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The Smart Panda SmartThinking Newsletter || February 2017
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SmartThinking || February 2017

Message From Wade:

It's February -- Right?  It's hard to believe we have been outside running in shorts this month. Talk about things being different, is it global warming, is it just a weather quirk? Funny thing is I remember as a kid playing soccer in shorts in February at elementary school, so maybe, its nothing more than a warm weather pattern right now.

So that leads to this months question. Are you identifying the patterns of today for your business and changing to meet those patterns or are you working with patterns of yesterday? Technology is changing so fast today if you are still working with plans that were laid out 5 or 10 years ago you are fast approaching a decision point that could be costly for you and your organization.

A good example is this months article about the little problem at Amazon this week. Some may think that problems in the cloud is a reason not to move to the cloud, however, ask yourself this, if your organization had a major hardware failure how would that impact your business? How long would your business be disrupted? Could you recover?  Not sure how to even answer?  Maybe you should Ask The Panda.

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AWS Storage Failure Causes Widespread Disruption

Cloud Service Providers are growing at an alarming rate and provide robust and complex solutions, however, because of their size, does that lead to the argument maybe organizations shouldn't be putting all their eggs into one basket? Cloud advocates note that the largest cloud companies will have thousands of system specialist along with the time and money to keep their systems up. In contrast, the average enterprise has only a handful of IT staff to cover a wide range of systems, many of which are ageing and require significantly more and more effort to maintain. This leads to the question: can your organization met today's demands? [Read More]

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Apache: DoS & DDoS Attack

Firstly, what is a DoS or DDoS Attack?  A DoS attack is a "Denial of Service" attack which typically is a computer being used to flood a target system or resource in an attempt to overwhelm it thus making the target system unable to service requests. A DDoS attack is a "Distributed Denial of Service" attack which are often global in nature and are distributed via botnets using multiple systems and/or resources to flood a target system. Both are bad.

Unfortunately, it was our turn to...[Read More]

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Panda + Community
February 2017

Okay, seriously, what is up with this crazy weather?  This past month I drove through snow, sleet, rain, 100 mile per hour winds, a tropical depression and a tornado warning zone all within 24 hours. Combine that with dressing in 3 thermal layers to run outside one day and dawning the summer run shorts the next.

This past month... [Read More]

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The Smart Panda - Thought of the month

Thoughts:

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

― Bill Gates
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