July 29, 2010  9:41 PM

How mega data center construction is tied to taxes

Posted by: 4Laura
CIO, Cloud computing, data center construction

Massive data center construction is happening in places where power is cheap and taxes are low, like Dublin, Ireland. That's where Microsoft built a 300,000-square-foot data center to support European cloud services on the Windows Azure platform. Mega data centers are becoming the trend -- Intel...

July 9, 2010  2:32 PM

IT chargeback: A political hot potato is tossed up by cloud computing

Posted by: 4Laura
CIO, Cloud computing, IT chargeback

A question has been nagging me since I attended Cloud Expo in New York: What metrics can IT departments use to charge back business units for cloud services? Measured service is fundamental to the

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July 1, 2010  1:43 PM

Biometric fingerprints find new, mobile audience

Posted by: 4Laura
CIO, Cloud computing, identity management as a service, mobile workforce

The world has gone mobile faster than most people expected it would, resulting in security nightmares for CIOs. It is not uncommon for roaming employees to use multiple devices to gain access to sensitive information, with IT left to figure out how to

June 25, 2010  2:10 PM

Cloud location: Why it’s important to know where your data resides

Posted by: 4Laura
CIO, Cloud computing

The Internet may be global, but cloud computing, like most politics, is local -- or should be, according to experts who say a cloud location must adhere to country-based privacy and data security regulations.

Unfortunately, many organizations that have braved the public cloud don’t know...

June 11, 2010  2:42 PM

Pundits blur lines between effect of cloud services and the Internet

Posted by: 4Laura
CIO, Cloud computing, cloud services

Cloud computing has been around so long, even the CTO Power Panel at the recent Cloud Expo couldn't identify its origins. "What was the year that BusinessWeek published the cover story on Amazon's risky...

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June 4, 2010  2:48 PM

Enterprise resource planning management, the cloud and AT&T’s pricing

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, Cloud computing, Enterprise resource planning, mobile computing

AT&T's announcement this week that it's moving iPhone data plans to a tiered system is an interesting one. CIOs charged with enterprise resource planning management,...

May 25, 2010  6:54 PM

The discovery phase of private clouds

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, Cloud computing

A year ago, when I brought up private clouds to IT executives, many were flat out not interested. Flash forward a year, and their stance has changed. Many IT executives are entering boot camps sponsored by systems integrators and cloud providers to find out how a private cloud can help them gain...

April 27, 2010  8:07 PM

Business continuity strategies not shaping up in cloud

Posted by: Christina Torode
business continuity, CIO, Cloud computing

I’ve been talking to business continuity and cloud experts over the past few days to find out if large companies are revamping their business continuity strategies as a result of the cloud. For the most part, the answer was no. Enterprises are not rushing to get rid of hot, cold or primary...

March 19, 2010  2:49 PM

Success with cloud applications calls for a strong data-privacy policy

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, Cloud computing, cloud computing management, Data privacy

Public agency CIOs and IT executives are joining the move to cloud applications, while making sure their data privacy policy remains strong. As I've stated previously on this blog,

March 3, 2010  5:50 PM

Mobile phone management strategy in a cloud-based world

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, Cloud computing, mobile computing

Would paying for corporate mobile data in a cloud-like format change your mobile phone management strategy? It's something to consider -- AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson thinks the wireless industry is moving toward a

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