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  • Two open-source cloud standards: What it means to you

    Posted April 20, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    It's unlikely that hordes of VMware, Citrix or Microsoft Hyper-V users will flock to open-source virtualization or cloud-computing platform as an alternative to the hypervisors and virtualized infrastructure-management software they've already chosen, analysts say. So where does open source fit in the cloud world? Think lock-in and migration flexibility.
  • What cloud computing really costs: Do you know?

    Posted April 11, 2011 - 10:32 am

    14 ways CIOs under estimate the costs of cloud computing
  • How cloud computing promotes business growth

    Posted April 11, 2011 - 9:36 am

    For Coty, IHG, Synaptics and Lojas Renner, using cloud computing is a key part of a strategy to expand business operations and increase profits.
  • Lies my vendor told me: Tech relationships gone wrong

    Posted March 25, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Three years ago, a luxury retailer with a growing online business faced a nightmare situation: The order fulfillment service provided by its SaaS vendor for online transactions went down for two days during the critical Christmas season. The retailer's website couldn't accept orders for a 48-hour period, resulting in frustrated customers and lost business.
  • 10 cool things virtualization lets you do

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 12:46 pm

    Virtualization isn't just for geeks or those who run enormously powerful servers. It offers something for everybody, and if you haven't yet dipped your toe into the virtualization ocean, then you're at serious risk of being left behind.
  • Four ways to mitigate mobile and cloud data leaks

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Your CEO may be paranoid about WikiLeaks, but his mobile device and cloud computing are the real threats to corporate security.
  • Four kinds of IT professionals CIOs need to hire now

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    Developers of mobile, social media and collaboration apps. Business experts. Cloud-vendor managers. Masters of unstructured data. Why these IT professionals are essential to maintaining your company's competitive edge.
  • Pay no attention to that widget recording your every move

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    Ever wonder how much of a time suck Bejeweled is? Or how often your legitimate work-related research on the Web deteriorates into recreational browsing? Now there is software that will tell not only you, but also your boss and your coworkers.
  • The iPad data dilemma: Where cloud storage can help

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Tablets and cloud storage seem like a marriage made in heaven, but it takes third-party apps to bring them together.
  • iPads storm the enterprise

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    As global accounts director at Altus, Inc., Michelle Klatt's job is to visit Fortune 500 companies and demonstrate her firm's video management software. When the iPad came out a year ago, she was all over it.
  • Cloud CIO: How cloud computing changes IT staffs

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    My recent post, The Internet of Things and the Cloud CIO of the Future garnered a lot of attention and comments. One tweet by @abbielundberg said "agree w priorities but there's more to CIO role." Abbie, by the way, is former Editor-in-Chief of CIO Magazine, so she definitely knows whereof she speaks.
  • Early adopter spells out Microsoft Azure’s strengths and shortcomings

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:29 pm

    Few people know Windows Azure as well as Joannes Vermorel. Here’s his take on Microsoft’s cloud platform.
  • Cloud consulting firm hopes lightning can strike twice

    Posted January 31, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    Cloud consulting start-up CloudTP reunites colleagues from Cambridge Technology Partners, including co-founder Chris Greendale.
  • From green screen apps to the cloud: One CIO's challenge

    Posted January 27, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    Moving from an entertainment-industry business to a healthcare company is a big change in environment and culture, says Brett Michalak, former CIO of Tickets.com, who became CIO at Crescent Healthcare in May.
  • How to divorce your tech vendor

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Follow these 7 tips to protect your IT assets -- and essential company data -- from a service provider breakup gone bad.
  • 5 most surprising things about cloud computing in 2010

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    2010 was the year "cloud computing" became colloquialized to just "cloud," and everyone realized "cloud," "SAAS" and all the other xAAS's (PAAS, IAAS, DAAS) were all different implementations of the same idea -- a set of computing services available online that can expand or contract according to need.
  • State of the CIO: IT departments are fueling company growth

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    CIOs are investing in projects to improve staff productivity, make business processes more efficient and promote innovation. These activities signal the retrenchment that ruled during the Great Recession is, thankfully, over.
  • EMC's cloud culture

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Like many companies, EMC looked to the cloud as a means to address growth, reduce costs, and manage a data centre that was rapidly approaching 100 percent utilization. Unlike most other companies, however, EMC is a technology company, owner of the dominant vitualization provider, and embarked on its journey -- in 2004 -- long before the term 'cloud' became ubiquitous.
  • Cloud computing: The executive summary

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Does computing terminology constantly befuddle you? You're not alone. Nobody ever takes the time to explain new tech terms fully, and it seems we're supposed to figure it all out on our own.
  • The complicated new face of personal computing

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:07 am

    New platforms such as tablets and smartphones, loads of new virtualization technologies, and the need to access the desktop from any device, anywhere, forever change personal computing.
  • 2011 tech priorities: Private cloud beckons

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:02 am

    The indisputable economic benefits of cloud computing for certain applications drive businesses to consider building clouds of their own, but they need to make sure they are prepared before jumping into the cloud.
  • What you need to know about the year of the cloud

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 11:06 am

    2010 saw Microsoft make a big grab for the cloud, while big business got serious about building clouds of its own.
  • New Year's Tech Resolutions for Small Businesses

    Posted December 29, 2010 - 10:06 am

    There's no telling what the future will bring, but one thing is sure: In the world of technology, nothing stays the same for very long. The year 2010 wasn't terribly turbulent for tech, but 2011 is shaping up to be more of a thrill than you might expect. From Android's scorched-earth march across the industry to malware threats that we have yet to wrap our arms around, it seems as if everything is about to change.
  • How to check on your cloud provider

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Potential cloud-services customers face a tough problem: How can they trust cloud providers enough to hire them when the providers refuse to reveal important infrastructure details for reasons of security and practicality?
  • Cloud drives speech recognition forward for Microsoft

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 4:15 pm

    For years, using voice recognition technology on phones or other devices has been a novelty -- something people try once but never again, usually because it works so poorly. But recent developments, including harnessing the computational power of the cloud, have made it more usable and will make it even better in the near future, according to Microsoft.
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