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The Internet of Things and the Challenges Ahead

The Internet of Things (IoT) will grow at an astounding rate, according to new figures from IT research firm Gartner that were recently featured in Information Management. This growth will transform data centers, increase workloads and change policies concerning security ...

Virtualization Technology in the Data Center

Virtualization technology is the answer for the future data center. Data centers have a difficult time keeping up with high-capacity cloud demands. With the consumerization of IT and mobility on the rise, cloud applications and services will continue to require ...

Disaster Recovery Moves to the Cloud

Disaster recovery (DR) is considered important by most IT professionals, yet it is something that less than half of firms are testing regularly. According to a recent survey discussed at InformationWeek, regular testing is not the biggest priority among IT ...

Midsize Mobile Strategies Ride Smoothly When Driven by IT

The consumerization of IT has driven employees to demand that IT departments provide the most up-to-date solutions and applications for their mobile devices. IT leaders do their best to keep up but often worry about how these devices could negatively ...

Mobile Web Development and the Future of HTML5

A recent analyst report, produced by analyst firm IDG and reported at InfoWorld, had mixed news at best for HTML5, the updated version of the Web development language intended to provide device-independent support for mobile apps. While HTML5 is a ...

Trends in Big Data Analytics: What SMBs Need to Know

There is a staggering amount of information being produced today, and data volumes are growing exponentially; but trends in big data have shown that businesses can gain valuable insights from the unstructured information being produced by digital transactions, mobile devices ...

Bring-Your-Own-Cloud Draws Interest, Poses Challenges

The IT community at midsize firms has long had a major role in the ongoing conversation about BYOD, the bring-your-own-device trend of using personal mobile devices for workplace tasks. Midsize IT will now be joining a similar debate concerning "bring-your-own-cloud" ...

Innovation and Analytics Investment Up, Infrastructure Down

A recent McKinsey & Company survey shows a planned shift of IT dollars away from infrastructure and core transactional systems to greater innovation and analytics investment. IT expenditures in infrastructure and transactional systems are expected to drop by 8 and ...

New Technology Yields Better Return on Investment Than New Talent

Employee talent is critical to the success of small and midsize businesses (SMBs). However, according to a new survey from Brother International covered by Fox Business, a growing number of SMB owners believe that new technology advancements will provide a ...

Consistent Cloud Computing Use Gets Cost Reduction: What Happened to Disruption?

The cloud is "disruptive" technology; at least, that is the line that cloud providers have been selling. In fact, the cloud concept bears striking resemblance to mainframe technology of the 1970s, albeit with better processors and easier access. It might ...

The Social Construct: Contextual Infrastructure

Socially responsible businesses perform well because they capitalize on things like consumer passion for energy efficiency, more-than-fair wages and the notion of people before profit. For midsize companies to become social businesses, they must first understand context: What do consumers ...

App Access and Midsize Mobility

App access is a big concern for midsize firms as the rise of mobility feeds the growing need for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. According to a new global study of small and midsize businesses featured on ITBusinessEdge, a growing percentage of ...

Cloud Computing Services Being Used without IT's Knowledge

While the benefits of cloud computing continue to outshine any potential drawbacks, some IT managers and executives at midsize businesses still take a cautious approach with this new technology. While the needs of businesses differ, some new research, as discussed ...

But Wait, There's More!: Malvertising on the Rise

Not too long ago, visiting the websites that mom advised against — the ones with adult content, illegal gambling and illegal drugs — was the most common way to get infected with malware. Today, the malware is increasingly being brought ...

Is Hardware Dead in the Age of Software?

The age of software has been declared as cloud computing technology, DevOps structures and agile methodologies align. According to Charles Babcock's article on InformationWeek, these are centered around a set of beliefs that focus on software as the singular solution ...

Cloud Computing Certification: The New Standard?

If midsize IT professionals are asked about the benefits of cloud computing, most have easy answers: Lowered costs, increased agility and even improved security top the list of effective cloud deployments. If they are asked about drawbacks, however, cost may ...

"Freemium" Cognitive Computing: A Bright Idea?

Effective data analytics depends on human input. While business intelligence (BI) tools have grown in power and scope over the last five years, midsize IT professionals must still captain these ships; it is easy to get lost in the sea ...

Hybrid IT Environments: The Clouds of the Future

Hybrid IT environments will soon dominate most business IT architectures, according to new research by Gartner that was reported by eWeek. This shift over the next few years is likely to change the breadth of solutions in the market. IT ...

Big Data Analytics Takes On Fraud

Analytics and business intelligence (BI) technology is being deployed to help firms deal with a broad spectrum of business challenges, from marketing to production processes to energy savings. Now, big data analytics is being enlisted to take on yet another ...

Integrating Cloud Storage and Gateway Tools for Growing Firms

Integrating cloud storage is a growing trend among small and midsize businesses, according to statistics from MarketsandMarkets reported by Virtual-Strategy Magazine. IT professionals at midsize firms are increasingly implementing cloud services to accomplish a variety of business goals. However, the ...