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  • Security for large-company cloud providers

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 6:57 pm

    I'm a CIO or CSO of a corporation that has yearly revenues of $1 billion or more. What are the security concerns that I have before I'm willing to deploy my IT infrastructure into a cloud? Let's flesh out the following security issues: What belongs in the cloud? How should sensitive data be protected? How are encryption upgrades addressed? How do I limit access to sensitive data? And how will critical systems metadata (data describing data) be tracked?
  • Do your cloud vendors disclaim security responsibility?

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    Cloud computing contracts often contain significant business risks for end user organizations, according to independent research by UK academics. Some contracts even have clauses disclaiming responsibility for keeping the user’s data secure or intact.
  • Verizon makes makes bid to let fox guard henhouse

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    Verizon's latest suggestion to ensure net neutrality is to suggest non-telecom vendors are to blame for network throttling and eliminate "anticipatory" limits on its behavior.
  • Security Manager's Journal: Heading for the clouds

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 4:17 pm

    What makes a good information security professional? I think it's starting at the bottom and working your way up, occupying various positions along the way and obtaining skills in every one of them. It's understanding the business and having the ability to influence others. It's having a breadth of knowledge in various business sectors.
  • How to get strategic about SaaS: 5 key considerations

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    The siloed, business-led SaaS deployments of the 2000s are yielding to greater due diligence, planning, and integration with existing sourcing and IT processes, says Forrester Research. Here are 5 considerations for sourcing professionals trying to get the most from SaaS.
  • What next for Novell?

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    In an era of technology consolidation, the questions raised by Novell's sale to Attachmate for $2.2 billion ought to be a familiar: Users can only wonder what may happen to Novell's deep and extensive enterprise product lines.
  • Google testing Office collaboration plug-in

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 1:45 pm

    Google has started to test with a limited number of Microsoft Office users a plug-in that lets them share and collaboratively edit their documents by storing them on Google's cloud infrastructure.
  • What would YOU do for 150 Mbit/sec?

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    Verizon launched a host of fast, modular network and computing services aimed at SMBs but hasn't overcome a poor reputation for gouging customers and poor service.
  • High-end version of SQL Server 2008 R2 'late to market,' analyst says

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Analysts have muted expectations for the parallel data warehouse (PDW) edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 that Microsoft is scheduled to ship next month.
  • Virtualization meets its organizational limit

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 10:04 am

    We've been staring a simple truth in the face for a few years but generally trying to ignore it because the implications are big. That truth: If we are to get the most out of highly virtualized, cloud-ready environments we are probably going to have to rethink the way parts of IT are organized.
  • EU funds technical and policy research into cloud computing

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 9:48 am

    The European Union is funding a three-year research project that intends to develop a variety of technical components and policies designed to make cloud computing more secure.
  • OnLive's MicroConsole gets a release date; will it make a difference?

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 8:40 am

    The OnLive streaming gaming service works quite well, yet gamers don't seem to be flocking to the service. Now a MicroConsole helps bring OnLive to your TV. Will it also help bring OnLive to skeptical gamers? I think it will.
  • Aruba has smartphone, iPad-crazy enterprise covered

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 9:55 pm

    The influx of smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices into businesses is making many employees more productive, but Aruba Networks is seeing firsthand how much strain all of this newfound mobility is putting on the enterprise IT and security staffs that are its customers. In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant spoke with Aruba CEO Dominic Orr about the changing wired/wireless network architecture, competing with Cisco Systems, exploiting the cloud and the rise of 802.11n.
  • Beware of 'false clouds,' warn the people who sell clouds you can't build yourself

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    Could it be that part of the reason cloud computing still confuses some people is that vendors change the definition to match what they're selling?
  • Google folds consumer services into Apps suite

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    If you've been using Google Apps for work and other Google services for play, then you know the annoyance of juggling two accounts within one browser. That hassle ended Thursday as Mountain View brought more than 60 services into the Google Apps fold.
  • SlideShare lets companies create experts network

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    Businesses can now aggregate in a single place the presentations that their employees have posted on SlideShare and thus create a company-branded network of experts on the popular presentation-sharing site.
  • Apps suite gains access to more than 60 other Google tools

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    Google Apps administrators will now be able to give their users managed access to about 60 Google applications, tools and services that aren't part of the core components of the hosted communications and collaboration suite.
  • Ariba buys Quadrem for e-commerce software

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    Ariba said Thursday it is acquiring fellow e-commerce vendor Quadrem for roughly US$150 million, in a deal the company says will create the world's largest business-to-business commerce network. The transaction is expected to close by March 31, 2011.
  • Password cracking in the cloud

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 10:29 am

    On-demand cloud computing is a wonderful tool for companies that need some computing capacity for a short time, but don't want to invest in fixed capital for long term. For the same reasons, cloud computing can be very useful to hackers.
  • Benioff kneels at the altar of cloud computing

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    For Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff, cloud computing isn't just an important technology model upon which he founded his company, but rather something that merits religious devotion.
  • Google Docs gets mobile editing capabilities

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Users of Google's Docs hosted office productivity suite will now be able to edit word processing documents from their Android and Apple iOS devices, Google announced on Wednesday.
  • 10 most exaggerated tech terms

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    You're a "leading cloud expert" with a "robust solution" that will be "generally available" in "early 2011"? Sure you are. Here's CIO.com's guide to cutting through the year's most overblown technology terms.
  • Google Docs can now be edited on iPhone, iPad

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    Google talks about Web apps being the future, but the company sometimes takes a while to bring some of its most powerful features to all devices. Case in point: after four generations of the iPhone, seven months of the iPad, Google Docs can finally be edited on iOS devices.
  • Majority plan to work through holiday "vacations"

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    Holiday shopping is already underway, but next week the real holiday season begins. Starting with Thanksgiving, employees across the United States and around the world will be taking four-day weekends and extended vacations to celebrate the holidays...sort of. Many will not physically go to the office, but will continue working through the holidays nonetheless.
  • Facebook messaging incorporates Office document sharing

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    Facebook's major messaging announcement may not have been the direct frontal assault on Gmail that many had anticipated, but that doesn't mean that Google doesn't have reason to be concerned. The new e-mail capabilities, combined with the integration of Microsoft Office Web Apps make Facebook a more complete business tool and a more direct competitor for Google Apps.

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