Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Vote for the Cloud

When President Barack Obama, in his first term, set out to increase the centralization and lower the costs of the federal government’s vast IT infrastructure, he turned to cloud computing. His administration’s “cloud-first” policy motivated federal agencies to choose the …

Device Loss without Data Loss

Device loss happens more than most people think. The media tends to focus on the occasional theft or misplacement of the devices of public sector employees because these laptops and smartphones contain especially sensitive (confidential or personally identifiable) information. Private …

The Hidden Cost of Free Software

Freeware ends up costing businesses and individuals more than commercial alternatives. IT solutions need management and support to ensure consistent security and performance. Inviting disaster, purveyors of freeware manage their expenses by limiting their infrastructure management and technical support to …

The Cloud: Better for Business and the Environment

WSP Environment & Energy and the National Resources Defense Council published new research this month that confirmed cloud computing’s environmental-friendliness. In their study, the cloud outperformed on-premise IT infrastructures in every measurable energy efficiency category. In PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness, …

onthenetOffice After Sandy: The Data That Survived The Storm

Businesses shouldn’t gamble by settling with less-than-adequate disaster recovery. Their IT infrastructure absolutely needs to be able to withstand the most sophisticated cyber-attack or the most destructive natural disaster. Budgets are too tight and the competition is too high in …