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Shadow cloud services pose a growing risk to enterprises

By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | August 25th, 2014 Non-approved SaaS apps are growing rapidly, says PwC. A growing tendency by business units and workgroups to sign up for cloud services without any involvement from their IT organization creates serious risks for enterprises. The risks from shadow cloud services include issues with data security, transaction integrity, …

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3 Cool Google cloud features

By Brandon Butler, Network World | August 12th, 2014 With competition being as intense as ever, Google is attempting to distinguish its cloud offering by appealing directly to developers. In the increasingly competitive cloud IaaS market Google is attempting to distinguish its platform by arming its cloud with unique features and cutting-edge technology that customers …

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Amazon’s four tips to make sure your cloud is secure

By Brandon Butler, Network World | August 01st, 2014 AWS makes four Trusted Advisor features free. Amazon Web Services has a program named Trusted Advisor that provides customers with advice on the best way to use the company’s IaaS cloud services. Today, the company made four checks that Trusted Advisor performs free for all users. …

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Architectural Firm Puts Giant Data Files in the Cloud

By Bob Violino, CIO | July 30th, 2014 A global architectural firm sees big advantages in putting building design data in a cloud storage service. Perkins and Will, like many other global architectural firms, is struggling to manage ever-growing volumes of information. Data-intensive applications such as building information modeling (BIM) produce enormous files on a …

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Microsoft, IBM make cloud gains against Amazon

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 29th, 2014 Rivals also outpace Google though analysts expect it to gain momentum. Microsoft and IBM are gaining momentum in the cloud infrastructure services market, putting pressure on Amazon and outpacing rival Google, according to a new study. While Amazon, the cloud market leader, retained its position, it can …

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Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud Outsourcing Creates New Legal Risks

By Stephanie Overby, CIO | July 25th, 2014 IT leaders need to learn how to manage the evolving legal, privacy and compliance issues of SMAC contracts. The convergence of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies (SMAC) are complicating an already complex IT outsourcing value chain. But they’re also creating new legal and compliance issues for …

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Sprint Boosts Enterprise Cloud Offering With Google Apps for Business

By Matt Kapko, CIO | July 23rd, 2014 Sprint business customers will soon be able to purchase and bundle Google Apps for Business on their wireless bill. The nations third-largest carrier will also provide technical support and enterprise mobility advice to its customers as part of the new partnership. The network operator is developing new …

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IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with cloud enticements

By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | July 23rd, 2014 IBM’s SoftLayer cloud will offer supercomputer-friendly InfiniBand as an interconnect option. IBM is offering a potentially powerful incentive in its attempts to entice organizations to move supercomputing jobs to the cloud: a high-speed network communications link called InfiniBand. “Companies are embracing cloud for standard workloads, …

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Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 18th, 2014 Companies extend data center integration work with 3 year GTM agreement. Cisco this week expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined …

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Business Agility Drives Cloud Adoption

By Thor Olavsrud, CIO | July 18th, 2014 Companies adopting cloud computing most aggressively say that business agility — not cost — is the primary driver of adoption. Companies moving aggressively to adopt cloud computing are winning competitive advantage by reducing complexity and increasing business agility, according to a recent study by Harvard Business Review …

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Enterprises increasingly look to the private cloud

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 17th, 2014 Companies interested in moving to cloud computing are increasingly choosing a private cloud for the increased security and, often, compliance features instead of the public cloud, according to a recent survey. “Companies have noticed that the public cloud only goes so far,” said Allan Krans, an analyst …

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Microsoft seeks help in pushing cloud tech

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 16th, 2014 Looks to partners to help convince enterprises to switch from Microsoft software to its cloud services. Microsoft’s renewed push into the cloud computing market, announced this week, doesn’t change the fact that it faces unprecedented competition in a business that’s critical to its future. “This will be …

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Rackspace rolls out new hosted computing tier: Managed cloud

By Brandon Butler, Network World | July 15th, 2014 We’ve had collocation, managed services and cloud. Welcome managed cloud to the party now. Rackspace Tuesday announced a Managed Cloud offering, which combines the benefits of a managed service with the elastic scalability of a cloud. The San Antonio company’s move represents an attempt to differentiate …

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The Firewall: Questions abound about its future role in cloud, mobile and SDN environments

By Ellen Messmer, Network World | July 14th, 2014 It’s been 20 years since Check Point FireWall-1 made firewalls mainstream. It’s been 20 years since Check Point Software Technologies shipped its first enterprise network firewall, marking the beginning of a mass market for firewalls that has protected millions of networks across the world. Check Point’s …

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Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really offers the best bang for your buck?

By Ben Taylor, PC World | July 10th, 2014 We break down the cost per gigabyte for different ranges of storage. The answer may surprise you. By now, you know the basic arguments in the on-site versus off-site storage debate. External hard drives are fast (everything backed up in minutes!) and safe from hackers (you …

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IBM to Invest $3 Billion in Chips for Cloud, Big Data Systems

By Thor Olavsrud, CIO | July 9th, 2014 IBM tomorrow will announce a $3 billion research and development investment to create a new generation of semiconductors geared for cloud, big data and cognitive systems. Over the next five years, Big Blue says it will use the money to fund two broad research and early-stage development …

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