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Keeping Your Head Above Churning IT Waters
May 29, 2012
The upcoming HP Discover 2012 conference in Las Vegas is both an exclamation point on the current enterprise IT climate of change as well as a neon signpost for HP's strategy and direction. Why is IT is at a crossroads? How is the very nature of IT being redefined as a result of large and global trends?
Isolated Systems Need Love Too
May 22, 2012
Information security has changed a lot over the years. Way back in the dinosaur days, life was simple. Companies set up a firewall at the border and life was good. Bad guys stayed on one side of the fancy flashing box, and our personnel lived in the pristine, attacker-free paradise on the inside. Well, that's how it was supposed to work, at least. Over the years, the model changed.
Security and the Cloud: The Great Reconciliation
May 14, 2012
It now falls to CIOs not only to rapidly adapt to cloud computing, but also to find the ways to protect their employees and customers as they adopt cloud models, even as security threats grow. This is a serious -- but not insurmountable -- challenge. Cloud computing has clearly sparked the imagination of business leaders, who see it as a powerful new way to be innovative and gain first-mover advantages.
Getting What You Want From ERP in the Cloud
May 7, 2012
Through the Ariba Network, Cox Enterprises manages multiple ERP systems for an improved e-procurement strategy. The $15 billion communications, media, and automotive services company has moved toward more efficient indirect spend efforts to improve ongoing operations and drive future growth across more than 50,000 employees.
Disaster Recovery: It's Not Just for Catastrophes Anymore
April 30, 2012
Business standards and compliance services provider SAI Global is benefiting from a strategic view of IT-enabled disaster recovery. SAI Global has brought advanced backup and DR best practices into play for its users and customers. This has not only provided business continuity assurance, but it has also provided beneficial data lifecycle management and virtualization efficiency improvement.
The Lighter Side of IT Consumerization
April 24, 2012
You've probably heard the term "consumerization of IT." Some of the network and security pros reading this probably think this is yet another meaningless industry buzzword with little or no value. However, to dismiss it as such is to potentially miss out on what is both a very powerful concept ... and one that information security practitioners ignore at their peril.
Disaster Recovery: Learning From Painful Experience
April 23, 2012
When Hurricane Ike struck Texas in 2008, it became the second-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S. It was also a wake-up call for Houston-based insurance wholesaler Myron Steves & Co., which was not struck directly but nonetheless realized its IT disaster recovery approach was woefully inadequate.
Big Data, Tough Questions
April 20, 2012
If you work with SIEM, you've been spending more than a couple of years, dealing with "Big Data" -- more lines of logs than any one person, or even a reasonable-sized team of people, could ever hope to keep up with reading through. Our data is plenty big enough already. So why is everyone so hyped over Big Data now?
Burning Rubber on the Road to Virtualization
April 16, 2012
High-performance motorcycle designer and manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding has greatly expanded its use of virtualization and is speeding toward increased private cloud architectures. With a server virtualization rate approaching 100 percent, Ducati has embraced virtualization rapidly in just the past few years, with resulting benefits of application flexibility and reduced capital costs.
The Cloud's Booming Potential for the Networked Economy
April 9, 2012
It's impossible to factor the implications of cloud computing without examining the context of all the other major business and technology trends in play today. To gauge the potential business benefits -- and threats -- from cloud, we also need to examine the confluence of these developments and how together they change businesses and business ecosystems.
Building a Private-Cloud Home for Complex Ops
April 2, 2012
Worldwide enterprise applications leader SAP has designed and implemented a private cloud infrastructure model that supports an internal consulting and training program. By standardizing on a VMware cloud platform, SAP has been able to slash provisioning times for multiple instances of its flagship application suite in the training setting, as well as set the stage for wider adoption of cloud models.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Highly Virtualized Environments
March 26, 2012
Advanced and pervasive virtualization and cloud computing trends are driving the need for a better, holistic approach to IT support and remediation. And while the technology to support and fix virtualized environments is essential, it's the people, skills and knowledge to manage these systems that provide the most decisive determinants of ongoing performance success.
