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October 14, 2010  6:03 PM

Virtual data center: A panacea for governance



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, virtual data center, Virtualization

Virtualization, to me, is in many ways like vitamin supplements: Whether you want to save money, pool resources or make employees more productive, there’s a virtualization pill for that. What I hadn’t considered was how developing 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...


September 24, 2010  1:10 PM

Bandwidth and compliance are key to strong disaster recovery solutions



Posted by: ITKE
business continuity planning, CIO, disaster recovery, Virtualization

By Laura Smith, Features Writer As more midmarket firms explore virtualization to achieve cost savings and other benefits, they're discovering that adequate bandwidth and compliance with regulations as part of their disaster recovery solutions...


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 25, 2010  8:26 PM

Gaga for Google Fiber? We’re all a bit crazy when it comes to tech



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Google, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

The Google Fiber for communities deadline is right around the corner. In an effort to test out its plans for high-speed broadband and fiber-to-the-home connections, Google has asked interested communities to step forward and...


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...


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