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Apr 29, 2013

Cloud Computing Changes IT for Good and Bad 1

Cloud computing complaints about security, availability, and data residency are just as real as the touted benefits of predictable costs and quick upgrades....More
Apr 15, 2013

Cloud Computing: Getting the Basics

Cloud computing might still not be well understood, so here are some resources to help you grasp the fundamentals and explain it to others....More
Apr 1, 2013

Web Applications Biggest Threat, Says Cloud Security Report 1

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....More
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Mar 18, 2013

Why I Don't Believe in Cloud Computing, But You Should 2

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....More
Mar 4, 2013

Lync 2013 Moves Closer to the Cloud for UC

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....More
Feb 19, 2013

Working Mobile, Cloud Enabled

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....More
Feb 4, 2013

Microsoft Brings the Cloud to the Masses with Office 2013 1

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....More
Jan 7, 2013

Streaming Music, the Death of CDs, and the IT Impact 3

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....More
Dec 14, 2012

Consider the Cloud for Dynamic Workloads

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....More
Dec 5, 2012

Kerio Puts Connect in a Private Cloud 2

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."...More
Dec 3, 2012

What Bilbo Baggins Teaches Us About Cloud Computing

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....More
Nov 19, 2012

Trusting Cloud Computing 1

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....More
Nov 5, 2012

Future Clouds Will Be Safe, Says Symantec 2

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?...More
Oct 15, 2012

Cloud Computing Still in Its Infancy, Study Says

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....More
Oct 1, 2012

Email in the Cloud: Avoid the Pitfalls

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?...More
Sep 17, 2012

IT Pros Report on Moving Applications to the Cloud

Yet another report has come out telling us how many companies are moving applications or data to the cloud. Last month, I wrote about a survey from Thales e-Security that revealed the percentage of companies that are using the cloud, or planning to use it, for storing sensitive data. Now Qumu, a video platform provider for businesses, has released findings from its 2012 IT in the Cloud Assessment Project, where 44 percent of IT professionals surveyed reported that they would be moving applications to the cloud within the next twelve months, and 44.9 percent said they're already running some applications in the cloud....More
Aug 31, 2012

Using Personal File-Sharing Sites for Corporate Data 2

A few weeks ago, Dropbox made the kind of headlines no cloud service wants due to a security breach and compromised customer data. This event put the spotlight on the security of personal file-sharing sites, particularly if they're being used to share business data. Employees have many reasons for using sites such as Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, or Google Drive, which is why it's necessary for IT departments to be aware of the security liabilities and how they can alleviate the problem -- at least as much as possible....More
Aug 29, 2012

Imogo Offers Custom Cloud Communications Option

According to some very loud voices, all your coming technology needs will be served up in the cloud -- whatever and wherever that cloud might be. OK, maybe not all, but near enough as to make little difference. Whether or not you believe such pronouncements, it's clear that certain elements of your IT infrastructure seem well suited for cloud deployments, and if you haven't investigated the cost benefits and other advantages, you're probably doing yourself -- and your business -- a disservice....More
Aug 13, 2012

Data Security in the Cloud: Who's Responsible & How Does It Happen? 4

Does your company use a cloud service to store sensitive or confidential data? If so, where does the responsibility lie for keeping that data secure? These are a couple of the questions addressed in a new study released by Thales e-Security. The study, titled "Encryption in the Cloud," also focused on data encryption with cloud solutions and where such encryption is applied....More
Jun 28, 2012

TechEd 2012: 'Project Detroit' Ford Mustang

When most people think of cloud computing, they generally don't associate the phrase with a muscle car with more than 400 horsepower. That's clearly the case with Microsoft 'Project Detroit', a custom car concept developed in conjunction with famous tuner West Coast Customs...More
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B. K. Winstead

B. K. Winstead is a former editor for Windows IT Pro specializing in Exchange Server, messaging, mobility, unified communications, and cloud computing.

Jeff James

Jeff James is a former editor for Windows IT Pro.
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