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By John Burke
On May 07, 2015

"The Sound of Inevitability" -- The Fast Approaching End of Windows 2003 (Support)

Friday, May 8, 2015
Very few out there among those who run data centers don't know that Windows 2003 is going the way of the dodo. Or rather, Microsoft support for 2003 is. Whether the OS actually goes with it is another question. A pretty substantial slice of those affected will not be done getting 2003 out of their data centers before the big day. Bottom line is, everyone has to do something about the security problems this will create. Most will be taking measures to beef up security on and around their (we hope) steadily shrinking or unfortunately irreplaceable Windows 2003 residuum. The rest, by not acting to do otherwise, will be actively weakening their security.
By John Burke
On Jan 21, 2015

IaaS as a Service? VARs in the Cloud

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

At one time, the very idea of using a reseller to get a cloud service seemed silly—wasn’t direct, easy consumption the whole point?  Now, having a layer of assistance between the enterprise and the provider looks steadily more sensible.

By John Burke
On Mar 19, 2014

IT's New AAA

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

IT has a new lineup to refer to as AAA:  Alignment, Agility, and "as-a-Service."

It's not that authentication, authorization, and accounting -- the old AAA -- are in any way less important or even completely solved problems.  It's just that, they are not at the heart of core issues for IT right now, the way they once were.  

By John Burke
On Dec 09, 2013

L'Etoile du Nord: Waiting for the Killer (SDN) App

Monday, December 9, 2013

There's some vigorous discussion and debate going on right now about the "northbound" interface in the SDN space, the one that sits between the network application and the network controller.  And there should be!  The main point of debate: should there actually BE a northbound API - a single, defined set of functions built around a single agreed upon data model - or should the application interface be left entirely up to the vendors and development communities working on SDN controllers?

By John Burke
On Dec 02, 2013

Big Data Cloud

Monday, December 2, 2013

Big data and cloud platforms seem like a perfect match: cloud-born data streams such as social media data are targets for analysis, and resource needs have a way of either ballooning steadily (storage) or fluctuating widely (compute), both of which conditions cloud solutions can cope with.  The reality is, though, that the enterprise is not there yet.  Although more than half (53.4%) of the companies we spoke to for our 2013-2014 enterprise technology benchmark say they have a big data initiative under way, none of them have moved any of their production big data work into the cloud.

By John Burke
On Nov 06, 2013

Single Pane Security: Using Big Data to Advance Pervasive Protection

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Over the last couple of years we have been talking up the idea of pervasive protection:  a security infrastructure composed of many security tools all guided by and integrated via a consistent, over-arching security policy.  

By John Burke
On Jul 16, 2013

UC + VDI = Proceed With Caution

Monday, July 22, 2013

UC and VDI are on a collision course, and IT has to be thinking ahead to make sure that when they come together it’s like chocolate and peanut butter, not  orange juice and toothpaste.  

By John Burke
On Jul 15, 2013

Blue Coat and Big Security Data

Monday, July 15, 2013

Blue Coat has made some interesting moves recently in support of the extending the reach of big data analysis in security.

By John Burke
On Jun 14, 2013

Big Data Center Management

Monday, June 17, 2013

While it is easy to talk endlessly about Big Data and SDN and VDI and private cloud and all the other big ideas and big projects that dominate the enterprise technology noosphere right now, we want to take a moment to sing the praises of the often unsung - the management tools.

By John Burke
On Jun 14, 2013

Big Data Buy vs. Build, Staff Edition

Friday, June 14, 2013

The biggest mistake you can make with Big Data may be thinking you're going to hire your way to nirvana.

So, you post positions and wait for Mr. Good-data, the one with experience driving Big Data projects, instead of diving in with the resources you know you can bring to bear.  You delay training those folks as fully as you should and you don't budget sufficiently for training.


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