Tired of Playing Ping-Pong with Dev, QA and Ops?

In a DevOps world, the operations team provides infrastructure as a service to product teams, such as the ability to spin up production-like environments on demand for testing and release purposes, and manage them programmatically. Operations is still responsible for sourcing hardware, monitoring performance and managing capacity and continuity for the infrastructure they provide —…

Tired of Playing Ping-Pong with Dev, QA and Ops?

Editor’s Note: While Thoughtworks Studios is affiliated with the IT consultancy ThoughtWorks, it’s aim is the development and marketing of automation tools to enable more Agile delivery of DevOps. IT organizations are under ever increasing pressure to deliver software faster and more reliably. On the one hand, businesses are being squeezed by faster-moving competition. On…

How Cisco’s CIO is Transforming IT

LAS VEGAS: How do you transform IT, when your business is already IT? That’s the task that faces the CIO of Cisco. Rebecca Jacoby has been at Cisco for the last 16 years and has been the CIO for just over four years. During an in-depth discussion at the Interop trade show in Las Vegas…

Cloud is Making Software Vendors ‘Schizoid’

While the IT world has largely embraced the cloud as an enabler of innovation and an efficient ax for cost cutting, traditional software vendors are left reeling. For one thing, the switch to cloud means an end to front-end licensing and ongoing maintenance revenues and a steep increase in short-term costs associated with re-architecting. In…

How to Source Clean Power? Ask!

Despite the brouhaha over climate change in certain U.S. political circles, the science, proven to be real by armies of scientists in multiple countries, is being taken seriously by several industry giants. Google, for example, announced just last week that it purchased 100MW of wind power via Google Energy. Google isn’t just investing in clean…

Earth Day Report: Green Computing Beyond the Datacenter

With increasing frequency, CIOs are being asked to play a major role in meeting the challenges of sustainability, reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions and other ecological issues that have become the focus of corporate and public attention. This is appropriate, because IT organizations are clearly part of the problem. But they are also uniquely…

Top 10 Reasons Why BlackBerry’s PlayBook is a Winner

The reviews of the new BlackBerryPlayBook are in and they are terrible. David Pogue in the New York Times dismissed it with, “It must be skating season in hell.” In the Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg was a tiny bit more charitable but he, too, ultimately shrugged it off as a non-event. Laptop Magazine just…

5 Tips for Managing the Data Breach Risk

Sensitive, personally identifiable information (PII) such as names, account numbers, trading and other financial information are collected and used for virtually every customer and internal corporate function: HR; marketing; sales; customer support; technical support; product development; investor relations; regulatory compliance … the list goes on. Companies also handle sensitive data related to intellectual property (IP)…

Converged Infrastructure: Trash Day

Data center migration day is a great excuse for getting rid of those things that just seem to be hanging on and taking up space. No, not your co-workers, but the old hardware, apps and data that no longer serve a purpose. In this fifth article in a six-part series, Logicalis technologist Brett Anderson helps…

Inside the Cyber Threat Landscape

Today’s advanced cyber criminals are committed to stealing data, disrupting services and maintaining access to a target environment for as long as possible (enabling future intrusions). These threats apply to all industries, not just those that deal with credit cards or personal information. Companies that have proprietary data that is perceived to be of economic…