Managed Services - Infoworld en Cisco's Intercloud could supercharge its Internet of things plans <p>Cisco Systems' "Intercloud" platform for interoperable cloud services could be combined with remote-computing technology to define the so-called Internet of Things from the weather-ravaged, intermittently connected edge to regional and global data centers.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Networking Cisco Systems Internet of things Managed Services SDN Data Center Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:36:46 +0000 admin 239025 at Intel takes 'Intel Inside' to the cloud <p>In 1991, Intel launched the "Intel Inside" program, making its microprocessors a selling point of PC purchases. Over 20 years later, Intel is bringing the same concept to the cloud.</p> <p>Intel made the case Wednesday that businesses paying thousands of dollars to hosting providers and other cloud services were not actually aware of what processor architectures powered those services.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Intel Managed Services Processors Servers Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:13:26 +0000 admin 234333 at IBM launches business unit to make Watson a moneymaker <p>IBM continues to commercialize its Watson-branded <a href="" target="_blank">cognitive computing technology</a>, setting up a new Watson business unit and unveiling two new Watson-derived services.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center IBM High-Performance Computing Managed Services Web Services Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:16:36 +0000 admin 233841 at Cisco teams with VMware, Citrix to counter Amazon's new cloud-based desktop <p>The trio of Cisco, VMware and Citrix are teaming up to provide a new cloud-based desktop as a service (DaaS) offering aimed mostly at service providers. The move comes just weeks after Amazon Web Services announced its foray into the DaaS market, and could signal a wave of new DaaS offerings in the market early next year. &nbsp;</p> Cloud Computing Cisco Systems EMC VMware Amazon Web Services Virtual Desktop Managed Services Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:55:32 +0000 admin 232897 at Amazon wants to analyze real-time data with Kinesis <p>Amazon Web Services hopes enterprises are willing to rely on the company when getting large amounts of data ready for analysis with its latest service, Kinesis.</p> <p>Kinesis was first made available as a limited preview last month, but is now available as a public beta. It is a managed service designed to handle real-time streams of data. It can collect and process large amounts of data, from any number of sources, including server logs and social media feeds, according to Amazon.</p> Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Amazon Web Services Managed Services Business Intelligence Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:13:51 +0000 admin 232798 at Microsoft simplifies volume licensing for businesses <p>Midsize companies should get ready this month as Microsoft introduces a new purchasing scheme that changes the way it deals with its volume licensing customers.</p> <p>The company says the purpose of the new Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) is to make buying and managing volume licenses easier, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">blog</a> by Richard Smith, the general manager of Microsoft's World Wide Licensing &amp; Pricing.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Microsoft Microsoft Windows Managed Services Applications Unified Communications Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:28:45 +0000 admin 231908 at Cloud-based security as a service set to take off <p>Gartner is predicting the cloud-based security services market, which includes secure email or Web gateways, identity and access management (IAM), remote vulnerability assessment, security information and event management to hit $4.13 billion by 2017.</p> Cloud Computing Cloud Security Managed Services Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:25:42 +0000 admin 229997 at SAP set to preach the HANA gospel to developers <p>SAP is unveiling a series of enhancements, services and deployment options for its HANA in-memory computing platform in hopes of enticing more partners and customers to begin building software products with the technology.</p> <p>Some 1,000 startups are already using HANA to create applications, according to SAP executive board member Vishal Sikka, who heads all development, in an interview prior to this week's Tech Ed conference in Las Vegas.</p> Cloud Computing SAP Big Data IaaS Managed Services Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:56:45 +0000 ccraig 229251 at Cisco takes aim at security services with new division <p>Cisco today said it would add a security arm to its existing services division with an eye toward pushing its support of its security products as well as offering a range of managed security services.</p> <p>Bryan Palma, the senior vice president and general manager of the newly created Services Security Practice, said Cisco plans to offer new types of managed security services based on Cisco security products, though he did not provide detail on what that might be specifically and how it would be done.</p> Security Cisco Systems Managed Services Intrusion Detection VPN Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:52:48 +0000 admin 226445 at HP introduces SAP HANA-based cloud service <p>Hewlett-Packard has introduced a cloud service around SAP's HANA in-memory database, targeting customers who want to analyze big data.</p> <p>Called HP As-a-Service Solution for SAP HANA, it will be available worldwide with the initial rollout in Australia and New Zealand, HP said late Sunday.