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BrandPost: Selling Disruption: How VARs Can Change the Datacenter

By Bharath Vasudevan, Director of Product Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software-defined and Cloud Group. IT moves quickly.

Every new trend that comes along is labeled the next big thing, and incremental improvements to age-old problems are cheered by the masses. With so much fanfare inviting every new entrant into the IT market, VARs (Value Added Resellers) face the almost insurmountable task of choosing the right technologies to sell while drowning out the background noise. What VARs are looking for are the truly disruptive technologies.In the last few decades, IT has seen its share of truly great disruptors.
In the ‘80s, Microsoft made it possible to distribute compute resources away from the centralized mainframe.
In the ‘90s, EMC created a way to consolidate storage into shared storage arrays connected through Storage Area Networks (SANs).

Then in the 2000s, VMware introduced the concept of x86 virtualization. When these companies first rose to prominence, they were just startups with small teams and big ideas.

They also had some great VARs that recognized their potential early on and helped build their companies into empires.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

9 superheroes for crack security teams

As a traveling enterprise security consultant, I get to see security teams at their best and their worst. Under stress, some teams work like a well-oiled machines, while others devolve into inefficient, finger-pointing bureaucracies.Every great computer security team has a synergistic collection of skilled professionals who work well together to meet common goals.

The team may debate a solution, but once a decision is made, everyone works hard to execute with no hard feelings.

Good teams expect constant change and disruption.

They know whatever it is they are trying to accomplish will likely be harder than anticipated.[ 18 surprising tips for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld’s Security Report newsletter. ]When I encounter successful teams, distinct roles emerge among the group.

Different organizations require different mixes of players, but these archetypes pop up again and again.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

LexisNexis report Amplifying the voice of the client, finds a significant...

Research conducted in partnership with Judge Business School finds signs of disruption in the business of established law firmsLONDON, 11 April 2017 – LexisNexis UK (www.lexisnexis.co.uk), a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that its latest report Amplifying the voice of the client finds evidence of a significant disconnect between law firms and their clients. While both lawyers and clients seem to be aware of the disconnect, their interpretations of the magnitude... Source: RealWire

Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs...

Chrome to immediately stop recognizing EV status and gradually nullify all certs.

Australian leaders pledge funds for energy storage after billionaire Tweet bet

But lawmakers also propose new gas-fired plants to solve future energy crises.

Amazon S3 problem caused by command line mistake during maintenance

Post-mortem: Servers removed by accident, and restart took longer than expected.

5 lessons from Amazon’s S3 cloud blunder — and how to...

According to internet monitoring platform Catchpoint, Amazon Web Service's Simple Storage Service (S3) experienced a three hour and 39 minute disruption on Tuesday that had cascading effects across other Amazon cloud services and many internet sites...

Yes, the cloud will kill jobs—maybe even yours

One of the first questions that I get from a new client moving to the cloud is what organizational changes it will likely go through.

Although clients want to adopt cloud computing as disruptive technology, they don’t want to disrupt their roles in the organization. But you can’t really disrupt your technology without disrupting your work—and some of the people who do that work.[ Read the InfoWorld reviews: Amazon eases developers into IoT. | Azure brings IoT to .Net developers. | Stay up on cloud happenings with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] That disruption can take two forms: job change and job loss. People fear both, and they rightfully fear job loss.

As a study by the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University, 85 percent of the 5.6 million jobs lost in the United States from 2000 to 2010 were attributable to technological change, largely automation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BrandPost: Three common IT Challenges and How Hyperconvergence is Solving Them

By Bharath Vasudevan, Director of Product Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software-defined and Cloud Group Welcome to the new normal of “digital disruption.” Like it or not, here you are.
It can be a treacherous place for a business to thrive.

Digital disruption requires your business to turn ideas into value quickly, and to adapt and work efficiently.

The trouble is most businesses are being held back by an IT infrastructure that is not designed for the speed today’s businesses demand.

Complex manual processes and non-integrated tools fail to provide the simplicity, flexibility, and speed you need to support your current tasks, much less your new ideas and applications.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

A black hole has been devouring a star for a decade

The X-rays appeared suddenly a decade ago and have not gone away.

Key tech companies oppose Trump immigration order in court

Google, Facebook, Intel, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, and Twitter are among a large group of companies that have filed a brief in opposition to an immigration order by U.S. President Donald Trump, citing the benefits to industry from liberal immigration rules and the disruption to business as a result of the regulation.A total of 97 companies from the technology and other sectors asked permission late Sunday from the U.S.

Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to file an amici curiae, also known as a friends-of-the-court brief, in favor of maintaining a restraining order from a lower court on Trump’s decision that restricts the entry of certain classes of visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Surviving a cloud-based disaster recovery plan

Getting data offsite is easier today, but what happens when the Internet isn’t there?