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Vicom Computer Services, Inc. was awarded an 11 year contract with the MTA. The MTA launched a request for proposal in September 2013 for a project encompassing and creating a fully redundant core data network across the three core data centers and upgrade user access to applications...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Mark Thiele, EVP of Data Center Technology at Switch. We discuss the idea that private clouds are often equated with do-it-yourself and why that should be changed. Taking sure you are receiving the private environment you need at a cost that ...
It's spring in the Northeast, and this week we're launching a new blog post series, "Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration." Why a series of posts on WS2003? Even as summer and EOS is just months away, our "State of Readiness for Windows Server 2003 End of Sup...
You deployed an app. Nothing has changed in three days, but it suddenly crashes. Why? Memory leak. You deployed an app. Nothing has changed in three weeks, but it suddenly stops working. Why? A database query came back empty and the web application freaked out trying manipulate a nu...
Polymorphism is a concept central to object-oriented programming. The notion of polymorphism is used to extend the capabilities of a basic object, like a mammal, to specific implementations, like cats or dogs or honey badgers, even though they don't care about such technical distinctio...
When it comes to microservices there are myths and uncertainty about the journey ahead. Deploying a “Hello World” app on Docker is a long way from making microservices work in real enterprises with large applications, complex environments and existing organizational structures. Februar...
Throughout the enterprise there are security personnel using a variety of processes and tools to conduct their incident response, network defense, and threat and risk analysis. Security team efforts haven’t been integrated, or if they are integrated, it is only through rudimentary tech...
Microservice architectures are the new hotness, even though they aren't really all that different (in principle) from the paradigm described by SOA (which is dead, or not dead, depending on whom you ask). One of the things this decompositional approach to application architecture does ...
Even though it’s now Microservices Journal, long-time fans of SOA World Magazine can take comfort in the fact that the URL – soa.sys-con.com – remains unchanged. And that’s no mistake, as microservices are really nothing more than a new and improved take on the Service-Oriented Archite...
Microservices are the result of decomposing applications. That may sound a lot like SOA, but SOA was based on an object-oriented (noun) premise; that is, services were built around an object - like a customer - with all the necessary operations (functions) that go along with it. SOA wa...
So HTTP/2 is official. That means all the talking is (finally) done and after 16 years of waiting, we've got ourselves a new lingua franca of the web. Okay, maybe that's pushing it, but we do have a new standard to move to that offers some improvements in the areas of resource manag...

In part one of this series, our COO tackles the history and purpose of the NOC. A NOC, for those who don’t know, stands for Network Operations Center and, quite simply, is how large organizations with complex systems monitor them. Early versions of the NOC came about in the early 19...

In cloud-based architectures, the situation is different and the network has become even more important. Let’s imagine a typical cloud-based architecture situation. You run a datacenter with a flexible number of allocated computing instances (for example, due to the pricing model and v...
Health Shared Services BC in Vancouver implemented one of the healthcare industry’s first Service Asset and Configuration Management Systems to help them optimize performance of their IT systems and applications. We'll explore how HSSBC has successfully implemented one of the healthca...
Synergy Research reports that cloud infrastructure spending has been growing rapidly: “Cloud infrastructure is a fast-growing market and now accounts for almost half of all data center infrastructure shipments,” says Jeremy Duke, founder and Chief Analyst, Synergy Research. “We a...
One of the neat things about microservices is the ability to segment functional actions into scalability domains. Login, browsing, and checkout are separate functional domains that can each be scaled according to demand. While one hopes that checkout is similarly in demand, it is unlik...
One of the more interesting data points to come out of our State of Application Delivery 2015 was the overwhelming importance placed on availability - even over security. When respondents were asked which service they would not deploy an application without, they chose availability. Se...
March is Women’s History Month. As we celebrate women and their role in our history, our workplaces, and our homes, I thought it was important to bring to the forefront some of the strengths that might make them stand out as compelling agents of change in such a time as this in the IT ...
It is not an unusual situation for an Analyst to move into a end user or a vendor role, especially if the analyst came from an operational background originally. I and John Rakowski (Forrester) come from end user practitioner roles before an analyst firm, if anything we are rounding ou...
As the largest financial institution in Northern Europe, for Nordea time is money. Their decision to insource IT from IBM meant a huge project in terms of organization and potential for transitional disruption. Speaking at the Automate Your World conference in London, Nordea Chief IT ...
