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  • The cloud-based security market: How to 'break in'

    Cloud-based security has gained mass appeal for businesses small and large, and channel partners are taking notice.

    In this three-part handbook, we provide a range of tips and insight on the cloud-based security market and the areas in which channel partners can develop business practices. First, we'll give you an overview of the trends and opportunities in cloud-based security and where partners can add the most value to their customers. You'll then learn about how partners can capitalize on security services and how vendors can support these efforts. Finally, we offer a case study that illustrates how managed service provider Internet & Telephone has evolved to meet the demands of the security market.

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  • Cash in on cloud financials

    Cloud financials have come a long way in the last few years. In the past, the idea of moving core financials to the cloud was thwarted by security concerns and mistrust that a cloud financials provider would have control over sensitive company data. Today, many leaders realize that security may be better in the cloud, as long as a reputable vendor is chosen.

    As cloud security concerns dissipate into the ether and cloud-based finance systems mature, CFOs and other business leaders are getting clear on cloud-based financial software's potential. Indeed, cloud financials can enable cost savings, adaptability and scalability -- all must-haves in today's dynamic and ever-changing business landscape and for the finance department, whose role has transformed from transactional to analytical. So with a distinct potential return on an investment, making the decision to move the cloud might be clear, but figuring out your deployment choice may not be so obvious. Should you go with public cloud? Private? Hybrid? Do you know all the differences? And what about your migration strategy once you decide on a product and vendor?

    These are all critical questions and ones this handbook addresses. The first article takes a look at the cloud-financial software landscape. In that arena, software as a service, with its clear cost savings, leads among the options. The second article guides you on which deployment choice is best for your company. And the third article helps you map out a plan and provides a cloud migration strategy checklist.

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  • In no-server, NoOps cloud era, developers deliver to users

    What do developers and musicians have in common? Both have been stripped of the middleman as their products are delivered directly to users. But what does a NoOps era look like?Continue Reading

  • Construct a winning data center project plan

    Before embarking on new data center projects, such as an upgrade or move to the cloud, clearly define all goals and expectations -- and not just for IT.Continue Reading

  • OpenStack infrastructure embraces containers, but challenges remain

    Despite a recent push to embrace container technology, OpenStack still has a number of hurdles to clear before boosting enterprise adoption.Continue Reading

  • Four common AWS cloud migration mistakes

    With more than one million customers, AWS has convinced enterprises of all shapes, sizes and industries that its cloud can improve IT operations. But the move isn't always flawless.Continue Reading

  • Security concerns delay public cloud adoption

    The TechTarget New PI/Cloud Infrastructure Survey sheds light on common public cloud concerns that have held businesses back from widespread adoption.Continue Reading

  • Questions to answer before hybrid cloud adoption

    Hybrid cloud adoption is growing, as is the understanding of what a hybrid cloud truly is. It is more common now for people to agree on what constitutes a hybrid cloud -- with shared ideas on the essential ingredients: self-provisioning, pooled resources, measuring and elasticity. Hybrid cloud advantages include moving workloads between private and public clouds as needed to allow a business to meet demand while controlling costs. Achieving these efficiencies, however, requires a strategy. Otherwise, the opportunity for an effective hybrid cloud initiative will be lost.

    This three-part guide examines the questions admins should ask before hybrid cloud adoption. Some apps are not suitable for a public cloud, and a company with sensitive data may be wary about removing that information from an in-house server. Also it's important is understand that your network needs to be prepared for hybrid cloud integration, as failing to check that can create problems, including latency issues.

    Once a business has decided to proceed with hybrid cloud adoption, having a plan for acquiring, using and managing cloud services will go a long way. Many businesses are using more cloud vendors than they realize, creating confusion and unnecessary expenses. It's also worth considering tiered-storage architecture, including placing the primary storage system on the private cloud and the secondary storage on the public cloud.

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  • When single sign-on technology is a good fit for VDI

    As more VDI shops deliver virtual desktops separately from applications, single sign-on provides a way for IT to reduce users' burdens when it comes to multiple logins and remembering passwords.Continue Reading

  • Public IaaS market leaves some cloud vendors in the dust

    Unable to handle the competition from the Big Three cloud providers, some IaaS clouds have closed up shop -- leaving many to wonder who might fall next.Continue Reading

  • How to securely on board cloud applications and services

    Enterprises need to on board cloud services quickly, but there are ways to accomplish it without sacrificing security. Expert Ed Moyle explains.Continue Reading

  • How the virtualization system administrator job is changing

    Getting into the IT field can be challenging, but candidates with diverse technical interests and a desire to learn can succeed.Continue Reading

  • 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

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