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Amazon RDS Options: Ample Choices For Every Database Scenario

By | September 21, 2016

With scores of different services, AWS can be daunting to new users. Indeed, it exemplifies the paradox of choice, namely that having more options and degrees of freedom creates complexity that makes it harder to make a decision. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the choice of databases. AWS has six database products, including two different relational… Read More »

Bimodal IT Can Help Turn Raw Data Into Information Assets

By | September 20, 2016

The combination of an accelerating rate if data generation and drastic changes in IT infrastructure, software and development environments leaves most organizations unable to keep up with, much less exploit new technologies while also maintaining critical IT business processes. Indeed, an organization’s IT legacy can leave it at a disadvantage to nimble, disruptive new competitors building digital businesses… Read More »

Hyperconverged Appliances Are The Next Front For Control Of Enterprise Data Centers

By | February 21, 2016

A version of this column was originally published on Diginomica as EMC-VMware, Nutanix Battle For Enterprise Virtualization Platform Supremacy Vendors and analysis regularly wax enthusiastic about the cloud, and for good reason when you consider the phenomenal growth rates at AWS and Microsoft Azure. Yet most enterprise workloads still run on internal systems. Indeed, spending on public cloud… Read More »

Making IT Safe For Innovation Using A Bimodal Organization

By | February 20, 2016

A version of this article first appeared on TechTarget SearchCIO as BiModal IT Opens Up Opportunities For Innovation By establishing a framework for IT strategies, BiModal IT can help organizations act more like a startup and tackle some high-risk, high-reward digital business moonshots It’s easy to think of BiModal IT as little more than a way to segregate… Read More »

Replacing your Data Center with IaaS: Opportune Scenarios

By | February 16, 2016

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchDataCenter as These IaaS examples show data centers can share the load You might not be ready to go all in on AWS like GE and Netflix, however it’s both feasible and advisable to start moving some applications online The emergence of rentable, online software and infrastructure, aka The Cloud,… Read More »

Building Apps UIs: A Tool Walkthrough

By | February 15, 2016

A version of this column originally appeared on TechTarget SearchCloudApplications as The stark contrast between UI design software and manual coding What can you expect when using higher-level UI development and prototyping software versus manual coding? Think of the difference between Visio and a pencil. A walk through the UI development lifecycle The first (and often last) impression for client… Read More »

Understanding IoT in AWS: A Primer

By | February 13, 2016

A version of this article originally appeared in TechTarget SearchAWS as AWS IoT platform connects devices to cloud services Amazon wants to be the hub for sensor data, whether from industrial instrumentation or personal gadgets. A look the AWS IoT platform Millions upon millions of intelligent devices streaming information and waiting for commands poses the type of data and… Read More »

Nutanix IPO Analysis: Suspect Timing, Significant Risks, But Thriving Business

By | December 30, 2015

Coming a couple days before Christmas, the timing of Nutanix’s IPO filing, a document that’s undoubtedly been in preparation for months, was more than a little suspect. What was the company trying to hide while everyone else was distracted by holiday festivities? As I detail in this column, a thorough analysis doesn’t uncover any smoking guns or even… Read More »

AWS Security Management: In Need of Automation

By | December 27, 2015

A verson of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Rely on cloud security policy — not tools — to protect AWS Managing security policies and incidents on IaaS can be complex and challenging. Here’s what vendors are doing about it Once enterprises move workloads to cloud infrastructure, they soon realize that the tools for enforcing security policy… Read More »

AWS Operations Management: Improvements Needed

By | December 17, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Where AWS monitoring tools fall short  AWS has a rich set of management APIs, automation tools and a central management console, but it can’t yet provide end-to-end performance and troubleshooting data AWS has an overwhelming list of services, but piecing together a multi-tier application design and then… Read More »