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Review: DigitalOcean keeps the cloud simple

The cloud is a big place, and it’s getting bigger as everyone moves more and more computation out of their server rooms into the large data centers. Amazon is the dominant force in the cloud, but it is far from the only choice. When the market grows this big, niches can develop. DigitalOcean is a company that has found a ... Read More »

The CSO guide to top security conferences

There is nothing like attending a face-to-face event for career networking and knowledge gathering, and we don’t have to tell you how helpful it can be to get a hands-on demo of a new tool or to have your questions answered by experts. Fortunately, there are plenty of great conferences coming up in the months ahead. If keeping abreast of ... Read More »

Microsoft drops pay-as-you-go Azure cloud option

Microsoft is shifting its licensing for its Azure cloud service, eliminating the pay-as-you-go option for new Azure customers using MPSA (Microsoft Products and Services Agreement) as of Feb. 1. Instead, they will be steered toward the company’s CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) program. Geared to organizations with at least 250 users, MPSA is Microsoft’s simplified agreement consolidating purchase of cloud services ... Read More »

The top 5 Microsoft announcements you likely missed this year

This was a big year for Microsoft. The HoloLens began shipping to developers, Windows 10 made it through its first year intact (though not without controversy), and the company got into the desktop computer market with a stunning mega-touchscreen. But there were a few key announcements that flew under the radar this year. While they may not have the splash ... Read More »

A.I. tools came out of the lab in 2016

You shouldn’t anthropomorphize computers: They don’t like it. That joke is at least as old as Deep Blue’s 1997 victory over then world chess champion Garry Kasparov, but even with the great strides made in the field of artificial intelligence over that time, we’re still not much closer to having to worry about computers’ feelings. Computers can analyze the sentiments ... Read More »

Is Desktop-as-a-Service ready for business?

For companies looking to reduce the cost and complexity of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), the attraction of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is that you can greatly reduce up-front investment. “It’s pay as you go and you only pay for what you need,” says Mark Lockwood, research director at Gartner. VDI often costs more and delivers less value than expected, warns Mark Lockwood, ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: Bitnami’s growth an indicator of continuing cloud dominance

I’ve written about Bitnami many times in the past. It’s CEO, Erica Brescia, is one of a (sadly) small number of tech startup founders who happen to be women. And, while that makes a great headline or discussion point, it’s Bitnami’s success, outside of any gender-specific focus that really interests me. Bitnami builds marketplaces that allow cloud vendors to offer ... Read More »

Buy-in from the top is key to cloud transitions, AWS exec says

As the head of Amazon Web Services, Andy Jassy has seen a lot of big organizations start using the public cloud. The biggest indicator of success for a cloud transition is simple, he says: Has the business’ senior staff bought into it? In his view, organizations will usually stick with their status quo on-premises data centers unless leaders are ready to ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: In search of a neutral top-tier cloud service

The last time Gartner published their IaaS/PaaS provider rankings Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure occupied the coveted upper right quadrant. To make it into Gartner’s magic quadrant both Amazon and Microsoft needed to demonstrate the quality of their services as well as completeness of their vision. According to Amazon’s company profile on Reuters, they participate in a number of business ... Read More »

A popular cloud privacy bill stalls in the Senate

A bill to give email and other documents stored in the cloud new protections from government searches may be dead in the U.S. Senate over a proposed amendment to expand the FBI’s surveillance powers. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for ... Read More »

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