Thwart BYOD mobility threats

7/24

Thwart BYOD mobility threats

Mobility is forced on IT administrators today.

Users find ways to enable their own devices for what is termed BYOD — bring your own device. I ran across this article recently that underscores the security problems I believe are the biggest reasons a robust mobility solution is imperative for admins: 

“A muddled mix of policies covering laptops, Wi-Fi and consumer devices has led to 'security gaps big enough to drive a semi through.'”
 
— Michael Finneran, author of the InformationWeek 2012 State of Mobile Security Survey

A Cascade of solutions for your network performance problems

7/17

A Cascade of solutions for your network performance problems

If you’re a government information technology manager, and your wide area network (WAN) suddenly grinds to a halt, senior officials and field personnel alike are going to complain about applications running at a snail’s pace. Your team will desperately scramble to fix the problem, troubleshooting to determine if you have an application problem, a network issue or something else going wrong.

Data center consolidation, WAN optimization go hand-in-hand

7/10

Data center consolidation, WAN optimization go hand-in-hand

Government information technology leaders face a real challenge in finding ways to boost network performance and security while also cutting costs.

Cloud mandate in hindsight: Sound policy or politics as usual?

6/26

Cloud mandate in hindsight: Sound policy or politics as usual?

To summarize a previous blog post, it’s clear public cloud computing is going to be absolutely revolutionary for small businesses and individuals, cutting costs and adding functionality for them rivaling the most developed and mature IT departments. That market segment is huge and will be profitable for cloud computing providers when you consider that some 95 to 97 percent of companies fall in this category. However, the allure of savings for large organizations that can already use economies of scale to deploy modern virtualized data centers (e.g., private clouds) is questionable at best.

Clients: Thick, thin and zero?

6/19

Clients: Thick, thin and zero?

In the world of virtualization, it seems every new concept in IT lately is an old concept reborn. The very idea of server virtualization that created this revolution in open systems IT has been used in mainframes for decades. Recently, the federal government has begun adopting a thin client approach to data processing, switching computing power from desktops to massive data centers. This trend brings back to mind mainframes and minicomputers of the 1970s and ’80s, in which most computing took place at centralized servers and workers’ machines were merely terminals processing basic input and output commands. What was old is new again.

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