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Weekly IT Highlights on Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Computing, IT Skills, and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Computing, IT Skills, and More


 

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

Gaining Control in a Crowded Cloud

By Mike Vizard

There is no shortage of cloud computing options these days, which is also the major reason why many IT organizations are currently experiencing a loss of control. In the absence of a fully functioning private cloud within their own data centers, many IT organizations have been turning to third-party cloud service providers to either set up or manage a private cloud for them, while relying on low-cost, public cloud services for ancillary functions such as application development. 

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Hybrid Cloud -The Emperor's new clothes or stylish business wear?

By Tony Lock

While public and private Cloud have coined much of the column inches in the press, more recently it is clear that some attention is now being paid to hybrid clouds. In this approach organisations make use of services running inside the enterprise on their private cloud systems and combine these with resources hosted outside the business in public cloud farms.

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The Next Five Years: Real Choice In The Cloud

By Lew Moorman

This is what the promise of the cloud has been; speed and choice. And it's changing every aspect of our lives. There are thousands and thousands of consumer services and many being planned and built today. Nothing is going to be left untouched. 

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Owning a cloud means learning to love the business

By Nathan Coates

Deploying a private cloud is tantamount to saying that the IT department needs to become a service provider, at least in part. But it also means that the business needs to start acting more like a service consumer. 

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10 Perspectives On The Growing IT Skills Gap

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

As key IT skills fall into short supply, it is becoming clearer that CIOs are facing several years of managing major change in the IT landscape, and a serious risk of not being able to fill key roles. See how experts at InformationWeek, Baseline, ITWorld, and more sharing their outlook for how to take on the IT skills gap.

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4 Cloud Characteristics Changing the Data Center

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Cloud infrastructure relies strongly on automatic provisioning and deployment. This means that there is a new set of key characteristics that impact system management. 

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Private Clouds: What It Really Takes To Run Them

By Mike Fratto

Expertise, automation, silo busting--what early adopters say private clouds really require. 

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6 Cloud Infographics on What's Happening with the Cloud

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

The cloud revolution is underway, and the possibilities are endless. But one thing is certain, as you can see in these infographics – the face of enterprise IT has been changed forever.

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10 Developments Show Government Cloud Maturing

By John Foley

Federal agencies are moving beyond their phase one cloud computing initiatives. They're testing and revising different cloud models, types of contracts, and security approaches, among other standard practices. 

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Trapped in the Cloud

By Keith Bates

Cloud contracts have become notorious for their unfair and non-negotiable terms which often leave companies tied into deals that don't fully meet their business needs. 

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Open source IaaS cloud ecosystems: CloudPlatform versus OpenStack

By Laurent Lachal

Ovum states that OpenStack will not be overly impacted by Citrix's defection. On the contrary, the two initiatives may even strengthen each other. The market is large enough to accommodate both.

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Configuration Compliance in the Cloud

By David Meltzer

Automation of configuration auditing pays dividends quickly, but the frequency of updates to your production services will dictate how much re-auditing is necessary. In an ideal closed-loop solution, changes to a configuration will immediately trigger an automated re-audit, giving you a constantly updated assessment of how closely the configurations of your production assets compare to the policies you've set. 

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Appreciating the Fundamentals of Cloud Computing Economics

By Mike Vizard

Perhaps the biggest problem with cloud computing today is not the technologies involved, but rather the way IT organizations approach it. 

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Persistent Cloud Myths [Ebook]

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Recently we released a new, free publication for download, 'Persistent Cloud Myths', an eBook that tells the truth about some of the most prevalent myths about the cloud, holding back many from successfully engaging in the cloud.

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Agile practices: Misuses and misperceptions

By Christina Torode

When we get into what it really takes to do Scrum correctly -- and these are things that break it for most companies, like the need for 100% dedicated people and teams and fully cross-functional teams -- they say they can't do that. 

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The Midmarket Finds Security in the Cloud

By Kim Davis

As we've seen before, a range of options for mobile management now exists in the cloud. The huge advantage of cloud security management in the mobile space is its potential to relieve individual client companies of the need to keep up with the bewildering proliferation of devices and models.

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Cloud computing: 9 in 10 are positive on it, survey says

By Andrew Nusca

Cloud computing is taking off, but IT professionals are still on the fence about it when it comes down to the details. A new Rackspace survey has the goods.

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Is There Any Choice in the Cloud?

By Lew Moorman

The cloud is the platform that will drive all of modern computing. An open alternative is the prerequisite for real choice. And it is here now. So my advice to cloud users is: don't get in too deep. Keep your options open. 

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Addressing security in a cloud-enabled organization

By Pallavi Anand

While cloud computing is deemed to improve business processes and increase company competitiveness, security in the cloud continues to remain a global challenge, particularly as more and more critical functions are migrated. 

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The 10 most demanding jobs in IT

By Jim Duffy

Making emergency decisions is noted as a typical demand of the IT security group. 

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Cloud data integration focuses business-IT tensions

By Brian McKenna

A patchy and wary movement towards cloud computing in UK corporate IT is proving contested territory between IT and the business. 

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Infographic: Generation gap in computer security

By Selena Frye

When it comes to computer security, the attitudes of users have a lot to do with how much risk is introduced into an organization due to online behavior and general tech savvy. How does it break down between generations?

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Public Cloud Is Neither More Nor Less Secure Than Private Cloud

By Mike Fratto

The flaw is the reasoning doesn't take into account the boundaries of responsibility between you, the customer, and the cloud provider. 

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Continuous Integration in the Cloud

By Ryan Shriver

As development and deployment tools have moved toward the cloud, so have CI products. 

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Still Some Wrinkles in the Hybrid Cloud

By Arthur Cole

Hybrid clouds require a fair bit of juggling to ensure applications and data can get to the right place at the right time. 

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IBM: Open source is not winning the war in virtualization, cloud ... Yet

By Paula Rooney

Open source is the key to virtualization, the cloud and big data computing but there are still key challenges to overcoming proprietary giants. 

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State Of The Cloud Survey Shows Surge In Acceptance

By Peter Judge

Cloud adoption has increased massively, and business feelings about cloud security have reversed. 

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Prevailing Cloud fears mostly unfounded

By Ken Hess

The sky isn't falling nor is the world ending. Proceed bravely into the Cloud but watch your step. 

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From Annoyance to Harmonizer: Cloud Computing's Maturity Curve

By Joe McKendrick

One of the issues information technology managers raise about cloud computing — as well as the overlapping "bring your own device" phenomenon — is that the stuff end-users bring into the workplace sooner or later become IT's headache. 

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Cloud Computing: CIOs See Value, Challenges

By Jennifer Lawinski

CIOs and IT executives are bullish about the potential benefits of cloud computing for their organizations. However, they remain cautious about adoption because of a lingering fear of challenges. 

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SaaS And Cloud Computing

By Abdul Salam

People often confuse software as a service (SaaS) with cloud computing. That is, they think that SaaS and cloud computing refer to the same thing and are, therefore, interchangeable. 

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