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FACT OR FICTION: The Truth About Security in the Cloud

Posted by JGonzalez on May 19, 2015 1:17:00 PM

As we go about our everyday lives, we are faced with important security decisions at every turn. Some important decisions are mindless and quick, like locking the car door when you’re running back into the house to grab something, putting the alarm system on when you’re taking your dog for a walk, or running a virus scan on your computer. These actions can save us headaches in the long run.

When it comes to security within the cloud, there are a lot of misconceptions about what that actually means, making it harder to decide to move to the cloud. Take the quiz below to gauge your understanding of security in the cloud:

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Topics: Cloud

Stop Hitting the Brakes and Be Proactive About Security

Posted by HReal on May 11, 2015 10:04:51 AM

Waiting until a tire blows to check the air pressure is not the safe or inexpensive way to do things. Obstacles lie around every corner and the reactive method, specifically with data security, is always an unsafe bet. A proactive approach is a part of any healthy technology strategy and can save time and money over the long run. Below is a list of roadblocks that can force a business to hit the brakes, causing them to lose money, damage their reputation, and waste time.

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Topics: Security

4 Concerns We Still Have About the Cloud

Posted by JGonzalez on Apr 24, 2015 1:39:45 PM

Today, more and more businesses are adopting the cloud as their go-to model. RightScale’s survey found that 87% of organizations utilize the public cloud, while 74% of enterprises take advantage of a hybrid cloud strategy. Furthermore, the survey showed that “respondents reported more benefits from cloud computing in 2014 over the previous year in a variety of categories, including higher availability, geographic reach, cost savings, and business continuity.” Despite the major trends in cloud computing, there are still many concerns that IT teams and business executives share. Below, we dig into what they are most worried about.

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Topics: Cloud

The CMO and Shadow IT

Posted by JFlores on Apr 23, 2015 6:01:48 PM

As a CMO, I have a much stronger voice when it comes to IT spending than I did 10 or even five years ago. Having the right tools, services and applications is essential to analyzing big data, responding to customer needs, and quickly rolling out new products and services – all of which create competitive advantages and drive revenue. In fact, Gartner predicts that the CMO will outspend the CIO on IT by 2017.

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Topics: Cloud, BYOD, Security

Managed Services Deliver Peace of Mind

Posted by HReal on Apr 17, 2015 5:08:32 PM

In enterprise IT, where hidden expenses like downtime can cost the average mid-size business almost $700,000 each year, it’s important to have a plan in place for worst-case scenarios. In today’s business environment, disaster recovery tactics, addressing shadow IT, securing data, and maintaining operations are more important than ever. But how do you focus on important IT strategies, like planning for growth and creating business continuity plans, when day-to-day business operations take up most of your time?

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Topics: Managed Services

The Role of Application Containers in Virtualization

Posted by BMcCandless on Apr 14, 2015 3:09:22 PM

Traditionally, virtualization has been hypervisor-based. A hypervisor is used to separate virtual machines (VMs), each with its own operating system, and abstract management from hardware. However, the container model of virtualization is quickly gaining traction because it enables applications to share operating systems instead of requiring servers to run separate copies for each VM. The container model allows resources to be used more efficiently compared to hypervisor-based virtualization and is often viewed as the better option for cloud applications.

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Topics: Virtualization

5 Insights Into the Hybrid Cloud of 2015

Posted by JGonzalez on Mar 24, 2015 10:43:00 AM

The amount of options available can be daunting no matter what the investment, be it a car, a home, or even clothes. Technology is no different. The days of one option for storage and two options for operating systems are over. Today, we are inundated with choices, and it’s great. One choice for cloud computing that has been right for so many businesses is the hybrid cloud.

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Topics: Cloud

The Benefits of a Mobile Collaboration Strategy

Posted by CReed on Mar 19, 2015 1:18:20 PM

Today’s enterprise has no borders. The pace of business continues to accelerate, thanks in part to a mobile workforce and constantly connected customers. Competition is getting more intense. Providing a product or service immediately, effectively and efficiently is now a requirement, not an aspiration.

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Why a Cloud Assessment Is an Essential First Step to Cloud Adoption

Posted by BGrassmuck on Mar 17, 2015 5:24:00 PM

Most organizations recognize the business benefits that the cloud is capable of delivering. A reduction in costs related to purchasing and maintaining IT infrastructure typically tops the list. Organizations can scale services and capacity up or down as needed to improve operational efficiency instead of overprovisioning to account for peak times.

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Topics: Cloud

Embracing the Hybrid Cloud: The Happy Medium between Dollars and Data Sense

Posted by JGonzalez on Mar 11, 2015 10:24:00 AM

If you’re an IT manager, IT architect, or CIO and still have questions about welcoming the cloud into your business, understand that nearly all organizations that have chosen to adopt the cloud have seen increases in production, operational savings, and customer satisfaction. If you’re trying to cut back on capital expenditures, then you’ll be happy to know that the cloud is scalable in cost—meaning you only pay for what you use. Most businesses utilize a hybrid cloud system, meaning open access to information, products and services for your customers through a public cloud and a private cloud which delivers enhanced security for more critical data like applications and development tools for onsite and offsite employees. Other benefits of the hybrid cloud include:

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Topics: Cloud

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