Reduce IT Vulnerabilities by Bridging the SecOps Gap

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Security threats are becoming a more serious and frequent problem than ever before, costing companies millions of dollars per breach event. The good news is that many of these could be avoided, as hackers frequently take advantage of known vulnerabilities.  The bad news is that many organizations are unprepared because IT Operations and Security … [Read more...]

Cyber Monday – Digital Transformation Impact on IT Security

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Industry leaders worldwide are rapidly taking advantage of digital advances in analytics, mobility, social media, and smart embedded devices to keep up with new demands from both internal and external customers. This has created a situation where it is more important than ever to take practical steps for strengthening IT security. This … [Read more...]

Is OpenStack a Cloud Management Platform?

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Thinking about using OpenStack for your cloud?  You aren’t alone.  On the heels of the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, I thought it would be a good time to look at OpenStack and try to clarify some of the confusion.  Is OpenStack a Cloud Management Platform (CMP)?  Why would I need a CMP if I have OpenStack? Do containers (e.g. Docker) or other … [Read more...]

Cloud Lifecycle Management: How Fast Can You Cycle?

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In the world of professional cycling, sadly, remarkable feats are often met with suspicion. While some cyclists have won by virtue of talent, commitment, and massive amounts of training, others have gained an edge by other far less noble tactics. Today’s enterprise IT teams are locked in some pretty brutal races, facing inordinate and … [Read more...]

Hybrid Cloud Management Tools: How to Choose

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The benefits of virtualization and cloud technologies include increased agility, flexibility, and scalability; they also inherently add layers of complexity to the tasks of managing and delivering services. Customers have high expectations that require IT to provision and deliver services faster than ever before as well as always working towards … [Read more...]

How To Introduce Docker Containers in Enterprise

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Part of our series on Docker. Check out Docker Management Tips, Docker Production Deployment Security Considerations, and Docker 101 Docker container technology has seen a rapid rise in early adoption and broad market acceptance. It is a technology that is seen to be a strategic enabler of business value because of the benefits it can provide … [Read more...]

Top 5 Must-Read Cloud Blogs

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Whether you’re a cloud computing novice or a long-time professional, it’s helpful to follow the experts who regularly blog on news and trends in the industry. With so many authors in the blogosphere, it’s challenging to know whose posts to read and whose advice to trust. We’re here to help! We’ve researched and compiled our list of top blogs and … [Read more...]

ZipKits: First Aid Kits for VENOM and Other Ills

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Faster is pretty much always better, and that’s particularly true when it comes to instituting patches and remediating when new vulnerabilities are identified. The longer it takes to eliminate identified vulnerabilities, the longer there’s the potential that attackers can wreak havoc in an organization. Today’s digital enterprises are more … [Read more...]

Cloud Outages: 6 Things You Need to Know

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If you Google “cloud outage,” you’ll receive a long list of news reports concerning Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, Google, and others. It’s a common occurrence for cloud service providers to experience downtime. Given this reality, what do you need to know about cloud outages? Everybody has outages. There is nothing inherent in cloud … [Read more...]

3 Fundamental Requirements for Cloud Management Platforms

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As companies embrace cloud adoption more pervasively—across both public and private cloud platforms—the required capabilities for cloud management platforms (CMPs) naturally evolve. Successful deployments by early adopters have brought some fundamental concepts to the forefront. First, cloud solutions need to reduce complexity; they need to … [Read more...]