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February 15, 2011  3:14 PM

Pros and cons of disaster recovery in the cloud



Posted by: Christina Torode
cloud computing, disaster recovery, Vendor Relationships

Disaster recovery in the cloud is manna from heaven for some IT executives. There’s no grappling over IT dollars for DR for a given project. The cost of DR is simply slipped in as part of the monthly...

January 13, 2011  8:35 PM

Data center transformation: Evolution or revolution?



Posted by: Scot Petersen
cloud computing, virtual data center

As we continue to chronicle the "disappearing" data center, we have to consider the ongoing transformation of the enterprise application. Software as a...


September 30, 2010  8:55 PM

A list of to-dos before taking the email hosting plunge



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, cloud computing, email hosting, email outsourcing

Whether you call it email hosting services, cloud or SaaS email, or just plain email hosting, there are capabilities that you will need to have in place before offloading email. This month, our experts are going to explore the different options for email outsourcing and put forth a checklist for...


July 22, 2010  5:51 PM

Is open source cloud software suitable for SMBs?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Midmarket CIO, Open Cloud, Open source

A lack of formal standards has made cloud computing nebulous so far. If a company wants to switch vendors, move platforms or build its own infrastructure, the confusion mounts, since most providers use a proprietary platform like Amazon’s A3 or Salesforce’s Force.com. But Rackspace and NASA...


July 8, 2010  6:28 PM

Is mobile video conferencing worth considering in the midmarket?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Midmarket CIO, Mobile

You share, collaborate and inform via email, phone, instant message and more -- all because face-to-face time can be difficult to pull off in our increasingly busy schedules. And while some organizations have video conferencing capabilities to bring remote workers and office dwellers together,...


May 13, 2010  8:01 PM

A hidden benefit of cloud computing disaster recovery



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, cloud computing, disaster recovery

Maybe this is obvious to others, but it wasn’t to me when I was talking to a systems integrator about its new cloud computing disaster recovery service. Although cloud computing is not exactly being embraced by all for disaster recovery, due to incomplete SLAs -- and the possibility of the...


April 15, 2010  7:50 PM

More colleges move to cloud email like Gmail, ditch in-house email



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Google, Midmarket CIO

Colleges across the country have started turning to cloud email services such as Gmail in an effort to cut costs. It's...


March 25, 2010  9:03 PM

Cloud computing pricing sky high for some



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, cloud computing, cloud computing pricing

CIO Rich Secor decided to look into cloud computing pricing to see what all the buzz was about. Could it save his company, Health Advances LLC, some money? Could it provide better application...


March 19, 2010  3:04 PM

IT execs weigh in on cloud computing and IT business transformation



Posted by: Christina Torode
cloud computing, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

I was at a Boston Society for Information Management (SIM) event the other day on transformation: how CIOs are transforming the business and the role of IT, but what struck me is how little a role cloud computing...


October 16, 2009  1:47 PM

Pervasive BI scenarios, from search technology to the cloud



Posted by: Christina Torode
Business Intelligence, cloud computing, midmarket businesses

Whenever I go to a show related to business intelligence or speak with an expert in the field of BI, there are endless opinions on how to get more out of BI and get that data out to more users. One answer that keeps coming up is search technology; another is cloud computing. Back in June at BI...


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