Strong Governance Policies Are Key to Cloud Success

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 4th 2017

IT governance is focused on the policies you apply when using services, software, and hardware. When it comes to the cloud, governance plays a vital role in compliance, security, cost control, and performance. It can help you rein in shadow IT, keep an eye on internal and provider SLAs, and add accountability.

Ultimately cloud governance is not incredibly different from general IT governance. Most IT departments likely adhere to some form of governance policy for data center or infrastructure assets, ensuring that hardware and software deployments are used according to company policy, that they are tracked and maintained, and that they are providing useful value.

Here's how to get started designing a cloud governance policy.

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2016 Data Center News & Trends Wrap Up

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, December 29th 2016

Another year down. Although 2016 was turbulent, to say the least, in the data center world things keep chugging along at an exciting pace. With mega-mergers completing, cloud adoption accelerating, and green energy continuing to make headlines, the data center industry continues to change and grow.

Here are the biggest headlines from around the data center world, plus the most popular posts from our own blog this year. Catch up on the articles getting the most clicks before we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in the New Year.

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Getting Savvy About Software Licensing Can Save Thousands

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, December 20th 2016

Licensing software for a cloud environment can be tricky: who owns the license? Should you buy it outright or treat is as an operational expense and part of your subscription? But beyond the puzzle of setting up the license itself, there is the problem of software license sprawl and expense in general.

Gartner predicts $332 billion in software charges this year. One report found that of these massive software expenses,  wasted licensing cost an average of $224 per computer. That added up to $7 billion in idle or underused licenses.

Adding software licensing to your list of things to actively manage might sound like a hassle, but reclaiming those expenses will allow you to demonstrate IT cost savings and put that budget towards more valuable projects.

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vSphere 6.5 Introduces New VM Encryption Features

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, December 15th 2016

Encrypting virtual machines within the VMware hypervisor platform has been possible for some time, but can be tricky and it often impacts performance. Often the best solution is to encrypt at the storage level, as VMware does not always support OS-level encryption, either.

That may be changing as the latest version of vSphere includes VM encryption that is simple to implement as a policy. Read on to learn what’s new with this method, how it simplifies administration, and how you can implement it within vSphere 6.5.

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Organizations Aren’t Worried About Data Security — Only Their Reputations

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, December 13th 2016 — Categories: Security

Many cloud discussions center around data security. When infrastructure is out of corporate control, it’s natural to be concerned about the precautions taken to protect vital information assets. Ultimately, cloud security is not any weaker than on-premise data centers, but it turns out that corporate IT departments aren’t really concerned about losing data, anyway.

They’re worried about what everyone else will think if they lose that data.

With only 25% of companies are equipped to handle data breaches, corporations still cite damage to reputation as the biggest risk of being hacked. A recent study from the International Association of Privacy Professionals found that 83% of public companies in the United States cite the impact to corporate reputation as the number one risk of a data breach.

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