Cloud API Battle Enters a New Phase

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 16, 2014 10:10:00 AM

With the acquisition of Eucalyptus by Hewlett-Packard the whole debate over APIs in the cloud just got a whole lot more nuanced.

Eucalytpus got its start by promoting the adoption of private clouds based on the same APIs that Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses in its public cloud service. The basic idea is that in a hybrid cloud computing world it would be simpler to move workloads between private and public clouds if they shared the same API.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Android Apps On Chromebooks Could Introduce Complications In The Enterprise

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 15, 2014 10:32:56 AM

The first Android apps for Chromebook appeared in the Chrome Web Store last week and the implications are huge for the cloud-based laptops, but for enterprise users it could introduce some complications that negate the reasons enterprises might buy them in the first place.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Productivity Month: How Intronis prioritizes feature improvements

Posted by Matt Kowalski on Sep 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

One of the questions we often get in Product Management is how we decide what features and enhancements make it into a release and which do not. It’s a very important question, since the value we add to our product and the order in which we release features plays a big role in the services and protection our partners can offer their customers.

These choices all come down to determining priority: how important each feature is to our partners, the market, and our overall product vision, relative to the other features on our list. The features that are deemed higher priority are given the most attention and resources.

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Topics: Productivity Month

Cloud 5: First Android apps come to Chromebook, HP nabs Euculyptus, and creating a coherent cloud strategy

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 12, 2014 8:42:00 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.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Celebrity nude photo hack proves little about cloud security. The celebrity nude photo leak debacle is a moving target and we still don't have all the information, but whatever the final outcome, and whoever is to blame, it would be a mistake to consider this a broad indictment against cloud security. The fact is nobody's data is completely safe.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Law firms have particular BYOD security, management needs

Posted by Naomi Price on Sep 11, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Many industries are beginning to feel the strain associated with enterprise mobility security, and for good reason, as so many data breaches that have taken place in the past few years have been directly caused by poor BYOD management. Health care is likely the most notable in terms of threat management derived from mobile activities, while banking industry firms have been similarly challenged by an increase in targeted attacks of late. 

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Topics: IT Security

IT Services Providers Caught in Net Neutrality Quandary

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 10, 2014 9:45:00 AM

When it comes to the idea that there should be a thing called Net Neutrality, IT services providers often find themselves in an uncomfortable position. The Internet is the core enabling technology that is at the foundation of many of the services they provide, so keeping costs down is in the best interests of many of IT service providers and their customers.

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Infographic: 5 Big Tips to Run a More Productive IT Services Business

Posted by Naomi Price on Sep 8, 2014 2:00:00 PM

It’s a target that everyone, especially those in the IT services business, is aiming for: improved productivity. With only so many hours in the day, how can we utilize the time we do have more effectively? 

Productivity can often seem elusive, especially with distractions like Buzzfeed and social networks lurking around every corner. But there are steps that individuals and companies alike can take to cross more items off that daily to-do list. 

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Business Development, Productivity Month

IT Automation and the Cloud Redfine the IT Services Paradox

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 8, 2014 9:30:00 AM

A new survey of 312 enterprise IT customers conducted by Horses for Sources and KPMG finds that half of all existing outsourcing contracts are up for grabs because customers are dissatisfied with the level of value-added innovation being provided by the IT service provider.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Productivity Month: Sense of urgency helps TURNkey IT fight complacency

Posted by Manny Veiga on Sep 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Complacency can be dangerous. It can stall business progress and enable the types of mistakes that cost organizations time and money.

David Kolssak, president of TURNkey IT in Chicago, said a sense of urgency is a key driver of his team’s productivity. When every part of the business understands that it should address important matters quickly, then the company’s overall throughput – and productivity – improves as a result.

“In an IT organization, where you’re primarily supporting people, you have to be quick to respond,” said Kolssak.

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Topics: Productivity Month

Cloud 5: Cloud's role in nude photo debacle, Alibaba wants a piece of the IaaS market, and NASA's massive cloud migration

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 5, 2014 9:05:00 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.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, Celebrity nude photo hack proves little about cloud security. The celebrity nude photo leak debacle is a moving target and we still don't have all the information, but whatever the final outcome, and whoever is to blame, it would be a mistake to consider this a broad indictment against cloud security. The fact is nobody's data is completely safe.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends