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Weekly IT Highlights on Outages, 2013 Predictions, DevOps, trends for Cloud and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on Outages, 2013 Predictions, DevOps, trends for Cloud and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Outages, 2013 Predictions, DevOps and trends for cloud. Enjoy!

DevOps in the Cloud: How IT Can Eliminate Google Envy

By Jason Liu

DevOps is a newer method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and IT professionals, facilitating an environment where native Dev and native Ops teams can coexist productively. DevOps has grown from the interdependence of software development and IT operations and the method aims to improve the production of software and services. 

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The 12 Days of IT

By Mark Gibbs

On the 12th day of Christmas our IT gave to me, 12 days of anger (it shouldn't be this hard!), 11 hours of Muzak, 10 techs debuggin', nine coders coding, eight system upgrades, big ol' NAS for storin', six weeks of training, FIVE ... SOCIAL ... APPS! Four system logons, a passel of pad devices, too many cloudy choices, and my very own vir'tual machine-er-y. 

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The year in enterprise software: Seven key takeaways

By Chris Kanaracus

It's been a busy and transformative year for enterprise software. We dug through our story archives, talked to industry experts and put on our thinking caps to come up with this list of key events and emerging trends from 2012, all of which are set to have a lasting impact on the industry. 

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Did you feel the Gmail outage too?

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Gmail went off-line worldwide, virtually paralyzing many from communicating and disabling many enterprise email systems. Upon investigation, Google explained that a configuration change was behind the widespread outage. How can we best stay on top of configuration changes to keep production environment running smoothly?

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What did you do when Facebook was down?

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Mayan Doomsday prophecy or just an unfortunate configuration change that was identified after Facebook users around the world went into a panic? Following on the heels of the Gmail outage, Facebook subsequently suffered a brief but painful outage, attributed to a an infrastructure change. When an incident occurs, how quickly can you know "what changed"?

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Interested in Proactive IT Management?

By Bob Farzami

With the end of year approaching, I find myself looking back at some of our new projects in the second half of 2012 and studying the commonalities. We remain focused on Fortune 500 companies where applications are global, complex, transactional and virtualized - where the need for analytics to automate performance management is greatest - and where the business case for proactive IT operations is most compelling. 

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NoOps? NewOps? CloudOps!

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

What's needed is a new generation of IT Ops professionals equipped with cloud configuration management solutions that can provide users with a contiguous view of hybrid business system environments across physical, virtual and cloud layers. Since IT Ops needs to be prepared to do more with less, IT Ops requires greater insight into cloud configurations and matched with a unified view of traditional data center infrastructures. 

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Cloud computing in 2013: Two warnings

By David Linthicum

These days, I get email after email from anyone and everyone who has predictions for cloud computing in 2013. I've started to delete them without reading any. Why? They all say very obvious and simplistic things around an industry that is very nonobvious and very complex, if you peel back the layers. Worst of all, because most of the predictions come from technology vendors, their forecasts are annoyingly positive. 

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Outlook 2013: IT Is Still Too Internally Focused

By Michael Healey

Our Outlook 2013 research identifies an unmistakable trend: IT demand and spending are continuing to rise from the recession years. Heading into 2010, less than half of companies in our survey were seeing rising demand for IT projects, about one in five was cutting IT staff and only 46% expected their IT budgets to increase. Today, 71% see rising demand for IT projects, just 8% are cutting IT staff and 60% expect higher IT budgets than in 2012. It's also promising that our 728 survey respondents say their companies are planning an average of 5.5 major IT initiatives for 2013. 

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Your key technology decisions for 2013

By Eric Knorr

Through all of this has been a sense that the "old IT" -- of overengineered solutions, aging technology, and elaborate procedures -- is under siege. But clear alternatives have not necessarily presented themselves, other than disgruntled users finding their own solutions. 

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What Does a Cloud IT Career Really Mean?

By Rich Hein

The term cloud computing has become part of the vernacular in companies of all industries and sizes. Over the past few years, more and more companies are moving to the cloud to save money, scale more easily and achieve faster times to production. 

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10 IT risk management issues that are often overlooked

By Mary Shacklett

CIOs spend hours reviewing risk management. Common review areas are disaster recovery and business continuation, security and data breaches, and possibly the financial viability of certain technology strategies. But beneath these heady topics is an understory of smaller issues that can burgeon into major threats if they are left to fester. Here are 10 under-the-radar risk areas that IT decision-makers shouldn't forget. 

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7 Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2013 That Make Perfect Sense

By Joe McKendrick

Every year at this time, analysts, prognosticators and pundits alike try to size up the year ahead in technology. And — no surprise — cloud computing is this year's hottest topic. Cloud is already a force to be reckoned with on the business technology scene — IT executives, vendors and analysts alike are trying to keep up to determine what it all really means and where it is taking us. 

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PaaS and DBaaS: Bridging the Developer, Operations Divide

By Razi Sharir

In the modern world of the cloud, developers and operations are still very much stuck in their own worlds. Often times, developers have no idea what happens on the operations side, and vice versa. Developers don't pretend to have this understanding, and those on the production end remain very protective of their environment, resulting in common interaction hurdles between the two. 

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IT Departments Battle for Data Analytics Talent

By Rich Hein

Finding personnel to fill analytics positions is only going to get harder as more companies begin to use big data to gain a competitive edge. 

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10 IT Apps for iPads and iPhones

By Ericka Chickowski

Put that iPad or iPhone to work! IT administrators can get a lot done with a few taps of a finger on an Apple mobile device--given the right tools. These apps offer admins a host of mobile administration options, from router reference information to network scanning and diagramming to remote Oracle database access. 

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