Category: News

August 6, 2010 Off

5 ways to ease desktop PC-induced pain

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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

August 6, 2010 Off

HDS applies cloud utility model to in-house storage

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Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

According to Miki Sandorfi, chief cloud strategist at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), an important attraction of cloud computing is the idea of delivering IT on a just-in-time, pay-per-use basis. This allows the alignment of IT resources with business needs.

As a storage company, HDS naturally sees enterprise data storage as a core aspect of virtualisation and of cloud more generally. But perhaps unlike some of its competitors, the company thinks storage should be deployed or a pay-per-use basis where appropriate.

August 6, 2010 Off

Zscaler Cloud Security Offers Secure Web Gateway Features

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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.

August 6, 2010 Off

Mobile Cloud Making Impact on Midmarket Businesses, Report Finds

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Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.

Mobile cloud applications are set to make deep inroads into the small and midsize business market, according to a cloud computing research report from IT research firm AMI-Partners. The research suggested that the expansion of mobile cloud (the use of mobile applications hosted by third-party providers) is being driven by the rapid growth in the number and utility of cloud applications, and by the cost savings and relative ease of use they offer. Above and beyond application provider revenues, telcos are expected to generate additional mobile data-driven revenues as well, the report concluded.

August 5, 2010 Off

Changing the Psychology of IT in the Era of the Cloud

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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?

August 5, 2010 Off

Are Private Clouds Worth the Hassle?

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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.

August 5, 2010 Off

Crypto Signatures Are Key to New DNS Security

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Grazed from Internet Revolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

At the recent Black Hat information security conference, officials of ICANN and VeriSign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) announced a major change to the Domain Name Service (DNS), the Internet’s global address book. Called Domain Name Service Security Extensions (DNSSEC), the modification adds a cryptographic signature to Websites’ addresses that verifies they are genuine.