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Network and Cloud Optimization Connecting to major cloud service providers is becoming central to doing business. But your cloud provider's performance is only as good as your connectivity solution. Massive Networks will place you in the driver's seat by exposing how you can extend your LAN from any location to include any cloud platform through an advanced high-performance connection that is secure and dedicated to your business-critical data. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Paul Mako, CEO & CIO of Massive Networks, will discuss the intricacies of network and cloud management optimization." Speaker Bio Paul Mako, born and raised in Minnesota, is the CEO & CTO of Massive Networks (massivenetworks.com). Graduating at the top of his class in computer science and literature from the University of Colorado, he began his journey in custom network engineering back i... (more)

Web Performance Monitoring and SEO | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #WebPerf

Web Performance Monitoring and Its Effect on SEO Part 2 By Anand Guruprasad In Part I of this series, we examined the impact that SEO has on web performance. In this article, we analyze the performance impact of SEO within China and from the perspective of mobile sites. Mobile-first Strategy Back in November 2016, Google announced they were experimenting to make their index mobile-first. Google mentioned, “our ranking systems still typically look at the desktop version of a page’s content to evaluate its relevance to the user. This can cause issues when the mobile page has less content than the desktop page because our algorithms are not evaluating the actual page that is seen by a mobile searcher.” Google suggested the use of a responsive site or a dynamic serving site for a mobile-first transition. Some of the important aspects to consider while transitioning into a... (more)

Future-Proof Yourself from AI | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DX #ArtificialIntelligence

It’s all over for us humans. It may not have been “The Matrix”[1], but the machines look like they are finally poised to take our jobs. Machines powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning process data faster, aren’t hindered by stupid human biases, don’t waste time with gossip on social media and don’t demand raises or more days off. While there is a high probability that machine learning and artificial intelligence will play an important role in whatever job you hold in the future, there is one way to "future-proof" your career...embrace the power of design thinking. Figure 1:  Is Artificial Intelligence Putting Humans Out of Work? I have written about design thinking before (see the blog “Can Design Thinking Unleash Organizational Innovation?”), but I want to use this blog to provide more specifics about what it is about design thinking that can hel... (more)

The Impact of Web Caching | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Storage #WebPerf

The Impact of Web Caching By Alva Yashaswi Try to remember something that happened on your last vacation. How long did it take you to recall? Now, try to remember it again. You were probably able to recall it faster the second time — but, why? This is because as soon as you recalled the event the first time, your brain saved the information to your recent memory. The same concept applies to caching. Caching is a way of temporarily storing the contents of a webpage in locations near the user, similar to the way our memory works. There are several types of caching options available like database caching, application caching, and distributed caching. In this article, we’ll talk about web caching and how it affects user experience. What is web caching? Website developers use different techniques to optimize performance and improve speed. One such method is web caching, w... (more)

How to Detect Malicious Traffic in Your Server Logs: Sematext + Access Watch

Do you know what portion of your traffic comes from bots? Do you know which bots are good and which ones are bad? Do you know what the bad bots are up to? We all know Googlebot and consider it a good bot. It crawls your site and makes it possible for others to find you via Google. Great! What do you know about Mars? No, not the red planet – Mars is one of the top bad bots that’s probably going through your site right now. What about all the other bad bots? In the simplest case, they could be consuming your bandwidth, using up your server resources, and increasing your monthly bill. They could also be stealing your content, modifying your pages to include viruses, or performing other malicious acts. But while some bad bots are easy to spot, there are a lot more bad bots pretending to be regular human-controlled browsers, making them very hard to detect. This is whe... (more)

Book Excerpt: jQuery Essentials | Part 1

This excerpt is from the book Murach's JavaScript and jQuery by Mike Murach and Zak Ruvalcaba. Now that you have the JavaScript skills that you need for using jQuery, you're ready to learn jQuery. So, in this excerpt, you'll learn a working subset of jQuery that will get you off to a fast start. When you complete this section, you'll have all the jQuery skills that you need for developing professional web pages. You can also go on to any of the three sections that follow because they are written as independent modules. If, for example, you want to learn how to use Ajax next, skip to section 4. Get off to a fast start with jQuery In this excerpt you'll quickly see how jQuery makes JavaScript programming easier. Then, you'll learn a working subset of jQuery that will get you off to a fast start. Along the way, you'll study four complete applications that will show you ... (more)

