Why Looking For A Cloud Backup And Recovery Solution Is Like Looking For A Spouse

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Take a walk with me … down the aisle. The bells are ringing joyously, all your friends and family are present, flowers are filling the air with their stunning fragrance. You raise your eyes to your spouse-to-be and suddenly realize: • You picked the person based on their virtual online profile and the beauty of their physical profile. You never actually got to know them. • You had a lot of fun while dating – lots of laughter and romance – but you have no clue if they can handle the challenges of the long-haul, the nitty-gritty of daily life, and the inevitable changes the future brings. • You have zero idea about the other person’s financial expectations, spending vs. saving habits, budge … Read more

The Power Of Partnership: Building A Resilient Cloud For The Future

Sungard AS leverages Cisco technology to bring you a resilient cloud that will carry your business to the future.

This year’s Cisco Live! was incredible. There were more than 25,000 attendees on-site and another 200,000+ attending virtually. There was also a lot of excitement around all things cloud -- from how the Internet of Everything will change the way we live, to the role Intercloud plays in forming a seamless fabric between the world of many clouds. During the show, I spoke with Xander Uyleman, Marketing Manager for Cisco Powered. I shared with Xander our vision of the cloud and how the power of our partnership with Cisco and its reseller ecosystem helps us bring value to the market. We have Cisco Powered cloud services for both disaster recovery as well as a customer’s production environment. … Read more

5 Questions Every Procurement Officer Should Ask When Evaluating Cloud Computing Companies

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Procurement has a tough job when it comes to buying cloud. Particularly since, if you’re in procurement, you may not be an IT expert yourself … but you’re still responsible to find cloud suppliers, compare services, and negotiate pricing to get the best value for your company. The challenge comes because “the cloud” isn’t standardized. It’s not like bolt or screw or nail – all of which have very well-defined specifications used across the industry. In that case, you get quotes from suppliers, develop a data matrix, and deliver the information up the chain for a decision. Done. The cloud? Well, there are no globally, nationally, or even regionally-accepted standard terms for a particular cl … Read more

Somewhere Over The Rainbow: Creating Business Agility With SAP® And The Sungard AS Cloud

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It isn’t often that a product transforms not only the world of technology, but the very way we do business. Yet that’s exactly what SAP® did back in 1972, when the German company was founded to develop software that helps companies to do work faster and more effectively. Today, SAP® applications and services enable more than a quarter of a million customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously and grow sustainably. Over the past 40 years – from the back office to the boardroom – businesses of all types have used SAP® to empower people and organizations to work more efficiently and use business insights more successfully. In recent years, compelling improvements in both cost and operatin … Read more

4 Real-World Cloud Computing Examples In Business Today

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What do you do if you are… • Running between 1 and 2 million auctions per day on thousands of servers and spending millions of dollars on technology and hardware refreshes? • Expanding rapidly in the travel industry but don’t have the budget for a capital expenditure outlay for new hardware? In fact, you need to cut IT expenses? • Selling a home heart monitor that transmits highly sensitive personal medical data in real time for immediate evaluation – requiring absolute stability and security? • Serving as a country’s largest producer and distributor of cement and construction materials, but are at constant risk of a natural disaster? In today’s fast paced business environment, you tu … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-9-14 Weekly Roundup

A weekly round-up of the best IT-related blogs from around the web!

We love the beginning of July for one obvious reason: Independence Day! Filled with fireworks, American flags, and some much needed R&R, the Fourth of July is a holiday worth celebrating. Businesses, however, had one more hurdle to jump before they could celebrate: Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). CASL went into effect on July 1st in an effort to protect Canadians from spammers, hackers, and other cyber criminals. This law forbids all businesses from sending electronic commercial messages to any resident of Canada without their consent. Business2community.com covers the basics of CASL and what businesses need to do to adapt quickly. But is CASL punishing the wrong people? Sungard A … Read more

Why Hybrid IT Makes A Hot Mess Out of IT Disaster Recovery

If recovering your hybrid IT environment gets messy, try turning to an IT expert. They can be the key to your success!

The world doesn’t run on Intel alone. At first glance, it may seem like that, but experience has shown us that things are never as simple as they seem. As an IT availability company managing and hosting services for more than 7,000 customers, we have unique insight into the realities of an IT environment. To prove our point, we recently looked at the requirements of more than 1,800 of our recovery-as-a-service customers to discover just how complex the business IT world is. The results were a “hot mess,” to say the least. While it’s true that nearly 9 out of 10 customers (87 percent) depend on the Intel x86 platform for critical business functions, only about a third of them (35 percent) run … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-2-14 Weekly Roundup

A weekly round-up of the best IT-related blogs from around the web!

From cloud and security practices to new waves of digital innovation, this week we’re taking a look at making mistakes, learning lessons, and, above all, embracing change for positive outcomes. At times, the cloud can be a bit confusing. But one thing CIOs shouldn’t be confused about is the cloud’s efficient disaster recovery. In an article from Information Week, IT teams are encouraged to look past their ominous beliefs and trust cloud disaster recovery. Why? Because haphazard disaster recovery testing and the threat of damage to regional datacenters is a reality. “The savings and agility gains from public cloud disaster recovery are quite real, and we can't pass them up based on fear and r … Read more