Cloud Computing http://windowsitpro.com/blog/41474/feed en Cloud Computing Changes IT for Good and Bad http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-changes-it-good-and-bad <div class="node-body blog-body">Cloud computing complaints about security, availability, and data residency are just as real as the touted benefits of predictable costs and quick upgrades.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-changes-it-good-and-bad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-changes-it-good-and-bad#comments Private Cloud Public Cloud cloud computing cloud computing data residency data residency Data security data security GFI Software GFI Software software as a service (SaaS) Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Computing Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:36:00 +0000 67911 at http://windowsitpro.com Cloud Computing: Getting the Basics http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-getting-basics <div class="node-body blog-body">Cloud computing might still not be well understood, so here are some resources to help you grasp the fundamentals and explain it to others.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-getting-basics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-getting-basics#comments Cloud cloud computing cloud computing private cloud private cloud public cloud public cloud Cloud Computing Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:48:00 +0000 66121 at http://windowsitpro.com Web Applications Biggest Threat, Says Cloud Security Report http://windowsitpro.com/blog/web-applications-biggest-threat-says-cloud-security-report <div class="node-body blog-body">Alert Logic's new State of Cloud Security Report finds that cloud computing is no less safe than enterprise data centers, but web applications are a significant vulnerability in both environments.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/web-applications-biggest-threat-says-cloud-security-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/web-applications-biggest-threat-says-cloud-security-report#comments Private Cloud Public Cloud Security cloud computing cloud computing cloud security cloud security Web applications web applications Cloud Computing Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:20:00 +0000 63561 at http://windowsitpro.com Why I Don't Believe in Cloud Computing, But You Should http://windowsitpro.com/blog/why-i-dont-believe-cloud-computing-you-should <div class="node-body blog-body">Cloud computing goes by many names, but the key is delivery as a service; if you're not already using or investigating the cloud for your business, you're falling behind.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/why-i-dont-believe-cloud-computing-you-should" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/why-i-dont-believe-cloud-computing-you-should#comments Public Cloud cloud computing cloud computing Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft Office 365 web hosting web hosting Cloud Computing Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:02:00 +0000 61721 at http://windowsitpro.com Lync 2013 Moves Closer to the Cloud for UC http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-7/office-2013-beta2/lync-2013-moves-closer-cloud-uc-145331 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Last week, as expected, Microsoft introduced the new business editions of Office 365. This launch followed closely after the Microsoft Lync Conference the previous week, so it's worth highlighting that the version of Lync Online included in the latest Office 365 editions will be Lync 2013. Perhaps the question is whether companies are ready to seriously consider the cloud for unified communications (UC) deployments -- and whether Lync 2013 in Lync Online will give customers enough to really consider it to meet their UC needs.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-7/office-2013-beta2/lync-2013-moves-closer-cloud-uc-145331" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-7/office-2013-beta2/lync-2013-moves-closer-cloud-uc-145331#comments Lync Cloud Business Issues Cloud Computing cloud computing Lync 2013 Messaging Microsoft Office 365 Office Office 2013 (beta) Office 365 Public Cloud Telephony Unified Communications Unified Communications (UC) VOIP Cloud Computing Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:58:00 +0000 61185 at http://windowsitpro.com Working Mobile, Cloud Enabled http://windowsitpro.com/blog/working-mobile-cloud-enabled <div class="node-body blog-body">When last we spoke, I was telling you about the big Microsoft launch for Office 365 Home Premium. Since that time, I've been testing the service myself, including the SkyDrive integration. You see, for some time I've been looking for a solution that could provide an easy, seamless experience for working on documents on different machines, different platforms, while still getting great document fidelity.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/working-mobile-cloud-enabled" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/working-mobile-cloud-enabled#comments Office 365 Public Cloud Mobile cloud computing cloud computing Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft Office 365 mobile computing mobile computing Office 2013 Office 2013 Cloud Computing Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 64601 at http://windowsitpro.com Microsoft Brings the Cloud to the Masses with Office 2013 http://windowsitpro.com/blog/microsoft-brings-cloud-masses-office-2013 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Last week, Microsoft launched Office 365 Home Premium subscription service, the version of its cloud service aimed at home users of the company's Office suite of applications. Subscribers will get the new Microsoft Office 2013 versions of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. What got somewhat lost in the shuffle of this launch was that Office 2013 was also released for purchase in the traditional software model. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/microsoft-brings-cloud-masses-office-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/microsoft-brings-cloud-masses-office-2013#comments Cloud Office 365 Public Cloud Mobile Cloud Computing cloud computing consumerization of IT Microsoft Office 365 Mobile Cloud Services Office Office 2013 Office 2013 (beta) Office 365 Public Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) software as a service (SaaS) Software Plus Services-Microsoft Cloud Computing Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:58:00 +0000 57889 at http://windowsitpro.com Streaming Music, the Death of CDs, and the IT Impact http://windowsitpro.com/blog/streaming-music-death-cds-and-it-impact <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As we begin a new year, with all the self-reflection that often entails, I'm not afraid to admit my many addictions. Nothing illegal or immoral, of course: smartphone addiction, computer gaming addiction. But I'd say there are few things more important to me than music; I listen to music whenever I can, and I've always had an insatiable need for new music at every available opportunity. So I was a little disturbed when I saw a recent press pitch about cloud computing technologies heralding the death of the CD.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/streaming-music-death-cds-and-it-impact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/streaming-music-death-cds-and-it-impact#comments Cloud Public Cloud Mobile Cloud Business Issues cloud business issues Cloud Computing cloud computing Commentary Mobile Cloud Services Public Cloud streaming music Cloud Computing Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:00:00 +0000 41600 at http://windowsitpro.com Consider the Cloud for Dynamic Workloads http://windowsitpro.com/blog/consider-cloud-dynamic-workloads <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>When you mention cloud computing, most IT pros probably think of outsourcing their company's applications and infrastructure. Certainly, that model is appropriate in some businesses. However, there are other circumstances that might call for cloud computing in a dynamic or temporary deployment, and a recent survey suggests that more businesses are looking at this model for uses such as big data or media files.