• The Importance of a Cloud Contract and Cloud Administration

    Hammering out concrete terms for a cloud services contract may seem counterintuitive to creating a flexible, scalable solution for business data and application problems. The truth is, establishing the parameters of your relationship becomes even more crucial in an environment of potentially exponential growth. Setting expectations up-front can prevent significant headaches down the road.

    February 14, 2013
  • Top 5 Myths About Cloud Storage Services

    Cloud storage services make some people nervous. The concern may stem from their data living far away, or from a general misunderstanding of how the cloud works. Whatever the root, the myths of cloud storage prevent many from reaping their benefits.

    Here are the top five myths about storing data in the cloud, and the truth behind them.

    February 13, 2013
  • What Is a Cloud Architect, and What Are Cloud Infrastructure Services?

    While enterprise architects and cloud architects have overlapping responsibilities, a cloud architect is in fact quite different. Rather than focusing on static aspects of infrastructure, this position demands someone with not only technical expertise, but the flexibility and adaptability to bring the cloud's scalable advantages into the 21st century.

    February 11, 2013
  • Use of IT Cloud Services in the Government

    The efficiencies and scalability IT cloud services provide make it natural for federal, state, and local governments to pursue solutions in that area. Still, barriers exist that are slowing implementation. As such, government entities are trickling into the cloud arena at a time private use is exploding. Finding ways to remove or work around those barriers presents a key opportunity, both for government

    February 7, 2013
  • Cloud Security Services and the Importance of Securing Apps Before Transitioning

    Many IT professionals believe the cloud to be less secure than a home-based server environment. This may or may not be true; some cloud environments are certainly more secure than others. From a company perspective, though, choosing a cloud hosting environment is only one part of the cloud security challenge. Securing your data is ultimately your responsibility, and this begins well before releasing data

    February 6, 2013
  • System and Network Administration - Which IT Processes Should Be Automated?

    In the business world, automating processes can streamline workflow, eliminate errors, and save significant time and money. The key is determining which processes should be automated. For some tasks, human judgment will always be required—and in some cases, automation may have morale-inhibiting effects. On the other hand, a routine process that takes inordinate amounts of time from a large number of

    February 5, 2013