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StorSimple’s Three-Tiered Storage has a Leg in The Cloud… Can you get back out?

This product slipped quietly into the marketplace, at least from my perspective. Microsoft’s StorSimple. It’s ostensibly a hardware product – an on-prem SAN but sporting a tiered storage model, with one of those seamless tiers being Azure. Onsite, there are iSCSI SANs with significant SSD technology to handle database transactions for your flagship apps. The Azure play is with Tier…

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Mark Russinovich’s top ten public cloud security risks

Not sure if this was published first by Computer Weekly or SearchTarget, but there were less grammatical mistakes in the text of the former. Russinovich is a real heavyweight who only recently joined The Dark Side. He presented this topic at IP Expo last week. (I didn’t go … it was in London!) 1. Shared technology vulnerabilities: The cloud risk…

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GE’s Journey to the Cloud

InfoWorld published “GE: We’re going all-in with the public cloud” this week where GE’s “COO of IT” Chris Drumgoole expressed a full and immediate commitment to the public cloud. This caught me by surprise since GE is large enough where economies-of-scale make operating their own data center an easy argument. Unlike startups founded in the last decade that were virtually…

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Another death-knell for on-premise IT

“There’s no future in on-premises IT — it’s time to move to the cloud“, says InfoWorld’s Peter Bruzzese. While certainly a histrionic headline, it is certainly a future direction we hear ad nauseum. But there sure still is a lot of on-prem work right now. A better interpretation is further into the story: If you started in this profession in…

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Killing Sharepoint; “hardly anybody likes it”

Not Bill O’Reilly, but maybe an IT counterpart — Gartner. Buddy of mine and ex-M$ exec posted this article where Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann recommends M$ kill Sharepoint. I wholeheartedly agree that while Sharepoint is wildly successful, “hardly anybody likes it”. Entire text of the article from Memeburn.com….   Apparently SharePoint is on its way out and Microsoft should probably start…

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Tales from The Dark Side

A couple sobering articles on the The Dark Side from Window IT Pro…. In “In the New World Order, Microsoft’s Biggest Competition is IT“, Ron Trent says Microsoft really sees us IT folks no longer as customers, but as impediments! Paul Thurrott ponders “Does Microsoft Hate IT Pros?” “So you’re telling me,” one dazed IT pro asked me during the…

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Free Office365 for Non-Profits

Microsoft announced Office 365 for non-profit organizations. This will be a no-brainer for the smaller non-profits.

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DropBox replaced the hard drive last week

Or did you not hear? DropBox held its first developers conference last week and announced new tools with the Sync API, Drop-Ins, and the DataStore API. CEO Drew Houston kicked off his keynote with attention-grabbing “Today the hard drive goes away, and we replace the hard drive”. More big cloud talk ignoring the trifecta of worries of privacy, security and reliability (remember…

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This week: Romney gets a running mate; IT hiring and The Cloud

Romney gets a running mate – the race is now set.  Elsewhere in presidential politics, with Congress failing to pass the Cybersecurity bill last week, the Obama administration is apparently considering exercising the White House’s executive authority to impose cybersecurity mandates . Regardless, Time says he has a winning campaign issue. Following last Friday’s jobs report, Network World stated the largest IT employment…

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Cool iPad Apps

I have started using three new iPad apps over the past week that show real promise. The first is Chrome for iPad seems as fast as Safari and is integrated with the desktop versions storing/syncing bookmarks and open sessions much like Yahoo’s Axis promised to be. While we continue to wonder if there will be a Microsoft Office for iPad, two…

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