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/consider-cloud-dynamic-workloads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/consider-cloud-dynamic-workloads#comments Cloud big data Cloud Business Issues cloud business issues Cloud Computing cloud computing dynamic workloads Hosted services hosted services Public Cloud temporary cloud Cloud Computing Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:18:00 +0000 41573 at http://windowsitpro.com Kerio Puts Connect in a Private Cloud http://windowsitpro.com/blog/kerio-puts-connect-private-cloud <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It's important to know your market, particularly if you're in marketing. That's why it wasn't much of a surprise to hear Dusan Vitek, vice president of worldwide marketing for Kerio Technologies, say, "You hear sometimes one size fits all. I don't think that's quite true. With IT, I think one size fits nobody. There are good reasons why somebody would want to deploy Kerio Connect on prem, and very good reasons why somebody would want to outsource the infrastructure part of it and just have control of the administration of the service."</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/kerio-puts-connect-private-cloud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/kerio-puts-connect-private-cloud#comments Cloud Exchange Server Cloud Computing cloud computing Hosted services Kerio Cloud Kerio Connect Kerio Technologies Messaging messaging private cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Computing Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 41559 at http://windowsitpro.com What Bilbo Baggins Teaches Us About Cloud Computing http://windowsitpro.com/blog/what-bilbo-baggins-teaches-us-about-cloud-computing <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Cloud computing and the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins? What might they have in common? On the surface, you'd have to say nothing. But I've been thinking about The Hobbit lately, with the much-anticipated Peter Jackson epic set to debut in theaters soon. Although I'm sure J. R. R. Tolkien had no notion of cloud computing, or computers for that matter, Bilbo's story can still be read as an allegory for the journey that many IT pros take when they move to the cloud -- with many of the same lessons to be learned.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/what-bilbo-baggins-teaches-us-about-cloud-computing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/what-bilbo-baggins-teaches-us-about-cloud-computing#comments Cloud Cloud Business Issues Cloud Computing Commentary Cloud Computing Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:08:00 +0000 41502 at http://windowsitpro.com Trusting Cloud Computing http://windowsitpro.com/blog/trusting-cloud-computing <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Here's a story about cloud computing. My wife was updating her resume; however, she recently bought a new laptop and didn't have Microsoft Office, instead relying on SkyDrive and Office Web Apps. She was concerned because she couldn't open and view a local copy of the revised resume and therefore couldn't be certain that the document she might send to a prospective employer would match what she created in the cloud solution.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/trusting-cloud-computing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/trusting-cloud-computing#comments Cloud Office 365 Security Cloud Business Issues Cloud Computing cloud computing cloud security GreenSQL Office Office 365 Office 365 Office Web Apps Security Cloud Computing Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:11:00 +0000 41552 at http://windowsitpro.com Future Clouds Will Be Safe, Says Symantec http://windowsitpro.com/blog/future-clouds-will-be-safe-says-symantec <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>What's holding back cloud computing? If you're a fan of The Simpsons, as I am, your first thought might be that it's all down to the Stonecutters secret society, which seems to control just about everything. After all, few people doubt that the concept of cloud computing makes sense and can provide business benefits in terms of increased agility, scalability, and cost savings. What reason could explain the slow uptake of the cloud other than a vast conspiracy?</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/future-clouds-will-be-safe-says-symantec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/future-clouds-will-be-safe-says-symantec#comments Cloud Private Cloud Public Cloud Cloud Business Issues Cloud Computing cloud computing cloud security Commentary Hosted services Private Cloud Public Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) Symantec training &amp; certification Cloud Computing Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:39:00 +0000 41654 at http://windowsitpro.com Cloud Computing Still in Its Infancy, Study Says http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-still-its-infancy-study-says <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We all know how important and ubiquitous email has become, not just in business but in our lives. Can you remember when you learned about email (i.e., electronic mail, e-mail) for the first time and didn't yet know how fundamentally this technology would change the way we communicate and do business? Now think for a minute about cloud computing as being in that same sort of unpredictable infancy.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-still-its-infancy-study-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cloud-computing-still-its-infancy-study-says#comments Cloud Public Cloud cloud adoption Cloud Computing cloud computing Commentary hosted services Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Platform as a Service (PaaS) Platform as a Service (PaaS) Public Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) Software as a Service (SaaS) software as a service (SaaS) Cloud Computing Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:16:00 +0000 41538 at http://windowsitpro.com Email in the Cloud: Avoid the Pitfalls http://windowsitpro.com/blog/email-cloud-avoid-pitfalls <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Email services have long been one of the first places companies have looked for outsourcing to the cloud. It makes a lot of sense: Few companies are in the business of providing email (with the exception of service providers), although email is essential to almost every business. Therefore, why not let someone else manage this function and free up your IT resources to focus on projects more central to your company's mission?</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/cloud-computing">Cloud Computing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/email-cloud-avoid-pitfalls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/email-cloud-avoid-pitfalls#comments Cloud Exchange Server Exchange Server 2013 Office 365 Public Cloud Cloud Computing cloud computing Commentary data loss prevention (DLP) Email Exchange Server Exchange Server 2013 Hosted services hosted services Microsoft Office 365 Office Office 365 Public Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) Software as a Service (SaaS) software as a service (SaaS) Cloud Computing Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:14:00 +0000 41580 at http://windowsitpro.com