A Diet For Big Data Growth: Cloud Disaster Recovery Emerges

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The staggering amount of electronic information your datacenter handles on a daily basis is overwhelming. In fact, from now until 2020, the digital universe is expected to practically double every two years, according to a study sponsored by EMC. That’s the equivalent of more than 5,200 gigabytes of data for every man, woman, and child in 2020*. No wonder the majority of organizations are moving to the cloud, to keep up with data from mobile workers and to help cut costs. The natural next step is cloud recovery services, to help companies ensure their data is available when they need it. IDG Research Services recently surveyed more than one hundred IT leaders to understand their o … Read more

Why You Should Consider Auto-Scaling Or Cloud Bursting

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As an IT professional, you have familiarized yourself with auto-scaling or cloud bursting, but you still have some questions … namely, why and how to go about migrating selected applications. Before you proceed, you want to know: Is it really worth it? Are there any risks? Why auto-scale? One of the most popular benefits of auto-scaling is to control infrastructure costs by shrinking/expanding your application infrastructure to meet actual demand. The cost savings are realized by taking advantage of the cloud utility-based pricing model where you only pay for the resources you use. This is in contrast to the traditional approach of deploying infrastructure to meet peak demand, which leads … Read more

What Is Auto-Scaling or Cloud Bursting, Anyway?

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In your IT position, you have been asked to replace an aging, but critical, application that is no longer able to meet the needs of the business. You have spent months working through the requirements for the new application, including application functionality, security and compliance, resiliency, and scalability. You have already chosen an application provider that has demonstrated that they can meet all of the application requirements. Your next step is to determine where to host the new application. Like many other companies today, your organization wants to move away from traditional physical hardware solutions that are capital intensive, and instead move to a cloud-based … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 12-3-14

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In the weeks after Thanksgiving, we scramble to set up decorations, buy gifts, and prepare for the upcoming holidays and the New Year. With 2014 coming to a close (in just a month!) you should gear up for 2015 by staying informed of what’s to come in the future. Here’s a sneak peek: Cloud Is Bigger, Better, Stronger What does cloud mean for your job? Quentin Hardy of The New York Times advises us to look back on how technology replaced and condensed departments to anticipate how cloud will affect workplaces. Now we see unconventional work structures based on changing business models (like Google and Amazon Web Services), and cloud could certainly create that shift in more and more com … Read more

Businesses Embrace ‘All Things Cloud’

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Now that the fall conference season is in full swing, excitement is building around all things cloud. From how the ‘Internet of Everything’ will change the way we live, to the role the Cisco Intercloud plays in forming a seamless fabric between the world of many clouds, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) is connecting with customers from coast to coast to share our vision of the cloud and how our partnership with Cisco and its reseller ecosystem bring value to the market. By Intercloud, we mean the global “cloud of clouds” which unlocks exciting business opportunities by connecting fragmented and custom-built clouds with open APIs for business acceleration. An open, secure, interop … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-26-14

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Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for turkey and gravy, some long-overdue rest, and a time to celebrate all that you’re thankful for. As for most of us, I’m incredibly thankful for my friends and family, but I’m also thankful to attend my university (and for the break from my studies)! What are you thankful for? In this day of economic uncertainty, most people would say that they’re very thankful for their jobs. And for all you hard workers in IT, the last thing you want is to be dismissed from your company. For this reason, be sure to read Roger Grimes’s piece on the ten security mistakes that WILL get you fired. He covers some critical errors you’ll want to avoid, like cutting off the CEO’s access t … Read more

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