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Will Cloud Computing Live Up to Its Hype?
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published March 31, 2014
At one time, cloud computing prompted skepticism much like the early Internet did. Will the cloud outgrow its critics to the extent the Web itself has?
Big Data Calls for Big Storage
By Jeff Vance | Data Center Article Published March 12, 2014
By its very definition, Big Data's vast trove of data requires a storage capacity that grows ever larger all the time.
Fear of Big Data
By Jeff Vance | Applications Article Published February 28, 2014
No one likes being told they’re wrong, but in the Big Data age, we better start getting used to it.
Is There a Big Data Bubble?
By Jeff Vance | Data Center Article Published February 25, 2014
The hype and new investment dollars flowing toward Big Data are both vast. Will it live up to the anticipation?
The Software Defined Data Center Emerges (Slowly)
By Jeff Vance | Data Center Article Published February 3, 2014
A variety of IT trends are fueling the software defined data center, yet SDDC still lacks a central driver to propel it into the mainstream.
Cloud Computing in 2014: Three Key Trends
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published January 13, 2014
Cloud computing's disruptive innovation will enhance data center options, even as security looms as an ever larger issue.
2014: The Year of Big Data Leaks
By Jeff Vance | Security Article Published January 6, 2014
Cybersecurity threats will grow still more worrisome as hackers leverage the techniques of Big Data.
Are Big Data Vendors Forgetting History?
By Jeff Vance | Data Center Article Published November 25, 2013
Companies adopting Big Data strategies would be well served by taking a look back at previous emerging technologies.
Microsoft's Way Forward: Business and Consumer Cloud
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published October 28, 2013
Apple's free OS and Google's Chromebook strategy should worry Microsoft, but the Redmond-based giant could have a few aces up its sleeve.
Building Better Clouds: Four Lessons from the Healthcare.gov Fiasco
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published October 24, 2013
The launch of new IT projects are often problematic -- but there ways to keep the fumbles to a minimum.
Will the Snowden Leaks Hurt U.S. Cloud Providers?
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published September 30, 2013
The Cloud Security Alliance estimates that U.S. cloud providers could lose as much as $35 billion as overseas businesses react to perceived US security overreach.
IT Departments: Stop Complaining about Shadow IT
By Jeff Vance | Data Center Article Published September 23, 2013
The IT department may not have sanctioned a cloud or other tech tool, yet it still may be very useful.
Big Data Shakes Up Security (Which Isn't Always Good)
By Jeff Vance | Security Article Published August 28, 2013
Security pros use big data to try to discover patterns that may indicate a crime is coming, even if it has not yet occurred.
Three Emerging Cloud Trends: Offshoring, Networking, Big Data
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published August 13, 2013
Cloud computing is being dramatically reshaped by other fast-changing tech trends.
Six Hadoop Myths Exposed
By Jeff Vance | Applications Article Published July 30, 2013
Hadoop is a great Big Data tool, but it might not be what you expect.
Big Data Analytics Overview
By Jeff Vance | Applications Article Published June 25, 2013
These are the challenges, vendors and trends shaping the Big Data analytics market.
Is CloudStack More Enterprise-Ready than OpenStack?
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published June 3, 2013
OpenStack certainly gets more press, but what’s the view among IT pros?
Three Major Cloud Trends from Interop 2013
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published May 13, 2013
Cloud security, SDN and mobile convergence were hot topics at the event.
Seven Hot Hadoop Startups that Will Tame Big Data
By Jeff Vance | Applications Article Published April 22, 2013
These businesses have big plans for helping companies extract valuable insights from their Big Data.
Five Cloud Misconceptions That Are Slowing Adoption
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published April 10, 2013
Some organizations are avoiding the cloud because they don't really understand what the cloud is.
Using Big Data to Win Your March Madness Pool
By Jeff Vance | Columns Article Published March 19, 2013
Big data is used to forecast and interpret situations of many types. Could it even help you win your March Madness pool?
As Life Moves Online, Virtual Death Follows
By Jeff Vance | Columns Article Published January 22, 2013
While most every service has long been available online, handling the passing of loved ones has only recently made in-roads.
How to Build a Private Cloud: Advice from the Experts
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published January 7, 2013
These tips could help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure a successful private cloud deployment.
Five Private Cloud Pitfalls to Avoid
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published November 3, 2012
These tips can help you learn from the experiences of private cloud early adopters.
