• Hardware checklist for a private cloud project

    There are many considerations for building a private cloud, especially with a tight budget. Keep costs in check by carefully planning out hardware, capacity, storage and networking.

  • Strip down to bare-metal for unique cloud apps

    Businesses face the challenge of finding the right cloud for their needs. With the ability to customize software for unique app requirements, bare-metal cloud may be the best option.

  • Three things that will kill your cloud

    The number of organizations moving data and applications to the cloud is rising, but so is the number of cloud failures. Here are the three leading causes of cloud death.

  • Data encrypting tactics for all stages of cloud

    Security remains a major concern for moving data to the cloud. Although data encryption provides protection, decisions need to be made regarding when, where and how to encrypt data heading to cloud.


  • How to go pro as a desirable cloud admin

    From keeping up with the cloud's evolution to quelling security concerns, cloud admins have their work cut out for them -- but if you can master these skills, you'll be a desirable candidate for th...

  • 99 problems, but is your cloud provider one?

    Public cloud providers come with the risk of vendor lock-in, poor service and other issues that can derail your hybrid cloud. However, having a backup plan in place rids you of those provider probl...

  • Four keys to tip-top cloud performance

    Cloud networks require a lot of maintenance and monitoring. However, simply throwing money at the problem is not the answer for poor performance.

  • Face inevitable failure with resilient cloud design

    Building a good house starts with a solid foundation, and a private cloud network is no different. Having a strong design can ensure its resiliency over the long term.

  • Cloud performance suffering at the hands of sprawl

    Overprovisioning cloud services is a huge issue for maintaining high performance. This sprawl needs to be scaled back to keep costs and performance in line.

  • Keeping all eyes on cloud performance

    Closely watching your private cloud network performance is important, but often overlooked. Finding the right monitoring tools can save you a lot of hassle.

  • Is cloud encryption the silver bullet against hackers?

    Retail shoppers expect their card information is secure, but recent hacker attacks at Target and Home Depot proved otherwise. Is cloud encryption the best weapon for fending off hackers?

  • Handicapping the PaaS providers' race

    When it comes to platform as a service, the usual suspects of Amazon, Microsoft and Google are at the top of the list -- but unique customer requirements complicate finding the best PaaS provider.

  • Public cloud doesn't mean public access for employees

    Security concerns lead to organizations blacklisting some public cloud services as they would certain websites -- but not all blacklisting is increasing productivity.

  • Fending off cloud hackers like whack-a-mole

    Cloud experts are fighting to protect cloud's good name following the recent iCloud hack, but public opinion is not easily swayed. However, cloud may not be hackers' primary target -- for now.

  • Searching for the elusive hybrid cloud

    With all the hype around hybrid cloud, many companies say they're using the model when they're really just using both public and private cloud. What makes it a true hybrid cloud?

  • What's the scoop on Apache Sqoop?

    Hadoop is becoming the popular enterprise choice for big data analytics, but getting your data there isn't so simple. Apache Sqoop is stepping in to help bring the vital data from your database to ...

  • Tools step in to overcome Hadoop struggles

    Hadoop is a top choice for big data analytics, but keeping up with the quickly evolving framework is a struggle. However, a variety of tools can simplify cloud admins' jobs.

  • Cloud users beware of botnet booby traps

    Botnets can impact any cloud user, but most are unaware of the security nightmare's existence. Understanding and minimizing the opportunities for attacks can keep you from becoming an unwitting acc...

  • Keeping tabs on Google Cloud with monitoring tools

    Public cloud has plenty of benefits, but it can be difficult to manage. Monitoring tools can ease the burden on cloud admins and keep your cloud under watch.

  • Managing monthly mission-critical app expenses

    Controlling mission-critical application costs starts with knowing the expenses. With app resource requirements subject to change, knowing the numbers for monthly expenses can prevent budgeting bug...

  • Keeping apps safe when moving on from a cloud provider

    'It's not you, it's me' doesn't apply to breakups with cloud providers. Regulations and better opportunities can cause the split, but knowing how to ensure the well-being of mission-critical worklo...

  • Mission, Possible: Moving mission-critical apps to cloud

    Some enterprises see migrating mission-critical apps to public cloud as an insurmountable obstacle. But, common sense precautions can smooth the transition of even the most crucial workloads.

  • Maintaining high app performance with a watchful eye

    Mission-critical apps are bound to get into trouble if you take your eyes off of them. Being strict with performance monitoring can ensure the best availability and security for your vital applicat...

  • Hadoop skyrockets, but growing pains persist

    Hadoop has watched its popularity grow exponentially, and the market projects an even greater explosion in the future -- but, there's a flip side to every coin.