Taking the Agile approach to building infrastructure
For anyone in IT who's been told by a manager to "explain the solution in business terms," Greg Ferro has some words of advice: Adopt Scrum delivery or the Agile approach. Taking an incremental, flexible approach to the development process -- with iterative changes and progressive deployments -- will mean productive engagement and greater understanding. When stakeholders raise objections, the issues will be minor and more focused. When adjustments are necessary, the flexibility of the Agile approach allows for beneficial changes rather than wholesale rejections of a project. Reinvigorating internal training programs and boosting manager awareness will help solve the problems of lack of understanding, Ferro argued, as well as help preclude the dreaded request to explain a technical solution to unengaged executives.
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Parsing out VMware's new hybrid cloud
VMware's announcement of its new hybrid cloud hasn't received a huge amount of press coverage, said Virtualized Geek's Keith Townsend, but the move is a pretty big deal. Townsend gave a rundown of VMware's history as a partner and provider in his latest Tech Talk, explaining his interest in VMware's decision to compete with its partners by offering its vCloud Hybrid Service directly. VMware has recognized that enterprises are looking to deliver IT in the cloud the same way they do in the regular enterprise by taking server-based workloads from their data center into the cloud to deliver via a measured, self-service infrastructure such as vCloud. The Hybrid Service will accommodate those more traditional enterprise objectives and, in addition, allow for delivery through newer applications written specifically for the cloud.
Watch Townsend's Tech Talk for his reaction to VMware's big announcement.
Government initiatives for self-defending networks
The marketing buzz around "self-defending networks" died down years ago, but ESG Senior Principal Analyst Jon Oltsik said the concept is still an intriguing one. Tight integration, high awareness and automatic response mean a level of network security that vendors are still far from achieving, but the idea's potential has the federal government interested. The Department of Homeland Security extracted concepts from a 2011 paper to create a blueprint for a more secure cyber ecosystem and teamed up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to request information from network security vendors on the prospect's progress. Oltsik said federal encouragement to incorporate standards, monitor continuously and automate filtering is a good sign for security standards in technology.
Get Oltsik's take on the federal push toward self-defending networks.
Seven commonsense BYOD policy tips
A little commonsense can make for the best strategies in dealing with the security and management issues posed by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. Sean La Roque-Doherty's seven tips for creating a BYOD compliance policy emphasize maintaining a healthy suspicion of mobile devices, including their content, applications and backup systems. Personal devices access external, often unencrypted networks and use potentially risky location services, making some restrictions on the use of these and other options crucial for data security.
Read Doherty's seven tips for crafting a commonsense BYOD policy.