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CIO Leadership, Cloud

X as a Service (XaaS): What the Future of Cloud Computing Will Bring

We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service.

Blog-post by Ben Stephenson, Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:20

By John Dixon, Consulting Architect, GreenPages-LogicsOne.


Last week, Chris Ward and I hosted a breakout session at Cloudscape 2014, GreenPages’ annual customer Summit. We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service. In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it.

Tags: Cloud XaaS

Technology, Cloud

ERP Adoption Gets into the cloud

Blog-post by Kevin Beasley, Fri, 08/15/2014 - 13:38
Kevin Beasley

The adoption of cloud-based software is growing in all industries, and for the most part, the benefits are clear—cost savings and improved infrastructure management. But over the past few years, we’re seeing a significant shift to the cloud in one technology industry sector—ERP.

According to recent industry data, more and more organizations plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within the next few years. This increased adoption clearly indicates that the cloud has moved into the mainstream.

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Business Issues, Technology, Security

Security #CIOchat draws record participants, Tweets

My favorite two conversations discuss CIO challenges and security resources.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:14

Our Twitter chat on security yesterday set a record for participation. No doubt, security is top of mind for CIOs, a half dozen of which joined our chat.

We had 43 participants or about 25% more than usual and 356 Tweets when we've averaged in the neighborhood of 230 for the past few weeks. More participants are a good thing although it increases the number of cross conversations. Furious is sort of the nature of the chat beast, but the more chatsters, the merrier.

CIO Leadership, IT Infrastructure

The anatomy of a shark and how it relates to your datacenter infrastructure

Using this metaphor could make for a killer data center.

Blog-post by Chris Purcell, Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:43

Metaphors can help demystify complex concepts like converged infrastructure, which is a somewhat self-defining term but at the same time a touch fuzzy.

That's why I like to compare the most productive and efficient data centers to a shark's anatomy.

Allow me to explain with these 5 quotes from the movie Jaws.

1. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

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Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Cloud

Moving to the Cloud: Lessons from Jason Segel & Cameron Diaz

Blog-post by Ben Stephenson, Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:28

As you probably know, Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz recently came out with a new movie called “Sex Tape.” In the movie, Segel and Diaz play a couple who decide to make an adult home movie, and it accidently gets released online.

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Tags: Cloud

Business Issues, Big Data, Cloud

The Pain Curve

The Complexity of Clusters and Why Clusters are So Different

Blog-post by Greg Bruno, Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:54

I've been building clusters for my entire professional career and I've known that clusters are different, but never could quite articulate why. Until now.

After having many conversations with operations team members from a broad cross-section of enterprises, I now have a handle on why clusters are so different from farms of single-purpose servers that reside in traditional data centers.

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Technology, Cloud, Mobility

Cloud and Mobile, Two Sides of the Same Coin

Blog-post by Anoj Willy, Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:48
Anoj Willy

By Anoj Willy, Trace3 Cloud Practice Director


In a very real sense, mobile and cloud computing are quickly becoming two sides of the same coin. Mobile computing is how users experience technology, while cloud computing is the platform from which the experience is delivered.

CIO Leadership, Cloud

Four Critical Cloud Challenges Facing CIOs in 2014

Blog-post by David Eisner, Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:35

The role of the CIO is changing. According to a June 27 article from NextGov, federal agencies are coming to terms with the idea that greater CIO responsibilities must dovetail with increased authority and a broader perspective. To that end, Congress is debating a proposal that would see CIOs granted full budget control — and full responsibility for any IT investments.

Business Issues, Big Data, Cloud

Emerging technology Twitter chat talks up Big Data, analytics

Wearables and IoT not so much, but....

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:57

We had a very robust Twitter chat about which emerging technologies and which ones aren't. Such an open ended question always sparks debate, but the answers are pretty obvious - Big Data and then cloud and are most important while the value of wearables and Internet of Things are less well understood. There was almost no mention of mobile and we had at least four CIO types in the chat!

We also danced around the issue with many Tweets talking about what would make an emerging technology important - supporting the business strategy and end users, good governance and so forth.

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