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Is there more than bitcoin to blockchain? Absolutely, because today's blockchain is opening up a pathtowards the delivery of trusted online services. To understand this statement, you need to see blockchain as more that it's more famous bitcoin use case. As a fundamental digital tool, blockchain is a shared, immutable ledger for recording the history of transactions. If used in this fashion, it can enable transactional applications that can have embedded trust, accountability and transparency attributes. Instead of having a Bitcoin blockchain that is reliant on the exchange of cryptocurrencies with anonymous users on a public network, a Business blockchain can provide a permissioned network with known and verified identities. With this kind of transactional visibility, all activities within that network are observable and auditable by every network user. This end-to... (more)

Digital Transformation Driven by ITaaS | @CloudExpo #Cloud #ITaaS #DigitalTransformation

When executing an effective digital transformation strategy, management is tasked with placing the right workload into the most appropriate IT environment. This represents a shift from buying parts for self-assembly to composing services through self-serve consumption and pay-per-use models.  Quite often this transition also leads to the adoption of software defined environments across the enterprise infrastructure. Software defined infrastructures do, however, bring with them some very unique challenges. Many of the most prevalent issues are centered around the relatively immature state of the technology itself. The most significant aspect of this challenge is the lack of industry standards for device control. Control software must know the status of all network devices and trunks, no matter what vendor equipment is being used. While OpenFlow stands today as the d... (more)

Cloudy Thinking and Digital Transformation | @CloudExpo #DX #Cloud #Analytics

(Originally posted on the Engility Corporation Blog) There's a lot to gain from cloud computing, but success requires a thoughtful and enterprise focused approach. Cloud computing decouples data and information from the infrastructure on which it lies. A process that is a LOT more involved than dragging some folders from your desktop to a shared drive. Cloud computing as a mission transformation activity, not a technological one. As an organization moves from local information hosting to the cloud, one of the most important challenges is addressing cloud computing as a mission transformation activity, not a technological one. Cloud computing isn't a new technology. It's a new way of consuming and provisioning information technology services. Adopting cloud computing means paralleling your mission processes, rethinking the economic models and abstracting your applicati... (more)

36 Shades of Hybrid IT | @CloudExpo #PaaS #SaaS #AI #DigitalTransformation

Everyone has heard of the 50 Shades of Grey. But do you know the "36 Shades of Hybrid IT"? These shades are a new way of describing the 36 point solutions across a hybrid IT environment. Enterprises looking to transform the way information technology is leveraged should evaluate their options by analyzing a transition across three specific high-level domains and their relevant sub-domains, namely: IT Implementation Model Traditional Managed Service Provider Cloud Service Provider Technology Service Model Infrastructure-as-a-Service Platform-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service Deployment Model Private Hybrid Community Public Combinatorically (3 IT Models x 3 Service Models x 4 Deployment Models = 36 options) these components are used to identify the "36 Shades of Hybrid IT". These domains and sub-domain outline a structured decision process that aims to place the rig... (more)

Managing Your Hybrid Cloud | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #Cloud #Cognitive Computing

Runaway cloud computing cost may be causing an information technology industry crisis. Expanding requirements, extended transition schedules and misleading marketplace hype have made "Transformation" a dirty word.  Questions about how to manage cost variances and deviations with assets and cost across different suppliers abound. A  recent Cloud Tech article explained that while public cloud offers considerable cost savings in comparison to private or on-premises based alternatives, there may also be significant hidden costs. Operational features like auto-scaling can cause costs to soar in line with demand for resources, making predicting costs difficult and budgeting even harder. There is also an acute need for a holistic and heterogeneous system that can track the costs of cloud services from the point of consumption (e.g., an application or business unit) down to... (more)

Amazon Scales MySQL for Heavy Traffic

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added Read Replicas to its Relational Database Service (RDS) to make it easier to scale MySQL deployments to meet the performance demands of high-traffic web applications. Read Replicas lets users create one or more copies of a MySQL Database Instance and an application serve read traffic from the multiple replicas. They can create or delete replicas in minutes using the point-and-click interface of the AWS Management Console. Amazon says Read Replicas can be made to another Availability Zone as a disaster-ready failover measure under its Multi-AZ deployments program. Once a Read Replica is created, any subsequent updates to the source will automatically be replicated in the Read Replica. And Read Replicas can be elastically added to any RDS database deployment to keep query response times fast, even as request volumes scale. Amazon fi... (more)

