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Weekly IT Highlights on IT Spending, Shadow IT, Virtualization, and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on IT Spending, Shadow IT, Virtualization, and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on IT Spending, Shadow IT, Virtualization, and trends in hybrid cloud. Enjoy!

Public Cloud and Telecom to Lead $3.6 Trillion in IT Spending This Year, Gartner Says

By Arik Hesseldahl

Most IT spending will be on moving various business processes to vendors, some of them cloud software players, into the cloud, where they can be sold on a subscription basis, or "as-a-service." It's followed closely by "infrastructure-as-a-service," which is growing almost as fast.

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Cloud computing moves from fad to foundation

By David Linthicum

As hype dies down, companies are seeing real success in their cloud deployments, and money is pouring in. 

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Virtualisation gives decision makers choice, control

A virtualised environment means more productivity and more time to focus on strategic core areas. This is because virtualisation is based on the centralisation of resources, which eliminates the need to add more software and organise additional resources to run operations. It is a more streamlined approach to business management. 

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10 Technologies That Changed Business Forever

By John Brandon

The applications, devices and services that have changed the way we do business often started as small-scale alternatives to the status quo. Now we can't survive without them. 

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The Challenges of Private Cloud Management

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

The private cloud market is heating up. What are the challenges to private cloud? How should they be overcome?

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10 insights on the impact of Shadow IT

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

IT departments have a unique challenge to face rogue, shadow IT groups that sprout all over organizations, usually unannounced, yet self-sufficient, and well funded. See how experts at Gartner, IDC, InformationWeek and more share their outlook for how IT should face shadow IT and what it will mean for the the enterprise. 

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Private Cloud Infrastructure Design: Go Beyond Best Practices

By Joe Onisick

legacy decisions and practices will lead to the legacy infrastructure you're trying to break from. Ensure that your cloud management software can handle your expected scale. 

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New Gen Tools For Cloud Management [eBook]

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Recently we released a new, free publication for download, 'Cloud Needs New Gen Management Tools', an eBook that focuses on how many more events dynamically take place in the cloud, creating new conditions that should be addressed by a new generation of monitoring and automation tools.

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Deploying in the Cloud: Lessons When Clouds Burst

By Ryan Shriver

Organizations deploying their applications in the cloud must still plan for high availability and disaster recovery – these aren't automatically taken care of just by moving to the cloud. Based on Amazon's two outages in the last month, organizations may want to revisit their deployment strategies to ensure they could successfully withstand an outage with minimal impacts to their customers. 

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Virtualization Complexities Are Driving IT to the Cloud

By Mike Wronski

The goal of cloud should be to increase the speed and agility of IT in combination with a reduction of overall management complexity. Use of holistic, highly integrated and extensible management tools provides the visibility and controls required to reign in virtual sprawl and provide the instrumentation and control plane needed for an intelligent and automated cloud offering. 

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Virtualization Environments Still Pose a Challenge in the Data Center

In spite of virtualization becoming de riguer within the data center, organizations aren't quite there with bringing their efficiency to the next level with private cloud deployments. 

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Could Politics Derail the Cloud?

By Andrea Di Maio

So while the search for increased efficiency would call for more rather than less cloud use, the political priorities du jour may lead to different behaviors, e.g. relying more on own data center consolidation and virtualization as well as government-operated shared services, than on standardized vendor offerings. 

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3 ways to prep for a move to the cloud

By David Linthicum

A move to the cloud requires a certain amount of prep work in the enterprise. If you listen to the spin from those who provide cloud services and technology, it's no big deal. I'm here to tell you it is. 

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Security Risk Discovered In Infrastructure Changes

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Today organizations must enforce protection both on premise and in the cloud, looking at the environment beyond their own data center and considering how it impacts the organization from a security standpoint. To identify security issues as early as possible, technologies and processes need to be integrated with configuration management so as to find suspicious activity before security is compromised.

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All hail the private cloud

By Bob Tarzey

The public cloud could only ever become mainstream reality for businesses of all sizes, if big businesses start to change the way they manage their IT, enabling them to embrace it. This is happening, enabled by the creation of private clouds. This process will continue to provide the investment stream needed for building public cloud infrastructure for the long term benefit of all. 

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Cloud Said to Create Silver Lining for IT

By Mike Barton

The contrast for "silver lining"-sake: Worldwide IT spending growth will slow from 7.9 percent last year as the eurozone crisis, a weaker U.S. recovery and a slowdown in China curb economic growth.

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Devops Is Not All About Automation

By Lori Macvittie

Devops is a verb. It's not something you build, it's something you do.

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The No. 1 Threat to Private Cloud Deployment: IT Management and ITIL

By Greg Ferro

IT managers are refusing to change the existing business processes, accept risk and move their organizations forward. 

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KPMG: Hybrid Cloud is the way ahead for enterprise

By Eric Ernest

So while for now companies will have a bias towards deploying private cloud, over time the distinction between public cloud and private cloud will continue to blur, eventually leading to the adoption of a hybrid solution. 

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Virtualization capacity management: The right tools rule

By Karen Goulart

In the past five years, corporate data centers have morphed from crowded metropolises of machinery into the smaller-scale locales of the virtualized environment. These pared-down centers, however, do not make capacity management any easier. If anything, in fact, the resources required to power virtual machines (VMs) add new layers of complexity to capacity management, demanding a larger toolbox for IT and unfamiliar rules for users. 

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The 7 most common challenges to cloud computing

By Michael Cooney

U.S. government watchdog group finds common challenges across agencies looking to implement cloud computing but most issues translate into private companies as well. 

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