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The Cloud Provider Check List – What You Need to Ask

May 18, 2017

Database Trends and Applications

DBTA Database Trends and Applications

 

 

 

 

This year at Data Summit 2017, Michael Corey, director, cloud computing evangelist, Spectrum Enterprise Navisite, and Don Sullivan, product line marketing manager for Business Critical Applications, VMware, discussed cloud myths and realities in a session titled, “The Cloud Landscape Today.”

In the Wild west of public cloud services, companies need a trusted advisor, said Sullivan and Corey, who noted that fork lifting applications to the cloud is not the same as architecting for the cloud, one size does not fit all, and the cloud is not always cheaper. To read the entire article click the link….

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/The-Cloud-Provider-Check-List—What-You-Need-to-Ask-118330.aspx

The Great Cloud Security Debate at Data Summit 2017

May 18, 2017

Database Trends and Applications

DBTA Database Trends and Applications

 

 

 

 

The Great Cloud Debate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As many organizations begin to look to the cloud to increase the efficiency and availability of their databases and applications, while reducing costs and complexity, one of the reasons for pause for many companies is security. This year at Data Summit 2017, Michael Corey, director, cloud computing evangelist, Spectrum Enterprise Navisite, and Don Sullivan, product line marketing manager for Business Critical Applications, VMware, engaged in an entertaining conversation on the topic of cloud security.

To Read the entire article http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/The-Great-Cloud-Security-Debate-118321.aspx

Are the Public Clouds Too Big to Fail?

May 15th, 2017

Big Data Quarterly

 

 

 

 

In October of 2008, Congress enacted the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, more commonly known as the bailout of the financial system. It was deemed that certain U.S. financial companies and institutions were too important to the systemic stability of the system to be allowed to become insolvent. The understanding was that catastrophic financial consequences would be the result of the failure of these entities and that those aggregate failures could devastate the U.S. As a result, they have been heavily regulated and controlled with the intention of protecting against that type of exposure again.

The recent major outages in the public clouds services inevitably lead to the same question being asked of this new industry. That is, whether or not certain public cloud services have become so critical to the functioning of the U.S. economy that those systems should be subject to the same strict scrutiny and control as the financial systems. Are they so intertwined with U.S. commerce that a “Cloud Dodd-Frank” should be considered by the 115th session of Congress? Although hard to precisely verify, it has been reported that a recent public cloud outage affected service to more than 50% of the top 100 online retailers. What happens when a major public cloud problem brings down half of the 911 systems across the U.S., or even one-third of certain critical state and local government systems? Everyone, from the federal, state, and local governments to public and private industry, is using public cloud services, and the trend is continuing to accelerate.

To read the entire story http://www.dbta.com/BigDataQuarterly/Articles/Are-the-Public-Clouds-Too-Big-to-Fail-118231.aspx

Today’s Cloud: What We Know, What it Means, The New Role of “Cloud Keeper”

 April  7, 2017

Big Data Quarterly – Volume 3 Number 1 Spring 20017

Cloud technology has been around in some shape or form for more than 50 years. How can we make such a claim? Let’s compare today’s cloud computing to computer timesharing from the 1960s. Timesharing was a computing environment that supported multiple users simultaneously. This sounds suspiciously similar to the modern idea of “the cloud.”

What we did not have 50 years ago was the internet. We did not have super-fast, ubiquitous connectivity. Can you imagine going into a Starbucks and not having free Wi-Fi available? Also, 50 years ago, we did not have cheap, fast storage nor did we have lightning-fast processors. We did not have true abstraction of the physical resources into virtual resources as we have today. The programing language “C” was just emerging as a portable programing language across all computer operating systems and the relational database was yet to be conceived. In the last 50 years, the computer industry has evolved tremendously. Yet, in so many ways, we still have a long way to go.

http://www.dbta.com/BigDataQuarterly/Articles/Todays-Cloud-What-We-Know-What-It-Means–the-New-Role-of-Cloud-Keeper-117448.aspx

Top 100 Influencers and Brands for 2017

March, 20,2017

Cloud: Top 100 Influencers and Brands for 2017

 

 

 

6 Key Cloud Takeaways from Amazon’s S3 Outage

 March 1, 2017

Database Trends and Applications

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) outage prompted observations and reflections from industry experts about the need for proactive cloud services monitoring, the requirement to diversify with multi-cloud strategies, and even the possibility of “too-big-to-fail” safeguards for large cloud services providers. The disruption, which took place on Feb. 28, affected many AWS customers for more than 4 hours, impacting websites and other services. As Amazon explained later, the cause of the service disruption in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region was found to be simple human error.