NATO ACT 'Art of the Possible' Interoperability Demonstration

NATO ACT 'Art of the Possible' Interoperability Demonstration GovCloud Network is proud to have served as the Program Manager for the NATO Allied Command Transformation, "Art of the Possible" Interoperability Demonstration on December 16, 2016. supporting the The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), this effort featured an important demonstration for military, government and business leaders by its member-companies to underscore the benefits of collaborating via an interoperable network environment. The demonstration used a secure, federated-cloud infrastructure to highlight the consortium's work over the past few years in how to develop a trusted environment, including governance processes and federation management as well as interoperability verification. This demonstration itself is an outgrowth of  the NCOIC Interoperability Verification (IV)... (more)

Top Two Technology Priorities for CIOs in 2011: Cloud & Virtualization

"New infrastructure and operations technologies such as cloud services and virtualization ... were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs, as the results were announced of the 2011 CIO Agenda survey by Gartner Executive Programs (EXP). "CIOs and IT have been boxed in between modest budget growth and growing legacy requirements," McDonald continued, noting that "Cloud services and virtualization are well-suited for this budget reality, as they offer similar service levels at lower budget costs." The worldwide CIO survey was conducted by Gartner EXP from September to December 2010 and represents CIO budget plans reported at that time. According to the results, CIOs expect to adopt new cloud services much faster than originally expected. Cur... (more)

Fathers of Clouds – A Tribute

By Ray Holloman, NJVC - For more than half a century, cloud computing has changed names more often than a Hollywood starlet. Utility computing. Time share. Thin client. SaaS. PaaS. IaaS. While concepts have been added and capabilities grown, cloud computing was no more invented by Amazon or other modern vendors in the last seven years reality invented by reality shows. It's simply been advance, repackaged and repurposed for as long as computer connectivity has existed. In honor of Father's Day, NJVC looks up the family tree of cloud computing to say thank you to six of the fathers of cloud computing.  (And if you're wondering about a gift, a single tie will suffice. Certainly, these guys understand how to share.) Dr. John McCarthy-In the manner that genius tends to be promiscuous in emerging fields, McCarthy is often given credit as the father or influencer of many ... (more)

Logs for Better Clouds - Part 5: Daisy Chaining Clouds

Daisy Chaining Clouds, how transitive is Trust? So we talked about some of the challenges - and hence opportunities - faced by Cloud Providers.  Last time we talked about Trust, and how important Trust is for business relationships. Trust is already difficult in pretty straightforward environments, but in the context of Clouds, it can become very fuzzy...   Read on. Clouds: Providers, Clients, Partners and Competitors... all at the same time! We could imagine a world where there are so many cloud providers, so many interconnections between them and so many trust relationships that end-client duties are performed by different cloud providers based on the time of the day, the type and complexity of the task or any other criteria. This means that a Cloud Provider can be both provider and client. We could even envision that some Cloud Providers can be both partners as well ... (more)

Twitter Down, Arab Revolution on Hold

I posted my last three entries @fuatkircaali around 2:45am Eastern time, Saturday morning. At 8:00am Eastern time I had no access to Twitter from my iPhone and iPad until now, as I post this blog entry. The Twitter problem seemed confined to the US, but that was terrible. All the big news breaks on Twitter in these times. But the world's most influential country was dark? The rest of the world seemed OK. My "tweeps" around the world reported no outage in the Philippines, Syria, Sweden, Egypt, Lebanon, or Turkey. Other reports I received from U.S. East Coast, New York through Florida indicated that they couldn't access Twitter during the same overnight period. One "tweep" in Florida reported at 10:22 am "its's back on!" I don't know. According to some reports, the site has been down since at least 3 a.m. Eastern time. The site has been experiencing problems for the ... (more)