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Charles Babcock
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In a changing world, it might be wise to hedge your bets toward net virtualization.
11 Best IT Certifications For Cutting-Edge Skills by @SusanFogarty via @InformationWeek @NetworkComputin http://www.networkcomputing.com/document.asp?doc_id=1278617&_mc=sm_iwk_edit
Networking and infrastructure professionals looking to improve their job skills should consider these groundbreaking training programs.
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This piece says VMware's future in the cloud will be circumscribed by Linux containers, such as Docker. Just talked to Mathew Lodge, VMware's VP of Cloud Services. Needless to say, he's not in total agreement. He makes the case enterprise cloud adopters will need compatibility with their hybrid cloud service.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/what-docker-means-for-vmware-cloud/a/d-id/1269627?piddl_msgid=223025&piddl_msgposted=yes#msg_223025
Docker containers, backed by an unlikely group of allies, are suddenly the talk of the cloud community. What do containers represent in terms of IT's existing investment in VMware?
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See well aged, vintage computer show T-shirts at our Throwback Thursday feature.
#ThrowbackThursday: Vintage Tech T-Shirts by @lmclaughlin via @InformationWeek http://buff.ly/1jV9gMp
No techie's wardrobe is complete without free t-shirts. Show us your old, weird, and funny tech t-shirts.
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Ah, that first one is one of mine, last used in a house painting job. Please don't inspect it too closely. It's from the Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG).
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Red Hat is charged with refusing to support non-Red Hat implementations of OpenStack cloud software. In the long run, it should offer its customers support for Enterprise Linux on the most prominent implemenations, not just it's own. But it's early in the implementation process and OpenStack continues to evolve rapidly. Is Red Hat getting the lock-in label hung on it unfairly for its reluctance to support every distro? What should be its (in the short run) posture?
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/red-hat-addresses-openstack-support-flap/d/d-id/1252741?
Red Hat leaders deny allegations, made in a Wall Street Journal report, that the company would refuse to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux on non-Red Hat versions of OpenStack.
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Windows 8.1 Update offers the best blend of legacy and Modern apps yet -- but only if your device is properly configured.
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Red Hat understands packaging open source code, umm,  probably better than anyone. It's adopted the Docker approach to Linux containers and will make containers a feature of its OpenShift developer platform as a service. Is that smart? I think it is. It'll provide an alternative way to move workloads to the cloud.
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InformationWeek's Kristin Burnham advises wisely on how to make better use of LinkedIn.
http://www.informationweek.com/software/social/linkedin-tips-10-smart-new-moves-/d/d-id/1269611
Ready to take your LinkedIn success to the next level? Check out the newest tools and features to get you there.
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How NoSQL or combined relational/NoSQL systems are changing the face of data management:
16 #NoSQL, #NewSQL Databases To Watch by @DHenschen @InformationWeek  http://add.vc/i0dD  #bigdata pic.twitter.com/810kYOnXyy
Traditional relational databases weren't invented with mobile, social, and big data types -- or extreme scale -- in mind. Get expert context on 16 next-era NoSQL and NewSQL choices.
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Not many have succeeded in doing so. See How To Thrive In VMware's Shadow.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/software-as-a-service/how-to-thrive-in-vmwares-shadow/a/d-id/1269069?
Veeam started out to supply backup services for VMware environments but quickly grew out of that niche. Consider these lessons it learned along the way.
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There's a good debate going on concerning Docker's Linux containers and whether they represent an advance for applications headed for the cloud or just a rehash of an old and limited technology. I lean in on containers, but not everybody does.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/red-hat-linux-containers-not-just-recycled-ideas/d/d-id/1204530?piddl_msgpage=2#msgs
Red Hat and its partner, Docker, bring DevOps characteristics to Linux containers, making them lighter-weight vehicles than virtual machines for cloud workloads.
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From Project Ara smartphones to solar-powered drones, these Google projects try to turn science fiction into reality. Look what's coming.
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Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix's former chief cloud architect, outlines how a changed business flowed out of the cloud.
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25 years following computing industry, changes in IT.
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Focused professionally on the changing architecture of the data center and large scale computing, including cloud and virtualization. Hobbies: Hiking with Kathy, sailing, playing basketball, reading novels, biographies, and exploring early aviation.
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Author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw Hill book.
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    Journalism, American History and Lit., Political Science, present
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