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Study from Mimecast Finds that Security and Integration Concerns are not Preventing Enterprises' Cloud Computing Adoption London - February 4, 2010 - Mimecast®, a holistic email management company offering SaaS-based email archiving, continuity, security and policy control, today announced the results of its Cloud Computing Adoption Survey, which examined the perception and adoption of cloud computing solutions among 565 respondents responsible for managing their organization's IT operations and budget across the U.S. and Canada in the Fall of 2009. Data from the recently completed online survey highlights the complex, often contrasting, thought process of IT decision makers regarding cloud computing. While security and integration issues are clearly users' biggest fears about cloud computing, these concerns have not dissuaded companies from implementing cloud-based... (more)

Amazon Web Services Database in the Cloud

Amazon Cloud Journal Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today introduced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), a new web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale relational databases in the cloud. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while automating time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing users to focus on their application and their business. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use. Also announced today, AWS has lowered prices and introduced a new family of High-Memory instances for Amazon EC2. To get started using Amazon RDS, and other Amazon Web Services, visit http://aws.amazon.com. “For almost two years, many AWS customers have taken advantage of the simplicity, reliability, and seamless s... (more)

New England Biolabs Improves Quality of Life with Xsigo

Xsigo Systems today announced that New England Biolabs (NEB) has successfully deployed Xsigo virtual I/O as part of an ongoing VMware integration project. By optimizing NEB's back-office computing needs with virtual servers managed with virtual I/O from Xsigo, NEB has been able to reduce operating expenses and deliver new levels of efficiency. With Xsigo's software-based, non-disruptive I/O management, the company saved thousands of dollars in capital costs by standardizing server configurations, achieved greater uptime by eliminating I/O-related outages, and reduced staff workloads by completing server management tasks more efficiently. "At NEB, we embarked on a process to re-architect our datacenter operations to increase efficiency and to address current and future computing capacity needs," said Tom Peacock, IT Core Services at NEB. "Xsigo virtual I/O will help ... (more)

Get to know the Refinement Web Part in SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search

In MOSS 2007, people often extending the search results experience by using the Faceted Search Web Parts.  People really liked these so it looks like Microsoft decided to implement their own version called the RefinementWebPart (also known as the Refinement Panel).  If you are familiar with the Faceted Search Web Parts at all, you will notice there are a lot of similarities in the way things are implemented.  If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about, it’s this web part that allows users to drill down into a set of search results based upon managed properties and other criteria.  Let’s take a look at a quick example. On the left there, you will see a set of refinements that we get out of the box.  I didn’t have to do anything to configure these at all.  There are a number of refinements built in including file type, site, author, modified date, and taxono... (more)

Microsoft Azure and Open Data Protocol - OData

Windows Azure Session at Cloud Expo In an increasingly interconnected world interoperability finds the highest resonance. The Open Data Protcol (OData) provides developers from many progrmming background such as C#, Java, Javascript, PHP etc. an open protocol to produce and consume data. Windows Azure Platfrom not only stands to gain from conforming to this protocol but also answers Google's GData with a rich data ecosystem. Microsoft Azure is not Microsoft specific but opens its doors to everything under the sky. Who produce OData? The ones that expose data using OData protocol. There are a number of OData producers: Applications exposing OData Services Sharepoint 2010 IBM Web Sphere Microsoft SQL Azure Windows Azure Table Storage SQL Server Reporting Services Live OData Services Netflix Open Science Data Initiative Open Government Data Initiatives Northwind database ex... (more)

Second Upgrade to Tool for Reverse Engineering SharePoint 2007/2010

I have upgraded the tool I created for reverse-engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps. The tool is now versioned at 1.4. Sorry, 1.3 didn't get uploaded. You have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file (Version 1.0) because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. The folder includes the WPF Toolkit DLL. New features in this version include generating DGML diagrams that allow Root Sites to be put into groups, reports now include information on Services running on the Server and the Farm, user and group account information, and application pool information. The last version gave you the option to list the users on the sites, and flag sites that have not been updated for a while to show in RED. The user's emails are listed as well as their administration status. The DGML tool that creates diagrams for Visual Studio 2010 no... (more)

