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Weekly IT Highlights on Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Security and More


Weekly IT Highlights on Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Security and More


As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, and trends in private cloud. Enjoy!

Four More Things Your IT Department Should Consider Not Doing

By Scott Lowe

I continue to believe that IT organizations should do everything in their power to shed the mundane items outlined in the previous article in favor of activities that have a more substantial business outcome. There are a few other items that IT departments should consider in their efforts to eradicate the mundane from the portfolios.

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Introducing The New Configuration Wiki

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Explore the comprehensive knowledge base we are building of configuration parameters for leading technologies that you should keep your eye on in the Configuration Wiki, crowd-sourced resource of configuration.

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10 Trends In Private Cloud

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

With many IT organizations moving away from public clouds, see how experts at Gartner, Forrester, Forbes, CIO.com and more expect to see private cloud growing in today's data centers.

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Gartner CEO Survey: Something's Wrong with this Picture

By Toni Bowers

85 percent of CEOs surveyed said they believe their enterprises will be impacted by an economic downturn in 2012. However, by a ratio of more than two to one, the CEOs said they'll be increasing their tech investments in 2012, despite the less-than-rosy outlook.

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Private Cloud Computing Models Alleviate Some Cloud Security Issues

By Lucas Stewart

Private cloud computing offers both the security of traditional on-premise infrastructure and the scalability of newer cloud computing models. A private cloud may provide more reliable uptime and better tracking than public clouds because you have complete control over your network. At the same time, it promises better scalability than on-premise architecture because you can scale as the need arises.

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RatedCloud Reviews Evolven: Change Management in the Cloud

By RatedCloud

Rated Cloud calls Evolven 'comprehensive and clean' for Change Management in the cloud.

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Why would we want a private PaaS?

By Richard Watson

It is important to grasp that private PaaS is not all a developer /operations kumbaya. Let's not forget that major platform vendors who have had a hard time pushing public PaaS (especially with the change required to their business model, or were just late to the party) are also pushing internal/private PaaS today.

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Big data - big misunderstandings, big mistakes?

By Clive Longbottom

Big data introduces a lot of different problems – ones that require a bit of different thinking which may take many outside of their comfort zone. Any "big data" approach that just deals with the data held within databases is therefore only using 16% of the available information – not a good way to reach mission critical decisions.

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Zero to Private Cloud in 8 Steps

By Joe Onisick

Eight steps for going from zero to private cloud, but not eight "easy" steps. Don't let that bother you--nothing that's easy is ever worth doing anyway. 1. Define business objectives for cloud migration. 2. Prioritize objectives. 3. Create and promote your cloud vision and strategy. 4. Identify organizational readiness. 5. Analyze operational and technical readiness. 6. Define your private cloud architecture. 7. Create a realistic timeline. 8. Execute. 

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Going Native: The Move To Bare-Metal Cloud Services

By David Linthicum

Virtualization is a tool that makes creating and managing cloud computing services easy. However, more and more, as organizations move to cloud computing, they're asking for the omission of that virtualization layer for better performance and control. Cloud providers are now agreeing to those demands. 

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7 Alarming Infographics On Downtime And Outages

Even with today's technology, many IT organizations still face database, hardware, and software downtime, lasting anywhere from short periods to shutting down the business for days. 

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10 reasons IT pros get a bad rap

By Alan Norton

Why are IT professionals perceived so poorly by some? It's no secret that IT pros aren't too popular with some clients and end users. Alan Norton considers some of the underlying reasons for the bad press. 

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Storage Virtualization Options: The Pros And Cons

By Steve Wexler

Take a closer look at the pros and cons of the available storage virtualization options. 

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Cloud is a corporate strategy, not a tactical solution

By Mark Thiele

Acquiring a cloud management platform is not an engineering decision — it's a strategic one. Do engineers need to be involved? Yes, but your cloud adoption strategy has already failed if you don't treat cloud as the operational construct that it is. 

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Looking Through The Cloud

By Holger Kisker

The public cloud market for SaaS is the biggest and fastest-growing of all of the cloud markets ($33 billion in 2012, growing to $78 billion by the end of 2015). However, most of this growth is based on the cannibalization of the on-premises software market; software companies need to build their cloud strategy or risk getting stuck in the much slower-growing traditional application market and falling behind the competition. This is no easy task, however. Implementing a cloud strategy involves a lot of changes for a software company in terms of products, processes, and people.

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12 critical insights on the state of IT in 2012

By Jason Hiner

Today's IT departments are in flux and under pressure. Here's an explanation of why, and advice on how IT can change the equation. Why are many IT departments struggling today and advice on how IT can transform itself into an indispensable force, in this selected and curated list of 12 of the most important insights from TechRepublic's Justin James and ZDNet's Dana Gardner. 

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Organizations lagging on cloud security training, survey shows

By Marcia Savage

Symantec recently released some interesting findings from a survey. 63% rated their cloud security efforts as good, 58% said their staff isn't well prepared to secure their use of public cloud services. And although 68% said they think cloud security training is important for their organizations' ability to use public cloud services, less than half (48%) planned to attend cloud security training over the next year. Eighty-six percent of respondents said protecting their organizations' data was the top factor driving them to cloud security training. In short, what this survey reveals is that it's important to have your own security for the cloud but that IT staff are not yet well prepared to secure the cloud. 

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Zynga CTO: How To Win Hybrid Cloud Game

By Charles Babcock

"Hybrid is the new black. I sleep well at night knowing that I've got both [public and private cloud resources,]" declared Allan Leinwand, Zynga's CTO of infrastructure engineering. Many companies can place at least some less-sensitive workloads out in the public cloud, Leinwand told Interop attendees. He also made it clear that getting to hybrid operations required a substantial investment that not every enterprise is going to be able to duplicate. 

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How To Solve The Scale Out Storage Problem

By George Crump

More nodes equals increased storage capacity, but you don't want to waste CPU cycles. These options could save money and data center floor space. 

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Rethinking the Role of the Client in the Age of the Cloud

By Michael Vizard

IT services both inside and outside the enterprise are becoming more virtual with each passing day. The issue this raises for IT organizations is what kind of devices do they really need to deploy to give people access to those services. 

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Big data analytics defining new malware strategy

By Brian Bloom

Many vendors are no longer focusing on the threats coming in "one at a time" and are starting to collect the data and look at wider trends over time. The technology that makes this possible is relatively new. 

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