The Trouble With IT Disintermediation July 13, 2015 10:11:52 pm An IT management client is concerned with some of their organization\'s departments bypassing their traditional IT resource acquisition process, and going directly to cloud computing vendors for their IT resource needs. Not really unique, as the cloud computing industry has really disrupted IT provisioning processes, not to mention near complete loss of control over configuration management databases and inventories.
The Changing Role of IT Professionals March 24, 2015 11:07:40 am Information Technology is a great field. With technology advancing at the speed of sound, there is never a period when IT becomes boring, or hits an intellectual wall.
Now That We Have Adopted IaaS January 29, 2015 05:37:53 pm Providing guidance or consulting to organizations on cloud computing topics can be really easy, or really tough. In the past most of the initial engagement was dedicated to training and building awareness with your customer.
Putting Enterprise Architecture Principles to Work January 29, 2015 05:37:14 pm This week brought another great consulting gig, working with old friends and respected colleagues. The challenge driving the consultation was brainstorming a new service for their company, and how best to get it into operation.
It Is Time to Get Serious About Architecting ICT January 29, 2015 05:36:41 pm I just finished another ICT-related technical assistance visit with a developing country government. Even in mid-2014, I spend a large amount of time teaching basic principles of enterprise architecture, and the need for adding form and structure to ICT strategies.
Risk Management Strategies for IT Systems January 29, 2015 05:36:11 pm Risk management has been around for a long time. Financial managers run risk assessments for nearly all business models, and the idea of risk carries nearly as many definitions as the Internet.
Business Drives Transition to IT As a Utility January 29, 2015 05:29:35 pm Is there a point where business can safely assume they have hit the limit of what traditional IT organizations have to offer? In an Internet and data driven world, does IT simply lack the agility and depth needed to fulfill business requirements and need for innovation?
Focusing on Cloud Portability and Interoperability January 29, 2015 05:29:06 pm Cloud Computing has helped us understand both the opportunity, and the need, to decouple physical IT infrastructure from the requirements of business. In theory cloud computing greatly enhances an organization\'s ability to not only decommission inefficient data center resources, but even more importantly eases the process an organization needs to develop when moving to integration and service-orientation within supporting IT systems.
Adopting Critical Thinking in Information Technology January 29, 2015 05:17:33 pm The scenario is a data center, late on a Saturday evening. A telecom distribution system fails, and operations staff are called in from their weekend to quickly find the problem and restore operations as quickly as possible.
Nurturing the Marriage of Cloud Computing and SOAs January 29, 2015 11:34:12 am In 2009 we began consulting jobs with governments in developing countries with the primary objective to consolidate data centers across government ministries and agencies into centralized, high capacity and quality data centers. At the time, nearly all individual ministry or agency data infrastructure was built into either small computers rooms or server closets with some added "brute force" air conditioning, no backup generators, no data back up, superficial security, and lots of other ailments.
OSS Development for the Modern Data Center January 29, 2015 11:30:53 am Modern Data Centers are very complex environments. Data center operators must have visibility into a wide range of integrated data bases, applications, and performance indicators to effectively understand and manage their operations and activities.
SDNs in the Carrier Hotel January 29, 2015 11:29:51 am Carrier hotels are an integral part of global communications infrastructure. The carrier hotel serves a vital function, specifically the role of a common point of interconnection between facility-based (physical cable in either terrestrial, submarine, or satellite networks) carriers, networks, content delivery networks (CDNs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and even private or government networks and hosting companies.
You Want Money for a Data Center Buildout? January 29, 2015 11:29:23 am A couple years ago I attended several "fast pitch" competitions and events for entrepreneurs in Southern California, all designed to give startups a chance to "pitch" their ideas in about 60 seconds to a panel of representatives from the local investment community. Similar to television\'s "Shark Tank," most of the ideas pitches were harshly critiqued, with the real intent of assisting participating entrepreneurs in developing a better story for approaching investors and markets.
ICT Modernization Planning March 23, 2013 09:41:14 pm The current technology refresh cycle presents many opportunities, and challenges to both organizations and governments. The potential of service-oriented architectures, interoperability, collaboration, and continuity of operations is an attractive outcome of technologies and business models available today.
The Future of Carrier Hotels and Mixed-Use Office Buildings March 20, 2013 08:51:38 pm We all know the buildings, One Wilshire, The Westin Building, 60 Hudson, Telehouse (UK), 200 Paul, 1102 Grand - all buildings advertising dozens, or even hundreds of carriers using the properties for interconnections at the fiber and network level. Meet-me-rooms are crowded, ladder racks full, and each property sits in the middle of the central business district in large cities.
Palestine Prepares for Statehood - Part 1 October 21, 2011 07:27:31 pm Hiba, a young university student in Ramallah dominates the conversation with dreams of her country\'s future, and confidence her generation will build a new nation that is equal to any other in the world. This is the new Palestine.