Here, a roundup of some of the dominant themes expressed in executives’ comments:

Contingency Planning – The cloud infrastructures are so stable that we are forgetting about what we do if there is a problem. It’s like your home internet which works pretty well 99% of the time, and then once in a while you have a disaster.  For this reason, Apple and Starbucks no longer rely on one public cloud provider. The other thought that jumps out at me is the memory of the financial institutions that almost took down the U.S. economy during the financial crisis of 2007-2008. I wonder, moving forward, whether this similarly opens the door, as more people go to the cloud, for cloud services to be regulated—although I hate the thought of regulation….

To read the entire article http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/6-Key-Cloud-Takeaways-from-Amazons-S3-Outage-116693.aspx

 

Thanks to the Cloud, the Future Is Now

Winter 2016

 Big Data Source Book Fourth Edition

 Despite his youth, The Sage Mattie Stepanek spoke these prescient words: “Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.” There is much wisdom in those 13 simple words. Careful observation of our surroundings enables us to divine, with some level of predictability, the future. We all can view the crystal ball in front of us if we are willing to open our eyes. We simply need to dedicate the time to observe and learn. Let’s see what the future holds for us today.

When I Want, the Way I Want, and How Much I Want

As a society, we have high expectations from our vendors. We expect their services to be available 24/7. We also expect those services to meet our needs and to respond to our demands, no matter how difficult it may be. Regardless if it’s the busiest trading day…

To read the entire article http://www.dbta.com/DBTA-Downloads/SourceBook/Big-Data-Sourcebook-Fourth-Edition-6699.aspx

Lessons Learned From the Cloud

November 15, 2016

BDQ Big Data Quarterly

If one considers the inception of the system known as “Amazon Web Services” (AWS) to be the onset of what has become known as the public cloud, then today the cloud is more than 10 years old. After 10 years, the cloud industry would have you believe it is mature and stable, safe and secure and that it is, most importantly, fit to use as an essential infrastructure component of a modern 21st-century business. Yet, insiders remember the cliché of caveat emptor, or buyer beware.

Many providers of cloud services market the idea that all critical computing functions should be run using their public cloud services because this paradigm is the future and the future is now. While we do share that long-term vision, the reality is less impressive, and the solution is not yet complete. Amazon itself does not run 100% of its critical business systems in the AWS Public Cloud, a fact that was revealed in The Wall Street Journal article, “Cloud-Computing Kingpins Slow to Adapt to Own Movement.” This is also true for Google, Microsoft, and other top cloud providers….

To read the entire article http://www.dbta.com/BigDataQuarterly/Articles/Lessons-Learned-From-the-Cloud-114798.aspx

 

What Does the Yahoo Breach Mean for Data Security?

September 26, 2016

Database Trends & Applications

 

Yahoo Security Breach

As the details of the Yahoo data breach have come to light, the news seems eerily similar to other such cyber-attacks. Data management and security professionals reflected on what the breach means for companies and their customers in terms of current security best practices.

While the shock of this large-scale data breach feels familiar as it is by now widely accepted that no company is immune, the precise details of the Yahoo case stand out as being notable.  According to news reports, what is known is that the account information for a minimum of 500 million Yahoo users was stolen, possibly by state-sponsored hackers,…….

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/What-Does-the-Yahoo-Breach-Mean-for-Data-Security-113753.aspx

21 Questions To Ask Your Cloud Computing Provider, Before You Sign

May 14, 2016

FORBES

Forbes Tech 21 Questions To Ask Your Cloud Computing Provider

 

Let’s face it — technology-centric issues such as uptime, scalability and security are complicated to deal with, and many non-tech business leaders don’t want to hear about them. Many non-tech leaders — and tech executives for that matter — consider one of the attractions of the cloud is its promise to relieve them of having to think too hard about these burdens. However, if you are thinking of handing over responsibility for these crucial elements to a cloud provider, think twice, think three times.

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That’s the advice of  Ntirety’s Michael Corey and VMware’s Don Sullivan, who cast skepticism on public cloud providers’ promises to take care of their customers’…….

