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IDG Contributor Network: Lesson from AWS outage: stop putting your eggs in the same basket

It happened again. Amazon Web Services (AWS) went down yesterday for hours,  bringing down a huge chunk of the internet with it. I didn’t realize at the time that AWS was the reason that I was not able to play the latest episode of Supergirl on my Apple TV. And it was not just the […]

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IDG Contributor Network: Raspberry Pi Foundation announces the best return gift

The first Raspberry Pi device was released on February 29, 2012. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the credit card sized, single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the perfect return gift: Raspberry Pi Zero W. You guessed it right, the W in the name stands for “wireless.” This is a new version of Raspberry […]

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IDG Contributor Network: SaaS is eating the infrastructure world

In many ways, we can compare the future of the software world to the emergence of self-driving cars. Just as we’re faced with questions around a unified set of operational standards for all companies eager to remove drivers from behind the wheel, serverless computing poses a similar set of challenges as software eats further and […]

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IDG Contributor Network: Mirantis to offer commercial support for OpenContrail SDN platform

As Mirantis is moving away from the ‘pure-play OpenStack company’ tagline, it’s adding more managed services to its resume to take on players like RackSpace and AWS. Mirantis is now offering commercial support for OpenContrail, an extremely popular software-defined networking (SDN) platform used with OpenStack. There are three core components on any cloud: compute, storage and networking. […]

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IDG Contributor Network: 2017: The year of serverless?

As we embark upon a new calendar year, the blogs are full of navel-gazing looks back at the year just past and crystal ball perspectives on what is yet to come. While I don’t go much for those sort of articles, having spent a few weeks recently in Israel and coincidentally talking with a bunch […]

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IDG Contributor Network: More file sync and sharing industry FUD

I received a pitch the other day from a vendor in the enterprise file sharing and synchronization (EFSS) space. I won’t name the company. I probably should, to really show my scorn, but I’ll deny them the Google juice instead. Anyway, the pitch told me about how said vendor made a “startling discovery” as it […]

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IDG Contributor Network: Mainframes 2026: What the future holds for big iron

For more than 50 years mainframes have powered thousands of organizations around the world, from banks to militaries to government agencies. Looking looking back at all that history makes me think about the critical role that big iron has played in the world, but it also gets me thinking about the future and what the […]

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IDG Contributor Network: Red Hat expected to rake in $2.4 billion in revenue this year

The king of Linux, Red Hat, continues its growth as a leading Linux vendor that’s betting big on the cloud. Yesterday, the company announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended August 31, 2016. The company generated $ 600 million in revenue for the quarter, a 19 percent year-over-year increase. Red […]

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IDG Contributor Network: Is corporate sustainability shaping your cloud adoption strategy?

As corporate sustainability increasingly exercises influence on IT decision making, the question becomes how will it affect technology adoption trends. Will cloud adoption accelerate as result? Resources consumed The public cloud provides a good story for corporate sustainability in its “reveal” of resources consumed. Measured resource utilization (MRU) billing can be easily converted into corporate […]

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IDG Contributor Network: HP’s OpenSwitch becomes a Linux Foundation Project

HP’s open source networking operating system, OpenSwitch, is now a Linux Foundation project. Many industry players are joining the project, including Broadcom, Cavium, Extreme Networks, LinkedIn, Mellanox, Nephos Inc., P4.org, Quattro Networks, SnapRoute and, of course, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. OpenSwitch is full-featured, Linux-based modular and modern network operating system that provides support for traditional and […]

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IDG Contributor Network: Cue the guerrilla marketing — FinancialForce rolls out PSA Communities

One interesting aspect of commentating about a number of vendors in a particular space is that I get to sit in the middle of some competitive mud-slinging. Of course, no one really gets offended by vendor A trying to rain on vendor B’s parade — it’s all part and parcel of the thrust and parry […]

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