Book Review: Essential SharePoint 2010: Overview, Governance, & Planning

So I had all the technical how to books, and some of them covered some governance and planning, but I was left wanting more. I hoped this book would fill in the gaps and it did. The biggest problem I have run into with SharePoint is that there is not enough planning and governance surrounding the use of it. I have been in a lot of environments that started their SharePoint initiatives with a plan that was no more that “Hey why don’t we throw SharePoint up and see what it can do”. Suddenly those curious individuals are using it to share documents. The word slowly spreads that it is available and more users start using it. Then one of the more curious power users (by the way, most of the time in my experience ‘power user’ = ‘dangerous user’) start adding more features and they begin to start using more of the web parts and services available. Next someone realizes you... (more)

HP’s Big Storage Announcement

HP has been talking and promoting for several weeks (okay, months) their upcoming December 3rd storage announcements from the HP discovery event in Frankfurt Germany. Well it's now afternoon, which means the early Monday morning December 3rd embargoes have been lifted so I can now talk about what HP shared last Friday about today's announcements. Basically what I received was a series of press releases as well as a link to their updated web site providing information about today's announcements. HP Redefines Storage Simplicity with Single Architecture for Enterprises of All Sizes HP Expands 3PAR Storage Portfolio HP Extends Enterprise-class Backup and Recovery Across Entire StoreOnce Portfolio New HP Storage Services Transform How Organizations Manage, Store and Protect Data HP StoreAll Storage Brings Real-time Intelligence to Big Data Retention and Cloud Storage ... (more)

Step-by-Step: Build a SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud on Windows Azure

My good friend and colleague, Tommy Patterson, recently blogged about leveraging the Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) preview offering to build a FREE lab environment in the Cloud.  You can read Tommy’s step-by-step article at: Building FREE Lab VMs in the Microsoft Cloud What about a SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud? Now that SharePoint Server 2013 has been released, I frequently get asked about ways in which a SharePoint 2013 lab environment can be easily built for studying, testing and/or performing a proof-of-concept.  You could certainly build this lab environment on your own hardware, but due to the level of SharePoint 2013 hardware requirements, a lot of us may not have sufficient spare hardware to implement an on-premise lab environment. This makes a great scenario for leveraging our Windows Azure FREE 90-day Trial Offer to build a free lab en... (more)

SharePoint Gone Wild: When Governance Lacks Compliance

If you've missed any previous part of this blog series, you can read them here. When people think of "compliance" from a Microsoft SharePoint perspective, it can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Every organization will have different considerations for compliance: Essentially, which regulations they need to comply with according to their specific industry vertical, including HIPAA/HITECH, DOD 5015, Section 508 and WCAG 1.0 and 2.0. There are two main drivers for compliance I see in organizations for SharePoint, due to the risk of non-compliance and subsequent legal and financial penalties: Records Management Legal e-Discovery In my post last week on governance and discoverability, I focused on the typical stories I hear around people not being able to find content they need. Compliance takes this a step further, because legal teams and records ma... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Simplifying Things

"You need two groups when dealing with cloud compliance," explained Rob LaMear IV, CEO and Founder of Fpweb.net, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "First," LaMear continued, "you need a provider that is willing to operate transparently and work with you and your auditors. Most seasoned providers are well aware of this symbiotic relationship and are open to getting it out in the open early." Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time. - Agree or disagree? Rob LaMear: Agree. Time is money. Focusing your team on strategic initiatives gives you a competitive advantage. You get to market faster and can deliver something truly special before your competitors. First one to market typically owns 70-80% of the market share. Think Apple. Cloud Computing Journal: How should organizations tack... (more)