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  • How to choose an IaaS provider

    Posted July 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    Move over, Amazon: Google, HP, and Microsoft, and others want a seat at the table. How do you choose among all those IaaS providers? Start with this quick primer.
  • 10 disaster preparedness questions to ask your cloud services provider

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    A typical cloud contract contains uptime clauses and credits for missed service levels, but it often fails to adequately protect the enterprise customer. Here are 10 questions the intelligent cloud customer can ask to make sure they are sheltered from potential disaster.
  • Virtualization versus a private cloud

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 7:37 am

    Two great strategies for cutting IT overhead. What you gain on the swings, you may lose on the roundabout.
  • Could cloud computing change how we communicate?

    Posted June 26, 2012 - 10:12 am

    At least one CIO has already done away with email and Office.
  • Cloud-based Office tools: Right for you?

    Posted June 26, 2012 - 10:10 am

    When you're adopting cloud software, you need to think about features and functions, of course, as well as the costs involved. But process changes and user training can be even bigger factors.
  • Survival guide: Do's and don'ts for next-gen IT

    Posted June 22, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Business IT is evolving behind your back. Here's how to head off extinction and assert a larger role
  • Corporate cloud showdown: IT vs. Legal

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Increasingly, IT and legal find themselves facing off over the benefits and risks of cloud computing. Here's how some entities have hammered out a compromise.
  • Is OpenStack the new Linux?

    Posted June 7, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    Or is this open source 'cloud operating system' just a launching pad for a million new cloud businesses? Either way, the excitement is contagious
  • BYOD drives Communism out of IT

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Freedom of choice when it comes to technology decisions has traditionally ended at the doors of the enterprise, where IT tells you what hardware and software you can use. But BYOD and consumerization of IT may be the new Glasnost.
  • What would a post-e-mail world look like?

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 11:39 am

    E-mail may be on the decline, but its archival abilities can't be matched by any current contender.
  • How to make PHP apps scale

    Posted May 25, 2012 - 6:09 am

    The most popular language for Web apps, PHP tends to buckle under heavy loads -- unless you opt for cloud scaling and a NoSQL back end
  • Up-and-coming tech jobs

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Big changes in IT are spawning a new class of tech job titles. Here are a few up-and-comers -- and a rundown of the skills you need to land these positions.
  • Career Watch: IT jobs on top

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    In a recent ranking of the best jobs, several IT positions ended up in the top 10.
  • 5 outsourcing trends to watch

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    The deals are getting smaller, with new pricing models, while security and cloud computing become hot topics.
  • Is your cloud provider exposing remnants of your data?

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 11:36 am

    Security researchers report that incorrectly configured hypervisors can lead to a separation of data issue in multi-tenant environments that can expose data remnants. However, you can prevent hosting your data on 'dirty disks.'
  • Hostage crisis in the cloud: Can you rescue your data back?

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Outsourcing contracts typically include termination and transition assistance provisions that outline the IT service provider's responsibilities regarding returning data. IT buyers are surprised to find out that their cloud computing contracts contain no such provisions.
  • Security concerns over a data center in the cloud

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 11:46 am

    When the company data center moves to various cloud configurations, the provisioning of servers will need to be addressed.
  • Open-source cloud frameworks: A work in progress

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Here's a look at the growing list of open-source platform-as-a-service providers and how IT managers can decide where the technology fits best in their organizations.
  • Google Drive begs the question: Who owns your data in the cloud?

    Posted May 3, 2012 - 7:26 am

    Google Drive raises several concerns about cloud storage. Many of these consumer-level questions -- who owns your data, how data can be used and what happens if the data is lost or stolen -- are ones enterprise IT executives should be asking, too.
  • Crowdfunding: The latest way to get your project funded

    Posted May 2, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    Crowdfunding sites like Kickerstarter are offering both established businesses and entrepreneurs a viable alternative to venture capitalists.
  • The NFL thrives on big, except in IT

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 7:34 am

    The NFL may have big stadiums, big players and big games, but when it comes to its IT operation, Nancy Galietti, the NFL's vice president of IT, does not use the word big.
  • Spotlight on cloud computing

    Posted April 30, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    63% of IT leaders expect their cloud budgets to increase in the next 12 months. Here's what you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Master MySQL in the Amazon cloud

    Posted April 30, 2012 - 6:15 am

    Amazon Web Services offer new challenges and flexibility for database admins -- here's how to avoid the pitfalls and tune for performance
  • Cloud computing skills shortage forces CIOs to grow their own

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:35 am

    When Majestic Realty Co., a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate developer, moved to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) for cloud-based email in early 2011, CIO Jon Grunzweig was shocked by the lack of technical support he found for BPOS in the marketplace.
  • What makes a cloud a cloud? 5 defining characterstics

    Posted April 12, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    The NIST definition of cloud computing highlights five "essential characteristics" of cloud computing. Don't have these and you don't have cloud.
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