Now Can We Put the Cloud to Work?
Gartner has released its 2010 Hype Cycle Report, identifying those technologies it thinks have reached the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" as well as those languishing in the "Trough of Disillusionment." Cloud computing hype seems to have peaked, and that's a good thing.
New York As IT Center Of The World
The Big Apple's new licensing agreement with Microsoft is just one part of an ambitious IT strategy that includes data center consolidation and central management of policies and services.
Takai Named CIO Of Defense Department
Only weeks after having the DOD nomination withdrawn, Takai resigns from her position as the state of California's top IT executive to go to the Pentagon.
What Business Data Should Be In The Cloud?
In our last entry we discussed different ways that you can move data into the cloud, something I call onramps. In theory the ability now exists to put all your data types on a cloud storage platform, but is that the right choice for your business? How do you determine which data you should put in the cloud?
How To Get Data To The Cloud: Onramps
As we discussed in our last entry, deciding when to use cloud storage is an important decision that data center mangers are now trying to make. While adding the capabilities to your own software was an early approach most were waiting for an easier way to get to the cloud and it comes in the form of software that allows near seamless access. We call these onramps.
How To Use Cloud Storage
This entry kicks off a new series on cloud storage. In this series we will look at cloud storage and what it means from a number of different view points; the storage manufactures, the service providers, the providers of the tools that onramps data to the cloud and of course the people that will actually use cloud storage. This first set of entries will look at you the users and provides some ideas on how you can use cloud storage.
Top 15 Facebook Apps For Business
While many of Facebook's 500 million users waste part of their days growing virtual crops or committing imaginary crimes, there are many Facebook applications designed to actually improve business productivity. There are more than 550,000 active applications on the Facebook platform, according to the social network, with many designed specifically to improve business practices or better-integrate Facebook into a company's operations. Many business apps are free. Often, fee-based apps offer a bas
Cloud Computing Versus Mainframes
A recent study found that "79 percent of IT organizations consider the mainframe to be an essential component of their cloud computing strategy."... Yet, there are no good paths (meaning approaches and tools) for getting from the mainframe to the cloud...
Obama's Tech Tools
As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h