Cloud Computing Security Issues: The Vendor

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This series examines security in the cloud, showing how companies can mitigate cloud computing security issues and risks. This post specifically addresses vendors. The cloud is not “one-size-fits-all.” Every company must examine their own security requirements, often on an application-by-application basis, to determine which cloud solution is most appropriate to their needs. Once the type of cloud solution has been selected, they must determine how they can mitigate any security risks. It is important to recognize that risk cannot be 100% eliminated. However, it can be significantly reduced to a level that is acceptable for a given business. The most crucial step in reducing risk is ven … Read more

How Flexible Should An Information Technology Department Be?

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Flexibility: More and more studies are showing how much employees value flexibility with regard to their work schedule. But no one wants their information technology department support to be anything but consistent. While accounting or marketing departments might be able to deal with lighter staffing on certain days of the week or times of the day, what happens when a system crashes or a rush of help requests comes in and half of the IT department is simply not there? And yet, IT professionals are people, too. Don't they deserve one of the most coveted of work options? Can information technology departments offer both flexibility to their staff and serve their companies to the best of … Read more

7 Key Elements Of A Successful Cloud Migration Strategy

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Cloud technology can seem as intangible and mercurial as its namesake. But with a solid strategy and the right guidance, businesses can confidently move forward: making sound business decisions, charting a direct course through migration, and reaping the many benefits the cloud offers. But what are the key elements of a successful cloud migration strategy? Forgetting for a moment the over-hyped assertions that “everyone is moving to the cloud” and “the cloud is the right decision for every business,” how will you determine if the cloud is the single best solution for your organization, or is just part of a more complex composite solution? A solid strategy requires depth of understanding. No … Read more

How To Pick A Colocation Provider

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The relentless pace of business automation and Internet commerce has led to a staggering increase in the amount of data that businesses need to store. And that growth has created a corresponding need for businesses to expand their IT capabilities. However, a direct investment distracts from your core business and can cost up to $10 million for buildout and $5,000 per square foot for operational overhead. That’s why many companies are opting to outsource their IT through colocation providers. Colocation is all about economies of scale, focusing on your core competencies as a business and letting someone else handle the data center aspect. From a financial perspective, it allows you to take a … Read more

Colocation? Managed Hosting? Public Cloud? Which Is Best For Me?

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Managed hosting, colocation and public cloud computing all have the same goal: getting the greatest business value out of scarce IT resources and limited IT budgets. Given the time and resources, IT can make important contributions to the success of a business. It has been demonstrated time and again that IT can help companies cut costs by careful monitoring of operations, increase sales with the use of sophisticated database functions like predictive analytics, and provide senior managers with real-time decision support through dashboards they can consult from their smart phones. Unfortunately, most IT departments don't spend much time on developing and implementing these sorts of … Read more

The Top 3 Reasons Cloud Computing Implementations Fail

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The ladder to the cloud is missing a few rungs. At least, that is the conclusion of 276 IT professionals recently polled in a survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*. In the survey, the top three reasons indicated for why cloud computing implementations fail were: lack of understanding of cloud security and compliance (indicated by 56% of respondents) lack of clearly-identified business objectives for migrating to the cloud (55%) lack of planning (42%) Those are three gaping holes in the ladder to a successful cloud implementation, and I believe that mistaken beliefs are at the core of each one. Mistake #1: The cloud is different from other information technology. … Read more

Elevating Business Continuity To The Next Level: Sungard AS Takes Center Stage At DRJ Spring World 2015

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A few more days till the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2015! I am looking forward to a great conference and, of course, connecting with our clients – both old and new. This year’s conference theme “Elevating Business Continuity to the Next Level” is apt and timely. Our community is pushing us and together we are challenging the status quo and asking the hard questions such as “what if we stopped doing a big-bang BIA?” Or “how does one really do continuity in an environment which undergoes 400 changes a week!” Expect as always to be provoked a bit in the Sungard AS sessions at the event. Agile application deployment and cloud are driving an unprecedented disruption and our wor … Read more

Clearing Up The Confusion About Disaster Recovery In The Cloud

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If I ever had any question that confusion still exists about the benefits and drivers for disaster recovery in the cloud, the results of a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services* have settled that. There is clearly confusion – a lot of confusion. The results of the survey are interesting in that there is little consensus among the responders: 40% said that a faster recovery time objective (RTO) was a great benefit of cloud disaster recovery. BUT 27% said a major downfall was slower recovery times. Well, is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) faster or slower? 13% of respondents said that a key benefit was increased security. BUT, almost 39% complained that one of … Read more