Stretch Your IT Dollar With Cloud Computing Services

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Cloud services are hot. Use of cloud service providers has become a growing best practice in the corporate world. Organizations are outsourcing IT services to cloud providers to reap measurable benefits for a variety of IT initiatives. Instead of investing in software and hardware, these organizations have seen their as-a-service budgets lower their total cost of IT over time. No need to pay for licenses or to upgrade software or hardware. Instead, budgets shift to monthly subscription costs with cloud providers based only on what’s needed. Scale up and fees rise. Scale down and so do the fees. Here are other benefits of cloud services: • Reducing your IT department headcount • Reducing … Read more

A Measuring Stick For The Cloud

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Remember when you were little and your parents would record your height by making a pencil mark on your doorframe every time you grew an inch or two? We thought it was time to do the same for the cloud computing industry, since growth is happening fast! To get the numbers we needed, Sungard Availability Services and EMC recently commissioned an important survey of businesses on their use of cloud technology and cloud recovery services. The study, conducted by IDG Research Services, queried 132 IT professionals in companies of all sizes – from less than 1,000 to more than 10,000 employees – throughout the U.S. Here’s how the measurements worked out … Cloud Services: Undergoing a Growt … Read more

Nightmare On ERP Street: 5 Tips For Avoiding An ERP Cloud Migration Horror

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You have undertaken an ERP cloud migration project to migrate your enterprise planning (ERP) systems to the cloud. At least, that was your intention. Forget supernatural slasher horrors … those are tame compared to this nightmare scenario (at least if you’re an IT professional!): Unfortunately, your new, virtualized servers, network, and storage don’t seem to be cooperating with your ERP applications. You rush around and manage to get that snafu worked out, only to realize that the peripheral systems and portals connected to your ERP applications, aren’t. Aren’t connected, that is. Another mad rush, and you bridge those gaps. Now all the systems are talking to each other! Right? Well, y … Read more

STOP! Before You Embark On A Physical To Virtual (P2V) Migration, Read This

Performing a physical to virtual (P2V) migration seems easy on the surface, but make sure it serves the business by going through these 6 steps first.

Converting physical servers to virtual machines can bring significant benefits to a business, such as savings on time, resources, complexity, and money. And it’s so easy! The hypervisor wizards take care of the whole thing. That’s all true. But before rushing headlong into the conversion process, STOP. You see, converting physical servers to virtual machines is only one small step in a successful physical to virtual (P2V) migration. Planning and effort – both before and after the actual conversion – are required to ensure that a P2V migration delivers the desired benefits. Here’s a brief overview of what needs to happen; for the full story and details, download 6 Steps to Successfully Conve … Read more

Is Your Business Ready For Enterprise Cloud Migration?

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While the popularity of the cloud is constantly building, it can still be difficult for an organization to know if it’s ready for enterprise cloud migration – and if so, which applications to bring over. That’s why we at SunGard AS have developed a presentation tool to help businesses like yours ask the right questions. Is Your Business Ready for Enterprise Cloud Migration? from SunGard Availability Services Not only can these questions help you understand the top reasons for migrating your applications to the cloud – such as reduced costs, simplified operations, and a boost in application reliability – but it also provides detailed questions that can help you determine if your bu … Read more

@Cloud_Connect Santa Clara 2012: @SunGardAS Highlights and Happenings

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The @SunGardAS team had a jam-packed schedule and exciting time at Cloud Connect Santa Clara last week!  In case you missed the conference, here are some highlights from the conference and show floor. Cloud Connect was an especially exciting week for SunGard as we announced our partnership with Amazon Web Services to deliver highly available cloud computing offerings.  The first phase of the relationship will provide SunGard and AWS customers bi-directional disaster recovery services between the companies’ clouds, without transporting data over the public internet. Get AWS announcement details. Holding down the fort at booth 414, our team met with show attendees to discuss today’s hottest … Read more

ZL Technologies Transforms Business Model with SunGard Cloud

ZL Technologies Transforms Business Model with SunGard Cloud For the last 12 years, ZL Technologies, Inc. (ZL) has provided large-scale record-management services to top global institutions in the finance industry.  They are specialists in records management, archiving and e-discovery solutions. ZL’s business has a number of unique characteristics.  For example, firms frequently need to search masses of historical emails for specific information for litigation.  Databases quickly grow as institutions generate more electronic data each day and regulations specify how long records are kept.  Regulatory requirements for security and governance are tight, and regular audits of IT-vendor proce … Read more

Building Cloud-friendly Applications

Today we hear from  Sarabjeet Chugh, Director of Technology Business Development (Cloud Services and Infrastructure) Cloud adoption is progressing rapidly.  Many companies are in the process of determining their migration strategy, and most vendors are refining their processes to provide a smoother on-ramp to the cloud.  Now that cloud is a reality, we need to think about how application development has to evolve to fit the cloud.  The application life cycle is broken.  Programmers write code, run tests and “throw it over the wall” to Operations, where technicians then struggle to accommodate the resource requirements of the application. Old Code is Often Slow Code Applications heavy from … Read more