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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Survey Finds Enterprise Mobility Management Lowers Cost, Improves Security and Supports More Devices

Best-in-Class Companies Leveraging Mobility Management to Control Mobile Chaos and Reduce TCO up to 78%.  Zenprise, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise mobile management and device management software, announced findings from a research report conducted by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE:HHS - News), titled “Enterprise Mobility Management: Optimizing the Full Mobile Lifecycle.”  More than 200 companies worldwide were surveyed for the report, which found top performing organizations (“Best-in-Class”) are deploying Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions to lower total cost of ownership (TCO), enforce compliance to company policy and governance issues and secure the mobile edge of the network.

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Ireland considers detailed data loss disclosure guidelines

The proposed code of practice has been published by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner on its Web site and is open for public comment through June 18.  The code of practice would require organizations to report a breach within two working days with some exceptions if strong security measures are implemented.  All breaches that result in the loss of personal data affecting more than 100 people would have to be reported unless the personal data was encrypted to a “high standard” with a strong password and that password had not been compromised.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Review: Cloud automation tools

One of the promises of the public cloud is the opportunity to quickly dial up server resources in order to do a job that calls for heavy-duty batch processing.  But first you need a way to manage the life cycle of that job.  Fortunately, there are tools that can automate setting up and tearing down jobs in the public cloud.

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IBM Announces New Offerings to Help Organizations Drive Innovation While Managing Cost and Risk

At the INNOVATE 2010 conference, IBM announced new software and services that help customers design and deliver the advanced products leading the convergence of mechanical, electronic, and digital technologies.  The convergence of physical assets and IT applications requires a new “systems of systems” approach for integrating products and services.  Software-driven innovation across product lines is often challenging if not supported by effective planning, development and collaboration.  Best-in-class product and service companies are those that build a strong competency in systems engineering and software development.  Organizations of the future—along with their partners and customers—must build the competencies to design, deliver and manage products in smarter ways.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Cloud Market Share: 2 Percent, But Growing

Despite all the buzz and hype it has generated, cloud computing represents just 2 percent of the revenue in the IT infrastructure market, according to Tier 1 Research.  But not for long, as cloud computing is the fastest-growing business model in the sector, and will grow to more than $1 billion a year in revenue by next year.  “Slowly but surely, that 2 percent will become a bigger piece of the pie,” said Antonio Piraino, the Research Director of Tier 1, in his keynote message at Wednesday’s Datacenter Transformation Summit in Reston, Va.  Internet infrastructure is currently a $35 billion market, according to Tier 1, with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing revenue expected to reach $735 million for 2010.  But that cloud market share is expected to grow to $1.25 billion nest year, $2 billion in 2012 and $3 billion in 2013.

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Keeping Cloud Costs Grounded

The cost of cloud computing has generated little debate because the savings appear so self evident.  IBM’s CTO for Cloud Computing, Kristof Kloeckner, estimates that it reduces IT labor costs by up to 50%, improves capital utilization by 75% and reduces provisioning from weeks to minutes.  The City of Los Angeles anticipates savings of more than $5 million with its move to Google Apps.  Because of such apparent savings, few companies have taken the time to question the cost implications of working in the cloud.  The problem with this is that cloud computing takes on many forms, and, if not planned for properly, will not deliver the expected ROI.

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Making Sense of Your iPad Options with New AT&T Data Plans

With the death of AT&T’s unlimited data plan, Cost-conscious IT administrators now need to put more effort into understanding how much bandwidth is consumed, and which option makes the most sense from both an operational and financial perspective.  AT&T changed the rules for iPad data plans, removing unlimited data plan as an option after June 7.When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad to the world in January, one of the most innovative things about the tablet device was the ability to enable or disable unlimited 3G data on the fly through AT&T without being shackled by a contractual obligation.  However, AT&T pulled a little bait-and-switch, and now only two months after the launch of the iPad the rules have changed.Let’s take a look at what your options are now for connecting the iPad to the rest of the world.

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

UK’s Times sold 5,000, FT shifted 130,000, WSJ 10,000 subs

The Times’ iPad edition, which went on sale along with the tablet’s UK debut Friday morning, sold 5,000 copies in three days, News Corp.‘s CEO Rupert Murdoch told AllThingsD’s D8 conference Tuesday, at which he also spoke about the true value of content (see our full post).

