Technology, Cloud

What is a hybrid cloud and why do we care?

Beware "hybrid washing." Selected readings.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:27

Study after study shows that hybrid clouds are the way enterprises are going. What is a hybrid cloud? Or what are hybrid clouds?

Hybrid cloud is one IT buzz term that's self-defining and reasonably clear. In fact, hybrid is just another word for the long-standing concept of systems integration in IT - one system working with a different system. From this also sprung the notion of incompatibility. Systems incompatiblies were just accepted. Perish the thought a PC app would work on the Mac. Compatibility (a first cousin of hybrid and integration) can be granular and on many levels.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

Internet of Things seen as catalyst for 2015 cloud computing boom

At CES, big expectations for more connected devices augurs well for more cloud computing solutions to handle all that new data

Blog-post by Charles Cooper, Wed, 01/21/2015 - 17:31

Here’s an important takeaway for cloud computing users from the recently-concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas: The mushrooming number of devices getting connected to the Internet is going to drive new demand for cloud computing solutions that can handle all this new data coming online.


CIO Leadership, Technology, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure

Software Defined "x" is like picking Apples with a Tractor

Blog-post by Jeffrey Lush, Tue, 01/20/2015 - 22:03

As a teenager I learned many lessons working our 40 acre ranch, which included several apple orchards. My father gave my brother and I the responsibility to maintain the apple orchards, and to sell the apples for our personal gain. Our apples (Lush's Apples) were sold as either "eating apples" or "cooking apples". Eating apples are blemish free, or at least as close to blemish free as nature allows; whereas cooking apples may have a blemish and are used for pies, applesauce and apple cider. We methodically picked the eating apples as well as the cooking apples.

Technology, Applications, Cloud, IT Performance

User Experience in Coud Platforms

The ability to effectively manage application performance and user experience is a key component of every infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider’s cloud monitoring strategy.

Blog-post by Gabriel Lowy, Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:56

User experience in cloud platforms is becoming table stakes amid intensifying price competition for increasingly commoditized services. The ability to effectively manage application performance and user experience is a key component of every infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider’s cloud monitoring strategy.  As a result, cloud platform providers must continue to add functionality due to fewer opportunities to differentiate on raw compute or storage resources.

CIO Leadership, Cloud

How do you use the cloud?

Blog-post by Joel Shore, Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:28

How is your company using cloud services? We all know why – to increase profits or sales, cut costs or staff (or both), etc. – but that’s not how. Fortunately, we can find out what CIOs and other senior IT managers are saying, thanks to a recent survey. Only those in the kingdom of IT in companies with 1,000 or more employees were polled; CEOs and CFOs were not asked to participate. Here’s the pulse of IT, unfettered by opinions from the executive suite.

CIO Leadership, Big Data

Succeeding at Information Governance: The 'Soft' Stuff is the Hard Stuff

Skills and Tasks Like Executive Sponsorship, Team Building, and Communications Can Make the Difference

Blog-post by Robert Smallwood, Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:35

When organizations seek out answers for the keys to success in information governance (IG) projects, they often get the typical answer from consultants and vendors: it depends.

Technology, IT Performance

Enterprise Resource Planning By ERP Companies In India

Blog-post by Emma George, Tue, 01/20/2015 - 06:26

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an application used by many companies in developing its information and processes into a single system. A unified database for the objective of saving information is utilized by many systems of a company.

CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Sunday #CIOChat Conversation

The importance of teams and employee engagement to business transformation

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Tue, 01/20/2015 - 03:27

Yesterday, we held our Sunday #CIOChat regarding the importance of teams and engagement to business transformation. A lead into this chat was a previous discussion about how IT people could be made into effective change agents. Participating in this week’s chat were Paul Ritchie (Practice Director at PM College), David Bray (CIO of the FCC), Vala Afshar (Chief Marketing Officer, Extreme Networks), and several others. To listen into some of the conversation thread, please click this link.

Business Issues, Cloud

2015 – What The Year Will Look Like For Developers & The Cloud Hosting Ecosystem.

Blog-post by Marty Puranik, Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:15

With 2014 in the books, everyone is eyeing 2015 and wondering what happens next. With a fast moving environment like cloud hosting, it’s always difficult to pinpoint exactly what the big news will be.  But, I'll give it a try. Here are some of my predictions for 2015 that will make news and keep the momentum going for participants in the cloud-based economy.


Business Issues, Big Data

Should we still be calling it Big Data?

What is your opinion?

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Fri, 01/16/2015 - 19:54

Several months ago, I was talking to some CIOs about their business problems. During these conversations, I asked them about their interest in Big Data. One sophisticated CIO recoiled almost immediately saying that he believes most vendors are really having a problem discussing “Big Data” with customers like him. It would just be so much easier if you guys would talk to me about helping my company with our structured data and unstructured data. At the same time, Gartner has found that 64% of enterprises surveyed say they’re deploying or planning to deploy a Big Data project.


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