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  • Are you paying too much for cloud services?

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Knowing exactly how much and what type of cloud service a company needs is one of the more challenging aspects of deploying a cloud strategy, and most enterprises are getting it wrong, according to experts.
  • Piston Cloud has made the tough private cloud decisions for you

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:08 am

    Joshua McKenty, co-founder and chief executive officer of Piston Cloud, what he calls The Enterprise OpenStack Company, was in on the ground floor of OpenStack's creation, working as he was on the Anso Labs team at NASA to build a compute cloud on top of open source platform Eucalyptus. The team eventually gave up on that and wrote Nova, which NASA uses today to power its Nebula Cloud environment, and Nova was ultimately contributed to the OpenStack project, which it formed with Rackspace. McKenty left NASA after Anso was acquired by Rackspace in 2010, and formed Piston Cloud in 2011 with co-founders Gretchen Curtis (also of NASA) and Christopher MacGown of Rackspace. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with McKenty for a deep dive on why OpenStack matters and where Piston Cloud fits in.
  • IBM user group: 75% of companies aren't collecting social media information

    Posted March 17, 2012 - 7:51 am

    A recent survey of the IBM SHARE user group found just 25% of respondents were collecting data from social media networks for business purposes, though many more are apparently planning to do so in the near future.
  • Analysts: Microsoft didn't cut Office 365 prices just to be nice

    Posted March 16, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    In announcing price reductions for Office 365 this week, Microsoft said its cost of running the cloud suite has fallen and that it wants to "pass on" those savings to customers, but some analysts believe the primary drivers for the move have little to do with goodwill.
  • White Paper

    IDC Whitepaper: Red Hat Virtualization

    Posted March 16, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Explore enterprise virtualization: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Gary Chen, IDC Research Manager for Enterprise Virtualization Software, outlines the history of virtualization, its interoperability challenges, and key market trends shaping its future.
  • Your ISP's new job: copyright cop

    Posted March 16, 2012 - 10:58 am

    Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner and more ISPs will "mitigate" illegal downloading starting July 12.
  • Microsoft cuts the prices of some Office 365 plans

    Posted March 15, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    Microsoft has lowered the prices of some editions of the Office 365 cloud collaboration and communication suite, which was launched about eight months ago and competes directly with Google Apps and other similar products.
  • Most web sites flooded by alien visitors

    Posted March 15, 2012 - 11:19 am

    A new study estimates 31% of web is from malicious sources, mostly automated hacking, spying or spam tools. It's possible to filter those out of Google Analytics results and block them from sites, but not without knowing how to tell 'good' 'bots from 'bad' ones.
  • Eucalyptus refocuses on open source values

    Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:31 am

    There's been a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about cloud-computing vendor Eucalyptus Systems. A conversation to clear the air.
  • rolls out Rypple, revamps website-builder tools

    Posted March 15, 2012 - 8:05 am is set to unveil new products for employee performance management and rapid website development on Thursday during the Cloudforce conference in San Francisco.
  • Dell plans data centers in Asia, as customers look to cloud

    Posted March 15, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Dell could set up over 20 data centers in Asia to meet growing demand from customers for a mix of private and public clouds, the head of the company's Asia Pacific and Japan region said.
  • Next up for DLP: The cloud?

    Posted March 15, 2012 - 7:22 am

    Traditionally there have been two ways to host a data loss prevention security service: An on-premise application managed by the customer, or an on-premise application managed by the DLP supplier. BEW Global, a managed security service provider, has a third way: Through the cloud.
  • Amid doubts about cloud file-sharing services, enterprises operate their own

    Posted March 15, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Cloud-based file-sharing services like Dropbox have become popular, but organizations with sensitive data say they're reluctant to turn it over to cloud services. Instead, they're buying file-sharing products they manage on their own for bulk file transfers among business partners.
  • White Paper

    Driving Security in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    This paper examines recent IDG research among IT leaders, who share their concerns and strategies in addressing security in cloud computing environments.
  • White Paper

    Driving Security in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    This paper examines recent IDG research among IT leaders, who share their concerns and strategies in addressing security in cloud computing environments.
  • Talent pool not big enough to meet skyrocketing cloud computing job demand

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:36 am

    The number of job postings in the cloud computing industry is growing so rapidly that there aren't enough qualified workers available to fill the positions, according to an analysis of hiring trends by Wanted Analytics.
  • White Paper

    Box Private Vendor Watchlist Profile: Cloud-Based Content Collaboration Services Enabling Enterprises to Move Toward Next-Generation Collaboration

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:10 am

    This IDC Vendor Profile analyzes Box, a company playing in the public cloud advanced storage services market and the content management and collaboration market, and reviews key success factors: market potential, technology/solution, corporate strategy, force multipliers, and customers. The company, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, has over 8 million users and is growing quickly in the file synchronization and collaboration market. Leveraging IDC's expert understanding of the competitive landscape and future outlook, this document highlights company and market information tailored to the investment professional's needs.
  • White Paper

    The Cloud: Reinventing Enterprise Collaboration

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Collaboration and content sharing are not, of course, new concepts. But cloud computing has changed the nature of collaboration, content sharing, document storage and project management to enable more efficient, faster-acting and cost-effective enterprises. According to a new study by IDG Research, the vast majority of knowledge workers (86%) placed a very high level of importance on collaborating with internal coworkers and external stakeholders, and having access to the most up-to-date corporate information. Read how organizations are realizing massive productivity gains by transitioning their content management solutions to cloud-based models.
  • White Paper

    Forrester Report: The ROI of Cloud Apps

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Cloud apps continue to gain momentum in the enterprise as buyers are attracted to fast deployment speeds, low upfront costs, and ongoing flexibility to scale up or down as needs change. This report analyzes the five-year ROI for cloud apps across CRM, ERP, collaboration, and IT service management.
  • US grabs, extradites British college student

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:01 am linking activities legal in Britain, but US seized domain name as student faces possible 10 years in US prison.
  • ARM 'Flycatcher' chip tiny, cheap, enables 'Internet of things'

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:50 am

    ARM Cortex M0+ chip (Flycatcher), a 32-bit chip with low price and small size, may lead to linking common items over the Internet.
  • OpenStack co-founder questions governance proposal

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:33 am

    OpenStack's new Foundation is still under construction, but already there are concerns about how the new organization will be managed.
  • White Paper

    Achieving 360 Degree Network Visibility with Nimsoft

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:00 am

    360° network visibility is critical for ensuring continuous availability of networks, servers, and applications-anything less could have costly bottom-line implications.
  • White Paper

    Fair to Partly Cloudy

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:00 am

    This paper describes unique characteristics of cloud service delivery models and details distinct monitoring responsibilities and challenges of each model.
  • Amazon expands integrated status monitoring

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Amazon Web Services has added the ability to monitor the status of storage volumes on EBS (Elastic Block Store), the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.
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