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2016/05/14/21-questions-to-ask-your-cloud-computing-provider-before-you-sign/#4b5abad95740

10 Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Cloud Services

May 11, 2016

Database Trends and Applications

Database Trends and Applications

 

 

Public cloud services vendors have had a number of notable outages that have taken down well-respected web-based companies, temporarily putting them out of business. In a session, presented at Data Summit 2016 by Michael J Corey, president, Ntirety – A HOSTING Company, and Don Sullivan, system engineer database specialist, VMware, posited that, despite the fact that cloud is no longer a cutting-edge, disruptive technology, 10 years after it first came to the fore, in many ways, the public cloud environment is still the Wild West.

Corey and Sullivan discussed recent cloud trends, the lessons learned, and what it means to companies moving forward as they migrate to the cloud………

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/10-Lessons-Learned-from-10-Years-of-Cloud-Services-111020.aspx

 

6 Tips for Making Your Transition to the Cloud Successful

March 2016

Big Data Quarterly

 

Big Data Quarterly

Are You Ready for the Cloud?

The cloud services industry has become big business. In 2015, Amazon Web Services was estimated to have generated nearly $7 billion in revenue, making AWS the undisputed leader in the public cloud space. Microsoft Azure trails AWS with an estimated $2 billion in revenue. The proverbial “cloud” is huge business, but the industry trend is even more ominous.

The pervasive corporate mindset to transition all levels of infrastructure to some cloud, somewhere, is accelerating the growth of the cloud industry with a rapidity so far unseen in the history of computing. This phenomenon has resulted in weighty pressure on CIOs to develop and deploy an effective and comprehensive cloud strategy or risk their organization falling behind this undeniable trend. The internet changed the information technology game, but now the cloud constitutes an entirely different league……..

Tips for Making Your Transition to the Cloud Successful

Cloud Technologies Advance Fueled by Openness and Machine Learning

Big Data Sourcebook: Third Edition (winter 2015)

Big Data Sourcebook 3rd Edition

The Big Data Source Book is always one of my favorites. We are asked by the publisher Database Trends and Applications to use our many years of experience to determine where we think technology is headed.  I wont give it away, you will have to read Cloud Technologies Advance Fueled by Openness and Machine Learning to see where Don Sullivan and I think we are headed in the near future.

Cloud Technologies Advance Fueled by Openness and Machine Learning

Buyer Beware—Which Rules Still Apply in the Cloud?

(Nov 13, 2015)

Big Data Quarterly

Big Data Quarterly

 

“Caveat emptor” is Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” In the realm of the modern information technology cloud, this sage advice rings especially true.

As organizations migrate increasingly higher percentages of their critical infrastructure into the cloud, it is essential that IT professionals understand the convoluted labyrinth of software licensing. They must understand what they are getting, what they are not getting, what they are responsible for, what the cloud provider is responsible for, and who is paying for the many licenses they will inevitably need……

http://www.dbta.com/BigDataQuarterly/Articles/Buyer-Beware-Which-Rules-Still-Apply-in-the-Cloud-107600.aspx

 

MSPs Need a Cloud Services Strategy. What’s Yours? (August 17th, 2015)

MSPmentor

 

Some MSPs view the cloud as children regard a dark place – it’s scary. But scary as it may seem, every MSP needs some kind of cloud strategy.

To be fair, plenty of MSPs have successfully added cloud services and, in the process, reinvented themselves as well-rounded managed IT service providers. They realized that adding cloud solutions is a logical and necessary step…..

http://mspmentor.net/cloud-computing/081715/msps-need-cloud-services-strategy-whats-yours

 

 

Is Your Database The Next Ticking Time Bomb?

Aug 10, 2015

Database Trends and Applications

Database Trends and Applications

 

 

Let’s rephrase the question above: The next ticking time bomb is your database. Regardless of whether you run Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL, the odds lean toward your organization having a ticking time bomb.  The only question to be posed is whether you are going to become collateral damage or diffuse the bomb before the damage happens.

When we look at the past few weeks of headline news, we see a lot of companies that have chosen to become collateral damage. A short list of recent headlines should suffice:

CNN: United flights resume after computer problem

USA TODAY:  NYSE blames software upgrade for outage…….

