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  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you

    OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

  • Jonny Evans: Microsoft, the wallflower

    The choice of Satya Nadella as CEO suggests that the consumer-market party is over for the company, as it turns its attention to the unglamorous world of infrastructure.

  • Preston Gralla: Can Amazon drones save the economy?

    As the federal government abandons funding primary and applied research, companies like Google and Amazon can pick up the slack.

  • Career advice: Where to focus? Data, data, data

    Premier 100 IT Leader Richard Maranville also answers questions on career management.

  • Lessons learned from a cloud evaporation

    Cloud provider Nirvanix went belly up. Even if you weren't one of its clients, you can learn things from that mess.

  • Security Manager's Journal: Why the shutdown is like the cloud

    Our manager hadn't realized how the government affected his daily life until he couldn't get to government websites that hold information he needs.

  • Global winners and losers post-Snowden

    EU privacy hawks and U.S. cloud providers have seen their near-term outlooks swing following the former NSA contractor's disclosures.

  • NASA's cloud audit holds value for all

    NASA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently audited and evaluated the efficacy of the space agency's efforts to adopt cloud-computing technologies. The resulting report, "NASA's Progress in Adopting Cloud-Computing Technologies," includes six recommendations "to strengthen NASA's IT governance practices with respect to cloud computing, mitigate business and IT security risks and improve contractor oversight." While the recommendations are specific to NASA, their underlying concepts can be leveraged by any organization that wants to more effectively adopt cloud-computing services.

  • Is Microsoft the answer to the cloud quandary?

    The company could rediscover relevance because it understands that the companies using its cloud services require flexibility first and foremost.

  • Who can pry into your cloud-based data?

    Can anyone access the data that you trust to the safekeeping of a cloud-computing vendor? It's a good question, made all the more relevant by the revelations regarding the National Security Agency's Prism program. So how can you best address these issues in your contract with your cloud vendor?

  • Thornton May: Why would IT want to be a 'device Santa Claus'?

    Evolving technology buying behaviors deserve much more rigorous management attention than they have been getting.

  • Career advice: The most promising IT skills right now

    Premier 100 IT Leader Vince Campisi also answers questions on making a belated entry to the profession.

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    Career advice: Three issues that should top the IT agenda this year

    Premier 100 IT Leader Sonya Christian also answers questions on career paths.

  • The whole enchilada: Integrated compute platforms steamroll across IT

    Vendors are rebuilding the mainframe with converged infrastructure, collapsed kit or integrated compute platforms -- whatever you want to call it. And customers are loving it.

  • Does your cloud vendor protect your rights?

    From time to time, organizations are asked to provide access to data for legal reasons. Those requests can be more complicated when the data is in the cloud. But a new report sheds some light on one critical aspect of such requests.

  • The role of startups in the SDN networking revolution

    For decades the leading network companies have been tightly coupling their software to complex, custom-built chips. Besides leaving IT buyers with a staggering array of appliances, the reliance on custom silicon has chilled industry startup activity. But with software defined networking, that is beginning to change.

  • Opinion: The CIA and the Cloud

    Get this: The CIA sees the Cloud as being more secure than conventional IT.

  • Software licensing in the cloud

    Someone at my seminar in Los Angeles last month asked about challenges that the cloud poses for software licensing. That's such a broad and complex topic that it could warrant an entire seminar of its own. But this column can at least provide an overview of the issues.

  • Land O'Lakes CIO shares keys to success at IT Roadmap conference

    Despite all the talk about the economic recovery, the IT purse strings are still pretty tight, at least based on an informal poll of practitioners at the recent Network World IT Roadmap conference in Chicago.

  • Bart Perkins: Cloudbursts ahead

    Service interruptions seem unavoidable as companies move to the cloud. Here are four areas you should manage well if youre going to be dependent on cloud computing.

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