Colocation? Managed Hosting? Public Cloud? Which Is Best For Me?

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Managed hosting, colocation and public cloud computing all have the same goal: getting the greatest business value out of scarce IT resources and limited IT budgets. Given the time and resources, IT can make important contributions to the success of a business. It has been demonstrated time and again that IT can help companies cut costs by careful monitoring of operations, increase sales with the use of sophisticated database functions like predictive analytics, and provide senior managers with real-time decision support through dashboards they can consult from their smart phones. Unfortunately, most IT departments don't spend much time on developing and implementing these sorts of … Read more

The Top 3 Reasons Cloud Computing Implementations Fail

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The ladder to the cloud is missing a few rungs. At least, that is the conclusion of 276 IT professionals recently polled in a survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*. In the survey, the top three reasons indicated for why cloud computing implementations fail were: lack of understanding of cloud security and compliance (indicated by 56% of respondents) lack of clearly-identified business objectives for migrating to the cloud (55%) lack of planning (42%) Those are three gaping holes in the ladder to a successful cloud implementation, and I believe that mistaken beliefs are at the core of each one. Mistake #1: The cloud is different from other information technology. … Read more

When Should You Put Applications In The Cloud?

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In theory, cloud computing as offered by public cloud providers is an ideal IT solution for midsize businesses. The reality of when to put applications in the cloud is more complicated. While some applications in the cloud can be migrated with relative ease, others require significant work, and some won't work in the cloud at all. This is not to say that cloud computing is a poor strategy. On the contrary, no other approach offers as many capabilities and benefits. But migrating to the cloud is not the proverbial "slam dunk" indicated by the hype. To begin with, applications almost always need to be modified to fit into any given cloud, which necessitates the writing of new code. … Read more

Which Vendor Type Do Professionals In The IT Industry Consider Most Undervalued?

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Disaster recovery (DR) has always been the red-headed stepchild of the IT industry. It’s the last to get funding and the first to lose it in the budgeting cycle. It is the most poorly staffed, yet it can have a huge impact on an organization. A recent survey of 276 IT professionals, commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, captured this truth precisely: 42% of respondents stated that disaster recovery testing should be the last thing to receive budget cuts, yet when asked which type of vendor was most undervalued by their organizations, DR vendors were the #1 response. This, despite the fact that companies spend an average of $686,000 per hour when experiencing downtime. Why is there … Read more

Who’s At Fault For “Shadow IT?” The Answer Is…IT.

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Whether you realize it or not, many companies contain workstations with software that is not approved by the information technology (IT) department; instead, it has been adopted and installed by individuals or even, in some cases, entire departments. We call this use of unapproved applications or third party cloud services "Shadow IT" due to its clandestine or covert status. More often than not, these activities are not malicious in nature: they are merely a means of maintaining productivity when IT response times to support requests are sadly lacking. One key – and often overlooked – aspect of shadow IT is found in development environments where some users/developers are using public clo … Read more

When It Comes To The Cloud And Technology, CIOs Should Understand What Got You Here, Will Get You There

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Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, is the author of the very popular book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And while the title may be true as it relates to your individual career path, I have news for C-suite executives everywhere: it is not true when it comes to adopting the cloud and technology. In fact, what got you here – to your current state of success – is precisely what will get you to the next level. The problem is, as CIOs and IT professionals, we sometimes allow ourselves to be pressured into acting contrary to what we know is the right thing to do. Here’s what happens. A CEO approaches a CIO and says (in a nutshell), “What’s our cloud stra … Read more

9 Cyber Security Buzzwords And Jargon Definitions We Can All Understand

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Hybrid cloud. BYOD. Big Data. Internet of Things. These are terms that have become part of the daily lexicon, not only within the information technology (IT) and cyber security world but also in the main stream. Jargon is integral to IT. They make complicated terms more accessible to the non-technical person, even if they aren’t easier to understand. Buzzwords are commonplace in IT security, as well, but are they truly understood? As Frank Ohlhorst writes in Tech Republic, “it seems that IT security managers are giving too much power to terms and buzzwords, letting them dictate security best practices.” Ohlhorst goes on to point out that while BYOD is just an acronym that means, simply, Brin … Read more

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