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  • In Public Cloud Computing Fight, the Gloves Come Off

    Price cuts from Amazon, Google and Microsoft support predictions that the public cloud computing market is a race to the bottom -- for pricing, that is. Customers will no doubt benefit, but cloud providers who aren't one of those three companies should be prepared for a long, hard war of attrition.

  • Can VCE Be the Apple of the Converged Enterprise Cloud?

    Apple wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't taken redefined consumer electronics. VCE could very well do the same to the enterprise cloud market. First, it just has to convince companies to 'think different.'

  • VMware, Nvidia Revolutionizing Secure Cloud Desktop

    The thin client has been largely disappointing from the beginning, but a partnership between VMware and Nvidia may finally give the thin client the performance, scalability, security and price it needs to catch on.

  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you

    OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

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    Making the leap to cloud ... but not with blind faith

    At Gilbert + Tobin, we have a problem with our email: We have far too much email, as lawyers generally need to keep almost every document that relates to the work they do, having no limit on the size of their mailboxes.

  • Jonny Evans: Microsoft, the wallflower

    The choice of Satya Nadella as CEO suggests that the consumer-market party is over for the company, as it turns its attention to the unglamorous world of infrastructure.

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    Why Major Misconceptions Surround the Enterprise Public Cloud

    Recently I saw yet another slide presentation showcasing the decline of enterprise IT spending and the comparable increase in public cloud business. The conclusion? Enterprises just don't have money to spend and it's killing enterprise vendors.

  • Career advice: Where to focus? Data, data, data

    Premier 100 IT Leader Richard Maranville also answers questions on career management.

  • Lessons learned from a cloud evaporation

    Cloud provider Nirvanix went belly up. Even if you weren't one of its clients, you can learn things from that mess.

  • Security Manager's Journal: Why the shutdown is like the cloud

    Our manager hadn't realized how the government affected his daily life until he couldn't get to government websites that hold information he needs.

  • Why IT's Economics Revolution Is More Than OpEx and CapEx

    Countless words have been written about cloud computing economics. The catchphrase is summed up as "OpEx vs. CapEx," shorthand for rent vs. buy, with an ongoing and endless vociferous argument on the topic.

  • IT Industry Undergoing an Epic Transition

    CEO Michael Friedenberg reads the signs of an enterprise tech industry that is unraveling before our eyes. But as one computing era ends, a new one (which IDC calls the third platform) is just beginning.

  • Global winners and losers post-Snowden

    EU privacy hawks and U.S. cloud providers have seen their near-term outlooks swing following the former NSA contractor's disclosures.

  • Amazon Web Services Competitors Get Bad News From Gartner

    Gartner just published its updated Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant, and it's extremely sobering news for the cloud service provider industry.

  • The cloud: A journey into space and time

    A recent series of cloud briefings sought to address the technology, legal and change management aspects of cloud. They prompted some thought-provoking discussions around the longevity and value of cloud computing.

  • NASA's cloud audit holds value for all

    NASA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently audited and evaluated the efficacy of the space agency's efforts to adopt cloud-computing technologies. The resulting report, "NASA's Progress in Adopting Cloud-Computing Technologies," includes six recommendations "to strengthen NASA's IT governance practices with respect to cloud computing, mitigate business and IT security risks and improve contractor oversight." While the recommendations are specific to NASA, their underlying concepts can be leveraged by any organization that wants to more effectively adopt cloud-computing services.

  • Is Microsoft the answer to the cloud quandary?

    The company could rediscover relevance because it understands that the companies using its cloud services require flexibility first and foremost.

  • Who can pry into your cloud-based data?

    Can anyone access the data that you trust to the safekeeping of a cloud-computing vendor? It's a good question, made all the more relevant by the revelations regarding the National Security Agency's Prism program. So how can you best address these issues in your contract with your cloud vendor?

  • Thornton May: Why would IT want to be a 'device Santa Claus'?

    Evolving technology buying behaviors deserve much more rigorous management attention than they have been getting.

  • How Cloud Technology Can Transform Supply Chain Performance

    The international supply chain is here to stay. That means working with multiple partners, many of whom have hundreds of partners themselves and some of whom lack the expertise or funding to connect to supply chain management systems. Cloud platforms could change that, according to Accenture.

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