April 21, 2017 – 4:14 am | Comments Off on DevOps – Convergence for Software Development

DevOps seems all the rage these days, but what exactly is it?  Based on the name, Dev-Ops is Development combined with Operations.  Fundamentally this is a great idea.  The driving force is to incorporate feedback …

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CenturyLink Advances Virtualized Network Gateway with SDN/NFV Platform
March 25, 2017 – 12:57 am | Comments Off on CenturyLink Advances Virtualized Network Gateway with SDN/NFV Platform
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CenturyLink Inc. took another step in its effort to fully virtualize its global network with next-generation technology, yesterday announcing a deployment based on the Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) design.

CORD is an open …

Microsoft and VMware Will Square-off in the Hybrid Cloud
March 25, 2017 – 12:42 am | Comments Off on Microsoft and VMware Will Square-off in the Hybrid Cloud
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In a previous blog, I noted VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger’s view of who he thought was VMware’s biggest competitor. It was (and is) Microsoft. He sees Microsoft “everywhere.” But let’s put “everywhere” aside for the …

Why big data requires marketers to think small
March 25, 2017 – 12:38 am | Comments Off on Why big data requires marketers to think small
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Even in terms of definition, there’s some disagreement regarding the power and potential value of big data for marketers.
Google big data and you’ll find it defined as:
 “… extremely large data sets that may be analysed …

Cable Plays in the Farm League of Network Virtualization
March 24, 2017 – 4:46 am | Comments Off on Cable Plays in the Farm League of Network Virtualization
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At a cable event in Denver this week, it looked like cable operators might finally reveal what they’re doing in their networks in terms of virtualization, but alas, that was not to be.

Jeff Finkelstein, executive …

Beyond the elephant in the room, Cloudera wants to talk to the business
March 24, 2017 – 4:37 am | Comments Off on Beyond the elephant in the room, Cloudera wants to talk to the business
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Cloudera has had an enviable position among the Hadoop crowd, as the one with the earliest foothold, and still, the largest installed base. It’s also the one with the deepest pockets courtesy of Intel’s $740 …

Azure, Hortonworks bet big on cognitive tech; HDInsight promises 99.9 percent performance
March 23, 2017 – 12:15 am | Comments Off on Azure, Hortonworks bet big on cognitive tech; HDInsight promises 99.9 percent performance
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Machine learning and analytics platforms are offering real-time insights to business stakeholders, and a growing partnership between Hortonworks Inc. and Microsoft Corp. is advancing the ability to achieve cognitive solutions for customers working in a hybrid world, according to …

Differences between Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers and VMs
March 22, 2017 – 2:11 am | Comments Off on Differences between Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers and VMs
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Although containers have been prevalent in the open source world for quite some time, they are new to Windows. In many ways, Windows Containers are similar to Linux containers. Both, for example, can be managed …

Barracuda Launches New VM Backup Functions for VMware, Hyper-V
March 17, 2017 – 1:11 am | Comments Off on Barracuda Launches New VM Backup Functions for VMware, Hyper-V
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Storage systems maker Barracuda Networks on March 16 released new backup functionality for VMware virtual machines (LiveBoot 2.0) alongside a similar feature for Microsoft Hyper-V (Cloud LiveBoot). Both products are designed to get systems quickly …