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Amazon's Lack of Experience Leads to Massive Outages

posted Saturday Jun 30, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Amazon's Lack of Experience Leads to Massive Outages

The allure of new technology and existing companies dabbling in new technology can be too much for some companies to resist. That has been the case with Amazon's Web Services, known as AWS. A large number of companies, some that should really know better, have come to rely on the AWS EC2, Amazon's server system for data storage. Companies like Foursquare, Pinterest and even Netflix have switched their data storage to the EC2 platform.

One of the problems with new technology is a lack of preparation from the companies that buy into it. This has been the realization of many of Amazon's cloud-server customers. Over the past few months, AWS has experienced a series of failures leaving customers in the dark. Last weekend's failure left all three of the mentioned major companies entirely down. Netflix losing service costs them money each and every time, so this is a pretty massive deal for everyone involved.

So, what caused the problem that took down the largest user of Internet bandwidth on the planet? Hit the break to find out.

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Sprint's First 4G LTE Markets to Launch in July

posted Saturday Jun 30, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Sprint's First 4G LTE Markets to Launch in July

Sprint's 4G woes are legendary. With a failing WiMax partner and a government-bullied LTE partner, resulting in a terminated relationship, it has not been good for them. Their future seemed clear when they announced their roadmap, but then a series of important handset shipment delays has once again raised suspicion that LTE may never arrive for Sprint.

This week, however, Sprint has confirmed that they will be turning on the first of their 4G LTE towers, just after the launch of their first LTE handsets. Some of the markets are surprising, others are expected. The cities receiving the first round of LTE deployment are Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio, and they will be switched on to the public on July 15th. This means the wait is almost over... for some of us.

Sprint believes that their lineup of devices and pricing structure is enough to offset the slow deployment. Hit the break to see what they have to say.

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SimCity Social - First Impressions

posted Saturday Jun 30, 2012 by Scott Ertz

<i>SimCity Social</i> - First Impressions

While I am not usually a fan of social games, especially Zynga-style "villes", I am a huge fan of the SimCity franchise, and this time the name won out. I have spent the past few days playing the newest game in the franchise and, while the game probably doesn't exactly deserve the moniker, I can certainly enjoy the Maxis humor that is spread within.

The game is very much built in the standard social construct: annoy your friends enough until they start playing or pay us for the ability to not lose your friends. Certain goals are impossible to accomplish without asking your friends for things, like materials or work assistance. Despite what it sounds like, however, it does not affect the friend's own inventory. So, if you ask a friend for, say, a land permit and they agree, they do not lose one of their own, one seems to be created out of nowhere.

One aspect of the game that makes the game engaging is the fact that, without your interaction, you will not receive the resources or money that your businesses and factories produce. You must regularly interact with your city to collect, which means the more often you open the game, the more resources you can receive. However, the more you collect, the less energy you have, which is also required for building new buildings, and just about every other action in the game.

Pestering your friends for energy and permits isn't the only social integration in the game. Hit the break for a photo of our current city as well as a rundown of some of the negatives and positives of the social sim.

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Karl Kovacs and Chris Wahl: ExpertOne - Success Story

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Karl Kovacs and Chris Wahl: ExpertOne - Success Story

A first time attendee at HP Discovery, IT professional Chris Wahl was able to use the ExpertOne process to extend his professional certification.

Karl Kovacs is Social Media Manager, HP. Karl recently completed a number of years with HP as a Learning Solution Architect - Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking. He has a certification and learning architect with experience in HP Networking, Enterprise servers (ProLiant and Integrity) and HP Storage.

Chris Wahl is the "Virtualization Whisperer," with over 13 years of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, implementation, and administration within a diverse set of business and regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, SOX, PCI-DSS, ITIL and ePHI.

Chris is recognized by VMware as a vExpert and holds an active "Expert" rank on the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) community forums assisting users in solving technical challenges. Co-Leader of the Chicago VMware User Group (VMUG) to help spread knowledge and encourage collaboration among virtualization professionals.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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Liz Roche: CIO Priorities - Thinking Differently

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Liz Roche: CIO Priorities - Thinking Differently

Liz Roche is a Strategist with Strategic IT Advisory Services and global leader of portfolio management for HP Technology Consulting. In this role, she is responsible for creating, bringing to market, and managing the portfolio of strategic IT advisory services.

In her most recent blog post , she talks about her presentation at HPDiscover 2012 on CIO priorities. In the interview, she speaks about some of the findings at an MIT-Sloan conference and discusses how CIO's have to demonstrate business value and return from adaptation of the latest technologies.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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Security in the Mobile Enterprise - Consumerization of IT Broadens Attack Targets

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Security in the Mobile Enterprise - Consumerization of IT Broadens Attack Targets

As the threat landscape evolves beyond the OS to the root kit level, data loss and data security become an increased challenge. With the rise of these new threats, there is an evolution of IT trends - virtualization, mobile devices, and the general consumerization of IT has created a larger attack surface. Intel and McAfee are seeking combinations of hardware in mobile devices and software to fend off these threats and attacks, in a hardware enhanced security approach.

Deepak Thakkar, PhD is responsible for the development and execution of the server and storage security product marketing strategy at McAfee. He has over 15 years of marketing and business development experience in the Network Security, Healthcare, and High Performance Computing space.

John Skinner is Director of Secure Enterprise and Cloud Initiative, and is also on the NASCIO Security and Privacy Committee.

In previous roles at Intel, he was one of the principle drivers of the Intel Open Energy Initiative. He works closely with the Intel Capital investment team where he had oversight responsibility for business development agreements with clean tech startup companies.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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