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
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)
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)
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)
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
For those not familiar with the term, Wikipedia's article opens with the
"sourcing tasks tradit... (more)
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)