Risk management


  • Adding a cloud security policy to your overall IT defense strategy

    Enterprises should consider a cloud security policy in the wake of more services moving to the cloud. Expert Mike Chapple examines how IT security standards can be reworked.Continue Reading

  • Top AWS security features organizations need to know about

    As cloud security becomes more essential, Amazon security features become more important. Expert Matthew Pascucci takes a look at specific AWS security products available today.Continue Reading

  • Managing Azure: Top tips so far in 2016

    Despite gaining ground in the enterprise, Microsoft Azure can pose a number of management challenges. Here are our top tips, so far in 2016, to sharpen your Azure management skills.Continue Reading

  • New DBA skills for the cloud will push DBAs out of the comfort zone

    IOUG president Maria Anderson shares her view of the future of the DBA in the cloud and what good DBA skills will look like down the line. Leadership will become more important.Continue Reading

  • 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

  • How to secure a cloud workload as it travels between CSPs

    Typically a cloud workload doesn't stay in one spot. Expert Dave Shackleford discusses the best ways to secure traveling cloud workloads as they move across environments.Continue Reading

  • Manufacturers begin to embrace cloud ERP software

    Manufacturers have been slower to embrace cloud ERP software, but more options and familiarity with the technology are spurring more companies to move to the cloud.Continue Reading

  • Do you love the cloud, but for the wrong reason?

    I do not subscribe to the idea that cutting costs should be the primary reason for moving to the cloud. Cloud computing is a means to an end, not a business strategy unto itself. You embrace the ...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

  • Colony Brands' cloud-first strategy starts with data warehouse

    Steve Cretney, CIO at Colony Brands, discusses how Amazon S3 and Redshift have played an important role in the company's cloud-first strategy in this SearchCIO video interview.Continue Reading

  • How to blend on-premises IT with the cloud

    Most businesses have existing on-premises technologies up and running, and they aren't in a rush to move entirely to the cloud. This means data center teams are increasingly asked to manage IT resources that are located partly on premises and partly in the cloud. To blend on-premises IT with the cloud, an organization needs to evaluate its workloads to determine which will perform well -- and cost-effectively -- in the cloud and which are best suited for an in-house data center environment. This two-part guide identifies the winning strategies -- and the pitfalls -- involved.

    Best practices for managing IT in the cloud and on premises are changing and improving as IT teams learn from earlier attempts. Organizations have had opportunities to think through decisions about which workloads they want to run in the cloud and which they want to have on premises. This guide explores the security issues, costs and the best uses for these hybrid cloud environments.

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  • Integrating legacy systems, hybrid clouds: Channel partner tips

    Channel partners need not flinch at legacy systems and cloud integration. An application audit, attention to latency issues and a solid connectivity model can help ease the task.Continue Reading

  • How a change management plan can help disaster recovery

    Learn to construct a change management system and address business continuity maintenance, and how the two processes complement each other in a BC/DR plan.Continue Reading

  • AWS certifications, hands-on labs help build better clouds

    IT teams that want to improve cloud know-how can turn to AWS' certifications program as well as a variety of resources. But it doesn't have to be all about AWS; take a vendor-neutral focus.Continue Reading