To some the above (read the full article here) may seem like common sense tips and things everybody should know otoh there are many people who are new to servers storage I/O networking hardware software cloud virtual along with various applications, not to mention different tools. T...
Downtime! Most major providers and organizations will face it one way or another. In a recent blog post titled "High Availability of Web Apps for eCommerce Starts with Real-Time Flow Analysis." Atchison Frazer, the VP of marketing at Xangati and a tech exec with years of networking exp...
There’s a lot more happening on your network than you think, and it could be costing you real money. Like high blood pressure or cholesterol, operating your network beyond threshold, at capacity or with other unaddressed issues could be the silent killer for your enterprise. Advanced ...
DevOps is all about removing barriers to rapid, safe delivery of new experiences to your customers. Much of this revolves around automating error-prone, human-driven processes so that processes can be standardized, scaled, and varied programmatically. Some of the types of tools used in...
There is continued and escalating hype about "Big Data" and the cloud services that empower big data analytics. But to better understand and demystify this hype, whether exploring Big Data or traditional, structured or unstructured, we need to categorize cloud data into three primary ...
Over the last couple of years I have talked to numerous enterprise customers, analysts, industry pundits, and others interested in cloud technologies, and one thing is abundantly clear – Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems to mean different things to different people. But the term PaaS ...
Virtualization is everywhere. Enormous and highly profitable companies have been built on nothing but virtualization. And nowhere has virtualization made more of an impact than in Cloud Computing, the rampant and unprecedented adoption of which has been the direct result of the wide av...
Once at a trade show I was challenged by someone who used a low-priced SMB tool to monitor his network of about 50 devices. He insisted it could do everything Entuity could do, for example, it offered event management just like ours. Well…not quite. Lots of vendors offer event managem...
Senior executive expectations have been raised for traditional IT organizations that broker cloud computing services for their internal business stakeholders. Besides, there's a belief that the lack of dimension maturity can slow digital service innovation outcomes. As a result, Inter...
Some times our customers would prefer to use SSH to connect from the server our XL Deploy is running on and their targets. By default Windows does not support SSH, but XebiaLabs’ tools do support SSH on windows. The tricky part is that most implementations of SSH for Windows also req...
The reasons for migrating business applications to the cloud are generally positive and abundant. However, with the positives come a few negatives. Unfortunately, organizations can quickly run into a number of roadblocks during their migration projects. The critical question that needs...
It’s become easy to monitor applications that are deployed on hundreds of servers – thanks to the advances in application performance management tools. But the more data you collect the harder it is to visualize the health state in a way that a single dashboard tells you both the overa...
Every successful company hits growing pains at some point along the way. One of the most harrowing for IT is the transition from the “build it quick!” startup mindset to the more structured and stable mentality of a mid-stage business. For VIIAD Systems, a healthcare technology compan...
IaaS will drive further consolidation among data center outsourcers and hosting providers. Why? Because the flexibility and cost advantage of IaaS cloud providers requires data center outsourcers and hosting providers to either adopt IaaS or move into niches. With standards driving do...
It’s no secret that telecommuting is a highly disputed topic. For the general employee, the jury is still out on the pros and cons of telecommuting. For organizations like Yahoo!, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and U.S. Postal Service, telecommuting is not an option due to the need...
Over the next several months, I’m going to share with you an interview series featuring my DevOps friends, letting them talk about what they have planned for 2015. To preview some of the folks I’ll be communicating with, I’ve put together a teaser of who I’ll be talking with in one for...
One specific topic I found fascinating, was the concept of ChatOps. Simply put, it’s an approach that allows teams to collaborate and manage many aspects of their infrastructure, code, and data from the comfort and safety of a chat room. Through the use of chatbots and scripts, teams c...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Andi Mann, VP, Office of the CTO at CA Technologies. We discuss the “digital disconnect”, a gap between the expectations of business leaders and the ability of IT leaders to deliver, and how DevOps can close the gap by delivering services faster an...
The SaaS model has truly revolutionized the way software is being used. Convenient, hosted on the now cloud, without the need for IT or hardware and so many more advantages. So what is cloud-based billing? A recent piece by Gigaom helps explain why cloud billing is beneficial and how i...
Not all network management solutions are alike, even though they may sound that way sometimes. A sure sign of a network management tool trying to pass itself off as an enterprise solution is when it implements distributed polling as a way to scale. These systems scale server capacity ...