It’s March Madness time here in the USA. I love this time of year. Not just because I have a former life as a player and coach, but because here in the northeast it is that time when winter finally gives way to spring.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Project Nimble: Region Evacuation Reimagined

This one provides insight into how Netflix was able to cut their failover time from 50 minutes down to 8. Next time someone tells me that they have too much data to failover quickly, I’m just going to point them to this post.

 

Microsoft’s Adding new Data Centers in Europe and the Middle East

Slowly adding more capacity and offering local data storage in regions that have strict laws. Microsoft is buying entire data centers from companies and converting them to Azure in the biggest "lift and shift" imaginable.

 

The Reason Software Remains Insecure

Short and direct to the point. This is why we can’t have nice things.

 

Facebook confirms Cambridge Analytica stole its data; it’s a plot, claims former director

This story is going to get ugly, and fast. It’s also a nice reminder that the most valuable asset anyone can have is not money, it’s data. Facebook owns a lot of data, offered up for free from users. The same users that annoy you with Farmville invites.

 

To find suspects, police quietly turn to Google

You know who else has a lot of data? Google, that’s who. Your phone will track you even when you think it is not, and the police can get data from Google to find out who was near the scene of a crime. This isn’t Minority Report stuff yet, but it is getting us closer.

 

Your Data is Being Manipulated

And since I’m clearly on a data-centric theme this week, let me share with you this article and the following quote: “In short, I think we need to reconsider what security looks like in a data-driven world.” Yes, yes we do.

 

Google plans to boost Amazon competitors in search shopping ads

Competition is good, right? The best part about this is the fact that Google is being open about what they are doing, which is different than what they have done in the past.

 

My high school made it to their first-ever state championship basketball game this past Saturday. There was no question I would attend wearing my old varsity jacket: