The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-7-14

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Our kids are everything to us, but sometimes it can be difficult to give your son or daughter “the talk.” Your child can become confused easily if words are not easy to understand. Of course, we’re referring to the dreaded business continuity disaster recovery talk. How do you explain to a child what a BC/DR firm does? Divya Rathi took a few pointers from her boss, and it sums up to one important analogy: BC/DR specialists are like doctors for companies. They perform check ups to make sure companies are functioning and healthy, they provide wellness plans tailored to companies to avoid disease and illness, and when an emergency arises, they help companies survive and get back on track! One e … Read more

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

5 Ways Cloud Computing Benefits Your Business

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Read any online or printed business publication and the ads alone suggest that there is no end to what the cloud can do. As such, it should not come as any surprise that cloud computing is growing rapidly in popularity. Consider the following stats from two IDC forecasts: public cloud computing will experience a 23.5% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR), while hosted private cloud will have a CAGR of approximately 50%. It’s no longer a matter of whether companies will migrate to the cloud, but what their cloud posture will look like, how will it be governed, what security and compliance measures are needed, and which cloud service providers should be used to support all of the above? The m … Read more

8 Factors To Consider In Cloud Computing Capacity Planning

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Sometimes, people have their head in the clouds when it comes to the cloud. Specifically, they get so excited about the benefits of cloud computing, that they forget to do cloud computing capacity planning. For example, they know cloud computing can provide faster time to market, chargeback ability, and the capability to spin up and spin down virtual machines (VMs) to meet fluctuating requirements. That the cloud is an infinitely-scalable environment, bursting with potential. You can practically see dollar signs floating in their eyes as they consider the return on investment (ROI) the cloud can bring. True? Sort of. You see, speed, scalability, and virtualization do not – in and of t … Read more

ESG Webinar: When Does Cloud Computing Make Sense?

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The reach of cloud computing seems to be ever expanding – in fact, 6% of current IT budgets are typically spent on the cloud, and that number is expected to grow to 10% or more over the next 36 months. For those businesses that have been hesitant to adopt cloud computing, it can be overwhelming to learn all there is to know about moving to the cloud, as well as to choose a cloud provider. That’s why SunGard Availability Services, in collaboration with The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), produced a helpful webinar featuring ESG senior analyst Wayne Pauley. In the webinar, Pauley discusses how business transformations in the last several years have changed IT and how cloud computing add … Read more

6 Ways The Wrong Cloud Service Provider Can Cost You

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In theory, moving to the cloud is supposed to bring you cost efficiencies and improve your business flexibility. In reality, your actual results will depend on how well your cloud service provider runs its behind-the-scenes operations. In particular, you absolutely positively need a provider that delivers enterprise-class availability, uptime, and security. If you don’t do your homework and make sure your provider can keep its systems up and running and sure, your move to the cloud could cost your business far more than you bargained for. Here are six ways the wrong cloud service provider can cost you big time in the long run. 1. Cost of downtime Your business needs to run 24/7. When … Read more

How Best to Reap the Benefits of Cloud Computing: Build or Buy?

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The great IT debate about how best to leverage the benefits of cloud computing continues. Is it better to own or rent? The answer is, “it depends” on what you’re evaluating and your specific requirements. Rent to own furniture…I’ll save you the trouble. Don’t do it. With Cloud, businesses like yours need to look at what is the best fit for you – it is economics as well as strategic focus. And if you’re doing your homework right, it’s not a simple process. Not only is it difficult to accurately quantify the true cost of cloud infrastructure from a provider versus building it yourself, you also need to assess your reasons for buying cloud. Most don’t make the move to cloud for anticipate … Read more