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Enterprise IT has a disturbing tendency to get excited about technology rather than architecture and planning, according to a recent posting on InfoWorld. According to InfoWorld's David Linthicum, this sorry state is quite evident as cloud computing begins to take hold in the standard IT technology arsenal. "The fact of the matter is that there are two worlds. One involves the hype and good feelings about next-gen IT, such as cloud computing, that tells us the technology itself will save us from the mistakes of the past. Then there's the world of planning, architecture, and design that makes the technology actually useful - despite IT's aversion to this crucial stage," Linthicum writes. The problem is not the fault of hyped technology, nor of those whom build and sell it. In many cases, the hyped technology works. Cloud computing is no exception. "The blame lies w... (more)

Cloud Data Backup Makes Sense for Small and Midsize Businesses

Cloud Data Backup Makes Sense for Small and Midsize Businesses With increasing data storage demands resulting from new content types - rich digital media, social media and machine-generated data - small and mid-size businesses have been challenged to incorporate sophisticated methods to back up critical company data. For many types of small businesses, it just doesn't make sense to go out and buy all the storage hardware, software and services that were required before the advent of cloud backup, which now has a track record of about seven years. It is the right time for SMBs to ... (more)

The Other Futures of Enterprise IT

Between cloud computing, big data and consumer IT, executives feeling capable of making more of their own technology decisions. And with the ongoing business pressures for speed, agility and innovation, executives are eager to rethink and reinvent the IT department, according to a column in the Wall Street Journal. "Planning the future of IT by projecting today's technology trends into the future is at best naïve and at worst dangerously myopic. The future that technologists expect and want may not be the world that CIOs get. Shifting social, economic and political forces will i... (more)

Rackspace Launches New Private Cloud Reference Architectures

Rackspace, co-developer of the OpenStack cloud platform, has created a more direct path for large, full-service IT providers to deploy the popular open source-based software in large-scale private cloud projects, according to an article on eWEEK. Rackspace released three new blueprints, called Private Cloud Open Reference Architectures, to fuel the initiative, which is designed specifically for such companies as EMC, Dell, IBM, NetApp and Hewlett-Packard. The new blueprints primarily are directed at Big Data-type private cloud projects, which are ramping up in many different vert... (more)

The Dramatic Shift in Cloud Computing Intentions

A new survey suggests that as cloud moves into the mainstream of business, it brings new sources of anxiety as well. This disruption and the dramatic shift in cloud computing intentions over the past few years is revealed in a report by Saugatuck Technology. "Buying and deployment patterns have shifted rapidly toward a near full embrace of the cloud, from the more tactical and point solution-focused initiatives not long ago," writes Bill McNee, author of the report. Saugatuck Technology conducted in-depth interviews with CIOs and CTOs at 12 large organizations. The CIOs and CTOs ... (more)