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Mayor Bloomberg replaces index cards with an iPad

No matter what you think of Apple, you have to agree that the iPad, just like the iPhone is changing the world.  Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg used his iPad for a speech instead of using index cards.

http://www.slipperybrick.com/2010/06/mayor-bloomberg-replaces-index-cards-with-an-ipad/

Logicworks Launches “The Compliant Cloud”

Logicworks, a New York-based cloud-computing provider, announces the launch of Compliant Cloud, the first private cloud service capable of enterprise-level security and compliance.  Compliant Cloud is a breakthrough for businesses looking to take advantage of the flexibility and efficiency of cloud-computing without sacrificing the security of traditional in-house IT operations.  Logicworks Compliant Cloud provides a full range of solutions including; PCI for e-commerce, SAS-70 and Sarbanes-Oxley required for internal systems at public companies, HIPAA for healthcare applications, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) for government projects and safe harbor for European Union projects hosted in the United States.

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IT Outsourcing Trends: Slow Growth, Cloud Computing

Despite predictions to the contrary, IT outsourcing has contracted rather than expanded in the years since we entered the Great Recession, according to industry watchers.  “Most companies in most of the categories we track are only partially outsourcing a function,” said John Longwell, vice president of research at research firm Computer Economics….As we’re coming out of the recession, that trend is going to reverse itself.”  IT consultancy EquaTerra said that more than 75 percent of the service providers it polled in the third quarter of 2009 reported continued growth in their deal pipeline, which was up 10 percent from the previous quarter and 34 percent from the same period year-over-year.  The most recent Global TPI Index indicated that the IT outsourcing market’s total contract value in the fourth quarter of 2009 reached $19 billion, the highest quarterly total in six years.

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Microsoft Opens Cloud Computing Center in Taiwan

Microsoft opened a joint cloud computing center with Taiwan’s economics ministry on Thursday at the Computex electronics show, and announced a plan to work with two local companies on new designs for servers meant specifically for cloud computing, the growing trend towards decentralized, virtualized computing services.  Microsoft, which has worked with Taiwanese companies for 20-years, will license patents from its technology portfolio and share its software expertise with companies, academia and research institutes in Taiwan to develop connected devices and cloud data centers, the company said in a statement.

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Windows 2000 PCs being targeted by hackers

Online criminals are scanning the internet and attacking Windows 2000 machines that haven’t had a recent Windows Media Service patch installed, according to Symantec.  Symantec first spotted the attacks on Monday, saying that they are extremely limited.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Google touts benefits of cloud computing

Google has launched a new campaign designed to tempt more enterprises onto its cloud computing applications.  The Go Google cloud calculator offers insights into the capabilities of cloud applications in an effort to allay some common concerns.

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iPhone and iPad Integration for Businesses

Companies can now integrate the iPhone and iPad into their IT infrastructure with equinux’s safe and cost effective solution.  TARMAC is the first professional provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform.  With TARMAC medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads over-the-air.

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Small And Midsize Companies Take New Directions On SIEM

For years now, compliance has been the primary reason why small and midsize businesses (SMBs) buy security information and event management (SIEM) tools.  According to a study published today by the SANS Institute, SIEM and log management tools are becoming increasingly popular as a method for tracking down and diagnosing security problems, rather than serving primarily as tools for proving security compliance.  That premise is supported by a separate study published simultaneously by security tool vendor RSA, which offers SIEM software.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

F5 Optimizes Microsoft Solutions Enabling the Dynamic Data Center

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced enhanced application delivery capabilities to help Microsoft customers implement dynamic infrastructures that can quickly respond to changing business needs and variables.  Virtualized environments require sophisticated tools to help IT provision and unify computing, network, and storage resources for maximum utilization and efficiency.  F5’s solution portfolio promotes seamless application delivery for virtualization and cloud deployments running on Microsoft platforms.

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How to Evaluate Cloud Computing Providers

New cloud providers are popping up every month and many traditional service providers are rebranding services as cloud hosting.  First off, as most Data Center Knowledge readers may know, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud platforms are a viable alternative to traditional server and storage infrastructure.  And while this article will focus on IaaS, many of my points are relevant for Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) clouds, too.  Almost all cloud providers offer a utility-based pricing model where you can use the resources you need and then simply pay for the resources that you use.  When comparing cloud providers, you need to be aware of three different pricing dimensions: computing, storage and bandwidth.

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How cloud computing is affecting call centres

In the last ten years, cloud computing has been used by forward-thinking firms across the globe, looking to increase their productivity, revenue and customer satisfaction.  Up until now, cloud computing has largely been confined to consumer web space.  However, as contact centre customers are increasingly demanding a faster, more responsive service, so the industry is also embracing this type of new technology.  As applications are delivered over the internet or in ‘the cloud’, organisations can move away from complicated physical set-ups on-site.  These applications can be updated dynamically, meaning that agents always have the most up-to-date customer information to hand.  And because contact centre staff can access the cloud wherever they are in the world, this provides greater scope for home-working, as well as dealing with more unforeseen circumstances.

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