Welcome to the second edition of Cloud Strategy magazine, our quarterly cloud computing magazine. Although we are primarily digital, we will appear in print at select cloud computing industry functions. So look for us! In the meantime, receive the digital edition in your email box by signing up at http://www.cloudstrategymag.com/customerservice.

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We are always striving to keep you informed. This issue is no different. For example, Gerardo Dada of SolarWinds writes on optimizing SaaS application performance for this month’s cover story; Chuck DeLouis, of Intronis, discusses the importance of data backup in the cloud; Brian Kracik, of Oracle, writes about the monetization of the cloud; Bharani Kumar, with ManageEngine, discusses how virtualization can help data center owners and operators with their infrastructure management tasks; Kavitha Mariappan, with Maginatics, writes on how caching can help speed cloud storage; William Sellers, of Venyu, discusses the evolution of cloud-based disaster recovery; Samir Shah, of IO, explains what to expect when moving to the cloud; Esmeralda Swartz, of MetraTech, discusses configuring the hybrid cloud; and Everett Thompson, of WiredRE, compares buying vs. building a data center.

All in all, it is an informative and packed issue, if we do say so ourselves. Drop us a line at editor@cloudstrategymag.com to let us know how we are doing.

Caroline Fritz