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Business Issues, Cloud

Justifying Cloud

Let’s go beyond the traditional ROI model

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HP Blogger
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I cannot remember how often I got the question on how to justify the implementation or use of cloud computing and the discussion often turns around the traditional financial ROI calculations. And in many situations it becomes difficult to justify. Why? For two reasons, first many IT department do not have a complete view of the true costs of the existing environment, second, the actual savings are often difficult to calculate and depend on assumptions, many of which can be argued about.

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CIO Leadership, Security

How to achieve stronger cloud security

As cloud security evolves, how should CIOs and CISOs assess and govern security risks?

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HP Blogger
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Despite growing cloud adoption in the enterprise, security remains a concern. How cloud vendors—and customers—approach security is still developing, and best practices and policies are just emerging.

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Technology, Cloud

A Response to Private Cloud Haters

… or “Shut It Up Already”

Blog-post by,
jkhawaja

How many of you are tired of hearing your businesses talk to you about “cloud this” or “SaaS that?”  Business analysts who can  scarcely cobble together coherent sentences are demanding “cloud services,” as though it will produce some sort of high-tech legerdemain that will make all of their technology headaches disappear and save them a couple of bucks in the process.  What was once reviled and scoffed at as techno-chic has turned into a super-nerd feeding frenzy, and everyone wants a piece of the action.

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CIO Leadership, Technology, Cloud

Hybrid Clouds: IT Benefits Outweighing IT Concerns

Blog-post by,
blaberis

It turns out that hybrid cloud computing environments are “hybrid” in a way beyond the intermixing of private and public cloud infrastructures that gives them their name. These combination clouds also elicit “hybrid” responses from CIOs and other IT executives. The added complexity and public-cloud element of hybrid cloud environments makes IT leaders particularly concerned about security and integration issues. On the flip side, most IT executives also believe hybrid clouds can deliver a wide range of IT and business benefits.


Business Issues, Technology, Cloud

Security remains top cloud fear

This converged cloud brief analyzes attitudes toward this computing paradigm, according to an IDG Research Services survey of 147 IT executives. Besides exploring where cloud investment dollars are going and the primary drivers of cloud adoption, the survey reveals that the longstanding fear - weak security - is alive and well. Indeed, 56% of the respondents said they believe dedicated servers are more secure than the cloud. Click on the PDF below for the full analysis.   


Business Issues, Technology, Cloud

Quick Poll: biggest bucks going into private clouds

This Quick Poll survey, conducted by IDG Research Services, surveyed 145 IT executives on their motivation and concerns about cloud deployment. Among other things, it shows that almost 60% of cloud investments are going into private clouds (hybrid is 47% which shows public cloud are part of the mix). The top driver of cloud adoption is to scale workloads up or down. The top concern is data loss or leakage. Click on the attached PDF to access the entire survey.   


Business Issues, Security

Cyberwar or not, are we ready for extreme scenarios?

Are we ready for the unexpected?

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HP Blogger
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Earlier this week I ran into an article by my friend Raf Los (Wh1t3rabbit) titled “Cyber War - Fact from Fiction in the shadow of the Tallinn Manual” discussing among other things whether attacks such as Stuxnet and Flame can be considered cyberwar or not. The question is important from a legal perspective because in our democracies parliaments have to be involved before a government can declare war.

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Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Cloud

Selected cloud Tweeps accounts for CIOs

A review of influential cloud Twitterati

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Using Twitter to keep up-to-date on the latest in cloud computing? Finding it difficult to quickly sort through all the #cloud and #cloudcomputing posts to find information that’s relevant for you? Yes? Well, you’re in luck!

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Technology, Big Data

Big Data Is Old News

Blog-post by,
YMontcheuil

One can wonder, why all this noise around big data? After all, we (as human beings, and as organizations we belong to) have been collecting massive amounts of data since the origin of times. Of course, the advent of the printing press, then (a few centuries later) computers, have made it easier to collect and store data and have redefined the term “massive”.


Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Converged Infrastructure

What CIOs Should Know About 'Outside-In' Architecture

New ways to manage change

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Community Manager
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jdodge

"Outside-in" is another way to describe loosely-coupled web-based computing where technology more closely mirrors the business. Maybe computing isn't the right word, but information flow does not quite cut it, either. Author Eric Openshaw offers up a decent example to explain what he's talking about and four steps about how to get "Outside-In."

Here's an excerpt: "The answer lies in re-envisioning your architecture, not as an enterprise-wide monolith but as interrelated systems and data sets, encapsulated for external consumption."


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