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The Ethics of Cloud Computing Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either "in the cloud", "powered by the cloud", or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud offerings even though they have not changed in any substantive way since being first offered well over 15 years ago. This is to take nothing away from the significant technology shift cloud computing represents.  Without question, virtualization, storage services, and even application tier services such as Heroku, have fundamentally changed the way applications are both developed and deployed. And yet, we are still working with the same essential technology that we always have: compute, network, and storage. The reason cloud computing is so attractive is beca... (more)

Beyond Big Data and @Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware By @MattMcIlwain | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

This article was authored by Matt McIlwain and was originally published on Medium. For more of Matt's writing, you can follow him here! Guest Post: Beyond Big Data and Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe that 2015 will be the year when the conversation moves from Big Data to the Dataware stack. Over the past twelve months we have seen a lot of companies... (more)

Gene Kim on Automated Dev/Test Environments | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Gene Kim on the Need for On-demand Access to Automated Dev/Test Environments ​Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking with Gene Kim today. At Skytap, a lot of us are big fans of Gene and his work, and we just finished reading The Phoenix Project, which we will talk about, as well as The DevOps Cookbook. I'm curious to know how that's coming along, and when we can expect to read it. Gene, how are you today. Gene: I'm doing great, and it's great being here with you. Noel: So, to get started, being the DevOps aficionado that you are, we recently had a contest o... (more)

Data Quality as an Initiative By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Data Quality as an Initiative ​This article was authored by David Guimbellot and was originally published on Orasi's "Eye on Quality" blog. If your business is capturing or coordinating persistent data as a primary function then it behooves you to create a data quality initiative that improves your Test Data Management (TDM). There are common opportunities in the way that IT organizations manage, coordinate and execute their processes around test data. The actual data are not securely stored or obfuscated during the testing process The coverage gaps in the data used for testin... (more)

Using Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

This article was authored by Melissa Jacobson and was originally published on Orasi's "Eye on Quality" blog. In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies. The results were pretty amazing―even we were surprised! Among the many benefits the 503 participant companies (50% of which were U.S. based) cited, 53% saw reduced CAPEX (capital expenditures) from the use of virtual and ... (more)