Security & the Internet of Things: Are Our Devices Safe?

After October's massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in which several major web properties, including Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Seamless were brought down by a botnet of hundreds of thousands of infected internet connected DVRs and cameras, there is a long list of questions to consider as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes hold. What about standards? What are the security and international protocols? How will we deal with data management structures? Where will we put all that new data? A lot of data. We’ll need to understand what’s possible and then decide if, just because it is possible, should it happen or not?

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Why Are CIOs Demanding Hybrid Cloud?

Amazon AWS is approaching $10 billion annual revenue, Microsoft Azure is approaching $3 billion annual revenue, Oracle Cloud is positioning themselves as THE enterprise cloud for customers. When a virtualization giant like VMware and a cloud giant like AWS partner at an engineering level to deliver VMware on AWS bare metal, so that customers can have a seamless hybrid cloud experience, you know hybrid cloud model is for real.

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Continuous Improvement – Oracle and Actifio Application Development, Resiliency, and Cloud

Oracle OpenWorld is making its usual September splash in San Francisco and there’s more to it than appearances by Sting and Gwen Stefani. Actifio will also be appearing. As with VMworld a few weeks ago, the Oracle event prompts a pause to reflect on our mutual progress. We’ve been at it since the beginning, and it is progress that’s been warmly embraced by our customers. Let’s start with now and work backwards.

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Bridging the technology gap with Hybrid IT

This guest post was written by Janine Benoit, Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing at Sungard Availability Services.

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5 Key Priorities That Are Top of Mind for CIOs in 2016

CIOs and their IT organizations are faced with endless demands on their time and resources, so it's critically important to focus on identifying and solving the big issues that really matter most to them. With over 1200 customers around the world, Actifio’s customer success team is in regular communication with IT leaders and their teams as they work together to address their biggest technology and business concerns. Combined with these interactions, we’ve explored the latest industry research and discovered the top priorities and areas of concern for CIOs around the world in 2016.

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8 Essential Best Practices for Building a Hybrid Cloud

If you’re looking to transform your business, look no further than the hybrid cloud. Pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy combines the computing control brought by a private cloud, with the flexibility achieved by the public cloud. The benefits to your business that can be derived from building a hybrid cloud depends on the amount of time and effort you put into designing, building, implementing, and monitoring your solution.

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Why Governments Are Shedding IT Infrastructure & Virtualizing Their Data

It’s less politics than it is pragmatism. Government agencies want to move toward a greater cloud presence, but they need to manage mountains of data to get there. At every level of government; federal, state and local, the pressure is on to reduce expenses and improve efficiency. Cloud is seen as a great way to help do it. At the same time, services need to function effectively. And government agencies, along with the public they serve, require easy, direct, and agile information access. And the mountain grows.

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Pros & Cons for Building a Hybrid Cloud for Your Enterprise

Over the last several years, the clouds have rolled in over enterprise IT. These clouds aren’t dark ones obscuring the sun, however; in fact they’ve made the enterprise computing horizon much brighter. Going from a relatively unheard-of concept ten years ago, the cloud has become a popular buzzword seizing hold of the collective conscious of CIOs and directors of IT at companies across industries, sizes, and revenues for its promise of organizational transformation.

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Spreading the Joy of Backup

At Actifio, we’re all about the data. Your data. How you manage it, use it, share it, protect it. And, coming away from our participation in a recent Gartner enterprise IT event, I’m amazed at how frustrated so many enterprises remain in accomplishing each of these essentials. Again and again visitors to our booth made it clear that the challenges of Backup/DR have not been solved for the vast majority. They aren’t happy with the complexity, cost and resources consumed. They’re fed up with the proliferation of disparate uncoordinated tools. And, most of all, they’re exasperated by poor performance. Backups take forever and recovery even longer – if it works at all.

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Government Data Centers Meet The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

At roughly $80 billion in annual spending, the US Federal Government is the world’s largest consumer of information technology. That budget funds pervasive IT use across hundreds of agencies (nobody is certain how many). To better manage the extraordinary costs, in December 2014 Congress enacted the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). This isn't their first attempt at control. Back in 1996, there was the Clinger–Cohen Act (CCA), formerly the Information Technology Management Reform (ITMRA), that was intended to improve federal government acquisition, use, and disposal of IT resources. And of course, in 2010, there was the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) started by the Information Officers Council (IOC) and later merged with PortfolioStat.

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