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Automation overdrive: from IaaS to Blueprint engine

“Automation is the lifeblood of cloud,” according to David Shacochis. “It’s like liquidity in the financial sphere – if we had to barter and negotiate every single transaction, the economy would stagnate.” Shacochis’ observation speaks to a perception of cloud technology that is commonly held if not well understood – and to his own firm [...]

David Shacochis, VP, cloud automation platform, CenturyLInk Technology Solutions

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Who can you trust?

Technology, like any tool, can be used well or badly. Sometimes the bad is malicious, and sometimes it’s just the result of laziness, carelessness, inexperience, or thoughtlessness. I’m hoping the latest mobile revelation falls into one of the latter categories. Researchers at Columbia University discovered that many apps in the official Android app store, Google [...]


Heartbleed should be making you sweat

It’s been a couple of months since news of the Heartbleed vulnerability first spawned global near-hysteria. The bug, which sat virtually unnoticed on approximately two-thirds of the world’s web servers for about two years before it grabbed global headlines, was a weakness in the widely used OpenSSL security code for authenticating users which made it [...]

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Spambots say the nicest things

During the course of our first year, InsightaaS.com has marked a number of milestones. We’ve published more than 400 posts. With the help of our amazing sponsors (HP, CenturyLink Technology Solutions, Information Builders, Dell and now Hitachi Data Systems – thank you!), we’ve proven the viability of a new business model. We’ve built traction in [...]


Building support for cloud adoption

For users of IT, cloud entails new ways of thinking about the acquisition and consumption of technology. But if properly understood and managed, cloud’s value proposition – cost savings and business agility – is well worth the effort involved in rethinking the application of technology to business processes. With cloud, though, we’re still early in [...]

Doug Kennedy, VP, Dynamics enterprise sales and customer lifecycle management, Microsoft