Montreal\'s Ambassadors of the Lachine Canal October 21, 2011 07:25:35 pm May 21st marked the first real day of spring in Montreal. Warm, sunny, a hint of humidity, with the scent of blooming flowers and freshly cut grass finally overwhelming the smell of automobiles.
An Escape Into Burbank\'s Urban Wilderness October 21, 2011 07:24:31 pm Another day of failed electrical equipment, diesel generators not starting, overheating in data centers, and water leaks. All problems overcome, now it is time to take a break and recharge your mind for the challenges queuing up for tomorrow.
The Estonian Cyber National Guard October 21, 2011 07:19:10 pm During his opening keynote speech at ICEGOV 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves highlighted efforts of the Estonia\'s Cyber Defense League, an operational arm of the country\'s National Defense League. An all volunteer force, the Cyber Defense League acts as a national guard to protect Estonia from cyber attack, following the major assault on country in 2007 by Russian hackers.
Twitter Shows Its Real Value October 03, 2009 12:00:00 am Social media is touching all of our lives. Even in the early stages of social media development, it is hard to talk with any network or tech-savvy person without having a conversation that is fairly intelligent on the topic.
One Telecom and Business Idea For Ramallah and Palestine September 16, 2009 12:00:00 am Innovation is a catalyst for change in personal lives, education, how we work, and community life. All are components that may fill a fundamental requirement for continued economic development. In Ramallah there are many challenges to overcome in the journey from the current situation, to being in a competitive pool with other developing and modern countries.
Information and Communications Technology in Ramallah September 10, 2009 12:00:00 am "It\'s not about the addressable market today, it is about building a future for my 8 year old daughter," says Mohammed A, a Ramallah-based consultant in information and communications technology. "The World Bank can provide a lot of great statistics about the state of telecommunications in Ramallah, but if my girl does not have the same access to eLearning and education as an Israeli girl, she won\'t have a chance."
Energizing Cap and Trade Discussions - Part 2 (The "Con" Argument) August 17, 2009 12:00:00 am Nearly all people agree protecting the environment is critical to our continued prosperity and health. However there are arguments on how to best approach legislation that would either regulate or offer guidance on controlling pollutants and waste.
Losing Your Dream - Awakening to a New Future August 15, 2009 12:00:00 am How many of us have been there? You get up early every day, get cleaned and prepared for the job. Then it happens. "Thanks for your years of service. However the company is going in a different direction..." You don\'t hear anything beyond that point. All you want to do is get out and breathe some fresh air.
Opening a New Window Into Virtual Desktops August 03, 2009 12:00:00 am We talk about cloud computing, VoIP, social networking, and instant messaging, but perhaps the most important application is silently approaching at a rate that will change our approach to the desktop computer within a very short number of years. This is the virtual desktop.
Why a Virtual Desktop? I Want My Apps! August 04, 2009 12:00:00 am Years ago, in the stone age of computing (1990), I used to access an X-Window environment on my Sun Sparc5. Pretty cosmic stuff for the time, and gave a lot more control over the UNIX operating system than if a non-systems person like me would have through the command line.
A Chilean Immigrant Adopts a Sapling Atop Burbank\'s Wildwood Canyon August 03, 2009 12:00:00 am Jogging along Sunset Canyon Drive in Burbank is great. You have the choice of peeling off into several great mountain trails, or you can just keep running the border line between the rugged Verdugo Mountains and the city of Burbank. On a recent morning trip up a mountain adjacent to Wildwood Canyon, I spied an old man carrying 2 five gallon jugs of water up one of the steeper trails, which ultimately led to the peak.
Don\'t Give Up on LA\'s Metro Rail Services June 24, 2009 12:00:00 am The recent tragic accidents on the Washington DC Metro highlights the scale and violence of a train collision. Each day LA Metro rail services carry around 300,000 riders, with very little drama compared to other large city transit systems. If you add Metro Bus Services, that number bounces up to around 1.6 million riders each day, making it the third largest public transportation system in the United States.
Why I Hate Kayaks May 10, 2009 02:38:06 pm The Wilmington Oil Field, which crosses the basin stretching from San Pedro, through Long Beach and Signal Hill, to Seal Beach (California), is the third largest oil deposit in the United States. A wonderful energy resource serving the United States which has provided more than 2.5 billion barrels of crude oil since 1932.
Data Centers That Scale August 20, 2008 05:28:28 pm You hear the buzz, 150 watts per square foot, 200 watts per square foot, more than 300 watts per square foot... Is it real? If so, what does it mean in terms of resources? Are data center server, application, and communication systems at risk in the event of even a single mechanical or electrical systems failure?
Chaos Theory and the New Internet July 25, 2008 10:55:32 am Understanding more about systems, chaos theory, and Gestalt Law might help those new to the Internet business grasp not only where they may fit in the big picture, but also fully comprehend why opportunities for innovation, change, and new system stimulus are healthy and essential components of the Internet. If we do not make every attempt to enable our clients to do better and more innovative business, then we are becoming a negative stimulus to the system, forcing the system around us to find a better conduit for system growth and direction.
