Automating Infrastructure Configuration and Management Using Chef with AWS

By | October 1, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Achieving AWS automation with Chef The transition of corporate infrastructure into software defined private clouds has transformed IT automation from an aspirational goal into an existential imperative. The move from treating servers, storage and network gear as individual units that are carefully managed into interchangeable resources — the familiar… Read More »

The Confluence of Next-Gen LTE and Wi-Fi: Good News for Carriers and Customers

By | September 26, 2015

LTE and Wi-Fi are finally bridging the gap between cellular and wireless LANs, enabling UC for the smartphone era Mobile IP telephony is nothing new, however the innovation has come from app developers, not carriers. Over the top messaging (OTT) services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Google Hangouts and iMessages/Facetime have displaced traditional carrier SMS for text messaging… Read More »

Amazon Cognito: Authentication and App Sync for the Multi-Device World

By | September 13, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget Search AWS as AWS Cognito makes a mark in mobile app development A major challenge when developing applications in the post-PC era, where the average person uses three devices and expects to access and have a consistent view of their data from each one of them, is the difficulty of… Read More »

VMworld Retrospective: Betting on Hybrid Cloud, but do VMware’s Customers Care?

By | September 10, 2015

The news out of VMworld 2015 was less significant than its overarching theme of hybrid cloud. My summary of the news, along with a photo album, are available here. Although there were plenty of announcements, indeed one analysis contends VMware is trying to do too much, other than the Photon container project (which is still experimental) they were mostly… Read More »

Sights and Highlights from VMworld 2015

By | September 4, 2015

VMworld is a multifaceted experience, particularly for those of us where it may be the one time of the year where we can visit with far-flung friends and colleagues in the flesh. Indeed, the opportunity to have deep, stimulating discussions with other very smart people is perhaps the highlight of VMworld. Yet there were plenty of vendor announcements, technical… Read More »

A Guide to AWS Identity Management and Policies

By | August 29, 2015

Portions of this article appeared in the Tech Target SearchAWS E-HandBook: Your Role in AWS Security. AWS security is built upon a powerful identity and access management service (IAM) with a rich set of features befitting of an enterprise platform. Yet the IAM management console, nestled within an overflowing AWS service dashboard, is deceptively simple, belying the complexity… Read More »

Book Review – Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software

By | August 27, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered why the first thing you have upon booting a new PC, with it’s pristine copy of Microsoft’s latest and greatest, is spend the next few hours loading extraneous security software – anti-virus, spyware protection, firewall, spam filter – David Rice has a theory for you. As he expounds at great length in his first… Read More »

Data Analytics Meets Farming in Precision Agriculture: A Recipe For Cloud Services

By | August 25, 2015

Agriculture marches to its own version of Moore’s Law, with crop productivity steadily increasing for decades. While past improvements were the result of better plant hybrids, fertilization and production equipment, information technology will be the key to sustaining and perhaps accelerating agricultural productivity. Precision agriculture, a collection of data collection, analysis and prediction technologies that looks like something… Read More »

Google Fi Frees Mobile Users from Carrier Lock-In, Onerous Pricing Models

By | August 18, 2015

Lost in the alphabet soup that is Google’s new holding company is one of its many experiments in changing the business rules for network services while nudging the technology in a direction that ultimately benefits consumers. No, not Fiber, although it’s a fantastic broadband disruptor for those that can get it, but Project Fi, Google’s mobile service. After… Read More »