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Weekly IT Highlights on Hybrid Cloud, DevOps, IT Analytics and trends for Cloud and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on Hybrid Cloud, DevOps, IT Analytics and trends for Cloud and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Hybrid Cloud, DevOps, IT Analytics and trends for cloud. Enjoy!

Hybrid Cloud Will End Virtualization Lock-in

By Greg Ness

I'll state the obvious: The last five years have seen incredible changes in IT, including the rise of new cloud operating models and the spread of virtualization into production data centers. A new generation of upstarts has captured the imagination of the IT industry by unleashing new software and service-centric solutions, including private and public 

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Is the 'cloud center' the new data center?

By Emily McLaughlin

Clearly, cloud computing isn't going to suddenly replace traditional on-site data centers, so calling them "cloud centers" might be a bit premature, but organizations are working through the kinks of a cloud strategy, being mindful of security concerns and considering their specific enterprise data center needs. We thank our Twitter followers for their insights into this discussion.

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IT Service Management Moves to the Cloud

By John Moore

As organizations become decreasingly skeptical about the cloud, they are increasingly willing to outsource ITSM to a SaaS provider. Doing so lowers costs, improves flexibility and easily accommodates ITIL framework principles.

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Virtual Reality Check: The Need For Holistic Monitoring

By Dave Bartoletti

My approach was inspired by a recent report published by my colleagues Glenn O'Donnell and JP Garbani, "Turn Big Data Inward With IT Analytics." Their insightful overview of the IT analytics market shows how you should be putting the intelligence of analytics to work for you. If you're struggling to monitor and manage your IT infrastructure complexity today, how will you handle tomorrow's additional complexity? This report clearly makes the case for IT analytics as the way forward. 

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Super Bowl Outage Blamed On Configuration Change...Ok. Not Really

By Sasha Gilenson

Super Bowl 2013 will be long remembered for innovative commercials and a 34 minute outage, which may have turned the tide of the game itself. While unplanned or unauthorized changes to IT infrastructure configuration wasn't really responsible for this outage, this event drives home the tremendous costs and consequences of outages for an organization.

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Managing Application Changes Requires More Than Just Automation

By Sasha Gilenson

Application changes have brought about the biggest challenge in IT. Yet relying on automation alone for the application delivery process is not enough and deployment automation alone still falls short.

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Automation: Is It The Only Way For IT To Really "Do More With Less"?

By Stephen Mann

Even if they could get suitable resource (availability and recruitment can be issues), could the parent business afford the jump in labor costs as these continue to be a highly-visible element of overall IT service delivery costs? Adding more people doesn't necessarily fit in with the now oft-quoted mantra of "do (or deliver) more with less." 

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A unified theory of IT management: reconciling DevOps and ITSM/ITIL

By Rob England

(The IT Skeptic)One of the biggest problems with the whole DevOps-ITSM thing has been the religious positioning of DevOps as the antithesis to ITIL. Which it is, they are the two ends of that spectrum. But some voices have called for the death of ITIL, the overthrow of ITSM, the ascension of only DevOps. This has alienated the "Robust" camp who see DevOps as a barbarian attempt to pull down the defences that keep IT safe and stable. 

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Can cloud customers learn from the Super Bowl power outage?

By Kyle Hilgendorf

Outages are not only for nascent markets - I've heard many people blame cloud outages on the fact that many providers are young and services are immature/nascent. It's a fair argument. But power distribution to major sporting events is a very mature market. And yet a problem still occurred. Similarly, as cloud providers mature, we should expect fewer outages, but they will not disappear. See prior bullets for justification. 

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10 Kick Ass IT Salary Survey Results

By Sasha Gilenson

According to many of the salary surveys we've compiled, the past year has seen a rise in IT management salaries, with companies openly hiring more IT personnel. To keep track of what's happening with your career, the IT world, and the people that are involved in IT, we put together a comprehensive list of salary survey and compensation results for IT professionals.

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Leveraging Cloud and Virtualization for Disaster Recovery

By Patrick Burke

Cloud computing has made disaster recovery much more financially feasible for more organizations because the inherent flexibility of the cloud means you can dictate exactly how much downtime your organization can tolerate and where the costs break even. With that, companies who are trying to stay financially conscious are able to design a solution that fits both - the data center and the budget. 

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200K IT Jobs in 3 Months Equals a "Boom"

By Justin Stephani

IT management positions dominate near-term hiring plans, particularly IT middle management—8 percent of CIOs reported middle management hiring plans in that time frame. Within six months to a year, the plans shift focus almost exclusively to filling out IT staffs. 

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Survey: State of the enterprise, 2013

By Computerworld

The majority of respondents cite collaboration tools and mobility as very important or critical to their companies' future. And they're acting accordingly. Close to half are in the process of deploying mobility solutions. Another 23% are generating value from their investments or expect to soon. Meanwhile, 42% are actively implementing collaboration technologies, and 30% are realizing, or about to realize, the benefits. 

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Businesses caught out by the complexity of cloud

By Nick HeathBusiness and IT executives say higher than expected implementation costs is the number one challenge when buying cloud services. 

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Enterprises Slowly Adopting Cloud Computing

By Dennis McCafferty

The upshot: Just one-quarter of organizations are currently taking advantage of cloud platforms, although two out of five expect to do so in the next 18 months. Once fully deployed, however, cost savings are expected to make a notable impact on operational costs. As for top cloud vendors? On the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) side, Amazon still leads the pack by a dominating margin. 

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