Monday, 29 November 2010

Free Webinar - Learn How to Hack!

Firebrand Training is hosting a free webinar, in conjunction with EC-Council. The First Look at Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) webinar takes place on Thursday 9 December at 1pm UK time. Content will include a look at the latest hacking and forensic techniques, necessary to protect your business.

Grab a seat on this limited event by filling in the registration form. This three-hour training will highlight the latest security threats, and how to beat them.

Friday, 26 November 2010

The Ideal IT Team Organisation for Virtualization

This week, John Dix of Network World looked at the reorganisation of IT that is required to enable effective cloud computing.

He explains: "Companies tend to hit a wall when they get 20% to 40% of their environment virtualized because they don't have the management structure and expertise to deal with key questions such as backup/restore and compliance requirements.

"That stuff is hard enough on a good day, but is different altogether when unified compute/storage/network virtual assets move around freely."

The issue is that there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to this. At Cisco, John Manville - Vice President of IT Network and Data Services - initially continued to manage his team of 450 in traditional departments: platform team, storage team, network team etc.

He said this led to "sub-optimal system level designs." Instead, he moved to "an architecture team, a design team, an implementation team and, effectively, an operations team."

To support this, he created a horizontal virtual service teams. He explains that it took a year to get right, and "it wasn't easy because various teams were worried their role was going to get taken over by other people."

Manville concludes that the system now works: "I think most people have realized their role becomes richer and they can have more direct impact on running this organization."

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Cisco Co-founder Gobbles Up Turkey Sales

Michael Cooney of Network World reports that Sandy Lerner - the co-founder of Cisco - can now be found running an organic turkey farm in Virginia.

The 3,000-acre plot is the first Virginia farm to be certified both organic and humane, and also the first farm in America to generate certified humane veal calves. However, this isn't just about being humane and sustainable - it has become a $7m-a-year business.

Lerner's entrepreneurial skills were realised at a young age, when she sold her herd of cattle in order to pay her tuition fees at California State University. This enabled her to study Comparative Communist Theory with a minor in Marxist Economics.

She then founded Cisco with her husband, Len Bosack, in 1984. The simple beginnings of the technology giant were developed when Bosack and Lerner wanted to e-mail each other from their respective offices. They were restricted by technology - even though they both worked at Stanford University. The technology that they developed resulted in the multi-protocol router.

The rest, as they say, is history.