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Data Center Site Selection Panel at Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference

Data Center Site Selection Panel at Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference

The US is a big country and each state has great independence. That is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Each region is unique in many ways. Energy resources, climates, taxes, populations, laws and regulations, and awareness of environment are vastly different. Japan, where I originally came from, is in general a uniform, small [...]

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Security and Data Centers

Security and Data Centers

Twenty years ago, I ran a small group in a large corporation’s subsidiary, which developed firewall and virtual networking gear. In those days, most people were beginning to discover what the Internet and the World Wide Web were. That security was required for the Internet was not well recognized. It was inconceivable for many that [...]

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Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification September 2014

Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification September 2014

So far we have four bulletins announced for September 2014, one Critical and three Important. Back in August Microsoft put a hard deadline on implementing the Update 1 (KB2919355) for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2, making it so users need to install Update 1 in order to keep their systems updated. The first patch Microsoft [...]

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August 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

August 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

We have a big Patch Tuesday this month.  Microsoft started by releasing 8 updates and slipped in a later 9th later in the week last week.  That is just the beginning.  As of this morning we have updates from Opera, Picasa, Adobe Acrobat, Reader, Flash 13 and 14, and AIR, with likely appearances by Chrome [...]

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According to VMware, Software-Defined Data Center Leads to Software-Defined Enterprise

According to VMware, Software-Defined Data Center Leads to Software-Defined Enterprise

During the past several years, I’ve researched the data center market and talked to many people involved in the industry. When I started with that market, I was surprised that many people in it assumed that I came from Facility, even though I came from IT. At many data center conferences, the majority of the [...]

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July 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

July 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

Microsoft has announced this month’s Patch Tuesday release.  It looks pretty clean at first glance.  IE with a lot of OS patches and likely nothing all that complex.  The one thing to watch for will be the possibilities of more dependencies.  For those running Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2, make sure you are prioritizing Update [...]

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June 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

June 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

Microsoft has announced this month’s Patch Tuesday release.  There are 7 total patches expected to be released on Tuesday, June 10th. Here is the breakdown for this month: Security Bulletins: 2 bulletins are rated as Critical. 5 bulletins are rated as Important. Vulnerability Impact: 3 bulletins address vulnerabilities that could allow Remote Code Execution. 2 bulletins [...]

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Meeting with Pertino at the Consumerization of IT Conference in San Francisco

Meeting with Pertino at the Consumerization of IT Conference in San Francisco

How do you name your business? Of course, conducting competitive business is far more important than coming up with a clever name for your company. But a good name can attract positive attention to your business. Pertino is cleverly named. Cisco was named by taking “San Fran” out of “San Francisco” and has become a [...]

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May 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

May 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

Microsoft has announced this month’s Patch Tuesday release.  There are 8 total patches expected to be released on Tuesday, May 13th. Here is the breakdown for this month: Security Bulletins: 2 bulletins are rated as Critical. 6 bulletins are rated as Important. Vulnerability Impact: 3 bulletins address vulnerabilities that could allow Remote Code Execution. 3 bulletins [...]

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No Stranger to Clouds, NASA Strives for SMACK

No Stranger to Clouds, NASA Strives for SMACK

At the recent Consumerization of IT Conference in San Francisco, I was in a session presented by Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology Officer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Many people were attracted to his catchily titled presentation, A Multi-Cloud Model and the Mars Landing. I was one of them. NASA is no stranger to cloud computing, [...]

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