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Sep 04

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore the Hybrid Cloud

Posted by amybishop in IT-business alignmentIT projectsInfrastructure SoftwareInformation Securityhybrid cloudEnterprise IT SpendingCTO of the CloudCTOcloud service providerCloud Firstcloud deploymentcloud computing trendscloud computing for small businessesCloud Computing for Small BusinessCloud ComputingCloud Careerscloud adoptionCIO skillsCIO responsibilitiesCIO


Even though enterprise is becoming more comfortable with the concept of cloud computing, there is still a bit of skepticism when it comes to using a hybrid cloud. Some believe that as long as the company still relies on legacy applications communicating with large back-end databases and requiring fast network access, the hybrid cloud is not ready for enterprise use. Others point to security concerns. In the future, yes, it will be fine, say these skeptics, but the skeptics aren’t ready to jump on the hybrid cloud bandwagon.

However, there is a lot of potential in the hybrid cloud as a storage solution. “Over time, it became clear that hybrid cloud computing approaches have valid roles within enterprises as IT tries to mix and match public clouds and local IT assets to get the best bang for the buck. Now it's the cloud computing providers who are pushing back on hybrid cloud computing, as they instead try to promote a pure public cloud computing model,” David Linthicum wrote in InfoWorld.

Sep 02

Large Enterprises Turn to the Private Cloud

Posted by amybishop in private cloudprivacyManaged HostingIT StabilityIT SecurityIT infrastructureIThybrid cloudHosted softwareCTO of the Cloudcloud service providercloud deploymentcloud computing trendsCloud Computingcloud adoptioncloudCIOsCIOC-suite


The global market for cloud computing was predicted to grow over 18 percent in 2013, to a total worth of $131 billion. While small business are increasingly looking to the cloud, large companies have been the early adopters of cloud technology and are poised to continue innovating infrastructure, services and vendor relationships within the cloud.

While much of the focus on cloud computing has been, thus far, on public cloud infrastructure, this is not actually the largest area of investment in cloud computing. Instead, so-called private clouds or virtualized, dedicated data centers represent the largest growing area of investment. Private clouds essentially double in-house IT utilities. These private clouds may be owned and operated by the enterprise itself, as is becoming more common, or it may be hosted and run for the enterprise by an IT services company, such as a cloud vendor or hosting firm. IT vendors stand to benefit from the growth of private clouds, because companies need additional hardware and software to maintain their clouds.

Aug 28

Four Virtual Server Security Threats You Can Fix Right Now

Posted by amybishop in VPSvirtualization technologyVirtualizationvirtualserverManaged Hostingdata managementdataCIO roleCIO


Whether they’re private or shared, virtual servers offer many different benefits for a business, including scalability, convenience and fewer IT responsibilities for your tech staff. However, when they aren't properly protected and monitored, virtual servers can also compromise the security of your data, leaving your business open to attack. To prevent possible security breaches, follow the tips outlined here to fix some of the most common security issues that arise when you virtualize your data.

Incorporate Your Existing Data Management Into The Virtual Server

Aug 26

Three Things You Need to Know About Virtualization

Posted by amybishop in virtualization technologyvirtualization infrastructureVirtualizationservercloud computing trendsCloud ComputingCIO


If you knew you could save money and consolidate your data storage needs while expanding the capabilities of your existing infrastructure, would you do it? The real question may be, why wouldn’t you? Why would you buy another server at several thousand dollars if your company doesn’t need it? Why would you have data scattered all over if you can keep it centralized in one place? Those are the questions server virtualization poses.

What is Server Virtualization?

Apr 16

Essential Information Concerning Contracts and Information Security, Part 1 of 3: IT Outsourcing and

Posted by dgarrie in legalInfoSece-discoverycontractCISOCIOAIIM


Information technology (“IT”) and IT management is built into every modern business transaction. Beyond managing regulations and potential liability, numerous companies outsource their IT functions to third parties, creating significant information security (“InfoSec”), privacy and legal difficulties, including loss of control and challenges with enforcement. Risk and compliance obligations do not merely disappear when using a third-party service provider – the company that outsources needs to consider what any IT management and InfoSec contract will contain. This white paper will cover breaches and remedies that companies and service providers have to consider in any IT service agreement.

Failure to meet InfoSec obligations contained in a contract typically triggers material breach clauses. These material breach provisions typically give the non-breaching party the right to terminate the agreement (often immediately), compel specific performance, and/or collect damages. Breaches do not automatically excuse future performance unless they are material. The material breach section of a contract may address fundamental data safeguards such as password protecting files, encrypting databases or securing transmissions.

May 11

3 Ways CIOs Can Become More Innovative

Posted by tomhoff in R&DInnovationenterprise innovationCIOBruce Barnes


I read an interesting article about the role of the IT organization in enterprise innovation, written by a former colleague of mine, Charles Babcock. The story, "IT Must Play a Central Role in Enterprise Innovation," spoke to many of the key challenges that both CIOs and their IT teams face in their efforts to help drive (not just support) innovation within their companies.

The story, which was based on reactions to the issue from a panel of CIOs and other industry experts at Interop 2011 in Las Vegas this week, included a quote from Nationwide Financial Services CIO Emeritus Bruce Barnes which to me captured the essence of the biggest challenge facing the potential innovative-ness of CIOs themselves: time and bandwidth.

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