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John Rhoton

John Rhoton is a contributor to CBS Interactive's custom content group, which powers this Microsoft sponsored blog. He is a technology strategist who specializes in consulting to global enterprise customers with a focus on cloud computing.His tenure in the IT industry spans over twenty-five years at major technology companies, defining and implementing business strategy. He has recently led corporate technical strategy development, business development, and adoption of cloud services, datacenter transformation, mobility, security and next-generation networking, while also driving key corporate knowledge management and community-building programs.John is the author of six books. John Rhoton's views are his alone and do not necessarily represent those of Microsoft or CBSi.

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Datacenter Integration and Isolation

Datacenter Integration and Isolation

I hate to split hairs on terminology. Arguing about definitions is rarely productive. But semantics frame our view of the world, so it is critical to at least reflect on what certain words mean. Take hybrid cloud, a popular buzzword this year.

published April 22, 2013 by

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Keeping Your Options Open with a Hybrid Cloud

Keeping Your Options Open with a Hybrid Cloud

Nobody can predict the future. We don’t know which way the economy will turn, and we can only guess how consumer behavior and preferences will evolve, and who knows what technology breakthroughs are just over the horizon. Analysts and pundits, whose work it is to prognosticate, can never seem to agree on the answers.

published April 18, 2013 by

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Start With What You Have

Start With What You Have

Last week I had a typical conversation with a very successful IT executive. I had just presented benefits of a cloud computing solution, and he was excited about it, but explained he wouldn’t be able to start for a couple of years.

published April 17, 2013 by

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Agnosticism rules the cloud

Agnosticism rules the cloud

At some point in every IT manager’s career, someone somewhere above them in the organization is going to make a cloud decision based on a misconception. And these managers are going to blow it (and probably millions of dollars)—big time.

published April 15, 2013 by

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Converting IT pain to operational gain

Converting IT pain to operational gain

Advances in technology are outpacing the adoption of new capabilities. The issue: Large companies can’t keep up with the changes and are stuck running legacy information technology architectures and old datacenter technology.

published April 11, 2013 by

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