Cloud 5: Cloud in 2020, data clouds and robots in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 31, 2014 9:14:42 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Big IT vendors finally embrace cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 30, 2014 8:30:00 AM

For big IT vendors, 2014 will be remembered as the year they fully embraced the cloud. Surely some have dabbled in it along the way to various degrees, but this year, they went all in -- and they acknowledged the public cloud too. Whether we are talking HP, IBM, EMC, Cisco, Oracle or Red Hat; they are all here to tell you they are the cloud vendor you have been waiting for -- really.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Data sovereignty issues make the cloud a global endeavor

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM

One of the primary benefits of cloud computing is that it is supposed to centralize access to applications in a way that should reduce IT infrastructure costs. As it turns out, legislation around the globe is actually turning cloud computing into a global exercise for distributed systems.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

GE Leads Enterprise Charge To Public Cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 27, 2014 8:30:00 AM

GE has big plans to close most of its data centers and move to the public cloud. When I was talking about this story idea last week with my editor, she was surprised by the idea that GE, an industrial giant that makes appliances and ginormous things like jet engines, railroad locomotives and wind turbines would be progressive enough to make a major move to the cloud like this — but in an interview with InfoWorld recently, GE COO of IT Chris Drumgoole said GE was in fact making a big move to the public cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Hybrid cloud center stage, Microsoft cloud in a box, Red Hat CEO talks cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 24, 2014 9:24:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

This week we look at big companies focusing on hybrid cloud computing, Microsoft's new cloud in a box, and Red Hat's CEO talking cloud.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Key to More Cloud Migrations Lies with Micosoft Active Directory

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 23, 2014 11:09:00 AM

One of the major challenges that any provider of cloud services faces in the enterprise is the dependency most organizations have on Microsoft Active Directory (AD). For more than 20 years, IT organizations have relied on Microsoft AD for almost every aspect of how they manage access to applications. Any effort to get those organizations to move wholeheartedly to the cloud requires providing some level of equivalent functionality.

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Topics: Microsoft Windows

Intronis ECHOshare: Help your SMBs win the sync and share battle

Posted by Manny Veiga on Oct 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Picture it: an employee wants to easily share company documents, so they sign up for any one of the big popular sync and share services without their boss’s knowledge.

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Topics: Business Development, ECHOshare file sync and share

Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Google's Chromebook is a cheap alternative to a more expensive Windows or Mac PC or laptop, but up until recently it lacked any specific administrative oversight tools for enterprise IT. While IT might have liked the price tag, they may have worried about the lack of an integrated tool suite for managing a fleet of Chromebooks. That's changed with release of Chromebook for Work, a new program designed to give IT that control they crave for Chromebooks.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

The Perils of IT Security Services Profitability

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Providing IT security has never been an activity for the feint of hearts, which is one of the primary reasons that many IT services firms are reluctant to engage in providing IT security unless they really specialize it.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

Cloud 5: GE all in on public cloud, IBM-SAP cloud partnership, Big data and the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 17, 2014 9:48:49 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

This week, we look at the impact of cloud computing on the recent corporate splits, cloud computing and big data and the IBM-SAP cloud partnership.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends