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What Makes a Private Cloud a CLOUD?

What Makes a Private Cloud a CLOUD?

Tweet Creating an agile, manageable private cloud environment that enables efficiency and solves business problems isn’t easy. We take a look at the steps required. Organizations of every size have the capability to build a private cloud—and frankly, they...

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Cloud Predictions for 2015

February 20, 2015 No Comments

According to Gartner, cloud will be one of the top 10 strategic tech trends in 2015.There are now active cloud deployments at most companies, ranging from adoption of SaaS solutions to storing content in a public cloud infrastructure. Many of these are still small-scale projects, but there’s a lot of focus on expanding the pace and scope of cloud deployments in the coming year.

Making the most of your Hybrid Cloud Migration

February 20, 2015 No Comments

By Dave Eichorn, Zensar TechnologiesEnterprises understand the value of hybrid cloud models to achieve a variety of benefits, including lower startup costs, simplified management, and flexibility to scale storage on an as-needed basis. In fact, according to Gartner, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Read More >>>

A New Data Warehouse Architecture for the Brave New BI World

February 18, 2015 No Comments

by Paul Moxon, Denodo TechnologiesAlthough Big Data, Internet of Things, Data Lakes, Streaming Analytics, and Machine Learning provide us with new sources of data and new forms of analytics, the reality today is that traditional data warehouse architectures are no longer able to handle many new technologies and a new data architecture is required. Read More >>>

Top 5 Public Cloud Use Cases

February 18, 2015 No Comments

When cloud technology first emerged, many users were hesitant about remotely storing their sensitive corporate information. Many of these concerns related to public cloud infrastructures, but as the platforms have improved, the majority of these worries have all but disappeared.

5 Things to Look at Before You Buy Monitoring Software For Your Organization

February 12, 2015 No Comments

When trying to manage a large office, business owners must make sure to use monitoring software on all computers, tablets, laptops and electronic devices. The monitoring software your company invests in will lead the accountability of business, and help keep track of what happens within your office. Furthermore, it’s important to look for a few things in monitoring software before you buy, and understand how it’s going to work in your office.

What Makes a Private Cloud a CLOUD?

February 12, 2015 No Comments

Tweet Creating an agile, manageable private cloud environment that enables efficiency and solves business problems isn’t easy. We take a look at the steps required. Organizations of every size have the capability to build a private cloud—and frankly, they should. A private cloud opens the way to agility in the datacenter. Download this white paper […]

Why Your File Transfer Solution Should Be As Secure As Your Valentine’s Day Delivery

February 12, 2015 No Comments

by Aaron Kelly, IpswitchLet’s face it, we don’t really pay a great deal of attention to delivery methods. As long as things arrive when they are supposed to and in good condition, we give the process very little thought. Read More >>>

“The Offline Problem”: How to Solve the Biggest Hurdle Facing the Mobile Workforce

February 10, 2015 No Comments

by Richard Rabins, Alpha SoftwareDespite the opportunities that mobilizing the workforce offers, enterprises have deployed a surprisingly small number of apps due to the challenges inherent with mobile app development. Read More >>>

Infographic: How Big is Big Data?

February 5, 2015 No Comments

Big data has developed and grown significantly over the last several years. It has evolved as more than just a trend or a buzz word. In fact, more and more organizations have begun to leverage big data in all aspects of business. However, just how big is big data? This infographic we have created attempts to show important facts and latest findings that you need to know.

2015: The Cloud Broker Comes of Age

February 5, 2015 No Comments

by Jarid Cottrell, Booz Allen HamiltonIn 2013, the cloud started to officially climb the maturity curve. Business leaders understood its value, CIOs understood how to implement it, and new companies arose focused solely on cloud environments. Read More >>>

The Hidden Requirement for Federation: Syncing and Provisioning to the Cloud

February 5, 2015 No Comments

Although federation divides the work between an identity provider (IdP) and a service provider/relying party (SP/RP), this decoupling has not eliminated the need for some form of identity syncing and remapping between the two. While it sounds counterintuitive, the act of externalizing identity from applications to reduce dependencies still requires some form of coordination and identity management between an identity provider and its relying parties. Toreally deploy federation, organizations will need to do some identity syncing and provisioning.

Cloud Predictions from Around the Net

February 4, 2015 No Comments

This year promises to be a big one in terms of new and improved cloud services. That’s not just our opinion: It’s also the opinion of those throughout the technology industry. In December, we reached out to nearly 200 bloggers and experts in various technical fields and asked them what they thought 2015 would look like in terms of the cloud.

Clarizen Survey Reveals Workers Consider Status Meetings a Productivity-Killing Waste of Time

January 30, 2015 No Comments

On January 22, 2015, San Mateo, California based Clarizen, a leader in enterprise work collaboration software announced survey results that show status meetings undermine worker productivity with lengthy preparation requirements and distracted, multi-tasking participants. Three in five employed adults reported that preparing for a status meeting “takes longer than the meeting itself,” while more than one-third of those who attend status meetings called them a waste of their time.

