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IT professionals continue to debate the benefits of standardization versus the benefits of innovation, and the potential of standards inhibiting engineer and software developer ability to develop creative solutions to business opportunities and challenges.  At the Open Group Conference in San Diego last week (3~5 February) the topic of  standards and innovation popped up not only in presentations, but also in sidebar conversations surrounding the conference venue. In his presentation SOA4BT (Service-Oriented Architecture for Business Technology) - From Business Services to Realization,   Nikhil Kumar noted that with rigid standards there is "always a risk of service units creating barriers to business units."  The idea is that service and IT organizations must align their intended use of standards with the needs of the business units.   Kumar further described a tr... (more)

Risk Management Strategies By @JohnSavageau | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Risk Management Strategies for IT Systems Risk management has been around for a long time.  Financial managers run risk assessments for nearly all business models, and the idea of risk carries nearly as many definitions as the Internet.  However, for IT managers and IT professionals, risk management still frequently takes a far lower priority that other operations  and support activities. For IT managers a good, simple definition for RISK may be from the Open FAIR model which states: "Risk is defined as the probable frequency and magnitude of future loss" (Open FAIR) Risk manag... (more)

PTC 2015 Focuses on Submarine Cables and SDNs By @JohnSavageau | @CloudExpo [#SDN]

In an informal survey of words used during seminars and discussions, two main themes are emerging at the Pacific Telecommunications Council's 2015 annual conference.  The first, as expected, is development of more submarine cable capacity both within the Pacific, as well as to end points in ANZ, Asia, and North America.  The second, software defined networking (SDN), as envisioned could quickly begin to re-engineer the gateway and carrier hotel interconnection business. New cable development, including Arctic Fiber, Trident, SEA-US, and APX-E have sparked a lot of interest.  One... (more)

Now that We Have Adopted IaaS By @JohnSavageau | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Providing guidance or consulting to organizations on cloud computing topics can be really easy, or really tough.  In the past most of the initial engagement was dedicated to training and building awareness with your customer.  The next step was finding a high value, low risk application or service that could be moved to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to solve an immediate problem, normally associated with disaster recovery or data backups. As the years have continued, dynamics changed.  On one hand, IT professionals and CIOs began to establish better knowledge of what virt... (more)

Communities in the Cloud

In the 1990s community of interest networks (COINs) emerged to take advantage of rapidly developing Internet protocol technologies. A small startup named BizNet on London’s Chiswell Street developed an idea to build a secure, closed network to support only companies operating within the securities and financial industries. BizNet had some reasonable traction in London, with more than 100 individual companies connecting within the secure COIN. Somewhat revolutionary at the time, and it did serve the needs of their target market. Management was also simple, using software from a s... (more)