HTML5 Web Sockets: A Quantum Leap in Scalability for the Web

Lately there has been a lot of buzz around HTML5 Web Sockets, which defines a full-duplex communication channel that operates through a single socket over the Web. HTML5 Web Sockets is not just another incremental enhancement to conventional HTTP communications; it represents a colossal advance, especially for real-time, event-driven web applications. HTML5 Web Sockets provides such a dramatic improvement from the old, convoluted "hacks" that are used to simulate a full-duplex connection in a browser that it prompted Google's Ian Hickson - the HTML5 specification lead - to say: "Reducing kilobytes of data to 2 bytes...and reducing latency from 150ms to 50ms is far more than marginal. In fact, these two factors alone are enough to make Web Sockets seriously interesting to Google." Let's look at how HTML5 Web Sockets can offer such an incredibly dramatic reduction of... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing – A Study

Recently, I became an executive advisor to Kaavo, a Cloud Applications Management software company. Kaavo is in a unique position to capitalize on the soon to be obvious need to manage applications on the cloud. It's interesting to see the cloud computing predictions and how it will change the way we work with applications. Overview A solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders participating in the fourth Future of the Internet survey expect that by 2020 most people will access software applications online and share and access information through the use of remote server networks, rather than depending primarily on tools and information housed on their individual, personal computers. They say that cloud computing will become more dominant than the desktop in the next decade. In other words, most users will perform most computing and communicating activitie... (more)

Using HTML5 Application Cache to Create Offline Web Applications

HTML5 introduces Application Cache, a new feature that enables you to make web apps and sites available offline. The new specification also provides an easy way to prefetch some or all of your web app's assets (HTML files, images, CSS, JavaScript, and so on) while the client is still online. During this caching process, files are stored in an application cache, where they sit ready for future offline use. Compare this to regular browser caching, in which pages that you visit are cached in the browser's cache based on server-side rules and client-side configuration. But-even if web pages are cached normally, this does not provide a reliable way for you to access pages while you're in offline mode (in an airplane, for example). In addition, an application cache can cache pages that have not been visited at all and are therefore typically unavailable in the regular br... (more)

The Web – Changing the Way We Work

Click Here to Register for Google Atmosphere on Tour! The web is fundamentally changing the way we work - is your company ready? Intrigued by how more than 4 million businesses are using Google's cloud to work in the future? Join us as we bring Google's highly anticipated annual gathering of business leaders together to hear: Industry experts shed light on emerging business models Customers share stories of business transformation Our product experts unveil new products Our executives answer your questions Work in the future, today, with Google Apps. Click Here to Register for Google Atmosphere on Tour! Seattle - May 15th San Francisco - May 17th New York - May 31st  Chicago - June 5th Dallas - June 7th Click Here to Register for Google Atmosphere on Tour! AGENDA: 12:30PM - 2:00PM: Registration and Networking 2:00PM - 2:30PM: Work in the Future (Google Executive Vis... (more)

CIOs' Top Priority: Analytics and BI

Whether as a driver for growth, a means to attract and retain customers, or a way to drive innovation and reduce costs, the business value of analytics and business intelligence has never been higher. Gartner's Amplifying the Enterprise: The 2012 CIO Agenda as well as IBM's Global CIO Study 2011 confirm this point, with analytics and BI setting atop CIO's technology priorities in both reports. Data Integration Is the Biggest Bottleneck Providing analytics and BI solutions with the data required has always been difficult, with data integration long considered the biggest bottleneck in any analytics or BI project. Complex data landscapes, diverse data types, new sources such as big data and the cloud are but a few of the well-known barriers. For the past two decades, the default solution has been to first consolidate the data into a data warehouse, and then provide use... (more)