Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cloud disasters can and will happen. Are you prepared?

Pssst! Office 365 customers pay Microsoft up to 80% more over long haul | Salesforce teams with Sage, spawns new cloud platform for SMBs

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Cloud disasters can and will happen. Are you prepared?
It's going to happen, and happen to you and your organization. No, I'm not a salesguy, otherwise bereft of booth babes at RSA. I'm a systems engineer going back to the days of SNA, DSLAMs, CSU/DSUs, ARCNet over NetWare, and other ancient interconnect. Stuff happens. Read More


Making the Case for a Software-Defined Data Center
In this paper, we outline the need for "Software-Driven Control" - the intelligence or "control plane" that can take advantage of new software-defined capabilities. Learn More

WEBCAST: New Relic| Emulex| AppNeta| CA

Performance Management in the Cloud
Susan Tran from CA Technologies, Shaun Walsh of Emulex and industry analyst Robin Layland explore the new challenges created for performance management solutions when applications migrate to the cloud. View now

Pssst! Office 365 customers pay Microsoft up to 80% more over long haul
Microsoft loves subscriptions. Moving a corporate customer from 'transactional' purchases of Office -- the once-traditional practice of purchasing one-time, perpetual licenses that let workers use the suite as long as their firms want -- to Office 365 rent-not-buy subscriptions results in almost a doubling of revenue for Microsoft. Read More

Salesforce teams with Sage, spawns new cloud platform for SMBs
There's been a flurry of speculation that could be up for sale, but an alternative line of thinking points to a deal with Sage Group as the explanation for the team of lawyers Salesforce recently hired. Read More

Google killing PageSpeed website service
Google has alerted users of its PageSpeed Service for making websites zippier that it will be killing off the tools as of Aug. 3. Read More

WEBCAST: Rimini Street

Navigating Operating Costs and Roadmap Uncertainties for SAP
New innovation and updates in core ERP lag as SAP focuses all its attention on a long-term, high-risk "re-platform" strategy with its newly announced S/4HANA suite. Join us on May 14th at 1:00 p.m. EST for a live discussion and expert insight. Learn More

Citrix launches Workspace Cloud with BYOD flexibility
Life today is vastly more complicated for IT managers than it used to be, thanks in large part to two key trends: bring-your-own-device computing and the growing prevalence of mixed-infrastructure IT environments. Aiming to ease some of the pressure on both ends, Citrix unveiled a new cloud offering designed to give enterprises maximum flexibility. Read More

Automotive retailer drives into the cloud
Asbury Automotive Group CIO Barry Cohen says his team should focus on what it does best, and drop the rest. With that as its guiding philosophy, the $5.9 billion automotive retailer decided to become data-center-free. (Insider Story) Read More

Big Switch SDN update aids VMware integration, bare metal monitoring
Big Switch Networks rolled out new versions of its SDN-based cloud fabric and monitoring applications which feature tighter integration with VMware, among other enhancements. Read More


How to Cure Failed Business Continuity Plans
Understand why business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) processes fail, and how a hybrid cloud solution may help your cure those pitfalls. Learn More

For containers, security is problem #1
I get it. I really do. Containers let data-center and cloud administrators put two to three times more server instances on a given server than they can with virtual machines. That means fewer servers, which means less power usage, which equals -- Ka-ching! -- less spending on your IT budget. What's not to like? Read More

Amazon opens up about AWS revenues
Two weeks ago AWS announced its financial results and, for the first time, broke out AWS revenues. Read More

IBM cloud will reach back into tape for low-cost storage
In the new world of cloud storage, there's still room for old standbys like tape. IBM says combining them can save enterprises money. Read More


Inside CEO paychecks

Who got raises, who took cuts, and who knocked Larry Ellison off his perch as highest paid tech CEO.


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