Cloud Computing

5 ways to ease desktop PC-induced pain

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: John Moore.

It didn’t take long after the desktop PC earned a regular seat at the enterprise technology table in the early 1990s for agency managers to realize that PCs can be a real drag. Buying, managing, backing up, fixing and securing PCs are expensive, time-consuming tasks that spawn a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

The problem must be tougher than they thought because they’re still trying to fix it. Here is a rundown of what has been working, what hasn’t and what might work in the future.

5 agency-tested desktop fixes

Fix #1: Desktop Outsourcing

Zscaler Cloud Security Offers Secure Web Gateway Features

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Matthew Sarrel.

Zscaler’s self-named cloud security service provides organizations with security covering integrated Web, instant messaging, peer to peer, Webmail and SMTP-based e-mail, and it does so without any on-premises hardware or software installation requirements. Rather, the Zscaler service spreads its proxy and relay load across the company’s 40 data centers and presents administrators with a rich, flexible, Web-based management interface.

Changing the Psychology of IT in the Era of the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael  Vizard.

Most therapists will tell you that unless the patient is committed to change, no amount of therapy is going to make any substantial difference in their lives.


Right now, IT organizations are confronted with a host of innovations, starting with virtualization right on up to cloud computing, that require a new approach to IT. The question is: How committed are IT organizations to embracing those changes?

Are Private Clouds Worth the Hassle?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Private clouds are still drawing keen interest among enterprise managers, primarily as a means to gain all the benefits of public cloud computing while retaining full control of data, applications and infrastructure.

Identity Management Shifts Toward the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

As cloud computing evolves, access control is already becoming a major issue. In fact, when you ask IT organizations what their major issue is with cloud computing, some form of security is always at the top of the list.

SaaS Security Is Still Sticking Point but Doesn't Have to Be

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

FBI Threatens to Sue Wikipedia over Seal Use

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Clint Boulton.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked the Wikimedia Foundation to take down an image of the FBI seal from its popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia because it violates a U.S. law.

An attorney for the Wikimedia told the FBI it's reading of the law was "idiosyncratic" and "incorrect" and vowed to fight for the right to use the seal in court.

This Web page describing the FBI seal does clearly state that "unauthorized use of the FBI seal is subject to prosecution under federal criminal law."

Use of the seal is permitted only by the FBI director.

Was SAP Too Slow on SaaS? Maybe, Maybe Not

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

Several publications are reporting the results of a small survey of British and Irish SAP users, in which nearly three-quarters of the respondents knocked SAP for being too slow to bring its software-as-a-service offerings to market. But what is too slow?

 

System Building and the Cloud: It's Time to Prepare

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Geoffrey Oldmixen.

For system builders who sell custom infrastructure and systems to SMBs, the proliferation of hosted applications and services is likely a troubling trend. After all, the more popular cloud computing gets, the less hardware SMBs will need to buy.

So what can system builders expect in the coming years? How much erosion of sales will there really be as the cloud grows? And are there any opportunities?

NTT America adds storage to its enterprise cloud offering

Grazed from FierceTelecom.  Author: Sean Buckley.

NTT America (NYSE: NTT) is following up its U.S. cloud computing debut with its new offering Cloud Files, a cloud-based storage solution.