Flattening The American Internet March 25, 2008 09:39:54 am Because the Internet is made up of a complex matrix of physical, business and international relationships, how these systems interact and collaborate is actually very important to the end user, as well as to those providing Internet services and content. The largest networks may use their size and dominance to hinder growth and innovation within the Internet-connect business community or impede free access to Internet-connected content sources, and with have the power and control which could present challenges to an open Internet environment.
Explaining Watts and Volt Amps - Or "What the Heck is a KVA?" October 05, 2006 11:05:35 am Have you ever wondered why some power ratings are expressed in WATTS, some in AMPS, some in VOLTS, and some in KVA? For many in the hosting business this can be a very confusing topic. Face it, professionals in the content business are probably not electrical engineers, and most electrical engineers know nothing about the creation and delivery of content.
Net Neutrality and the Carrier Hotel October 05, 2006 11:26:29 am Legislation such as HR 5252, without specific network neutrality protection, will drive the second tier of network providers to develop parallel infrastructure using wireless and physical cable, in addition to stronger peering relationships allowing bypass of large network infrastructure. Carrier hotels support stronger peering relationships among smaller networks and content providers by allowing a neutral interconnection environment, bypassing large wholesale network infrastructure or transit.
Impossible - At First Glance the Project Appeared Impossible March 19, 2006 10:26:27 pm At first glance the project appeared impossible. Here we were, in the middle of the desert, 500 miles from the nearest real city - and we needed to install a campus telecom network covering an area of about 150 square kilometers. Objective was to make campus communications function at the same level as a city-based industrial campus. Memories of military leadership exercises came to mind, where with a limited number of tools you faced an expectation that with a bit of tenacity and creativity under the right conditions your team could make sea shells do HF radio.
Tacit Knowledge and Internet September 25, 2005 12:59:58 am There are many things we expect our young people to know, and be able to perform upon graduation from the basic education system. We expect them to read, do basic arithmetic, use our language, in addition to the long list of day-to-day tasks we consider routine. Much of the responsibility for building the tacit skills and knowledge to perform day-to-day tasks lies within our education system.
Why VoIP is not Going to Fail April 10, 2005 09:12:41 pm VoIP is an almost constant topic in our daily dose of business and tech-related news. VoIP, or Voice over Internet/IP is really an old technology re-emerging with a new face and marketing spin. In reality, we\'ve been using VoiP for years, just as the Internet community used email for years before it was embraced by the business and consumer communities in the nid-1990s.
Technology and Coping With Disaster December 31, 2004 02:31:30 am Natural disasters come in many shapes. From the incomprehensible carnage of last weekend\'s tsunami in the Indian Ocean, to hurricanes and typhoons, to tornadoes and drought, our world deals with the horror of disaster as a normal part of our lives. Throw in a bit of human influence through wars, terrorism, or the threat of weapons of mass destruction, and our need to deal with and overcome calamity almost becomes routine.
When Politics Prevent Innovation - Or... Still Fighting Battles and Losing Wars December 31, 2004 02:42:41 am The objective is to beat the competition and make money. Everything a business organization does should be focused on that simple objective, with interpretation through various Vision and Mission Statements. However if we take a survey of how our organizations spend our energy, often that objective is lost in a web of internal politics and positioning. Of course competition is normally good - regardless of whether it is internal or external - to the point we do not lose focus on company objectives as the ultimate outcome of our competition.
On Sunsets and Telecom December 31, 2004 02:17:34 am Another perfect sunset seen from Redondo Beach, California. Since arriving here in June I\'ve had the pleasure of watching many sunsets while jogging or walking along the Redondo "Strand," and have yet to tire of the endless beauty of each individual sunset. Each one is stunning, each one is different. While jogging along this evening, watching today\'s contribution to my portfolio of California memories, the thought came to me that sunsets are a lot like the day to day activities that challenge our lives.
Business Planning and the "Bozo" Factor December 31, 2004 02:42:47 am "Bozo" - A clown with a forlorn look, always finding negative implications in every activity or event. A person who tries to find a way to prevent you from moving ahead, giving excuses such as "we\'ve always done it this way, or this is not our culture" when presented a new opportunity or challenge. Normally associated with people who are uncomfortable with learning new techniques, processes, or relationships.
Passwords or Pass Phrase? Protecting your Intellectual Property December 31, 2004 02:52:37 am Much has been said on the theory of password protection for files, computer login, and other network access. In the past we used a combination of letters, special characters, and other techniques to try and prevent unwanted or unauthorized access to our computers, resources, and networks. A new theory on passwords is emerging that may help us remember our access codes, be more secure, and generally keep hackers and thieves out of our networks.