Iceland Has the Hots for FOSS
March 26, 2012
The government of Iceland recently launched a one-year migration project for all its public institutions in what appears to be an acceleration of its movement toward free and open source software and away from proprietary systems. The project will apparently lay the foundation for the migration with a common infrastructure.
Does Your IaaS Environment Have Sleeper Cells?
March 21, 2012
As many active users of IaaS can tell you, IaaS, whether implemented by an external service provider or provided by an internal service provider team, arguably grants you much more control of the underlying technology "substrate" than other cloud deployment models. In some cases, this is a good thing.
The Software Distribution Generation Gap
March 19, 2012
There's a huge productivity gap between modern software and the aging manner in which most enterprises still distribute and manage applications on personal computers. At a time when business models and whole industries are being upended by improved use of software, IT providers inside of enterprises are still painstakingly provisioning and maintaining PC applications in much the same way they did in the 1990s.
Enterprise Architecture and Transformation at the Crossroads
March 12, 2012
For some, if you want enterprise transformation, you really need the organizing benefits of enterprise architecture to succeed. For others, the elevation of enterprise architecture as an essential ingredient to enterprise transformation improperly conflates the role of enterprise architecture and waters it down while risking its powerful contribution.
Cloud Computing: Revolution vs. Evolution
March 3, 2012
Andy Mulholland is the global chief technology officer and corporate vice president at Capgemini. In 2009, Andy was voted one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the world by InfoWorld. And in 2010, his CTO Blog was voted best blog for business managers and CIOs for the third year running by Computer Weekly.
The Transformative Power of Enterprise Architecture
February 27, 2012
Last month's Open Group Conference in San Francisco focused on how IT and enterprise architecture support enterprise transformation. Speakers in conference events also explored the latest in service oriented architecture, cloud computing and security. We're now joined by one of the main speakers, Jeanne Ross, director and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research.
When in the Cloud, Trust - but Verify
February 22, 2012
Quite a lot has been written about the importance of due-diligence in a cloud environment. Sometimes the importance of security and compliance-related vetting in the cloud is easy to justify, like when you're evaluating an off-premises public cloud hosted at a new service provider. Other times, executives might take some convincing.
Building the Data Center on Small Victories
February 6, 2012
You don't need to go very far in IT nowadays to find people who are diligently working to do more with less, even as they're working to transform and modernize their environments. One way to keep the interest high and those operating and investment budgets in place is to show fast results, and then use that to prime the pump for even more improvement -- and even more funding -- with perhaps even growing budgets.
A Strategy for Post-Virtualization Security
January 24, 2012
Virtualization has been one of the most rapidly and widely adopted technologies in recent memory. It's huge, and it's here to stay. And as security professionals know, setting up a virtual environment securely isn't easy. Significant effort goes into tasks like evaluating off-premise service providers, ensuring regulatory compliance, and standing up technical controls like monitoring and encryption.
Virtualization and the Always-On Education Environment
January 23, 2012
Educators are using desktop virtualization in innovative new ways to enable "bring your own device" benefits for faculty and students. Let's look at how one IT organization has made the leap to allowing young users to choose their own client devices to gain access to all the work or learning applications and data they need -- safely, securely, and with high performance.
Kundra Casts His Lot With Salesforce.com
January 17, 2012
Salesforce.com has snagged a marquee name for its executive ranks: the former chief information officer of the United States, Vivek Kundra. Kundra, who left his post with the Obama administration last year, is joining Salesforce.com as executive vice president of emerging markets.
Limbering Up for a Data Center Makeover
January 16, 2012
Let's focus in on two major pillars of proper and successful data center transformation projects and some proven methods that have aided productive and cost-efficient projects to reshape and modernize enterprise data centers. Specific trends are buttressing the need for DCT.

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