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An employee enters the meet-me-room at a major carrier hotel in Los Angeles, New York, or Miami. He is a young guy recently graduated from high school, hired to do cable removal for circuit disconnects at minimum wage. Although young, he has a wife and child, and has recently been fighting with in-laws over his ability to support a family. Frustration and anger overcome his emotions, and he turns to the ladder rack jammed with cable and starts hammering at the cables for all he is worth. Network operations centers around the world see circuits dropping, and customers with critical financial, military, Internet, and broadcast news services are shut down. In the space of about one minute our young employee has taken down several thousand individual circuits, creating near chaos in the global telecommunications community. In their report on Trusted Access to Communicatio... (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)

OSS Development for the Modern Data Center By @John Savageau | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Modern Data Centers are very complex environments.  Data center operators must have visibility into a wide range of integrated data bases, applications, and performance indicators to effectively understand and manage their operations and activities. While each data center is different, all Data Centers share some common systems and common characteristics, including: Facility inventories Provisioning and customer fulfillment processes Maintenance activities (including computerized maintenance management systems ) Monitoring Customer management (including CRM, order managemen... (more)

Cloud Portability and Interoperability By @JohnSavageau | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Focusing on Cloud Portability and Interoperability Cloud Computing has helped us understand both the opportunity, and the need, to decouple physical IT infrastructure from the requirements of business.  In theory cloud computing greatly enhances an organization’s ability to not only decommission inefficient data center resources, but even more importantly eases the process an organization needs to develop when moving to integration and service-orientation within supporting IT systems. Current cloud computing standards, such as published by the US National Institute of Standards a... (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)