</p> Big Data Cloud Computing Hewlett-Packard (HP) SAP Big Data Managed Services Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:53:53 +0000 admin 225561 at Microsoft's cloud licensing sets up a compliance nightmare <p>On the list of items that IT pros would rather never have to think about, software licensing takes a close second behind <a href="">backups</a>. Holding frequent license compliance checks and ensuring that licensing is purchased as it's needed is frequently a challenging, time-consuming process. All too often, these tasks are neglected, leaving many enterprises open to substantial legal liability.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Data Center Data Explosion Microsoft Microsoft Exchange Compliance Collaboration Software Managed Services Email Software Software Licensing SaaS Office Software IDG Insider Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 221251 at Cloud indexing software extends its reach to Box <p>SearchYourCloud, which provides a single search interface to find documents stored on a desktop or several cloud-based services, expanded on Tuesday to include Box.</p> <p>Access to Box is being included in a new version of the SearchYourCloud client software that is being launched the same day for Windows, iPhone, and iPad platforms. The software, from U.K.-based Simplexo, already works with DropBox, Exchange,, and SharePoint documents.</p> Cloud Computing Content Management Managed Services Search Engines Tue, 07 May 2013 13:55:34 +0000 admin 218068 at Treat a cloud deployment as you would a home remodel <p>When weighing whether to go to the cloud or <a href="">which cloud service to use</a> when you do, it's a no-brainer to make sure the service's reliability, cost effectiveness, and security track records match your requirements.</p> Cloud Computing Data Explosion IT Management IaaS Managed Services Outsourcing SaaS IDG Insider Mon, 06 May 2013 10:58:06 +0000 Matt Prigge 217902 at Interview: Dell software chief talks transformation <p>John Swainson has one of the more challenging jobs in the tech industry right now. As president of Dell's software division, he's charged with sorting through all the software Dell has acquired and organizing it into coherent offerings that can further its effort to become a more profitable, software- and services-driven company.</p> Applications Mobile Technology Security Dell Managed Services Data Loss Prevention Startups Mobile Device Management (MDM) Applications Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:58:50 +0000 admin 217311 at Japan's NTT Com expands data centers in cloud-hosting push <p>NTT Communications, the IT arm of Japan's main telecommunications operator, is aggressively expanding its data center operations outside the country as part of a push to offer its cloud-hosting services worldwide.</p> <p>The company has opened new data centers in Singapore, the U.K., and in Virginia and California in the U.S., it said Wednesday. It plans to open three more in Australia, Malaysia and Thailand next month, in addition to its existing facilities in Japan and Hong Kong.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Managed Services Data Center Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:14:18 +0000 admin 213147 at Security-as-a-service gaining popularity <p>Organizations that are looking for security features including identity management, encryption and access control -- and at the same time want to take advantage of the cost and flexibility benefits of the cloud -- might check into security-as-a-service offerings available now from several vendors.</p> Cloud Computing Security Managed Services Security Management IDG Insider Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:42:11 +0000 admin 212191 at The challenges of disaster recovery as a service <p>By now, just about everyone is familiar with cloud-based backup services. Whether you're using simple file-based software tools or more complex image-based appliances, these services ship your data into secure cloud storage where it can be accessed at a moment's notice.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Data Explosion Backup and Recovery Disaster Recovery Managed Services IDG Insider Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 210700 at Rackspace follows Amazon in beefing up its database tools <p>Following major announcements from Amazon Web Services in recent weeks around <a href="" target="_blank">data warehousing</a> and management, <a href="" target="_blank">Rackspace</a> on Thursday announced new capabilities for database hosting and management.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Data Management Database Administration Managed Services SaaS Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:06:59 +0000 ccraig 209248 at Amazon Web Services continues Windows push with PowerShell addition <p>Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added PowerShell to the management options for its cloud, in a move that reaches out to the Windows community.</p> <p>Part of Amazon's Microsoft push is to let developers and administrators manage their AWS services in a way that's natural to them, according to the company.</p> Cloud Computing Amazon Web Services Microsoft Windows IaaS Managed Services Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:36:16 +0000 admin 208612 at Cisco to acquire cloud networking company Meraki for $1.2 billion <p>Cisco said Sunday it intends to acquire Meraki, a vendor of technology for cloud-based management of wireless LAN, security appliances, and mobile devices for $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives.</p> <p>The acquisition of Meraki, a privately held company in San Francisco, complements and expands Cisco's strategy to offer more software-centric solutions to simplify network management, help customers empower mobile workforces, and generate new revenue opportunities for partners, Cisco said in a statement.</p> Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Cisco Systems M&A Managed Services Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:16:29 +0000 admin 207361 at