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MongoDB 2.6 - NoSQL all grown up

New release has MongoDB living up to its potential.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Thu, 04/17/14 - 10:00am.

NoSQL databases have been bursting into the market for a few years now. However, many DBAs still winked and smiled when discussing NoSQL, the way an older cousin looks down on a younger relative. Cute and sassy, but really if you want to play with toys, go ahead. With the latest release of MongoDB, that is just not the case anymore. MongoDB 2.6 is NoSQL all grown up.

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Docker becomes de facto Linux standard

Default container in Red Hat is latest distro for Docker.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Wed, 04/16/14 - 2:09pm.

Lots of news coming out of the Red Hat Summit this week. A lot of the buzz is around containerization in general and Docker in particular. Docker is set to ship with the latest version of RHEL (RHEL 7.0). Also, Docker will integrate with Red Hat's Open Shift PaaS.

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IBM's BlueMix delivers PaaS to developers large and small

BlueMix Days teach building apps by modules.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Fri, 04/04/14 - 3:32pm.

IBM's recent Pulse Conference in Las Vegas was like Christmas in February for developers. Whether working in midmarket or large enterprises, independent consultant or employee, there was something for everyone. The best part of this is that they are gifts that keep on giving as IBM continues to roll out what they announced at Pulse.

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Hybrid Clouds as far as the eye can see

If Hybrid dominates, shouldn’t you develop for them?
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Tue, 03/25/14 - 4:22pm.

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Zscaler dreams of 'Shift'-ing routing to the cloud

Jay Chaudhry 's vision of a cloudy future include routing in the cloud.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Wed, 03/19/14 - 2:28pm.

Imagine moving your router from your perimeter up to the cloud. What's more, let's let someone else manage it, bake in security, give you greater visibility, stability, and management control, all while saving you money. How is that for disruption?

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Cloud providers as cloud security providers

Turning weakness into strength with a little help from their friends
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Fri, 03/14/14 - 4:49pm.

One of my observations from the RSA Conference this year was the continuing evolution of cloud providers into cloud security providers.  Where it used to be said that security was one of the drags on cloud adoption, the fact is cloud providers have turned this argument on its head by becoming cloud security providers.

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AT&T KitKat upgrade made my Galaxy S4 worse

Upgrade caused problems all over the place.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Mon, 03/10/14 - 2:43pm.

AT&T finally got around to issuing an upgrade to Android KitKat for their Samsung Galaxy S4s running Jelly Bean two weeks ago. Against my better judgment and after waiting about a week, I decided that maybe it could help with the well-documented issues I have had with my phone.

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CA moves from 'constantly acquiring' to innovation factory

Mobility, security and DevOps form a triad of innovation at CA.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Fri, 03/07/14 - 8:35am.

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Will software eat the security industry?

Are security appliances dinosaurs? Who will be responsible for security?
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Tue, 02/25/14 - 10:04am.

Well, the first day of RSA week is in the books and things are off to a rousing start. My day started early today as I was the moderator of a great panel at the Americas Growth Capital Conference. My panel was on Security Automation.

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RSA Conference: Are you going to San Francisco?

The annual migration of the security industry has begun.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Sat, 02/22/14 - 9:40am.

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vSphere adds mobile management capability

Demand for mobile management prods VMware to develop app.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Fri, 02/21/14 - 10:18am.

With BYOD ubiquitous, it is becoming just about mandatory for vendors to have the ability to manage their solutions via mobile interface. Having a web-based GUI that might be able to run on a phone's browser is just not going to cut it anymore. This holds true for finance, HR and yes, even IT. So it is not surprising that VMware's VSphere team has released its own app to manage vSphere installs.

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The glass ceiling replaced by enlightened self-interest

Women CEOs are no longer news, and that's a good thing.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Wed, 02/19/14 - 12:10pm.

I am happy to report that we as a society in general and the tech industry in particular have progressed to the point that we no longer make a distinction between a man or a woman being a CEO. Certainly no one thinks that one can do a better job than the other (OK, there might be a few diehards out there). This is a good thing.

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Companies looking to DevOps to automate and save time

Survey results confirm that time constraints force us to automate.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Wed, 02/12/14 - 8:24am.

As I have written about before, back in October I attended a DevOps conference sponsored by SoftLayer/IBM and JumpCloud. Just the other day, JumpCloud released the results of a survey taken of the 200+ attendees.

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Has iTunes given Apple its last golden egg?

iTunes has been the goose, but what's next for Apple?
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Tue, 02/11/14 - 12:41pm.

Apple's last quarter results were, for the first time in a long time, disappointing. While I don't think anyone expects them to show up in bankruptcy court anytime soon, it is pretty clear that Apple needs to figure out what the next big thing is going to be that keeps feeding investor expectations.

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Judging in the Olympics and IT Security: Subjective vs. Objective

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and often times so is risk management.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Fri, 02/07/14 - 1:45pm.

I was watching the opening night events of the Sochi Olympics last night while I was finalizing my presentation for RSA Conference this month in San Francisco. My presentation is on what the right metrics are to measure security and risk. At the same time, I am watching figure skating and womens mogul skiing. It struck me that in all of these things subjective judging of performance is just so imprecise.

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Microsoft and the Pittsburgh Steelers

How going outside the organization keeps new ideas flowing.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Wed, 02/05/14 - 12:38pm.

Satya Nadella was named as the third CEO in Microsoft's history yesterday. That is pretty amazing when you think about it. Since its founding in 1975, only three CEOs. With Super Bowl Sunday this past week, Microsoft's third CEO announcement made me think about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since 1969, the Steelers have had only three head coaches.

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Microsoft Zigs, Google Zags: Google sells Motorola

As Microsoft jumps into the phone hardware biz, Google exits it.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Thu, 01/30/14 - 11:31am.

You probably saw the news that Google sold off its Motorola unit to Lenovo for about $2.9 billion. While this marks the second multi-billion-dollar acquisition by Lenovo this week, I find the Google aspect of it far more interesting. Many financial analysts were not surprised by Google's move out of the phone hardware business.

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First AWS Meetup Group meeting in Boulder/Denver

The Cloud, DevOps and AWS is a strong draw.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Wed, 01/29/14 - 12:43pm.

Over the last few months I have been spending a lot of time attending meet-ups and user groups for DevOps, AWS, Startups, etc. It is all tied into the several projects I am working on outside of my Network World writing. Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural meeting of the Boulder/Denver AWS Meetup Group.

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Skyhigh Networks CloudTrustTM gives cloud apps the seal of approval

Working with the Cloud Security Alliance, Skyhigh has developed a comprehensive set of criteria for evaluating the enterprise worthiness of cloud-based apps and services.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Tue, 01/28/14 - 5:17pm.

Back in the day, Verisign went on to fortune and fame by having websites that were secured by their SSL certificates that displayed the "verified by Verisign" logo. It became the Good Housekeeping seal of approval for websites. Now highly touted security company Skyhigh Networks is seeking to do a similar thing for cloud apps with its CloudTrust Program

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Boycotting RSA Conference is a misplaced endeavor

Publicity stunt or conscientious objector, either way boycotting the conference isn't productive.
Submitted by Alan Shimel on Wed, 01/22/14 - 12:34pm.

I have watched on silently from the sidelines as the "boycott RSA Conference" story has played out. Now that we are a month or so away from the conference, "where the world talks security," I just can't hold it in any longer. I really think the few outliers who have announced they are boycotting and not speaking or attending this year's RSA Conference have gotten more than their 15 minutes worth.

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