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Cloud Trends To Watch: Structure 2014

04 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Microsoft still thinks bigness is goodness, and if you’ve gotten big, it’s because you were meant to rule a given area of the industry.binocular

Microsoft Corporate VP Scott Guthrie predicts that the cloud will sort itself out into a few really big suppliers. “We eventually think there will be three hyper-scale suppliers out there — Google, Amazon, and us,” with hyper-scale defined as a data center provider who can add a million servers a year.

There’s an element of truth to the argument that those vendors who build really big data centers and also manage them with a limited number of people have economies of scale that are hard to match. But that’s not the whole story in the cloud. The cloud is essentially a more level playing field. Public standards are in use, and many open source technologies play well together. A Microsoft that respects integration with a wide variety of open source and the use of Web services standards would be a different Microsoft than the one we’re still confronted with today, whatever its efforts at self-reform.

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10 Things Only Exceptional Bosses Give Employees

02 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.Worlds-Best-Boss

Exceptional bosses do all of the above — and more. (And we remember them forever.) Sure, they care about their company and customers, their vendors and suppliers. But most importantly, they care to an exceptional degree about the people who work for them.

And that’s why they’re so rare.

Extraordinary bosses give every employee:

1. Autonomy and independence.

Great organizations are built on optimizing processes and procedures. Still, every task doesn’t deserve a best practice or a micro-managed approach. (Here’s looking at you, manufacturing industry.)

Engagement and satisfaction are largely based on autonomy and independence. I care when it’s “mine.” I care when I’m in charge and feel empowered to do what’s right.

Plus, freedom breeds innovation: Even heavily process-oriented positions have room for different approaches. (Still looking at you, manufacturing.)

Whenever possible, give your employees the autonomy and independence to work the way they work best. When you do, they almost always find ways to do their jobs better than you imagined possible.

2. Clear expectations.

While every job should include some degree of independence, every job does also needbasic expectations for how specific situations should be handled.

Criticize an employee for offering a discount to an irate customer today even though yesterday that was standard practice and you make that employee’s job impossible. Few things are more stressful than not knowing what is expected from one day to the next.

When an exceptional boss changes a standard or guideline, she communicates those changes first — and when that is not possible, she takes the time to explain why she made the decision she made, and what she expects in the future.

3. Meaningful objectives.

Almost everyone is competitive; often the best employees are extremely competitive–especially with themselves. Meaningful targets can create a sense of purpose and add a little meaning to even the most repetitive tasks.

Plus, goals are fun. Without a meaningful goal to shoot for, work is just work.

No one likes work.

4. A true sense of purpose.

Everyone likes to feel a part of something bigger. Everyone loves to feel that sense of teamwork and esprit de corps that turns a group of individuals into a real team.

The best missions involve making a real impact on the lives of the customers you serve. Let employees know what you want to achieve for your business, for your customers, and even your community. And if you can, let them create a few missions of their own.

Feeling a true purpose starts with knowing what to care about and, more importantly, why to care.

5. Opportunities to provide significant input.

Engaged employees have ideas; take away opportunities for them to make suggestions, or instantly disregard their ideas without consideration, and they immediately disengage.

That’s why exceptional bosses make it incredibly easy for employees to offer suggestions. They ask leading questions. They probe gently. They help employees feel comfortable proposing new ways to get things done. When an idea isn’t feasible, they always take the time to explain why.

Great bosses know that employees who make suggestions care about the company, so they ensure those employees know their input is valued — and appreciated.

6. A real sense of connection.

Every employee works for a paycheck (otherwise they would do volunteer work), but every employee wants to work for more than a paycheck: They want to work with and for people they respect and admire–and with and for people who respect and admire them.

That’s why a kind word, a quick discussion about family, an informal conversation to ask if an employee needs any help — those moments are much more important than group meetings or formal evaluations.

A true sense of connection is personal. That’s why exceptional bosses show they see and appreciate the person, not just the worker.

7. Reliable consistency.

Most people don’t mind a boss who is strict, demanding, and quick to offer (not always positive) feedback, as long as he or she treats every employee fairly.

