Thursday, February 19, 2015

10 tips of what to watch for in Microsoft and other cloud SLAs

Microsoft launches machine learning as an Azure service | IBM's Robert LeBlanc has his head in the cloud

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10 tips of what to watch for in Microsoft and other cloud SLAs
On Nov. 19, 2014 the IT department of a Texas contracting company started getting reports that the Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based email system was unavailable to its employees. Users couldn't get email on their phones or via Outlook. After the outage IT leaders filed a claim with Microsoft for a breach of the company's service-level agreement (SLA). But the response they got from Microsoft surprised them: Web access was still available so the service was not technically unavailable and therefore it was not a breach of the SLA. Read More


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Microsoft launches machine learning as an Azure service
Microsoft has expanded the data-analysis offerings on its Azure cloud, offering a machine learning service to help organizations derive more insight from mountains of unstructured data. Read More

IBM's Robert LeBlanc has his head in the cloud
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Clarity & Cost Control in Delivering IT Services
This paper explores the evolution of IT, with an emphasis on the control of IT services as they shift back to enterprise IT. We'll look at how this control comes with a price, in terms of complexity and lack of visibility into consumption costs, as well as the value these IT services can provide. Learn More

IBM throws $1B at storage
IBM's at it again.This week IBM announced it would pump $1 billion into developing new storage technology. Does Big Blue throwing $1B at something sound familiar? That's because it is. Let's recap IBM's other billion dollar bets. Read More

6 ways 'shadow IT' can actually help IT
In most IT departments, the very words 'shadow IT' conjure visions of out-of-control users merrily spreading sensitive data on insecure services and unapproved devices, risking huge losses and costing IT personnel lost sleep. Read More

How a hybrid IT cloud service helped Findly reach new heights
Since 2002, when Amazon Web Services (AWS) initiated its suite of cloud-based solutions, the real-time cloud environment including managed services has become a worldwide phenomenon. I Read More


5 Ways Cloud-integrated Storage Reduces Costs
Many companies are considering using cloud storage to reduce costs and the IT burden of storing data in the enterprise. Learn More

New SAP cloud app targets finance professionals
Hard on the heels of the recent announcement of its next-generation S/4Hana enterprise software platform, SAP on Wednesday unveiled a new software-as-a-service application aimed at finance professionals but delivering a consumer-like experience. Read More

President Obama's cybersecurity executive order fiasco
Security is a fundamental, but my sense of security is often counter to the profit motives of many, many organizations, and perhaps even and especially the U.S. government. Trust has been vanquished. Renewing it will be difficult. Read More

Microsoft adds limited support for iCloud to Office for iPad, iPhone
Microsoft today updated its Office apps for the iPad and iPhone to support Apple's iCloud storage service, a move reminiscent of last year's decision to support Dropbox. Read More


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