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  • How to smooth the cloud-based networking path

    Cloud-based networking is the norm now. Learn which technologies allow companies to reap the benefits of the cloud for their company network. Continue Reading

  • Devise a hybrid cloud implementation plan

    Most experts and vendors agree a hybrid cloud bridging on-premises clouds with public clouds is the most popular way to go for cloud storage. This handbook examines the tools and technologies required to make hybrid cloud implementation work.

    Hybrid cloud implementation requires a sound management strategy that starts with determining which applications and data will reside on premises and those that will live in the cloud. IT administrators also need to carefully select the right public cloud service and determine how it matches with the private, on-premises cloud.

    A hybrid cloud can consist of multiple private and public clouds. Key tools for the cloud are virtual or physical appliances, virtual switches and hybrid cloud management products. There are numerous appliance choices in the market, but hybrid cloud management tools are still evolving. Managing a hybrid cloud implementation has become the trickiest part of the model.

    IT administrators need to determine if they want a "single pane of glass" approach to cloud management tools or to use a collection of specialized tools that are designed for a specific operation in the cloud. A consolidated management tool is best when you need to manage budgets across multiple providers or identities of users who access images running in multiple clouds. Specialized tools are good when specific weak spots need to be addressed. Often, a combination of specialized programs and custom coding is key; while, in other cases, a cloud software platform is a better option.

    In general, a hybrid cloud is a more complex model to manage. IT administrators need to find a public cloud provider that supports the on-premises cloud API so that migrating virtual images between the private and public cloud is easier. They also need to find a cloud vendor that has the same cloud stack and cloud API for both clouds or find a third party that has software that can be tailored to migrate virtual images between the two types of cloud.

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  • AWS and VMware forge cloud partnership for better integration

    AWS and VMware have formed an alliance to bring better cloud integration to customers, forcing other cloud providers to get creative in order to stay competitive. Continue Reading

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  • The ups and downs, ins and outs, of cloud application delivery

    Cloud application delivery is a pressing concern in IT operations today.

    Whether enterprise applications live in a private or public cloud, enterprise IT is still responsible for making sure employees can access the apps they need -- end of story. This three-part guide will analyze the new options available to enterprises to make sure cloud-based access is optimized for both wired and wireless networks. It looks at the hybrid cloud environment that networking must operate within and how networking pros can optimize application delivery and performance. Find out how some IT pros are overcoming those challenges. Cost is always a concern, so we also consider whether a cloud migration is necessarily a cost-saving situation. Not all applications are meant for the public cloud, and moving them may cost enterprises more.

    The apps employees use may come via private or public cloud, and networking pros need to know how to ensure cloud application delivery while keeping company data and systems secure.

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  • Ten ways to improve your private cloud self-service portal

    A private cloud portal allows users to tap into the self-service benefits of cloud. Follow these ten steps to guarantee user satisfaction, and ensure your portal runs smoothly. Continue Reading

  • Hot data storage market technologies for 2017

    For 14 years, Storage magazine has presented our picks for the hottest storage technologies in the coming year. This year, our honorees are, as in the past, "newish" rather than cutting-edge or futuristic. All are proven in the data storage market and ready for deployment today.

    We also grade our 2016 picks to see how we did with last year's predictions for the data storage market and present storage trends that -- although heating up -- aren't quite ready to make the hot list. Check out Hot Tech for 2017!

    Disaster recovery is tougher than ever to get a handle on. What constitutes a disaster has widened, there's a lot more data to account for, today's users expect little to no downtime for mission-critical applications and budgets have remained stagnant. As a result of these issues, many are turning to the cloud, specifically disaster recovery as a service, or DRaaS, to keep costs down and simplify planning. Learn how to best use the cloud for DR with this step-by-step guide.

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  • Companies make the migration to cloud, security remains on premises

    While the effectiveness of traditional security controls depends on the cloud model, many security vendors still need to add cloud delivery to their tools. Continue Reading

  • The security divide between on-premises and cloud infrastructures

    Fenwick & West LLP's IT services are delivered through a hybrid of on-premises, software-as-a-service and cloud infrastructures. "As we straddle the cloud and on premises, our security problems have just broadened," said CIO Matt Kesner.

    The Silicon Valley law firm's experience is typical of the growing number of companies that are running into legacy security obstacles as they move workloads to the cloud. Security technologies designed to protect enterprise applications and data on premises are often ill-suited for cloud infrastructures. We talked to security executives and analysts about what to consider when you're tasked with integrating legacy security systems with cloud services.

    Corporate boards must be ready to defend their fiduciary decisions, compliance actions and, perhaps soon, even cybersecurity preparedness. A growing number of companies are seeking cyber-savvy board members, but it's still far from a majority. Should companies add board members with cybersecurity or cyber-risk experience? We look at both sides of the debate.

    Western Union rolled out a strategy to help its workforce take advantage of cloud services. The program -- dubbed Western Union Information Security Enablement, or WISE -- involved bringing shadow IT into the light, approving cloud services for official use and adding the necessary controls and policies to secure cloud infrastructures. We catch up with the company's senior manager of information security to find out how it's going.

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  • Evolve your on-premises IT security model for cloud

    As public and private cloud services bring new IT security demands, data center teams need to rethink how they approach firewalls, identity management and more. Continue Reading

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