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Recent times have witnessed a huge shift in paradigm of data storage for backup and recovery. As the legendary Steve Jobs said, "The truth lies in the Cloud" - the introduction of the Cloud has enabled the fast and agile data recovery process which is can be more efficient, flexible and cost-effective than restoring data or systems from physical drives or tapes, as is the standard practice. Cloud backup is the new approach to data storage and backup which allows the users to store a copy of the data on an offsite server - accessible via the network. The network that hosts the server may be private or a public one, and is often managed by some third-party service provider. Therefore, the provision of cloud solution for the data recovery services is a flourishing business market whereby the service provider charges the users in exchange for server access, storage spa... (more)

ARM Server to Transform Cloud and Big Data to the Internet of Things

A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server... (more)

Question: Why Is IT Project Failure Always an Option?

You'd think that we'd be smarter about IT projects by now. You think that we'd be tired of the horrifying rates of failure, and the crushing consequences of those failures. But if you are not spending more time understanding your customers - and developing tightly scoped requirements to make great software to meet their real needs, not some imagined "needs mash-up" cobbled together by the squeakiest wheels in your organization - you're part of the problem, and you're accepting failure as an ever-present option. It's time to stop the madness. It's time to reduce the waste of multi... (more)

Is Everything I Know About Crowdsourcing Wrong?

Crowdsourcing Visibility Soars If you haven't heard about Crowdsourcing, you will soon. Crowdsourcing is increasingly in the news, and if you take stock in Google Trends, interest in the topic is increasing at a phenomenal rate. I wrote an earlier article on this topic entitled  Crowdsourcing - a Best Practice or a Worst Practice?, as well as a follow-on article that was largely contributed by TopCoder, Inc. founder Jack Hughes: Maximizing Crowdsourcing Success. For those not familiar with the term, Wikipedia's article opens with the following definition: "sourcing tasks tradit... (more)

Maximizing Crowdsourcing Success

After the publication of "Crowdsourcing - A Best Practice or a Worst Practice", I had some back and forth conversations with Jim McKeown and Jack Hughes (Communications Director and TopCoder founder, respectively) from TopCoder on the merits and the shortcomings of the article. They had some significant value to add in this area - especially where it concerned the "questions to ask if you're considering crowdsourcing" - a list of questions designed to help readers ascertain if crowdsourcing would be appropriate for them, and if so, strategies for minimizing risk and maximizing s... (more)