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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing a Blab on advanced storage with Daniel Newman and Eric Vanderburg.  We covered some pretty interesting points on enterprise storage challenges, advanced storage trends and flash.  If you didn't catch it, a replay is now available. (This post was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. To learn more about tech news and analysis visit Power More. Dell sponsored this article, but the opinions are my own and don't necessarily represent Dell's positions or strategies. ) (Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2016) ... (more)

Are Electronic Medical Records Worth It? By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) by medical professionals has increased dramatically. According to HealthIT.gov, 2015 statistics show that 56 percent of all U.S. office-based physicians (MD/DO) have demonstrated meaningful use of electronic health records. The downside of these statistics is that when HIPAA was enacted in 1996, privacy was not a major focus and it actually took HHS eight years to publish the initial HIPAA Privacy Rule. It then took the agency several more years to publish initial security rules which directed "covered entities" (e.g., providers, hospit... (more)

Hybrid Cloud Versus Hybrid IT: What’s the Hype? By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

(Originally posted on Point B and Beyond) Once again, the boardroom is in a bitter battle over what edict its members will now levy on their hapless IT organization. On one hand, hybrid cloud is all the rage. Adopting this option promises all the cost savings of public cloud with the security and comfort of private cloud. This environment would not only check the box for meeting the cloud computing mandate, but also position the organization as innovative and industry-leading. Why wouldn't a forward-leaning management team go all in with cloud? On the other hand, hybrid IT appear... (more)

DevOps and Hybrid Infrastructure Synergy By @Kevin_Jackson | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

(This post first appeared in IBM's Point B and Beyond) The definition of DevOps emphasizes collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT professionals while automating the software delivery and infrastructure change process. While agile software development and the use of automated infrastructure configuration tools stand proudly in the DevOps spotlight, little has been said about the actual infrastructure that modern tools such as Puppet and Chef automate. DevOps in Hybrid IT Environments Much has been written about Chaos Monkey, a tool that ensures indi... (more)

Cloud Hosting: Look Beyond Cost Savings By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cloud Hosting: Look Beyond Cost Savings and Weigh Pros, Cons Is your company struggling with the idea of using "cloud hosting" in order to save money? Truth be known, using cost savings as the primary reason for moving to cloud will almost guarantee failure. Some reasons that typically lead to cloud computing costing more include: Building and migrating to a private cloud, which will almost always cost more than staying in a traditional data center; Migrating legacy applications that weren't designed to operate in a virtualized environment or are tied to very specific environmen... (more)