(Great bosses treat each employee differently but they also treat every employee fairly. There’s a big difference.)

Exceptional bosses know the key to showing employees they are consistent and fair is communication: The more employees understand why a decision was made, the less likely they are to assume unfair treatment or favoritism.

8. Private criticism.

No employee is perfect. Every employee needs constructive feedback. Every employee deserves constructive feedback. Good bosses give that feedback.

Great bosses always do it in private.

9. Public praise.

Every employee — even a relatively poor performer — does something well. Every employee deserves praise and appreciation. It’s easy to recognize some of your best employees because they’re consistently doing awesome things. (Maybe consistent recognition is a reason they’re your best employees? Something to think about.)

You might have to work hard to find reasons to recognize an employee who simply meets standards, but that’s okay: A few words of recognition–especially public recognition–may be the nudge an average performer needs to start becoming a great performer.

10. A chance for a meaningful future.

Every job should have the potential to lead to greater things. Exceptional bosses take the time to develop employees for the job they someday hope to land, even if that job is with another company.

How can you know what an employee hopes to do someday? Ask.

Employees will only care about your business after you first show you care about them. One of the best ways is to show that while you certainly have hopes for your company’s future, you also have hopes for your employees’ futures.

 

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140630120036-20017018-10-things-only-exceptional-bosses-give-employees

Rugged Cloud Inc. was founded to address the needs of converged infrastructure and cloud management platforms. The company develops purpose-built rugged servers and provides professional services to help analyze, design and deploy extremely reliable platforms for both VMware and Openstack cloud management platforms.rc-logo-email

“At Rugged Cloud we believe the underlying infrastructure should not fail. We have taken the concepts of system level hardening which the military uses to deploy information technology for the warfighter and applied those design principals to commercial-grade cloud management platforms. We are capable and proud to offer our systems with military grade hardware at commercial prices,” stated Michael Cobb, Founder and CTO.

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CompuCom, a leading technology infrastructure services company and a VMware Premier Partner, announced that it will deliver VMware’s new desktop as a service offering, VMware Horizon DaaS, as part of its technology portfolio. Announced in March 2014, Horizon DaaS provides cost-effective, enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.LogoCompucon

The service offers the industry’s first hybrid desktop as a service (DaaS) solution that gives enterprises the ability to blend public cloud hosted desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience. Following a few simple steps, IT can provision, deploy and manage high-quality, full Windows desktops to end users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, tablets (Apple iOS, Google Android) and other mobile devices.

As a complement to the VMware Horizon DaaS platform, CompuCom’s industry-leading End-User Enablement and Service Experience Management portfolios provide additional solutions to complete the cloud-based desktop lifecycle. These include solutions such as image creation and management, application packaging and delivery, patch/update management, as well as end-user support and break/fix services. Through a combination of technology provided by VMware and tailored CompuCom services, customers receive an end-to-end, flexible, and service level-driven desktop experience.

“We are pleased to work with CompuCom to deliver VMware Horizon DaaS,” said Frank Rauch, vice president, Americas Partner Organization, VMware. “Horizon DaaS, along with CompuCom value-added solutions, give enterprises the ability to provide their workers blended public/private cloud desktops and a superior user experience.”

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Cloud Providers Profit by Serving Nonprofits

25 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

One of the sure signs of a maturing company, or even an entire industry, is the ability to offer free services to nonprofit organizations in order to demonstrate benevolence. However, such charitable acts aren’t just about being altruistic. As a growing number of cloud providers are discovering, there are plenty of new revenue and profit opportunities in the nonprofit sector.nonprofits-look-to-the-cloud-for-optimization_504_468794_0_14060671_500

I have a particular awareness of the fertile market opportunities associated with the nonprofit world because I started my career working for United Way, the nonprofit fundraising organization that has been doing business for more than 50 years.

Many know United Way from its long-standing relationship with the NFL and regular promotional messages during the football broadcasts. While those advertisements focus on the millions of volunteers that deliver services funded by the United Way, there is an equally impressive group of corporate executives on the boards and operating committees of United Way and its member nonprofit agencies who are responsible for governing the allocation process and quality of services.

