The Power Of Partnership: Building A Resilient Cloud For The Future

Sungard AS leverages Cisco technology to bring you a resilient cloud that will carry your business to the future.

This year’s Cisco Live! was incredible. There were more than 25,000 attendees on-site and another 200,000+ attending virtually. There was also a lot of excitement around all things cloud -- from how the Internet of Everything will change the way we live, to the role Intercloud plays in forming a seamless fabric between the world of many clouds. During the show, I spoke with Xander Uyleman, Marketing Manager for Cisco Powered. I shared with Xander our vision of the cloud and how the power of our partnership with Cisco and its reseller ecosystem helps us bring value to the market. We have Cisco Powered cloud services for both disaster recovery as well as a customer’s production environment. … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-16-14 Weekly Roundup

A weekly round-up of the best IT-related blogs from around the web!

We can now wipe the paint from our faces and turn off the TV; it’s the end of the FIFA World Cup. The tournament where we witnessed shocking plays, like Tim Howard’s superhuman saves and that infamous bite from Luis Suarez, is officially over. The tournament finally came to a close Sunday, where a tense game left the Argentines hanging their heads. It turns out that Messi and company was no match for the black, red and yellow. Germany’s men were so talented that the winning goal was executed by a substitute, 22-year old Mario Gotze. The Huffington Post gives us an excellent play by play of the heated match. With the tournament’s conclusion, Brazil can breathe a sigh of relief. While Brazil’ … Read more

5 Questions Every Procurement Officer Should Ask When Evaluating Cloud Computing Companies

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Procurement has a tough job when it comes to buying cloud. Particularly since, if you’re in procurement, you may not be an IT expert yourself … but you’re still responsible to find cloud suppliers, compare services, and negotiate pricing to get the best value for your company. The challenge comes because “the cloud” isn’t standardized. It’s not like bolt or screw or nail – all of which have very well-defined specifications used across the industry. In that case, you get quotes from suppliers, develop a data matrix, and deliver the information up the chain for a decision. Done. The cloud? Well, there are no globally, nationally, or even regionally-accepted standard terms for a particular cl … Read more

7 Use Cases You Didn’t Think Of For Cloud Disaster Recovery

Sure, cloud disaster recovery's main purpose is to recover data; but, read these 7 other use cases to learn how to get the most out of your investment!

So you’ve got cloud disaster recovery in place. Your business is protected, and that is your number one priority for business continuity and resiliency. But – let’s face it – that was a big investment you just made. Is it really only good in a crisis? Or can you leverage your investment in cloud disaster recovery to benefit your daily operations as well? Think about it. At its core, cloud disaster recovery means that you have a pristine copy of your current production environment sitting there, ready and waiting. With that in mind, here are 7 use cases for your cloud disaster recovery capabilities that you can leverage to get a fantastic ROI for your business! 1. “I want to test some pat … Read more

Fill In The Blank: Cloud Computing Is Not Possible Without _____

According to these experts, cloud computing cannot exist without factors like a migration plan and application compatibility with the cloud.

We polled cloud experts around our company to see how they would fill in the blank of this sentence: “Cloud computing is not possible without _________.” It’s certainly interesting to see how varied (and yet valid!) all the responses were: Dominick Paul, National Vice President, Strategic Solutions “Cloud computing is not possible without abstraction from infrastructure. In order to gain the benefits of a scalable, portable, and flexible architecture, applications have to be developed and deployed with the cloud in mind. Eliminating the dependencies on hardware or even operating systems allows enterprises to focus on the end interaction, (it’s all about the app, isn't it?) rather than how t … Read more

How CIOs Can Talk To CEOs About The Cloud

Before talking to your CEO about moving to the cloud, learn how to make the conversation a productive one!

A lot of CIOs are being told by their CEOs, “We need to be in the cloud. Go research it and get us there.” From the CEO’s standpoint, they know that the cloud is “big.” They may have heard a peer say, “We’re leveraging the cloud in our business,” where “the cloud” is being used as bragging rights. They’ve probably heard about phenomenal cost savings associated with the cloud. What the CEO often doesn’t understand – and that the CIO does – is that “the cloud” is a term that is used ubiquitously to describe a lot of different things. This leaves the CIO wondering what, exactly, the CEO is looking for “in the cloud.” If you are a CIO and you find yourself in this position, STOP. It’s time t … Read more

3 Common Misconceptions About Cloud Recovery

What seem like trivial misconceptions may end up being monumental errors in disaster recovery!

“Misconception” sounds so innocent. So minor. A little “oops” that can be brushed aside with no consequences. But the fact is, when it comes to disaster recovery, misconceptions are business killers. The cloud is playing a new role in disaster recovery – and, like anything new, it is rife with misconceptions. Here are three to watch out for, lest you pay the penalty on the backend. Cloud Recovery Misconception #1: Moving a workload to the cloud is a simple – and quick – task. This is a technical misconception. There is a belief that moving a workload to the cloud is a simple task, and one that should not take more than a few hours. This is true for a very limited application environment … Read more

Pick Your Public Cloud Providers Like You Would Pick Your Hotel

When looking for a public cloud provider, consider what you really need: do you need the Ritz, or will a Motel 6 do just fine?

By Sarah Chapman and Len Whitten We have a news flash for you: there is no such thing as “the public cloud.” There are public clouds … lots of them. Each one is separate and distinct from all the others and has its own set of nuances. That is why it is insufficient for a company to decide to move some or all of their data and applications to just any “public cloud.” The question that has to be asked and answered is “Which public cloud is right for me?” To help visualize the distinctive nature of the various public clouds, imagine that you are going on a vacation. You need to rent lodging for your trip. All your options have certain things in common: you will only pay for the time you are … Read more