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

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

The Best IT Blogs: 6-18-14 Weekly Roundup

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June 12th marked the start of the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup and the accompanying sickness we all contract – soccer fever. The month-long tournament is characterized by religiously watching matches, ogling over jaw-dropping athleticism, and having that paint-your-face pride and determined hope that your country reaches the highest honor of the best soccer team in the world. But with this year’s tournament held in Brazil, a country riddled with violence and political unrest, security measures are high. In fact, the host country spent approximately $855 million to keep foreign visitors safe from protests and street crimes. Meanwhile, the private security industry is booming from all th … Read more

7 Cloud Computing Trends To Look For In 2014

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By Suhas Sreedhar Cloud computing took companies by storm this year, with nearly 60 percent of current small-to-medium businesses using cloud services and 72 percent of them virtualizing significant portions of their servers. 2014 promises even bigger growth as cloud technologies expand on every front from infrastructure and software-as-a-service to customized security and platform independence. Here are seven major cloud computing developments to watch for in the upcoming year. 1. Hybrid Clouds There might finally be an end to the heated debates over public cloud vs. private cloud architecture in enterprise IT. The rise of hybrid clouds – architectures that combine the security of p … Read more

Doppler Radar for Enterprise Cloud Computing? Too Bad There Isn’t Such a Thing.

Too bad there's no Doppler radar for cloud...enterprise cloud computing, that is.

In 1842, an Austrian physicist named Christian Doppler proposed a theory that we know today as the Doppler Effect, or the Doppler Shift. It refers to the difference between the observed frequency and the emitted frequency of a wave for an observer moving relative to the source of the waves. Think of it as the changing sound the siren makes when an emergency vehicle approaches you, then passes you (I hear it in my head as, "Neeeee-owww.") Today, meteorologists use Doppler Radar to examine clouds and other objects in the air as a pulse-Doppler radar beam is swung across the sky. If only IT professionals could have a “Doppler Radar” for predicting the future movements of enterprise cloud com … 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

A Cloud Computing Introduction (For Those Who’ve Been Living Under a Rock)

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For those who've been stranded on a desert island, lost in the Amazon, or with their head in the clouds over the last few years, we have some breaking news: the adoption of cloud computing is rapidly picking up steam. Because cloud computing is kind of a big deal (like, change the face of IT big), we thought we would provide a brief cloud computing introduction. Here are some key points you need to know about cloud computing to help your organization reap its benefits and get you back into the 21st century. A Cloud Computing Introduction: Two versions of cloud to know about There are several varieties of cloud computing services. Depending on your company’s IT needs, you might be able to u … Read more