The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 9-10-14

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Like, post, share, retweet, regram, go! Social media is an amazing innovation. I can connect and interact with friends all the way from Germany to California in a click. I could go on and on about the benefits of social media, but I’ll stop myself! The truth is, among all the wonders social media brings; there are some risks when you create an account, making it imperative that users stay informed and stay secure. Here’s the social media news YOU should know about: Cyber criminals are clever these days, and they’re licking their lips over your Instagram and Facebook. Even if you’ve got your social media accounts safeguarded, they’ll find another way, like using the “friend fraud” strategy. I … Read more

Cloud’s Alphabet Soup: The Difference Between Cloud IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS?

ITaaS? SaaS? IaaS? PaaS? Wonder what it all means for you and your business? Read here to find out how to spell out 'solutions' from the alphabet soup!

If you’ve been pondering a move to the cloud, I have no doubt you’ve been seeing a lot of acronyms lately. ITaaS, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS…what does it all mean, and how can you make sense of this “alphabet soup” for your business? Fear not: While the acronyms associated with the cloud might seem intimidating at first, the concepts they stand for are really simple. Here’s a primer on cloud service offerings to help you get started. ITaaS (Information Technology as a Service): First, know that “cloud” could be replaced with the first of our acronyms, ITaaS. What ITaaS means is that instead of your company running its own data center, someone is running it for you and providing services and support th … Read more

VMworld 2014: The Top 3 Topics (Besides Virtualization And The Cloud)

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If you’re in IT, you probably feel pressure every day to protect your corporate data, keep your systems online and available, and make sure the whole kit and caboodle is recoverable. But how do you keep abreast of all the challenges and opportunities in the constantly-changing tech world? Well, going to VMworld is a great place to start! The Sungard AS Team had their ears to the ground at this week’s VMworld conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and they brought back some terrific insights to share with you. Clearly, everything is about the cloud, and virtualization is here to stay as companies seek not only to virtualize resources, but also network and storage. Here are the top … Read more

7 Dirty Little Secrets Of Cloud Backup And Recovery

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Cloud backup and recovery is, without question, one of the “latest and greatest” and “biggest and best” items in the IT arena. It’s hot – and getting hotter as emergent backup as a service (BaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) vendors pop up like mushrooms after a heavy rain. However, before you throw all your data into the cloud, I want to tell you something. There are a whole pile of dirty little secrets surrounding cloud backup and recovery. Secrets that many BaaS and RaaS providers aren’t going to admit to, even when asked. Certainly, they’re never going to tell you upfront. But what you don’t know CAN hurt you. So, in the free executive brief 7 Dirty Little Secrets of Clou … Read more

The Best Cloud Computing Articles Of The Month

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Think you know everything there is to know about cloud? Think again. Actually, a lot of people find the cloud to be a complex concept, but it doesn’t have to be! For that reason, we’ve created a special roundup this week getting down to the nitty-gritty. We’ll take a look at the fundamentals: cloud’s capabilities, where it’s going, and ultimately, what the cloud really is and what it isn’t. The Cloud Is… Getting Big Self-built and third party provided cloud is at 70% in 2014, but that’s expected to skyrocket in the coming years. So much so, that the now $41 billion private cloud market will expand to a $69 billion dollar market by 2018. But something still remains the same: security is a t … Read more

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