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CIOs: Shadow IT is actually great for your cloud strategy

In a survey, cloud security broker vendor CipherCloud found that 86 percent of cloud applications used at workplaces are unsanctioned. That’s a pretty big percentage. Obviously, the security vendors have an incentive to raise such fears about shadow IT, so take this claim with much salt. However, the issue merits attention.

I don’t see shadow IT as that big of deal. Moreover, I believe that CIOs can embrace, rather than fight, the rise of shadow IT for their own benefit. How?

There are three benefits to the CIO from departments’ shadow cloud use.

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Google wants your data to do great things. That’s not such a bad deal.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — As I watched Google’s many unveilings this week, I could sense a certain confidence in the proceedings. That was no doubt partly because the company was, for the first time in 10 years, hosting its Google I/O developer conference at its headquarters in Mountain View instead of San Francisco, so the executives and project managers were literally playing in their own backyard.

But I think there was something else at play. Looking back at the opening keynote, CEO Sundar Pichai decided to kick things off with two interesting — and related — products: the so-called “assistant” that seeks to proactively offer help as you navigate Google’s many services, and Home, an Amazon Echo-like speaker that infuses the assistant in your house as a kind of ambient presence, ready to help the moment you utter the activation phrase (“OK, Google,” of course). Read more…

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IDG Contributor Network: Elastic cloud apps are great, but how do we protect the containers that power them?

Increasingly, organizations are recognizing—and taking advantage of—the benefits of cloud-based apps.

The compute, storage and I/O cloud infrastructure is dynamic, allowing for new virtual resources to be created and made available to the application at a moment’s notice. Also, each cloud application is componentized into a number of container functional units that can be added, deleted or changed as needed.

This latter point is the buzz of our industry—containerization.

As we march into a world of dynamic containerized applications, however, we need to keep in mind that there are subtle differences between them and their static virtual machine (VM) predecessors.

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