Scared to Step into the Cloud?

On a recent business trip to Chicago we took a break in our day to play tourist and went to the Sky Deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower.  It was a rainy overcast day so visibility was not ideal but it was a great opportunity to see the Windy City from 1,353 feet in the air.

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PCI and Cloud: How to Safely Store Cardholder Data

Many of you may be a little nervous about placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”.  Don’t worry-this is a normal and welcomed concern.  In February 2013, the PCI Security Standards Council released an Information Supplement titled PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines.  This supplement provides organizations guidance if they are going to be placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”.

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Working with a myriad of companies from different industries, it is fascinating to discover why they adopted cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service. Commonly, companies want to focus on its capital and technical resources, business initiatives and growth projects. They do not want to put time and energy into computer hardware and day-to-day support needs

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Mainframe Demise?

My introduction to IT was via the Air Force in 1989.  Graduating from high School in 1985, well before personal computers became common place and before teaching programming was the norm, I enlisted in in the Air Force.

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What’s in a Name?

Have you ever played the game in which you stare at clouds, determining what animal they best resemble? Gorilla? Dog? Horse?

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. -Marilyn Monroe

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Lawrence Welk & IT Managers

For those of you around my age (uh… more than 40), you may remember your parents or grandparents watching The Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday Evenings.  If you are not familiar with Lawrence, allow me to educate.

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A Day Away from the Data Center

After being in the trenches of the network for months on end, deep diving into large scale network builds, and coming up with unique yet solid and supportable solutions, it’s easy to lose track on how fast technology is progressing in the IT industry.

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EMC World Wizards

If you are like me and want to understand what’s new and hot (or will be hot) in the storage industry, EMC World is a must attend event. During the past several years, EMC has leveraged EMC World to push concepts and ideas that have helped shaped modern datacenters worldwide.

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