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Distributed storage simplified; how to consolidate your apps

Does talk of distributed storage leave you feeling confused? Tired of the messy definitions and explanations out there? Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski has you covered. In this week’s Data Mill, data expert Tim Berglund explains data storage systems in straightforward, coffee-shop terms.

It’s time to get your application consolidation education. Executive Editor Linda Tucci talks to two CIOs in the educational system for their take on app consolidation efforts. First up: Utah State University’s Eric Hawley discusses his team’s consolidation plans, which involve quick access to mobile data, CRM consolidation and the building of APIs. Then, Deepak Agarwal , CIO at the School District of Palm Beach County, shares his app consolidation success story and talks about the challenges and benefits of updating legacy apps.

Want to know when and how to use a diversified cloud strategy? In her two-part story, Features Writer Kristen Lee talks to cloud experts about using a diversified cloud strategy to offset provider instability, and the complexities and sophisticated management skills involved in such a strategy.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently made a bold move on net neutrality. This week’s Searchlight explores the implications for CIOs. Plus: Anthem hacked, Google and Uber butt heads, and Target hires a new CIO from the UK.

Our latest e-handbooks have arrived! Find out how retail companies are capitalizing on big data in our latest SearchCIO handbook on big data in retail. In SearchCompliance’s newest handbook, learn how to keep mobile data compliant and get expert tips on bring your own device management success.

New cyberthreats are everywhere — are your information security controls regimented? In this video interview, SearchCompliance editor Ben Cole talks with Christopher T. Pierson, executive vice president, general counsel and CSO at Viewpost, about the importance of continually monitoring and adapting security controls in the midst of increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats.

To that point, disaster recovery is expensive, especially for small businesses. Here on the CIO Symmetry blog, learn the options, benefits and use cases for disaster recovery as a service.

To what extent will wearables affect existing governance, risk and compliance policies? In this #GRChat recap, participants consider the effect of wearables in the workplace on established policies and how organizations can ensure data security and compliance.

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