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December 26, 2012
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  • Making the case for hybrid clouds
    Hybrid cloud systems and applications are best for businesses because of their cost effectiveness and flexibility, writes Kevin Smith of FrontRange. "It's like an NBA player trying to buy a suit off the rack. He's not likely to meet with much success -- he needs custom tailoring," Smith writes. Network World (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Demand for cloud services helps drive expansion of data centers
    Enterprises in financial services and health care are making greater use of cloud computing services, helping drive demand for expanding data centers in leading markets. The space for commercial data centers is growing by 9% a year on average, with Northern Virginia's data center space annually increasing by 12%, according to 451 Research. "In most areas, demand is really rising and growing faster than supply," said 451's Kelly Morgan. Computerworld (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft strategy guru takes new role
    Microsoft research and strategy executive Craig Mundie has shifted to serve as a senior adviser to CEO Steve Ballmer. The job switch follows the announcement that Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows unit, was leaving the company. Ballmer said in a memo the changes are tied to shaping "the long-term technology-policy landscape in ways that will give our future products a clear path in the marketplace." The Wall Street Journal (12/25), Bloomberg (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Channel 
  • Google Apps keeps the pressure on Microsoft Office
    Google has attracted Hoffmann-La Roche, the U.S. Interior Department and other enterprises to use its Google Apps software that competes with Microsoft Office packages. Google charges $50 per user per year for its online business applications. "Its 'good enough' product has become pretty good. It looks like 2013 is going to be the year for content and collaboration in the cloud," says IDC analyst Melissa Webster. Google's Amit Singh says 2012 "was the year where we broke the barrier and got large-scale customer adoption." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/25), All Things D (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Workforce 
  • How mobility is changing the traditional workday
    Mobile computing and devices are changing the U.S. workforce and allowing companies to tap talent and skills not available in their particular region. Boonsri Dickinson writes that the typical workday won't be a 9-to-5 structure down the road as companies move from traditional labor strategies to more project-based and short-term freelance operations. InformationWeek/Byte (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Piracy, IP rules aren't major agenda items for lawmakers
    Lawmakers are unlikely to do much about online piracy or protecting intellectual property because most are still stunned by the public pushback on two bills proposed in the past two years, Grant Gross writes. "That was an avalanche they've never seen," said Ed Black, CEO of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. "They're going to tiptoe in this area very carefully." Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Dec. 26, 2012
    52% of businesses that believe their staff is deficient in security expertise believe there is a deficit in the area of cloud security. CompTIA SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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