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The Automation Revelation
August 29, 2011
A UK-based managed service provider is on a journey to provide better information and services for its network, voice, VoIP, data and storage customers. The network management and productivity benefits have come from an alignment of many service management products into an automated lifecycle approach to overall network operations.
Federal CIO Prods Agencies to Revamp Websites
August 23, 2011
The U.S. government's new CIO wasted little time in directing federal agencies to significantly improve the way they manage information technology resources. Steven VanRoekel, who took over the federal CIO post on Aug. 4, quickly issued a directive designed to push agencies to meet an Obama administration goal for operating federal websites more efficiently.
A Standard Is Born
August 15, 2011
The Open Automated Compliance Expert Markup Language is a new standard that helps enterprises automate security compliance across their systems in a consistent and cost-saving manner. O-ACEML helps to achieve compliance with applicable regulations but also achieves major cost savings. From the compliance audit viewpoint, auditors can carry out similarly consistent and more capable audits in less time.
Social Menaces
August 11, 2011
In terms of online communication, social media is the biggest trend in recent years. There are billions of participants around the globe as well as an array of forms: blogs, forums, wikis, multimedia content, social bookmarking and, of course, popular platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. What's more, social media is strongly established as an important channel for companies to communicate with their customers.
Yes, You Really CAN Compete With the Public Cloud Provider
August 06, 2011
The prudent CIO sees the need for a quantum level improvement in the way IT delivers services and resources. To survive, IT must rapidly regain competitive strength by emulating the key strengths of external cloud suppliers. The internal IT delivery model has to change from a bureaucratic process that can take days or weeks, to one that supports self-service and makes resources immediately available.
US Cyberwarfare Policy Should Make Enterprises Sweat the Insider Threat
July 27, 2011
The recent spearphishing attacks on security firm RSA and on the International Monetary Fund are both suspected of being attacks by foreign powers to steal data that could be used in a cyberoffensive against the United States. In fact, the CIA website and the U.S. Senate were also breached by the hacking group LulzSec, and government contractors Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton were attacked more recently.
Mythbusting the Private Cloud
July 25, 2011
The popularity of cloud concepts and the expected benefits from cloud computing have certainly raised expectations. Forrester now predicts that cloud spending will grow from $40 billion to $241 billion in the global IT market over the next 10 years, and yet, there's still a lot of confusion about the true payoffs and risks associated with cloud adoption.
Tearing Down Silos With Holistic ALM
July 18, 2011
This enterprise case study discussion focuses on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and how they've been able to improve their applications' performance -- and even change the culture of how they test, provide and operate their applications.
Igniting the Mac-at-Work Revolution
July 15, 2011
In so many words, Steve Jobs recently discussed the tremendous opportunity ahead for Mac in the enterprise. With the introduction of iCloud, Apple's new service for seamlessly integrating content across devices, the company appears to be headed down the right path. Consider the fact that organizations offering their workers a choice of platform -- PC or Mac -- stand to gain a significant competitive advantage.
Open Source and the Democratization of IT
July 12, 2011
This podcast discussion centers on how the role and impact of integration has shifted, and how a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing and managing massive datasets.
The Consumerization of IT
June 27, 2011
It's an interesting time for IT and cybersecurity. We have more threats. We hear about breaches in large organizations like Sony and Google, but at the same time IT organizations are being asked to make themselves more like Google or Amazon, the so-called consumerization of IT. So how do IT organizations become more open while being more protective?
The IT Infrastructure Renaissance
June 20, 2011
This latest BriefingsDirect panel discussion on converged infrastructure and data center transformation explores the major news emerging from this month's HP Discover 2011 conference in Las Vegas. To put it all in context, a series of rapidly maturing trends around application types, cloud computing, mobility, and changing workforces is reshaping what high-performance and low-cost computing is about.
Reeling Video Surveillance Into the Digital Age
June 15, 2011
Fans of "Law and Order," "CSI" and other popular crime shows have seen their fair share of video surveillance tricks -- but have you ever stopped to compare Hollywood surveillance footage to what you see on the 11 o'clock news? In the real world, still images or video from bank or convenient store robberies are often grainy with greenish hues -- terrible image quality for anyone looking for forensic evidence or identification.
The Enterprise's Shifting Center of Gravity
June 13, 2011
Enterprise application integration as a function is moving out of the enterprise and into the cloud. So-called Integration Platform as a Service has popped up on the edge of the enterprise. But true cloud integration as a neutral, full service, and entirely cloud-based offering has been mostly only a vision.
Who Watches the Watchmen, Part 4: The Mobile Device Maelstrom
June 06, 2011
Enterprises and other large organizations have already begun riding the wave of the consumerization of IT, and the voice of the mobile device user is being heard through the land. Even the U.S. federal government is reportedly letting staff bring in their own mobile devices to use at work, leading to a shift away from BlackBerry devices and toward iPhones and Android smartphones.
Enterprises Ready to Shake Out Some IPv6 Bugs With Worldwide Test
June 02, 2011
On June 8, major enterprises with a presence on the Internet such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Akamai and several United States government agencies will be among the organizations providing their content over both IPv4 and IPv6. The occasion: June 8 is World IPv6 Day. IPv4 is the existing Internet protocol; IPv6 is its successor.
Beyond War Room Network Management
May 23, 2011
The IT news headlines are full of incidents of major cloud instances brought down for days, and unfortunately often weeks, with some of the largest of these due to network issues in association with virtualization and storage sprawl. The price in the cloud era for such disruptions is very high and very public.
The Great IT Integrators
May 16, 2011
Enterprise integration requirements are rapidly shifting to accommodate such trends as cloud computing, mobile devices' explosion, and increased demand for extended enterprise business processes. Application-to-application integration inside an enterprise's four walls is well understood, but very quickly the demands placed on integration are spanning multiple enterprises.
Using the Cloud for Backup? You're Missing the Point
May 10, 2011
Cloud storage systems are different from the storage systems that we are accustomed to today in that cloud service providers -- companies such as Amazon and Google -- began their efforts a decade or more before they actually opened their public services. When they were first establishing themselves more than decade ago, they were focused on constructing an infrastructure with tremendous scalability.
Brewing Data Center Superfuel
May 04, 2011
Data center Quality of Service and Total Cost of Ownership has a major impact on an enterprise's business growth and profits. IT departments and application developers seek architectures and deployments providing high service availability and resilient performance scalability to meet rising service demand while controlling capital and operating expenses. Tremendous technology advances have been made in recent years.

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