Robert L. Scheier

Robert L. Scheier is a veteran IT journalist based in Swampscott, Mass. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.


New storage technologies aim to deal with the data deluge

As enterprise storage demands escalate, disk densities continue to rise. But the real magic is in software, where speed and size come together

Getting the most from IaaS

Mix, match, and burst: New infrastructure-as-a-service tools make it easier to shift among multiple private and public clouds

Creating cohesive storage management

Storage orchestration software holds the promise of seamless management. But for now, enterprise customers are stuck with point tools.

Open-source cloud frameworks: A work in progress

Nimble and fast, open-source frameworks can simplify application deployment in the cloud. But they're not for everyone

How to wrangle your virtual machines

IT wants fewer, more comprehensive virtualization management tools. But for now, specialized vendors tackle different challenges

Disaster recovery on double duty

Virtualization and replication technologies can protect data from disaster while keeping business services humming

Mobile apps: The IT pro's new power tools

Heavy-duty mobile IT apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices have many IT departments on the move

Need an agile infrastructure? Do your homework

The larger you are, the more attention you should pay to performance, integration, and costs

Why social tech's real value is inside the business

Most companies focus on social media, social marketing, and reputation management -- and miss potentially bigger benefits

The cloud security checklist

Think your data will be safe in the cloud? Here are six tough questions for your cloud service provider

For-profit tech colleges: Can IT pros and employers trust them?

Colleges such as University of Phoenix, DeVry, and Kaplan have come under fire for high costs, deceptive practices

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