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HP Links SDN, OpenStack In New Application

20 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

HP today announced a new SDN application, Virtual Cloud Networking (VCN), that integrates with Helion, HP’s own distribution of OpenStack. HP also announced a new switch line, the FlexFabric 7900, and a new service offering to help organizations transition to software-defined networking.HP-SDN-Ecosystem

VCN runs on HP’s Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN controller. The VCN application aims to make it easier for organizations to roll out private and hybrid clouds by simplifying the creation of virtual networks.

HP says VCN is an enhancement to the OpenStack Neutron plug-in, which is the network component of the OpenStack project. Neutron talks to the VCN application to request network services, which the controller then configures.

Network administrators use the VAN controller to create policies that describe network resources available to applications. This allows a Helion administrator to automatically provision individual networks based on those pre-defined resources.

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Pluribus Networks, the company that brings together compute, network, storage, and virtualization into a single, open and programmable SDN platform, will participate in the HostingCon conference, taking place in Miami Beach, June 16-18, 2014. At the conference, the company will demonstrate its open “cloud-in-a-rack,” a combination of the Supermicro MicroBlade platform switching blades with the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system and its Freedom F Series that operates as an OpenStack-based cloud controller, managing servers, storage, virtual machines and other switches.hostingcon

Enterprises, scale-out data centers, cloud service providers and even SMBs can now take advantage of Supermicro’s server and switch expertise, combined with the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system, maximizing performance per watt, per dollar, and per square foot. The optional addition of OpenStack includes a set of orchestration capabilities for IT and service provider cloud deployments along with the advantages that a converged infrastructure brings.

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Three Examples Show How Microsoft Is Gaining Ground in the Cloud

16 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

A few years ago, a VMware software stack was the de facto standard for most IT organizations when it came to building private clouds. Today, however, cloud architects are reconsidering their options and many are moving to Microsoft with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.

cloud-careers-tlp-imageWhy? There are three main reasons:

  • Virtualization improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V
  • Enhancements to the Microsoft cloud stack with System Center 2012 R2
  • A growing desire for hybrid cloud solutions with Microsoft Azure

At NetApp, we are working with an increasing number of customers who want to deploy private clouds based on Microsoft stacks. The following examples show how three companies took different approaches to integrating Microsoft cloud technology with NetApp® unified storage.

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A Deep Dive into Storage Performance Benchmarks

13 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Deep-DivingStorage system benchmarking is part science and part art. The latter is especially true with benchmarks performed by vendors who are seeking to show favorable results for their own solutions. In this article, I review important information to look for and red flags to avoid.

There are three common benchmarks for enterprise storage systems: SPC-1, SPC-2, and SPECsfs. There are also popular application-specific tests that are often used as benchmarks, such as ESRP (for Microsoft® Exchange Server). Let’s take a deeper look into each one.

SPC-1 and SPC-2

First released in 2002 (for SPC-1) and 2006 (for SPC-2) by the Storage Performance Council (SPC), SPC-1 and SPC-2 are used by storage vendors to test the performance of their block-based (for example, Fibre Channel) storage subsystems. Vendors can choose to test and publish their system performance against SPC-1, SPC-2, or both.

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Survey Spotlights IT Need to Address Cloud Security

11 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Data security company Sophos released the results of a survey it conducted on enterprise use of popular cloud-storage services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive.cloudsecurity

Sophos collected responses from more than 725 members of online IT forum Spiceworks.com between April 29 and May 16, 2014. The company found that even though only 38 percent of respondents “feel secure sharing or collaborating on corporate content between the cloud and mobile devices,” 84 percent still “allow some level of access from company-issued devices to cloud share services,” and 65 percent “do not encrypt data between the cloud and mobile devices.”

Encryption isn’t the only way to protect corporate data from cloud risks. Some enterprises choose to block or limit cloud access. For example, 38 percent of Sophos’s respondents said they block some cloud services, and 13 percent block access to all cloud services.

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