Hybrids (The Cloud Services Variety) And Network Strategies For CIOs In The Internet Of Everything Era, According to Cisco Executive Rob Lloyd

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As President of Development and Sales at Cisco, Rob Lloyd travels the world talking to customers and industry aficionados these days about the evolving challenges and opportunities brought by the Internet of Everything. That includes looking at current and future network platforms, software, architectures, applications, and strategies. With the number of devices accessing network resources growing dramatically—along with security concerns, operational complexity, costs, and customer expectations—how does an enterprise create the right network strategy for today and tomorrow? Sungard Availability Services spoke with Lloyd to get his insights. The Hybrid Cloud is Hot Lloyd believes that clo … Read more

A Shopping List For Cloud Recovery Services

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Why look at a cloud services provider for backup and recovery? Simple: it’s highly complex and very expensive to handle cloud recovery in-house. As businesses evolve and change, backup and recovery solutions have to evolve and change, too, to ensure smooth business continuity in case of disaster. Managing backup and recovery can swiftly become a full-time job that most companies aren’t prepared to fund. This is why outsourcing backup and recovery – using a service provider with deep expertise and up-to-date knowledge of these solutions – makes good business sense. Cloud providers who handle both physical and virtual networks, computing, and storage environments are an ideal choice. The … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-15-14

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Bob Dylan said it best: “The times they are a-changin." With a new company falling victim to a breach nearly every week, combined with the advent of cloud technologies, it all leads to a ripple effect throughout the IT industry. In response, organizations are switching things up internally and with their offerings as they try to keep pace with the fast-evolving market. Let’s take a look at some of those changes in this week’s roundup! Quick News: JPMorgan, Russian Cybercriminals, and Consumers After all signs point to Russian cybercriminals for the JPMorgan hack, the folks at Bloomberg Businessweek are connecting the dots. In a recently published article they speculate that the large-scale … Read more

3 Questions That Should Drive Your Enterprise Cloud Architecture Strategy

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It seems like everywhere I look these days, there’s a new cloud technology solution promising to deliver all the benefits of hosting applications, data, platforms and even infrastructure in the cloud. Interest and demand for cloud-based solutions has never been higher, and the marketplace has responded with an abundance of solutions that offer every possible permutation of cloud computing architecture: public, private, hybrid, multi-tenant, single-tenant, SAAS (software as a service), PAAS (platform as a service), IAAS (infrastructure as a service)…the possibilities are seemingly endless. With all of these solutions, how can you possibly determine which enterprise cloud architecture approach … Read more

Do Your Homework Before Shopping for Hybrid Cloud Computing Services

Before selecting a hybrid cloud service be sure to know the right questions to ask.

Hybrid cloud services bring together both public and private cloud infrastructure. The public cloud is deployed at a service provider’s cloud data center while the private cloud is deployed at a customer’s data center. A managed hybrid cloud services solution can provide tremendous new efficiencies to an organization’s IT environment. They free internal resources to work on strategic projects rather than maintaining general applications and services infrastructure. Complexity is decreased with the latest cloud-ready architectures and infrastructure. And business agility (flexibility and speed) is greatly enhanced, which can be a competitive advantage. So what do you ask providers of hybrid … 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

Stepping up to the Cloud [infographic]

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Migrating to the cloud should be considered as part of an overall business strategy and have a defined business objective addressed. One company might want to leverage cloud services to reduce operating costs and free up IT staff, another might need the ability to rapidly scale capacity, and yet another might need to speed application development. Keeping the business objective in mind will serve you well as you make the move to the cloud. At each step along the way, you will need to evaluate a provider’s processes, procedures, and abilities to see if they fit your needs. Your choices must be based on how well a provider can support and meet your ultimate objective. With this in mind, there … Read more

How to Choose the Right #Cloud Strategy for Your Organization

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By: Joseph Pampel, Director, Enterprise Architecture & Cloud Computing, SunGard Availability Services Interest in cloud services is growing rapidly. Companies want to leverage these services to address the needs for increased scalability and flexibility, driven by the demands of the organizations’ business units. One recent survey (among the many that are appearing almost weekly) found that 92 percent of CIOs and IT executives surveyed believe the adoption of cloud technologies is good for business. However, to fully realize the potential benefits of using cloud services, companies need to develop a thorough cloud strategy to ensure the right services are selected, the migration goes s … Read more