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Consumer technology solutions have, for the most part, maintained a healthy distance from enterprise IT operations. Sure, executives in the mid-2000s all needed help getting their Blackberry synced with your Outlook server, and company laptops have been a relatively standard thing for longer than that. By and large, however, most consumer solutions haven’t created too many issues for IT. The release of iCloud and iOS5, however, might prove to be a different story. Starting with security One of the biggest concerns enterprises are going to have with the use of iCloud for business purposes is security. Meeting compliance requirement can get a little bit more challenging, given this new technology. That being said, there are a number of important features in iOS 5 that should alleviate some of the concern. There are three major areas of security to think about with iO... (more)

Four Ways to Use Performance Management for Power Systems

IBM Power Systems are some of the most valuable assets that an organization has. In order to make the most of those assets, however, you need to be able to understand how the system is being utilized, and how your organization’s growth is likely to impact that system. You need to be able to make realistic plans on how to improve service and manage risks, all while reducing costs. Power Systems provide you with a framework in which to meet the changing needs of your organization, and IBM’s Performance Management for Power Systems gives you the ability to do just that. Here are so... (more)

HP Offers Solutions for Running Oracle Applications in the Private Cloud

Setting aside the recent controversy and struggles between the two companies over Mark Hurd’s move from HP to Oracle, HP has recently announced a new set of solutions that are designed to run a number of Oracle apps via a private cloud architecture. Hurd’s move took place after a scandal that accused him of falsifying expense reports as well as having an inappropriate relationship with a contractor. Hurd was named the co-president of Oracle, which was followed almost immediately by a civil suit from HP declaring that Hurd won’t be able to do the job without violating a confident... (more)

4 Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing saves organizations money. At least, that’s what we’ve been told. Experts and vendors alike tout the massive savings that cloud solutions offer to organizations. However, as with most things in IT, the picture becomes less clear the closer you get to it. In fact, there are a number of hidden costs to cloud computing that can mean an overall increase in expenditures. Identifying those costs out of the gate lets you minimize their impact and still realize significant cost savings in your cloud solutions. Here are some of the hidden costs of cloud comput... (more)

RHEV 3.0 Sets Stage for VMware Challenge

Originally posted on eweek: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/RHEV-30-Sets-Stage-for-VMware-Challenge-885501/ by: Cameron Sturdevant Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers significantly updates management capabilities and supports giant virtual machines. The release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 signals that 2012 will be the year that IT managers at organizations of all sizes have real choices to make when it comes to virtualizing workloads in the data center. RHEV 3.0 and the Microsoft Windows Server 8 release candidate both offer a challenge to the curre... (more)