Beyond BYOD: How BYOD Acceptance Changes Organizations
By Jeff Vance | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 29, 2012
Accepting that employees will be using personal devices for work can help companies become more productive and successful.
Obstacles on VMware's Cloud Roadmap
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published October 1, 2012
Will VMware’s cloud acquisitions actually complicate its cloud roadmap?
Will OpenStack Usher in a Cloud Revolution?
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published September 20, 2012
OpenStack is seen by many as the project that will, finally, make the cloud enterprise ready. Detractors don’t believe it and point to political in-fighting, domination by large vendors and a lack of maturity.
Private Cloud: 5 Myths Exposed
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published July 31, 2012
No, a private cloud computing deployment isn’t the same as virtualization.
Navigating the Rocky Road to Private Clouds
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published July 30, 2012
Private cloud computing offers numerous advantages, yet implementing a private cloud also presents challenges.
Cloud Computing Migration: 5 Secrets to a Smooth Transition
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published June 28, 2012
As your company migrates to the cloud, avoid vendor lock-in and develop a rock solid plan for data ownership and protection.
Will BYOD Get You Fired?
By Jeff Vance | Features Article Published May 1, 2012
The hidden Bring Your Own Device traps that could cost IT pros their jobs.
Mobile Endpoint Security: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Security Article Published April 23, 2012
Selecting the best mobile endpoint security solution depends on which BOYD model you use, cost, and method of protecting sensitive data.
Web Application Firewalls: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Security Article Published March 26, 2012
Choosing the best Web application firewall for your business depends on factors like your existing solution and your need for Layer 7 protection.
Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Tools
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published March 19, 2012
Is protecting your data with a disaster recovery solution accessed over the cloud a good choice for your enterprise?
Content Delivery Networks (CDN): Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Networks Article Published January 30, 2012
Choosing a content delivery network to accelerate Web content entails weighing factors like end format and ability to scale up.
WAN Optimization: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Networks Article Published January 23, 2012
Selecting a solution to optimize your company's Wide Area Network requires weighing issues like cost and infrastructure integration.
7 Hot Cloud Computing Trends for 2012
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published December 20, 2011
The mobile cloud and collateral hacking will be among the leading cloud computing trends.
7 Hot Mobile Trends for 2012
By Jeff Vance | Mobile/Wireless Article Published December 14, 2011
Privacy concerns and location-based services will lead the way, yet a host of other mobile trends will shape this booming market.
Digital Asset Management: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Data Storage Article Published November 29, 2011
Tips on choosing a solution that provides your employees streamlined access to the rich video, audio, images and documents they need.
Social Media Monitoring Tools: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Security Article Published November 23, 2011
As your IT organization evaluates social media monitoring solutions for Data Loss Prevention, here are five questions you should consider.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published October 31, 2011
Cloud computing infrastructure-as-a-service is redefining hosting, enabling companies to rent computing and networking capability using a pay-as-you-go model.
Mobile Device Management: Buyer's Guide
By Jeff Vance | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 18, 2011
With employees carrying Androids and iPhones along with Blackberries, a good cross-platform mobile device management solution is paramount.
Cloud Computing Data Storage: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published September 26, 2011
Using cloud computing for data storage offers a number of advantages -- if you ask potential vendors the right questions.
Cloud Computing SSO and IDM Tools: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published September 13, 2011
  Cloud computing single sign-on and identity management tools are gaining importance.
Cloud Computing Security Tools: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published August 29, 2011
Five questions and concerns to consider as your business selects cloud computing security solutions.
Cloud Computing Management Tools: Buying Guide
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published August 22, 2011
Tips on selecting a cloud computing management system to maximize ROI and avoid the common problem of a poorly supervised cloud solution.
What Buyers Look for in Virtualization Solutions
By Jeff Vance | Data Storage Article Published July 21, 2011
Real world examples of the key factors that companies consider as they select virtualization solutions.
What Buyers Look for in Cloud Computing Solutions
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published July 14, 2011
Real world examples of the key factors that companies consider as they select cloud computing solutions.
Cloud Computing Management and Monitoring: 7 Emerging Vendors
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published June 28, 2011
If your company doesn't have visibility into its network, it's vulnerable to any number of problems.
7 Emerging Cloud Computing Vendors Providing Performance and Optimization Services
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published June 20, 2011
These cloud computing firms claim their solutions maximize cloud performance while keeping costs in line.
