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Analysis: Dropbox Carries Risks For SMBs
By Edward F. Moltzen, CRN

Dropbox, known as a purveyor of cheap cloud storage for consumers, is now targeting small and mid-sized businesses with a new service offering. However, SMBs considering the service need to bear in mind that it lacks key compliance certifications many businesses need, potentially leaving them open to significant financial penalties.

In a great blog entry in Tech Republic, Debra Littlejohn Shinder explains why despite what you may have heard from over-heated pundits, the PC and Microsoft are not dead nor are they dying. Here are some of her insights. Click here for the original article.

1. It's insecure.

People are afraid of losing control," says Leandro Balbinot, CIO of Brazilian retailer Lojas Renner. But "just because your data is somewhere else, doesn't mean it's less-or more-secure," says Accenture CIO Frank Modruson. Test, monitor and review. That's the only way to mitigate risk in or out of the cloud.

2. It's simple.

Vendors will always tell you it's a turnkey implementation," says Carmen Malangone, global director of information management for Coty. "But moving customized systems to the cloud takes time-eight months or more to standardize and test in the new environment." And modify cloud systems with care. "Configuration can quickly become customization and each upgrade will be a major headache," says Malangone.

Microsoft this week re-released Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 3 to correct a potentially critical flaw that was introduced in the first release of the product just a week ago.

An Empowered Report: Tablets Open Doors To New Mobile Scenarios
by Ted Schadler with Matthew Brown and Anjali Yakkundi

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

iPad has exploded onto the scene. Who could have imagined that a tablet (a category introduced in 2001) would capture the imagination of employees and IT alike? But it did, and it’s kicked off an arms race for smart mobile devices. Every day, a new tablet appears: Cisco Cius, Google Chrome OS tablet, Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab, RIM PlayBook, HP “PalmPad,” the list goes on. These post-PC devices will find a place in your company, but where? This short report introduces a simple framework to guide content and collaboration professionals through employee-fueled tablet scenarios and IT-led tablet projects.

Download the free Forrestor report from Citrix.

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