A demand for scalability is prompting vendors and users to push for cloud standardization, but companies that depend on hosted technologies such as software-as-a-service lack a central authority to vet and champion specific protocols, Joe Masters Emison writes. As a result, the IT community has taken the reins on standardization efforts, through individual vendors and groups such as the Cloud Security Alliance, although experts say cloud technology may be advancing too fast for these efforts to keep up.
Some tech organizations are returning to cheaper tape storage, including for video-centric and virtual systems, Stephen Lawson writes. Enterprise Strategy Group's Jason Buffington says tape has become faster and requires less power.
Helping clients build data centers means focusing on using the best technologies, being accurate on operational costs and improving productivity, Monty Regan writes. The first step is understanding client needs long before the build begins, Regan writes.
Indirect channel sales played a role in NetApp's revenue and income growth for its fiscal second quarter, the company says. The storage vendor reported a 4% increase in branded revenue when compared with the same quarter a year ago.
IBM partner and systems integrator Prolifics says it bought another IBM partner, Atrium Solutions, to increase its information-management and business-process-management capabilities. The acquisition will give Prolifics case-management, content-management and compliance solutions.