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

A Measuring Stick For The Cloud

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Remember when you were little and your parents would record your height by making a pencil mark on your doorframe every time you grew an inch or two? We thought it was time to do the same for the cloud computing industry, since growth is happening fast! To get the numbers we needed, Sungard Availability Services and EMC recently commissioned an important survey of businesses on their use of cloud technology and cloud recovery services. The study, conducted by IDG Research Services, queried 132 IT professionals in companies of all sizes – from less than 1,000 to more than 10,000 employees – throughout the U.S. Here’s how the measurements worked out … Cloud Services: Undergoing a Growt … Read more

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

DRaaS And The Cloud: The Why, What, And How Of Recovery Services

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The network cloud has become a very popular place. All kinds of services can be found there. Now, add disaster recovery to the list. It turns out that cloud service features match customer requirements for backup and recovery solutions amazingly well. Stringent security and high availability in carrier-class cloud environments have been proven and accepted. So if you’ve been waiting on these features to look into cloud services for disaster recovery, the wait is over. Cloud Service Benefits Yes, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)—a subset of Recovery as a Service (RaaS)-- is booming because customers are feeling confident in the security and availability features in cloud inf … Read more

Cloud’s Alphabet Soup: The Difference Between Cloud IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS?

ITaaS? SaaS? IaaS? PaaS? Wonder what it all means for you and your business? Read here to find out how to spell out 'solutions' from the alphabet soup!

If you’ve been pondering a move to the cloud, I have no doubt you’ve been seeing a lot of acronyms lately. ITaaS, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS…what does it all mean, and how can you make sense of this “alphabet soup” for your business? Fear not: While the acronyms associated with the cloud might seem intimidating at first, the concepts they stand for are really simple. Here’s a primer on cloud service offerings to help you get started. ITaaS (Information Technology as a Service): First, know that “cloud” could be replaced with the first of our acronyms, ITaaS. What ITaaS means is that instead of your company running its own data center, someone is running it for you and providing services and support th … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 8-6-2014

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If you don’t know what a “Sharknado” is, then you probably don’t watch the SyFy channel, or TV, for that matter. For those living under a rock, let me clarify: a “Sharknado” is a shark-infested tornado. But these sharks are hungry and irritated (I’d be too if I were helplessly spinning in a twister!), adding another level of danger to the natural disaster. Humankind has only seen this phenomenon and its mediocre special effects onscreen, but hey, there’s always a one-in-a-billion chance that this MAY happen in real life! How would you modify your business continuity plan to prepare for it? Fear not, our very own Tracy Hein has got you covered. Here’s her business continuity plan tailored to t … Read more