7 Emerging Vendors in Cloud Computing Storage
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published May 17, 2011
Cloud computing storage faces the challenge of providing remote access to ever growing mountains of data.
Cloud Computing Security: Emerging Vendor Round-Up
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published May 2, 2011
Cloud computing firms focusing on virtualization security, security for e-commerce transactions, cloud-based data loss protection and more.
7 Cloud Computing Security Emerging Vendors
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published April 25, 2011
With the cloud computing security market growing rapidly, these cloud security vendors are firms to watch.
Are iPads and Androids Pushing PCs to the Enterprise Margins?
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published April 5, 2011
With businesses expected to buy 30 percent of tablets shipped by 2015, does the PC have a future?
Moving to the Cloud? Five Questions You Must Ask Cloud Providers
By Jeff Vance | Cloud Article Published March 17, 2011
Questions for cloud computing vendors about transitioning among clouds (private, public, hybrid), data protection, SLAs, and other critical issues.
5 Overlooked Threats to Cloud Computing
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published February 28, 2011
Virtual machine-launched attacks, multi-tenancy risks and hypervisor vulnerabilities all challenge cloud computing security.
5 Dangerous Cloud Computing Security Misconceptions
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published February 14, 2011
Is a cloud-based provider really less secure than your overworked, understaffed in-house IT staff?
Mobile Cloud Computing: 5 Key Trends
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published January 31, 2011
With a predicted one trillion Internet-connected devices by 2015, mobile cloud computing is a potent emerging technology.
5 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2011
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published January 4, 2011
Cloud computing will be impacted by the explosive growth in smartphones and stresses in network infrastructure, among other factors.
5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Affect Your Business in 2011
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published November 29, 2010
Cloud computing will increase concerns with handling data, mobile and broadband speeds.
How to Improve Business Intelligence Software ROI
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published November 1, 2010
IT loves to blame vendors when business intelligence projects fail to deliver on lofty goals, but what factors are really to blame?
5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Change Business and Careers
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published October 18, 2010
IT staffers need to take a hard look at their job prospects, and companies need to move faster, among other expected changes.
7 Hot Cloud Computing Innovations
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published September 30, 2010
Cloud computing trends include the rise of the smartphone and tablet, sky computing, online gaming, cloud gateways and more.
10 Disruptive Cloud Computing Trends
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published September 21, 2010
Cloud computing and confusion are nearly synonymous. Cost, timelines, strategy? A look at the many cross currents riling cloud computing.
5 Reasons Your Business Needs Augmented Reality...Today
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published August 30, 2010
From smartphone apps for augmented reality to major enterprise applications, this emerging technology is quickly gaining adoption.
10 Apps to Optimize Your Smartphone
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published August 16, 2010
Apps for the Android, iPhone and Blackberry that improve your efficiency and speed.
Top 10 Reasons Cloud Computing Deployments Fail
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published July 26, 2010
Lack of cloud computing vendor management and poor understanding of the risks are among the challenges that doom cloud deployments.
Top Mobile Development Platform: iPhone, Windows, Android, Blackberry?
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published July 14, 2010
The leading smartphone platforms each have an array of pluses and minuses. What’s the best smartphone platform for your company?
Google Boosts Cloud Computing Apps -- Should Microsoft Worry?
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published June 29, 2010
Some cloud computing trends seem to favor Google – or not. And what about smartphones? And the browser factor?
Cloud Computing Leaders: Ten to Watch
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published June 15, 2010
Cloud computing visionaries, start-ups and established giants, all vying to win a larger share of the emerging cloud market.
Ten Cloud Computing Leaders
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published May 26, 2010
Established and start-up cloud computing innovators that are leading the way in this emerging technology.
Smartphone Security Best Practices: Five Tips
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published May 10, 2010
Smartphone security best practices involves evaluating third party software, gaining network and individual smartphone visibility, and considering cloud storage.
Best Smartphone for the Enterprise: Evaluating the Contenders
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published April 26, 2010
The best smartphone for the enterprise, a category long dominated by Blackberry, now faces challenges by Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android.
Top Five Thin Client Hardware Vendors
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published April 19, 2010
The thin client market is growing rapidly, thanks to cloud computing. Here are thin client players leading the charge, along with a few to watch.
Business Intelligence Software and Predictive Analytics
By Jeff Vance |  Article Published March 24, 2010
Business intelligence software already enables forecasting, but predictive analytics attempts to put hard numbers beneath what are sometimes little more than educated guesses.