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  • What are the benefits of automation in a private cloud?

    No one likes repetitive, time-consuming tasks -- especially if they have to be done manually. Can private cloud automation free IT teams from this never-ending Groundhog's Day? Continue Reading

  • Palo Alto WildFire: Malware sandbox product overview

    Tightly integrated with existing Palo Alto next-generation firewalls, the Palo Alto WildFire cloud-based malware sandbox service supports both public and private cloud deployments. Continue Reading

  • Craft a strong cloud service-level agreement

    Adopting a service-level agreement is an important part of the software-buying process. Agreements help ensure users get what they expect and consequently help vendors that are able to uphold their end of the bargain retain customers. But service-level agreements for the cloud aren't easy to pin down. Customers need to set up rules for many different circumstances.

    This handbook lays out the steps to crafting a successful cloud service-level agreement. First, consultant Tom Nolle writes about the need to know who's responsible for a cloud service or application and when they're in charge. This will help track future issues to their root cause. Second, freelancer Crystal Bedell talks to industry experts about how to create a successful service agreement for the hybrid cloud. The discussion continues with the idea of responsibility, which is especially acute in the hybrid cloud where public and private clouds meet. Third, Nolle returns and gets into the details of writing a cloud service-level agreement and the myriad details that need to be covered to ensure users adopt one that will be effective. He covers how application workflows, multiple players, network connections, border crossings and potential violations should be addressed in a cloud service-level agreement. Continue Reading

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  • Play by the rules for private cloud automation

    Despite its name, private cloud automation doesn't come automatically. Instead, organizations need to carefully define cloud workflows and rule sets. Continue Reading

  • Cloud risk management: Governance strategies to protect digital assets

    As the digital age continues to strain information governance budgets, many companies have turned to the cloud to reduce data storage costs: Market analyst firm IDC predicts spending on public cloud services will exceed $127 billion in 2018, accounting for more than half of worldwide software, server and storage spending growth. To exert more information governance flexibility and authority, many companies have deployed private clouds controlled through on-site data centers. New and constantly evolving data risks, however, force companies to stay on their toes to make sure information remains secure when storing corporate data in the cloud. In this handbook, learn data protection techniques for the public and private cloud, including advice to mitigate cloud data risks, implement information security best practices and determine which cloud data protection approach is best for your organization. Continue Reading

  • Microsoft private cloud backup challenges

    There are two major challenges that must be addressed when backing up a Microsoft private cloud: figuring out what needs protection and backing up virtual machines. Continue Reading

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  • Eight signs your private cloud project is doomed

    Despite their many benefits, private cloud deployments are fraught with potential risks. Here are eight mistakes many enterprises make in their private cloud projects. Continue Reading

  • Three hybrid cloud management issues and how to tackle them

    Hybrid cloud gives enterprises the best of private and public cloud worlds. But effective management starts with addressing three key issues. Continue Reading

  • The fate of the enterprise data center

    The growth of cloud computing has slowed down the growth of the traditional enterprise data center. According to research by Cisco, the industry will experience whopping growth in cloud data center traffic of 5.4 zettabytes between 2013 and 2018. Yet despite how "large and ungainly" it is, CIO expert Harvey Koeppel contends that the enterprise data center will likely stay with us for a few more years. But Koeppel also admits that it's hard to predict the changes that lie ahead for the typical data center, particularly taking into account factors such as digital business and the Internet of Things.

    In this SearchCIO handbook, Koeppel offers CIOs and IT executives five tips on how they can prepare for this enterprise data center of the future. In our second article, CTO Niel Nickolaisen explains why running the data center of the future isn't in his docket -- he's leaving that to the specialists. Finally, technology writer Mary K. Pratt details how, while many organizations today are pursuing cloud-first strategies, plenty of CIOs have compelling reasons for choosing to still keep some services on-premises. Continue Reading

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