Dollars and Sense: Cloud Benefits for the CFO

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 16th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting

How do you present cloud computing - a somewhat nebulous concept - to the financial leadership at your company in order to prove its benefits over the long term? At organizations that have traditionally focused on in-house hardware provisioning, a subscription service can be a hard sell. Opposing arguments range from, "What are we really getting for our money?" to "You're going to spend how much every month, instead of just every couple years?!"

We decided to pick the brain of our VP of Finance, Jason Graf, to see what a financial mind thought about the cloud and how to explain cloud benefits to CFOs and other top financial executives.

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Network Microsegmentation Could Be the Software Defined Answer to Security

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, June 14th 2016 — Categories: Networking and Fiber, Security

According to a recent study by Emerson, cybercrime is the fastest growing cause of data center outages. To stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated attacks, infrastructure managers must combine software and hardware tools to constantly monitor, recognize, block, and remediate. Keeping an eye on network traffic is essential to accomplish this, and one developing method of network security control uses microsegmentation to do so.

Network microsegmentation is enabled by software-defined data center technology like VMware NSX. It gives network administrators new abilities to shape network traffic based on global policy, increasing security by crafting security policies around specific network segments or virtual machines.

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Which Database Management Platform is Right for You?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 9th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Software Development

While Oracle and MySQL remain top picks for database systems, there are many others available, from big guns like Microsoft SQL Server to the increasingly popular MongoDB. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so your latest IT project may find you scratching your head as you try to decide on database software.

See the difference between SQL and NoSQL databases, a comparison of the top platforms, and questions to ask in this database selection guide.

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How to Transform IT into an Agile Service Broker

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, May 31st 2016 — Categories: Software Development

Agility, DevOps, scalability…they often sound like a lot of buzzwords. But you can transform your IT department into an IT as a Service broker within your own organization by adopting DevOps and cloud methodology. The end result is greater productivity, both for your users and your IT team.

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Employees Remain Biggest IT Security Threat, But Training & Investment Still Lag Behind

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 26th 2016 — Categories: Security

If your cybersecurity efforts were the big boss in a video game, your users would be the flashing weak point for hackers to attack. So why aren’t IT departments spending more time and money on training?

Surveys from across the industry are discovering that while IT security spending continues to increase, even with budgets shrinking overall, the amount spent on policy, end user training, and staff certification is much lower than the amount spent on hardware and software for detection and mitigation.

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