineering Services Outsourcing (ESO) Market
in the APAC Region 2014-2018" report to their offering.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 )
ESO refers to the outsourcing of specific engineering tasks to third-party
service providers. Though engineering services are a critical part of any
vertical, the recent economic downturn and the need to survive in extremely
competitive market environments has forced organizations to outsource these
tasks to ESO vendors.
ESO enables organizations to develop innovative and cost-effective
engineering products in minimal time. Also, ESO services help organizations
access talented and skilled engineering professionals from across the world.