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  • 2011: When cloud computing shook the data center

    Posted December 28, 2011 - 7:16 am

    In a year of surging private cloud activity and major build-outs in public cloud capacity, the cloud's promised simplification remains elusive
  • 12 IT outsourcing predictions for 2012

    Posted December 22, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    In 2011, the IT outsourcing industry was marked by smaller deals, leery customers, profit-squeezed IT service providers and a lot of cloud computing talk. Much of that could continue next year, but as our 12 predictions for 2012 indicate, you can expect some new IT outsourcing developments--maybe even a few firsts.
  • Top 10 small business tech predictions for 2012

    Posted December 22, 2011 - 8:44 am

    From more affordable virtualization to cloud everything to gigabit wireless to NAS appliances, small businesses have a lot to watch for in 2012. To help you plan for the year ahead, check our picks for top tech trends of 2012 -- all cast with the needs of small businesses in mind.
  • 10 biggest ERP software failures of 2011

    Posted December 20, 2011 - 10:43 am

    With the year drawing to a close, one thing seems abundantly clear: There are still an awful lot of ERP and other software projects running off the rails out there.
  • Follow the money -- Revlon's private cloud

    Posted December 12, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    Think of a brand such as Revlon and words such as ‘glamour’ and ‘excitement’ are far more likely to come to mind than terms such as virtual machines and private Cloud infrastructure.
  • The tech jobs hiring boom is real -- for these skills

    Posted December 12, 2011 - 7:16 am

    After some tough years for IT and tech pros, high demand for tech workers is here in some areas -- and is expected to continue
  • 10 most powerful cloud companies

    Posted December 8, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Virtually every vendor has a cloud story to tell. But here are 10 companies that have distinguished themselves as the leaders in cloud computing.
  • 10 must-have tools for cloud power users

    Posted December 7, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    For many of us, the cloud has changed the way we work and play. Thanks to well-known services like Gmail, Dropbox, Facebook and Instapaper, practically our whole lives -- photos, documents, contacts and more -- are online. So isn't it time to take control?
  • Rumble in the cloud: 5 cloud storage services compared

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Clouds aren't just for IT departments looking to cut costs anymore. Today, free and low-cost cloud services are available for everyone. But which is right for you?
  • Cloud security: Mission impossible

    Posted November 8, 2011 - 10:02 pm

    But steady progress is being made to address security concerns of enterprise IT.
  • Public cloud security remains MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Someday, cloud security vendors and cloud services providers will convince enterprise IT that it's safe to move sensitive data and mission critical apps from the private cloud to the public cloud.
  • This week in pictures: Farewell, Steve

    Posted October 7, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Reflections on the life and work of Steve Jobs dominated the news and our thoughts this week. But there was more, oh yes, there was more. The Zune was declared dead and then un-dead, Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff had a rather public spat, and Apple announced the iPhone 4S.
  • Google's 5 biggest hits (and misses)

    Posted September 26, 2011 - 10:29 am

    It's not all lying and spying in Googleland. The search/advertising giant wouldn't be the behemoth it is today if it didn't do a few things right.
  • What today's software developers need to know

    Posted September 14, 2011 - 6:13 am

    Today's software developers don't have to worry about many things that their predecessors used to, like coding to minimize RAM consumption. However, the reverse is also true: there are many new skills and areas of expertise that today's software developers, hardware developers, system and network administrators, and other IT professionals need that simply didn't exist in the past.
  • Cloud computing for consumers: The downsides

    Posted September 12, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    If you read much about tech, you've undoubtedly been told by some snarky writer that if you're not headed for the cloud, you're hopelessly unhip, behind the times, and probably overweight. You know -- the cloud, that repository of all things digital contained on giant servers owned by someone else out there in cyberspace.
  • Feds trek to the cloud

    Posted September 12, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    The government sector is on a fast march to the cloud, but Robert Rosen wants to pause for a breath.
  • Salesforce alternatives: 5 CRM services for small businesses

    Posted September 12, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Customer relationship management (CRM) programs have a bad reputation for being overly technical, burdensome to implement, and a chore to use. This can certainly be true of some services, especially for owners of small to medium-size businesses who lack the funds or resources to customize the CRM properly to meet their company's needs. Salesforce, for example, is popular but not necessarily lightweight or easy to get off the ground.
  • Is Office 365 right for your enterprise?

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 7:47 pm

    With Office 365, Microsoft has made a major upgrade to its cloud-based communication and collaboration suite, offering a Google Apps alternative that is stronger than its predecessor, the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).
  • In fortified data center, NYSE runs 'gated' trading cloud

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    Hurricane Irene mattered not to NYSE Euronext's large data center, which is built on land high enough to avoid 100-year floods and just about everything else.
  • How the Cloud Can Turn Toxic

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Technology attorney Matthew Karlyn tells CIOs how to avoid poisonous cloud contracts
  • Beyond virtualization in the private cloud

    Posted August 23, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    More than automation combined with virtualization, the private cloud can tap into enormous efficiencies in network and storage layers
  • Cloud growth prompts shift in enterprise security strategies

    Posted August 22, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    What a different global economy this would be if it were only a little bit more like the cloud. As the financial markets go through their bipolar mood swings with every wrenching headline, the market for cloud services has marched steadily upward and onward, seemingly unfazed by the concerns of the non-virtual world.
  • Cloud security fears are overblown, says U.S. CIO

    Posted August 22, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    Kundra contends that security concerns are exaggerated in part to discourage competition.
  • 62 things you can do with Dropbox

    Posted August 17, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    If you're looking for new things it Dropbox can do, you've come to the right place.
  • Preparing for the real costs of cloud computing

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 10:31 am

    Moving to the cloud can mean added costs, some of which might be unexpected. While these types of costs don't necessarily prevent companies from getting real business value out of cloud computing initiatives, they will have an impact on the overall cost-benefit analysis of cloud services.

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