Do You Need a Lotus or a Lada in the Cloud?

Choose your cloud computing companies the way you would choose your cars... purposefully.

When it comes to cars, I can’t imagine why anyone would pay serious bucks for a Lotus when a Lada has the same four tires and 1600 cc engine … in fact, the Lada seats four instead of two, so it has more value than a Lotus right there. Okay, I’ll stop now, before all the car aficionados out there have heart attacks. Obviously, there is a world of difference between a Lotus (which is one of the hottest vehicles on the road and “corners like it’s on rails”) and a Lada (which has the visual appearance and driving appeal of a cardboard box) that more than justifies the price differential. If someone says “they must be the same because they both have four tires and a 1600 cc engine,” it simply … Read more

New Podcast! #Cloud Chronicle Interview with Rob Walters

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Last month, we had the opportunity to participate in an interview with Patrick Pushor of Cloud Chronicle (@CloudChronicle). Cloud Chronicle is focused on evangelizing cloud computing and discussing with vendors how their technology can address critical business needs as we move to this hyper-agile notion of on-demand computing as a utility.  He focuses on standards, open source, data security, and legacy data & infrastructure challenges all in the context of cloud computing. Patrick interviewed Rob Walters (@rob_walters), Vice President of Product Management, SunGard Availability Services. Listen to their discussion below on what makes enterprise needs unique with respect to cloud … Read more

SunGard Availability Services to Highlight Recovery Solutions at #EMCWorld

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EMC is expecting a record-breaking turnout at its 12th annual EMC World 2012 next week in Las Vegas. As a proud EMC partner, we will be attending the conference highlighting the challenges of legacy disaster recovery solutions and the benefits of Recovery as a Service in the cloud. Stop by and visit us in booth #815 or tweet us during the conference for real-time updates: @SunGardAS. EMC World: Agenda at a Glance Visit us at Booth #815 – We’ll have experts on-site and will be showcasing our recovery services. Managed Recovery Program. SunGard specialists address root-cause recovery problems and manage a customer’s recovery program through its entire lifecycle: from planning and testing t … Read more

Cloud Connect 2012: Insights from @Datacenter Knowledge, Rich Miller

  Rich Miller, editor of Data Center Knowledge, stopped by our booth at Cloud Connect last week to give us his take on the conference, trends he was hearing and some thoughts on the direction of cloud computing as it relates to data centers. Watch video below:     Following the conference and the announcement of our partnership with Amazon Web Services, Data Center Knowledge published the following article, “SunGard: Cloud Concepts Are ‘In Our DNA’”, that discusses our deep expertise in enterprise disaster recovery and how we plan to leverage that experience in our cloud computing approach. “Our business model is to provide shared infrastructure that is available on dema … Read more

Is the Cloud for Everything?

Recently, Indu Kodukula, SunGard EVP and CTO, was interviewed by Smart Business Philadelphia.  Here are a few of his remarks.  - CM The #1 reason companies want to use the cloud for their ap­plications is to align their spending with busi­ness value.  Companies don’t know up-front what business return they would receive from a capital investment in enterprise IT.  Without the cloud, they have to make the invest­ment anyway and hope it is profitable. Using the cloud makes a fundamental difference, because you only pay for the compute resources you use or the data you store.  You don’t have hardware to buy or install and, in a man­aged environment, you don’t need internal re­sources to manage … Read more

Seven Ways Enterprise Cloud is Transforming the IT Market – Part II

In Part I, we recapped four of seven roles cloud computing plays today or will play in the near future, as discussed by Indu Kodukula, CTO of SunGard Availability Services, in an interview with Sramana Mitra  for Mitra’s  blog series,  “Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing.”  Here we complete the discussion with the final three roles Kodukula foresees.    – CM   Cloud as CPU and Storage Provider We are also going to see independent computing components available on demand.  That is, compute on demand, storage on demand and, hopefully soon, network on demand.   Most likely, a relatively small number of providers will exist, and mid-size companies will use such services.  This means their … Read more

Seven Ways Enterprise Cloud is Transforming the IT Market – Part I

As part of his blog series, “Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing,”  Sramana Mitra recently interviewed Indu Kodukula, CTO of SunGard Availability Services, about the many roles he sees cloud computing fulfilling today and in the future.   Today, we recap four of the cloud computing roles they discussed.  In our next blog, we’ll recap three more roles cloud competing could play in the future.    - CM For nearly 30 years, SunGard Availability Services focused on two specific businesses: disaster recovery (DR)—helping clients recover their applications after a service disruption,  and managed services—running production applications on behalf of our clients.   Today, we have over 10,000 clients, … Read more

Will Cloud Computing Replace the In-house Data Center?

David Ayers, Senior Product Manager for SunGard Availability Services, provides insights today on the evolving role of the data center and cloud computing.   --CM   Corporate data centers are definitely changing how they are used, but co-location and managed hosting have done that for some time.  Now, cloud computing will be one more tool a company has at its disposal to manage their technology.  So, will cloud computing replace in-house data centers?  Not for the foreseeable future. Currently, corporations are shifting to the cloud the applications that make sense, while retaining the applications that manage sensitive data, that operate smoothly with little oversight or that make fi … Read more