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Weekly IT Highlights on Change and Configuration Management, IT Leadership, Open Source and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on Change and Configuration Management, IT Leadership, Open Source and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Change and Configuration Management, IT Leadership, Open Source, and trends in private cloud. Enjoy!

New Reality For Change And Configuration Management

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Change management is meant to track and document even the most fine alterations in systems, allowing an IT staff to accurately find, follow and fix any part of the infrastructure. Yet a new reality with a breakneck pace of changes, makes today's change and configuration management harder than ever. 

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Next-Gen Cloud Needs Data Center Without Walls

By Steve Alexander

Moving from storage backup to distributed storage technologies enhances workload availability and performance by supporting the migration and distribution of computing virtual machines among multiple sites. 

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IT Change Control Management - Entering the Change Management Twilight Zone

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

While IT operations teams strive for 100% service availability, change can disrupt availability and performance. To avoid problems and downtime, I&O teams need effective change management to know what is happening in their environments, and managing these changes means managing much of the potential risk that change can bring with it. 

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10 keys for building private clouds

By Brandon Butler

There still needs to be a reason for the business to invest in a private cloud, and to determine that, the IT team needs to work with the business units to determine what problems they face and how IT can be used to solve them

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5 Signs Of A Lousy IT Leader

By Cindy Waxer

While we can't always control who's in charge of an IT department, recognizing potential trouble ahead of time can help your team select and groom future leaders, and learn to deal with certain challenges that may lie ahead. 

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4 Causes of Cloud Bill Shock

By Beth Stackpole

While the promise of the cloud is more cost-effective IT, the reality is that once companies move beyond simple deployment into a wholesale enterprise architecture shift, they often bump up against unanticipated expenses that threaten the cloud's principal value proposition. 

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Open source boosts Cloud computing

By Alex Kayle

According to the Future of Open Source Survey, which found that 40% of significant technology innovations from new projects in open source are cloud-based. 

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Cloud Computing Adoption Is Slow but Steady

A new global survey of 1,300 IT professionals, conducted by Cisco, finds that not only does it take about six months to deploy a cloud application, but a fair number said they would be more likely to see a UFO in the next six months than they were to complete a cloud migration project. 

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Forget Tool Improvements! Today's Systems Management Needs A New Generation Of Tools

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

To maintain the same level of safety and control that traditional internal data centers have provided, a new generation of tools will be critical for enterprises expanding and making the transition into the cloud. 

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How Much Risk Should CIOs take?

By Eric Lundquist

Most CIOs aren't rampart stormers; they're executives who must take the pulse of their companies and industries and apply limited investment dollars to technology projects that will produce the biggest bang. 

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Cloud computing: You can't outsource your compliance obligations

By Thomas J. Trappler

Unfortunately, there's one more thing: You can't outsource your compliance obligations to a cloud vendor.

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Gartner: Don't trust Cloud provider to protect your Corporate Assets

By Brandon Butler

As you move out to cloud-based models, there are some things you can trust your cloud provider with, but for critical business data and regulation-controlled information, very rarely is the infrastructure going to be enough. 

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7 Staggering Disaster Recovery Infographics

During a recovery effort, the organization's need for access grows to putting more pressure to speed the recovery process to completion. These infographics describe the scope of impact that impaired access can have on a business, and the importance of being able to quickly bounce back from disaster. 

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The Perilous Cloud

By Charles Davis

Ignore the cloud at your peril, but also don't overestimate what the cloud can deliver. 

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10 predictions for what the CIO role will look like in 2020

By John Brandon

CIOs can expect their jobs to change dramatically by the decade's end, with increased roles in business planning, cyber security, robot management and, of course, the cloud. 

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Linux: Rising Star in the IT Cloud

By Mary E. Shacklett

The virtualization push is not as aggressive with Windows -- although that space is growing -- and even fewer sites that I talk to are proceeding with Unix virtualizations. This makes Linux the "king" of virtualization in many CIOs' eyes. 

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Martin Perlin