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/Is-Your-Database-The-Next-Ticking-Time-Bomb-105423.aspx

What Windows 10 Means for Enterprise Users (July 29, 2015)

Database Trends and Applications

 

First announced in September, Windows 10 has become available as a free upgrade in 190 countries. According to a blog posted by Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) at Microsoft, the release which represents a “new era of Windows” is the beginning of the company’s plan to deliver on a vision of “one platform, one store, and one experience that extends across the broadest range of devices from the smallest screens to the largest screens to no screens at all.” …..

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/What-Windows-10-Means-for-Enterprise-Users-105462.aspx

 

MSPs, Don’t Ignore Cloud Opportunities

July 15th

MSPmentor

MSPmentor

 

Just as the IT channel was getting comfortable a half-dozen years ago with managed services, another new service model was vying for recognition – the cloud. Many MSPs have since added cloud-based services, but some still struggle with how to go about it.

If you ask Michael Corey why, the founder and president of Dedham, Massachusetts-based MSP Ntirety will tell you…

http://mspmentor.net/cloud-computing/071515/msps-dont-ignore-cloud-opportunities

 

Database Industry Experts Reflect on a Very Bad Week for Data Security and Availability

July 10, 2015

Database Trends and Applications

Database Trends and Applications

 

 

 

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/Database-Industry-Experts-Reflect-on-a-Very-Bad-Week-for-Data-Security-and-Availability-105134.aspx

The Virtual Infrastructure War: Who Is Goliath and Who Are the Many Davids?

(May 19, 2015)

Big Data Quarterly

 

Big Data Quarterly

 

There are a number of factors driving organizations toward the adoption of virtualized infrastructure, which corresponds with leveraging the proverbial cloud. Business pressures, including cost reduction, scalability, and “just-in-time” application software implementation, are just some of the requirements prompting businesses to “cloudify” at least some aspect of their IT infrastructure.

Today, you have three options to consider when adopting a cloud-based infrastructure:

1. Build it yourself.

2. Utilize a public cloud provider.

3. Utilize a private cloud provider.

Most organizations will choose between private and public cloud services providers (CSPs). The question is quite simple:…..

http://www.dbta.com/BigDataQuarterly/Articles/The-Virtual-Infrastructure-War-Who-Is-Goliath-and-Who-Are-the-Many-Davids-104041.aspx

Classic DBAs Evolve to Cloud DBAs

April 8, 2015

Big Data Quartlerly

 

Big Data Quarterly

 

 

Today we live in the age of the “cloudification of information.” This massive cloudification of data is straining the already-stretched-thin in-house database administrator (DBA), who historically has been the custodian of a company’s data stored within its traditional databases. Now the data stored within those databases is being comingled with data from outside data sources, much of it from the cloud. Every company’s goal is to gain better insight into its customers’ tendencies, prospects’ interests, and competitors’ vulnerabilities.

DBAs are expected to find ways to overcome obstacles as their organizations try to ingest and comingle all this data from the cloud. As a result, many companies are transforming themselves from companies that ingest data from the cloud to companies that live and breathe in the cloud, further helping to fuel the cloudification of data…..

Classic DBAs Evolve to Cloud DBAs

 

IT Employers Must Adapt to the Looming DBA Shortage

(March 12, 2015)

Database Trends and Applications

Database Trends and Applications

 

http://www.dbta.com/Columns/SQL-Server-Drill-Down/IT-Employers-Must-Adapt-to-the-Looming-DBA-Shortage-102621.aspx

As Clouds Roll In, Expectations for Performance and Availability Billow

Winter 2014

Big Data Sourcebook: Second Edition

Big Data Sourcebook 2nd

Introducing Database Trends and Applications magazine’s second edition of the Big Data Sourcebook! This is your guide to the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals are being asked to cope with as business or organizational leadership increasingly defines strategies that leverage the ‘big data’ phenomenon. Make sure you read As Clouds Roll In, Expectations for Performance and Availability Billow.

http://www.dbta.com/DBTA-Downloads/SourceBook/Big-Data-Sourcebook-Second-Edition-4968.aspx

Ranks of Seasoned DBAs Expected to Thin Dramatically Within Next 10 Years (Sept 25, 2014)

Database Trends and Applications

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/Ranks-of-Seasoned-DBAs-Expected-to-Thin-Dramatically-Within-Next-10-Years-99336.aspx

As Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO, Industry Insiders Ponder the End of an Era (September 25, 2014)

Database Trends and Applications

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/As-Larry-Ellison-Steps-Down-as-CEO-Industry-Insiders-Ponder-the-End-of-an-Era-99455.aspx

20 Key Takeaways from Data Summit 2014 (May 13, 2014)

Database Trends and Applications

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/20-Key-Takeaways-from-Data-Summit-2014-97060.aspx

HOSTING Acquires DBA On-Demand Services Provider Ntirety (April 4, 2014)

Database Trends and Applications

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/HOSTING-Acquires-DBA-On-Demand-Services-Provider-Ntirety-96151.aspx

A Call to Action and the American Pastime: Data (August 7, 2013)

Database Trends and Applications

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/A-Call-to-Action-and-the-American-Pastime-Data-90264.aspx

Data Persona Analytics: The Data-Application Matchmaker (July 25, 2013)

Database Trends and Applications

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/Data-Persona-Analytics-The-Data-Application-Matchmaker-90263.aspx

21st Century Data Organization – Business Function Comes First (July 9, 2013)

Database Trends and Applications

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/21st-Century-Data-Organization—Business-Function-Comes-First-90262.aspx

Spanning the Dataverse with a Unified Data Strategy and Data Persona Analytics Jun 27, 2013

Database Trends and Applications

The amount of data being generated, captured and analyzed worldwide is increasing at a rate that was inconceivable a few years ago. Exciting new technologies and methodologies are evolving to address this phenomenon of science and culture creating huge new opportunities. These new technologies are also fundamentally changing the way we look at and use data.

The rush to monetize “big data” makes the appeal of various “solutions” undeniable.  But companies must perform proper due diligence to fully understand the current state of their data management systems….

Spanning the Dataverse with a Unified Data Strategy and Data Persona Analytics

Ntirety CEO Mike Corey Earns Dual Honors as Expert in Virtualized Databases (June 19, 2012)

Database Trends and Applications

 

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/Ntirety-CEO-Mike-Corey-Earns-Dual-Honors-as-Expert-in-Virtualized-Databases-83237.aspx

Last New Horizon of Computing – the Dataverse (May 9, 2012)

Database Trends and Applications

In the Beginning – Information was Unknown

In the beginning, information was unknown.  Eventually, the growing populace absorbed information as it was passed on by each generation person to person, but only the elite had access to that knowledge base.  King James and Guttenberg made that information more accessible to the general public but still, access to information was very limited.  Galileo, the famous Italian physicist, mathematician and astronomer, originally published his finding in Latin that proved the world was in reality round not flat. Even though this science contradicted church doctrine, the population remained apathetic. When Galileo then published those same findings in Italian, he was excommunicated. By sharing this knowledge outside the “inner circle” he became an outcast. The world was not quite ready to share the “knowledge base” with the common man. As time passed, the ability of the privileged to keep the knowledge base contained to a privileged few waned.

Last New Horizon of Computing – the Dataverse

Managed Services and Oracle: Underserved Niche? (January 26, 2011)

MSPmentor

 

I’m en route from New York to  Silicon Valley. My destination: Oracle’s headquarters, where I’ll be sitting down with Oracle Channel Chief Judson Althoff and Kevin O’Brien, senior director of Oracle’s ISV and SaaS strategy. While prepping for the meeting, I recalled an Oracle-centric discussion I had during the N-able Partner Summit in October 2010. At that gathering, Ntirety CEO Michael Corey — a long-time N-able partner — told me his business was built around managed database services. Is that a hot new niche?…

http://mspmentor.net/software-service-and-hardware-service/managed-services-and-oracle-underserved-niche

 

When Atlas Stumbles: Lessons for Preventing DBA Burn Out (October 15, 2008)

Database Trends and Applications

You’re a database administrator, working hard, never catching up. You keep the databases humming morning, noon and night, weekdays, weekends and holidays.

Or at least you try to. But things happen. And it’s not always your fault. Databases crash. You try your best. But sometimes that’s not good enough.

Your company grinds to a halt. Sales are lost. It’s all on you, and you’re alone.

This type of stress is causing a serious problem in today’s business world as the rapid expansion of databases crashes head-long into the 20-year shortage of DBAs we rely on to keep these complicated systems functioning. Today’s global businesses need to find the solution to burnout among DBAs who suffer Atlas Syndrome, a feeling the weight of the entire business is on their shoulders.

When Atlas Stumbles: Lessons for Preventing DBA Burn Out