When staying in-house makes sense
Sometimes a cloud computing solution isn’t the answer—if it makes your business overly dependent on one cloud provider, for example, or if the price is higher than your in-house solution.
Protecting data while moving to the cloud
A recently released white paper on data protection management provides some insight into the issues that crop up as organizations move more and more of their servers into the cloud.
Two new tools from application management providers
Last week, two California companies that provide cloud application management solutions announced new tools for measuring cloud performance.
Prognosis for pointless processes: Poor
When a senior executive is weighing whether to outsource enterprise application management, one issue to consider is the extraneous processes. Should they be evaluated by a third party, could they be managed better and should they be culled?
Hybrids: know the basics
Most enterprises use a hybrid cloud –usually private and public clouds linked together—or have plans to migrate to a hybrid cloud. But hybrid cloud use raises several questions for enterprises: When does it make sense to build a hybrid cloud? What are the benefits? How does the enterprise build and manage a hybrid cloud?
Watch out for that IT staffer
Maybe information technology staffers need to hire a public relations firm. A New York Times article uses the National Security Agency/Edward Snowden leak case to raise the IT trustworthiness issue.
Cloud customers: Vendors need to step up their game
Many cloud computing products today are lacking in security, compliance and interoperability, says the chairman of coalition of cloud computing customers that is pushing for cloud industry standards.
Advice from cloud seller: Don’t forget your IT people
Information technology staffers in general have a reputation for resisting the move to cloud services, but one cloud reseller is aiming its sales efforts at IT departments, according to ZDNet.
CFOs gaining influence over IT purchases
The chief information officer is losing influence over IT purchasing decisions, particularly at companies with 5,000 or more employees, according to newly reported survey results.
Mission-critical apps migrating to the cloud
In case you missed this: Results of a survey of IT and business leaders released in December by SailPoint predicted that enterprises will be running half of their critical applications in the cloud by 2015.
Study: Leave IT management to the professionals
If you’re thinking of moonlighting as an “involuntary IT manager,” well, don’t quit your day job. You might contribute to the more than $24 billion in productivity losses per year that these so-called IITMs cause for small businesses, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study.