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Do you need to regain control of shadow IT in your environment? The use of cloud services is growing, and according to a recent Cisco/Intel Study, “The Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models,” the cloud occupies 23% of IT spend with respondents estimating that number will grow to 27% by 2016. Recent analyst reports also suggest that of the total cloud spend, Software-as-a-Service (Saas) alone could capture greater than half within the next few years.
With the holidays last week, chances are you weren't able to stay up-to-speed on all of the industry news. Here’s a quick tech news recap of articles you may have missed from the week of 12/22/2014.
Were you busy last week? Here's a quick tech news recap of articles you may have missed from the week of 12/15/2014.
With the holiday season upon us, we decided to speak with some of our bloggers here at GreenPages to see what they wanted this year!
I recently gave a webinar on deferred maintenance and how you can learn to “escape” the risks of postponing routine maintenance activities from one of the great masters of escape, Harry Houdini. You can listen to the webinar on-demand here. First, a little Houdini background. Harry started his career working the local nightclub and circus circuits, where he developed both his act and his showmanship skills. He then went to Europe, where he utilized his mastery to get longer bookings and build his reputation as an escape artist. Once he established mastery over one type of escape (for example handcuffs), he would add elements to that trick to keep his material fresh and extend his reputation. He moved on from handcuffs to chains and straightjackets, then to jailbreaks, underwater escapes, etc. Each time he re-invented his routine, mastering each of the individual aspects of the entire performance. Now you may be asking how a magician from the early 1900s can offer any insight into how to keep your modern, 21st century IT platforms healthy and available. Well, through my own version of creative magic, let me show you…
Were you busy last week? Here’s a quick tech news recap of articles you may have missed from the week of 12/8/2014. Tech News Recap Microsoft released Office 365 Video and will unveil the consumer side of Windows 10 on January 21st. Pure Storage has introduced an all-flash approach to converged infrastructure they are calling FlashStack CI. A study has found that there was an increase in 2014 SMB mobility adoption spending. ZDnet released a list of the 10 best smartphones at the close of the year. After a massive data breach, Sony is fighting back. There were also good articles around the Internet of Things, strategic service providers, hybrid cloud solutions, and an interview with a CTO at Citrix, Gunnar Berger.
In late November, Microsoft announced that first release customers would have access to Office 365 Video – a YouTube type video service in Microsoft 0365. Previously, video in O365 has pretty much been a load it to OneDrive and/or SharePoint online and “let ‘er rip” service. Customers could use the local video tool of their choice to watch their own videos but were not able to treat it as a viable social media entity like YouTube. For many users, the biggest detriment originally was that there was no organization or even ways to spawn that video online, let alone share or comment on it, so it really was not a great alternative to YouTube. But if I want a Microsoft-centric solution to promote my business within the ever expanding Microsoft Cloud model, then what do I use for a native solution without a ton of development time? Microsoft believes Office 365 Video is the answer.
In the third installment of our CTO Focus Interview series, I got to speak with Gunnar Berger, a CTO at Citrix (View Part I and Part II of the series). Gunnar is a well respected thought leader who previously worked as an Analyst at Gartner and joined Citrix last June. Gunnar is on a mission to make VDI easier and cheaper to deploy. I'd highly recommend following Gunnar on Twitter to hear more from him.
Were you busy last week? Here’s a quick tech news recap of articles you may have missed from the week of 12/1/2014. Tech News Recap Microsoft bough Acompli for $200M. The FBI warned US businesses of destructive malware. HP will provide Microsoft O365 business services and support. Bank of America's Cathy Bessant won IT Chief of the Year. Bebe Stores confirmed a payment card security breach. Hawaii's state government is prioritizing a cloud first strategy for any new IT project. Gartner's Data Center Conference wrapped up, and there was a lot of good information that came out of it around cloud, open-source, and software-defined technologies.
I just returned from the Gartner Data Center conference in Vegas and wanted to convey some of the highlights of the event. This was my first time attending a Gartner conference, and I found it pretty refreshing as they do take an agnostic approach to all of their sessions unlike a typical vendor sponsored event like VMWorld, EMC World, Cisco Live, etc. Most of the sessions I attended were around cloud and software defined technologies. Below, I’ll bullet out what I consider to be highlights from a few of the sessions.
Looking for some helpful facts about Microsoft Azure? Wondering whether Azure or AWS is right for your organization? Here is the first in a series about Microsoft Azure solutions offered to date.