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  • White box servers turning tide back toward private cloud

    Offering an affordable alternative to most vendor-branded servers, white box systems could lure some enterprises out of the public cloud and back into private environments.Continue Reading

  • Cloud data management keeps companies grounded

    What separates cloud data management from on-premises tools isn't just a lot of hot air. Some of the much-heralded benefits that the cloud offers are cost savings and increased flexibility. At the same time, database managers that turn to the cloud must be prepared to control their new investment and keep information from floating away and getting lost in the atmosphere.

    The three articles in this handbook can help. Consultant David Loshin starts off with a heed to track where information is being dispersed and offers advice on tools that can help. Reporter Jack Vaughan provides readers with a touchstone in the story of one company that is doing cloud data management. And consultant David A. Teich ends with a piece on the effect of the cloud on BI processes.

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  • The adoption of cloud in healthcare from a CIO's view

    CIO Harun Rashid discusses the adoption of cloud in healthcare as well as the barriers and concerns many health IT professionals have when it comes to cloud computing.Continue Reading

  • Public cloud adoption causing some big vendors to stumble

    Enterprises are adopting cloud which, in turn, creates more demand for cloud services and tools. But some vendors have not stepped up to the plate.Continue Reading

  • Will Windows Server 2016 licensing change drive Azure adoption?

    With the looming increase to Windows Server pricing coupled with lower Azure costs, Microsoft continues to steer customers to the cloud. Here's how the costs compare.Continue Reading

  • Cloud identity management: Deciding on the right approach

    Cloud identity management can offer a lot of security benefits, but enterprises need to answer some questions before deployment. Expert Ed Moyle offers advice on what to ask.Continue Reading

  • Office 365 cloud services encounter turbulence

    Microsoft Office 365 cloud services are gaining momentum and projected to be the future leader in cloud computing deployments, according to one survey. But getting up there won't be easy. An Office 365 migration to the cloud requires moving content and collaboration applications, which compels organizations to retool processes and prep content for migration. In many cases, Microsoft customers aren't ready for the cloud, or they're forced to keep their data on premises because of compliance requirements, industry regulations or data security issues. But that hasn't stopped Microsoft from introducing new cloud-based enterprise content management and collaboration tools that are viewed by some as a step forward and by others as simply overlapping SharePoint's features.

    In this three-part handbook, industry analyst and consultant Peter O'Kelly suggests that migrating to Office 365 cloud services makes sense for companies trying to keep pace with the next phase of cloud-based document sharing and collaboration. But at times, the migration may not be pretty. Nathan Lamb then writes that Microsoft needs to straddle the line by keeping on-premises customers happy while offering viable cloud-based alternatives. And since Microsoft's entry into cloud computing depends on the success of Office 365 and its productivity tools, Lamb and executive editor Lauren Horwitz present the unabashed opinions of leading Microsoft product analysts, who dissect some of Office 365's latest cloud-based product offerings.

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  • Azure disaster recovery: Best practices for restoring VMs

    With Azure VM backup, virtual machines can run in the cloud while a business gets back on its feet. But there are two key considerations to keep in mind.Continue Reading

  • The careful balancing act of Microsoft Office 365 services

    Office 365 services are in the cloud. But many customers are still on-premises. Learn more about how Microsoft is walking the fine line between the two.Continue Reading

  • Knowing when it's time for Exchange mailbox migration

    The end-of-life moments for older versions of Exchange are coming (and have come already for some versions), coinciding with the release of Exchange Server 2016. While some organizations may make the jump to the newest release, a number of companies will move to Exchange 2013. Others may be interested in Exchange alternatives.

    This three-part guide outlines the Exchange 2016 requirements and the benefits to be found in this latest version. It also delves into strategies to plan an upgrade to the recent versions and suggests ways to avoid errors that could arise during an Exchange mailbox migration. Exchange 2010 users, for instance, will have a much different upgrade path than those running Exchange 2003.

    Exchange Server 2013 simplified administration, better managed availability and improved Outlook Web app access on any device among other improvements. Exchange 2016 makes further improvements. There are third-party Exchange migration tools that may be needed to migrate to Office 365. So, the questions become what does your organization need from Exchange -- and when?

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  • New public cloud pricing models sweep the enterprise

    Price cuts are common in the public cloud market, but some experts wonder if they are still the true driver for adoption.Continue Reading

  • How hybrid cloud adoption impacts ALM

    Learn how to update ALM processes in preparation for hybrid cloud adoption.Continue Reading

  • AWS container portability still lags behind Docker

    The promise of portability has many IT shops experimenting with containers. But enterprises have yet to deploy complex containers, and migration remains difficult.Continue Reading

  • Hone your cloud computing skills for 2016 and beyond

    As cloud adoption continues to grow, many organizations are on the hunt for IT pros with cloud management, automation and architecture skills.Continue Reading

  • Consider costs when selecting a cloud deployment model

    Choosing a cloud deployment model is a multivariate problem, but cost differences between hybrid and all public can be important. Kurt Marko offers his take.Continue Reading

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