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

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

Why Looking For A Cloud Backup And Recovery Solution Is Like Looking For A Spouse

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Take a walk with me … down the aisle. The bells are ringing joyously, all your friends and family are present, flowers are filling the air with their stunning fragrance. You raise your eyes to your spouse-to-be and suddenly realize: • You picked the person based on their virtual online profile and the beauty of their physical profile. You never actually got to know them. • You had a lot of fun while dating – lots of laughter and romance – but you have no clue if they can handle the challenges of the long-haul, the nitty-gritty of daily life, and the inevitable changes the future brings. • You have zero idea about the other person’s financial expectations, spending vs. saving habits, budge … 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

Designing for Failure Conditions

Today we hear from Chip Childers, product architect for SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services and partners with our product management and product engineering teams to drive the overall solution design of the service…CM I’m a big fan of designing systems to deal with component failures. But let's be honest, doing that perfectly is pretty darn hard. In the research paper all possible sources of fault conditions have been classified into 16 different categories. In another paper, "Software Architecture Reliability Analysis using Failure Scenarios," an 8-step failure analysis process is proposed for how to understand a system's potential failure conditions. All this is about identifying and clas … Read more