From Big Data Swamps to Big Data Value with the Right Infrastructure

January 30, 2015 No Comments

by Tom Phelan, Blue DataBig Data promises a lot—new insights about customers, shorter product development cycles, new and increased streams of revenue, and more. But capitalizing on all that promise requires radical shifts in the way data is collected, managed, stored, accessed and used. Read More >>>

Five Tips for Strengthening the IT Department in 2015

January 28, 2015 No Comments

by David Kidd, Peak 10Data security continues to be a growing concern for all businesses – small and large – as part of a macro trend taking grip in 2015. While improving technologies are essential for protecting data, studies have shown that internal incidents continued to top the list of 2014 breaches. Read More >>>

IBM Research Announces Cloud Breakthrough For Protecting Personal Data

January 28, 2015 No Comments

IBM researchers today announced plans for a cloudbased technology that holds potential to help consumers better protect online personal data, including date of birth, home address and credit card numbers.

EVENT: UC EXPO Connected Business: April 21-22 Olympia, London

January 26, 2015 No Comments

UC Expo is a two day event encompassing the technologies that enable smarter working and a truly connected business.

Recent Insight into Analytics in the Cloud

January 26, 2015 No Comments

by John L. Myers, EMAAs we enter the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, many organizations are recognizing and utilizing cloud infrastructure as a way to implement their analytical and business intelligence requirements. Read More >>>

Cloud Expo Europe 2015

January 21, 2015 No Comments

The Cloud. What’s New. What’s Next. This is the one event you need to attend in 2015 – all completely FREE of charge.

Infographic: Docker Ecosystem – 2014 Year in Review

January 19, 2015 No Comments

Docker has gone from a hot enterprise tech startup to an ecosystem that accelerates the delivery of distributed applications. 2014 had many milestones that shaped the fast-changing containerization landscape. The infographic below, created by WaveMaker, outlines the partnerships, releases, announcements and competition related to the Docker ecosystem.

Calling all CIOs: IoT Will Change Everything in 2015 and Beyond

January 7, 2015 No Comments

by Ali A. Alkhafaji, VirtusaThe Internet of Things (IoT) introduces difficult questions: How can someone manage all of his or her devices? A unified user interface? Are different companies and industries ready to standardize? What is the potential commercial value for IoT? How will we manage security and safety? Software compatibility? Read More >>>

Goodbye to the cloud debate; Hello to analytics for actionable insights

January 6, 2015 No Comments

It’s still amazing to me that as each year comes to a close, I have the same thoughts I had the year before – how could another year have come and gone? But with each New Year, new and exciting opportunities arise, and for me 2015 will be an especially interesting year for virtualization and the cloud.

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Business-to-Business Integration Gateway Software 2014 Vendor Assessment

December 30, 2014 No Comments

This IDC study serves as a guide for short-listing the selection of B2Bi gateway software used for midlevel to highly sophisticated projects.

2015 Cloud Considerations: Why Not Cloud?

December 22, 2014 No Comments

As we near the end of 2015, the cloud continues to dominate conversations among IT professionals. While cloud has maintained its relevance over the past couple of years, it is expected to become even more mainstream in 2015. The question among progressive IT departments will shift from “why cloud?” to “why not cloud?” This trend is driven by a number of factors, including the increasing prevalence of public, private and hybrid cloud models, as well as a growing awareness of how the cloud can be leveraged to streamline business operations.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with IBM: Managing Big Data through Storage

December 18, 2014 No Comments

with Bernie Spang, IBM’s Systems & Technology GroupIn this interview, Bernie Spang from IBM’s Systems & Technology Group speaks with IT Briefcase on how users are adopting a more agile software defined storage approach, and how this philosophy prepares them for 2015 and the future. Read More >>>

Dispelling Five Myths about Cloud Storage, Retrieval and File Transfer in Healthcare

December 17, 2014 No Comments

When I speak with healthcare IT leaders about cloud-based data storage, retrieval, and transfer—the responses are often mixed. Some are steadfast believers in the power, scalability and cost-savings afforded by the cloud, having experienced these benefits first-hand with implementations at their own hospital or health system. Others raise questions ranging from security and data ownership to patient protection and affordability.

4 Predictions for the 2015 IT Market Space

December 10, 2014 No Comments

Now that cloud services have become part of IT’s “new normal”, commonly referred to as “Hybrid”, it seems obvious that the approaches and tools we use to manage IT would also evolve and mature, though the pace of evolution varies amongst companies, of course. According to a Website Magazine article quoting a Gartner survey, more than 55% of CIOs indicate they would host all critical apps in the cloud by 2020. Cloud services use cases can vary greatly, but often hold common themes around converting traditional application to SaaS, or adding disaster recovery to your existing datacenter with RaaS.

Data Management in the Cloud: Five Fundamentals of Cloud Services Design

December 9, 2014 No Comments

by Robert Kaloustian, CommVaultWith adoption rates soaring, it’s safe to say that the “cloud” is here to stay. While companies of all shapes and sizes rush to jump on the cloud bandwagon, data management miscues could make their journey a long and bumpy ride. Read More >>>

Made in IBM Labs: Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings

December 9, 2014 No Comments

IBM inventors have patented a technique that uses analytics to increase cloud computing performance and reduce costs by dynamically moving workloads — between or within cloud datacenters — based on an automatic analysis that determines the most efficient and effective use of available resources.

What’s in Store for 2015 – Technology Edition

December 4, 2014 No Comments

by Dan Pickett, nfrastructureWe predict that through next year, technology will only continue to become “consumerized” as devices become more connected, everything becomes software-defined and the Internet of Things becomes completely engrained in our everyday life. Read More >>>


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