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The Other Futures of Enterprise IT

Enterprise Cloud in the News

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 influence what businesses will require from IT," writes guest contributors Jeanne G. Harris and Allan E. Alter.

The article digs into issues faced by CIOs and some of the difficulties technologists face in an uncertain future.

Today's technology transition is taking place at a moment of geopolitical, macroeconomic and legal uncertainty. Add the joker lurking in the deck - the potential downsides of our dependence on the Internet - and the uncertainty for enterprise IT grows even more, they wrote.

Microsoft Tries to Make Windows Updates Flame Retardant
Having a Microsoft code-signing certificate is the Holy Grail of malware writers. This has now happened, wrote Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, an antivirus company in Helsinki, in a blog post.

Parts of the malware were digitally signed with a valid Microsoft digital certificate, which makes it appear as if it is a harmless software update from Microsoft. What makes that so frightening, researchers say, is that some 900 million Windows computers get their updates from Microsoft Update.

Where the Cloud Has Been, and Where It Is Heading
Leading up to GigaOM's Structure 2012 conference GigaOM dives into where the cloud has been, where it is right now and where it is likely heading.

The growth of software-defined networking tools to ensure security and compliance and the increase in enterprises putting their faith in the cloud will lead to a second shift in cloud computing, according to GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham.

"First, we cobbled together the cloud as a new delivery model for IT, but in the coming years I think we're going to blow completely apart the idea of the infrastructure and an app hosted in one place, on a single CPU. We'll explore the beginnings of that second wave of computing in our Structure 2012 show on June 20 and 21, with discussions that range from tearing apart our servers into more modular parts, to the creation of programmable data centers," she says.

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Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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