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

Tame BYOD with MDM, VMI, and file sync and share

Posted by Alan Earls on Oct 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

BYOD – the bring-your-own-device revolution that has exploded the traditional world of IT – is not going away…For better or worse, top management and business owners love their iPhones, iPads, and Android devices and insist that regardless of issues of complexity and security, they should be able to use them as their front-end to all the goodies in the corporate store.

That means IT has got to follow their lead and just make it work. Fortunately, there are some helpful technologies emerging into widespread use.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Customer Management

Announcing Intronis ECHOshare: Secure file sync and share for business

Posted by John Farrell on Oct 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Today we’re rolling out a brand new platform that will help our partners expand their IT services portfolio and deliver more value to SMBs.

Intronis ECHOshare is a standalone file sync and share solution that is separate from our core Intronis ECHOplatform but delivers the same supreme security and functionality you expect from Intronis.

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Topics: ECHOshare file sync and share

Don't overlook insider cyber security threats

Posted by Alan Earls on Oct 13, 2014 8:30:00 AM

In continuing to focus on IT security related topics, in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it makes sense for businesses to stop and “look in the mirror.” While there is tremendous attention given to the outside security threats such as hackers and advanced persistent threats (APTs), the potential damage that insiders can do is sometimes overlooked. And, according to experts, while the threat may be technological, the solution is at least partly “human.”  

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

Cloud 5: Google Chromebooks in enterprise, missing innovation at Interop, more

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 10, 2014 7:46:45 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.

On the radar this week are items about Google Chromebooks, HP, Interop, Oracle, and a lesson learned by Harvard Business Publishing.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Gartner CIO priorities survey finds IT security is low on the list

Posted by Ron Miller on Oct 9, 2014 2:23:18 PM

I spied the the latest Gartner CIO priorities list the other day on Twitter. No surprise that business analytics (aka big data) was at the top, but perhaps what was a surprise was that security was at the bottom. Assuming this list is order of priority, that's actually shocking, especially in the context of the number high profile IT security breaches we've seen in recent years -- and the standard anti-cloud argument from some CIOs and IT pros that usually involves security and how much better they can do it themselves.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security