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Creating a Cloud Master Plan: 6 Top Priorities

Your guide to 6 key considerations for moving infrastructure and applications to public, private and hybrid clouds.

In this month's cover package, we take a look at six of the most critical issues facing those making the cloud move -- click on the links below for more on each topic:

  • Security No CEO or CIO worth their salt would permit a move to the cloud without iron-clad assurances that data will be just as safe as it is on-site.
  • Identity Management For years, enterprises have tackled the issue of providing single sign-on (SSO). Now, as more organizations use cloud infrastructure and Software as a Service (SaaS), a new option is Identity Management as a Service (IDaaS).
  • Storage As IT adopts cloud computing, organizations need to reconsider their storage architectures and ensure data is secure and accessible at acceptable throughputs.
  • Exchange Hosting While Exchange messaging is at the heart of the Microsoft Office 365 service, third-party hosting providers have been in the game longer and have a broader, deeper set of offerings.
  • SharePoint Hosting A growing number of cloud providers are adding or extending their SharePoint hosting services. Bonus Q&A # 1. Bonus Q&A #2.
  • Windows Azure UpdateWindows Azure is gaining Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Linux wings.

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About the Authors

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

Bruce Hoard is the new editor of Virtualization Review. Prior to taking this post, he was founding editor of Network World and spent 20 years as a freelance writer and editor in the IT industry.

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