The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-24-14

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Businesses need upgrades, not only for operational success, but to keep up with the industry’s changing standards. One of the upgrades to consider is migrating some or all of your systems to the cloud to streamline your applications and operate more efficiently (among many other perks!). The cloud is a handy tool, especially for those startup businesses that want to save precious time and money. Without further ado, in this week’s roundup we talk startups, cloud, and overall IT transformation. Let’s get to it! In the News This week, we’ve got a couple of current events to cover, including new strategies from both hackers (again!?) and Salesforce. Let’s get the bad news over with first: hack … Read more

IT Transformation Probably Has Your CIO Spooked

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I know: if you’re a CIO, you probably hate the term “IT transformation.” It sounds like lofty, unpractical marketing jargon. However, it’s not. Sometimes it is down-to-earth, practical business. Here, for instance … Recently, I was sitting down with a global executive vice president of infrastructure for a very large information company. They have 30 petabytes of data under management – more than the entire Library of Congress. In the words of the executive, “Forget big data. We’re handling gigantic data.” The company has built a very sturdy, very secure global infrastructure footprint. They have data centers all over the world. Rock solid platforms. Phenomenal security. They know the rule … Read more

A Shopping List For Cloud Recovery Services

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Why look at a cloud services provider for backup and recovery? Simple: it’s highly complex and very expensive to handle cloud recovery in-house. As businesses evolve and change, backup and recovery solutions have to evolve and change, too, to ensure smooth business continuity in case of disaster. Managing backup and recovery can swiftly become a full-time job that most companies aren’t prepared to fund. This is why outsourcing backup and recovery – using a service provider with deep expertise and up-to-date knowledge of these solutions – makes good business sense. Cloud providers who handle both physical and virtual networks, computing, and storage environments are an ideal choice. The … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-15-14

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Bob Dylan said it best: “The times they are a-changin." With a new company falling victim to a breach nearly every week, combined with the advent of cloud technologies, it all leads to a ripple effect throughout the IT industry. In response, organizations are switching things up internally and with their offerings as they try to keep pace with the fast-evolving market. Let’s take a look at some of those changes in this week’s roundup! Quick News: JPMorgan, Russian Cybercriminals, and Consumers After all signs point to Russian cybercriminals for the JPMorgan hack, the folks at Bloomberg Businessweek are connecting the dots. In a recently published article they speculate that the large-scale … Read more

3 Questions That Should Drive Your Enterprise Cloud Architecture Strategy

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It seems like everywhere I look these days, there’s a new cloud technology solution promising to deliver all the benefits of hosting applications, data, platforms and even infrastructure in the cloud. Interest and demand for cloud-based solutions has never been higher, and the marketplace has responded with an abundance of solutions that offer every possible permutation of cloud computing architecture: public, private, hybrid, multi-tenant, single-tenant, SAAS (software as a service), PAAS (platform as a service), IAAS (infrastructure as a service)…the possibilities are seemingly endless. With all of these solutions, how can you possibly determine which enterprise cloud architecture approach … Read more

The Surprising “Weakest Link” In Disaster Recovery Success

Are your external communications threatening otherwise sound disaster recovery plans?

Your company is prepared. You have your disaster recovery (DR) plan written and available on an externally-hosted website. Your contracts are in place; your backups are verified and off-site. Your critical data is replicated to your DR provider. You have plans for all your people if the disaster impacts them and your facility. Bring on the zombie apocalypse: you are ready! Umm … maybe you’d better hope those zombies stay in their graves a little while longer. You see, when I consult with clients, I always ask a certain question … and it usually punctures their self-congratulatory bubble. Ready? Here it is: “Have you tested your external connections under disaster recovery conditi … Read more

Cybercrime Takes Center Stage This Holiday Season

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The news that a major retailer had possibly compromised millions of customers’ credit card data during the holiday season was a wake-up call for cyber security. At home, we received two letters from credit card companies warning us that our accounts might have been compromised. Knowing that cybercrime puts data in danger is a scary thought for the average consumer, not to mention one of the largest retailers in the country. Cyber resilience is no small matter; today, it is a necessity. With the holiday season in full swing, millions of shoppers will purchase gifts online during the month of December. On “Cyber Monday” alone, the National Retail Federation predicted that more than 131 mil … Read more

The Art Of Holiday Conversation Avoidance

Secret #1 to avoiding awkward holiday small talk at home.

Holiday conversation is treacherous ground, isn't it? There are the people you don’t want to talk to (like Aunt Susie, whose flighty conversation takes more dips and turns than an extreme snowboarder, or Cousin Jim, who drones on and on and on and on …) and the topics you don’t want to talk about (your job, your love life, your bad habits). If you prefer computers who respond as programmed and who only speak when spoken to, the flood of talk can be overwhelming. But never fear – IT professionals are infinitely resourceful, as demonstrated in this humorous video. You’ll chuckle over four enterprising and entertaining methods of avoiding the verbal barrage! However, a warning is in orde … Read more