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  • 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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  • Integration of 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

  • Migrating to Office 365: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Moving to Office 365 may not be easy, explains expert Peter O'Kelly. But in the end, users will have a tool they're familiar with and you may save money.Continue Reading

  • Why mix data analytics with BPM and SOA?

    How organizations handle data analytics will be a big deal for SOA in 2016. Here we explore the steps developers and enterprise architects will need to take.Continue Reading

  • Office 365 archiving subject to inconsistencies

    Companies that are subject to compliance or other regulatory requirements should take note: Archiving Office 365 applications takes several forms.Continue Reading

  • PaaS model and data center development: Differences and trends

    The PaaS model is bringing together cloud deployment and development. Learn how PaaS and data center development are similar and how they differ.Continue Reading

  • Cloud security policy brings risk out of the shadows

    To put it bluntly, migration to the cloud is happening -- so deal with the data classification and information security decisions upfront.Continue Reading

  • What file types are blocked in a SharePoint Online migration?

    SharePoint Online handles blocked file types differently than file types for on-premises SharePoint deployments, which may confuse users migrating to the cloud.Continue Reading

  • How can I manage hardware redundancy costs in my DR plan?

    Adding redundant hardware to your disaster recovery strategy doesn't have to break the bank. Here are three tips that can help to protect your data at a more reasonable price.Continue Reading

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