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

The Best IT Blogs: 7-30-14 Weekly Roundup

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This week we’re talking all about serious business matters. From procurement to B2B marketing, what do you need to know to get ahead in a new era of emerging workforce and up-and-coming digital technology? Failing to keep up with the times will quickly send your business into a downward spiral. As The Godfather films famously coined “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” So, it’s time to leave your doubts, fears, and cannoli…and take hold of the future in stride. What You Need To Know About… Managed Services Your business is paying another company to handle all the management and administrative tasks of your applications. So you’re covered, right? Unfortunately, no, not when it comes to … Read more

7 Dirty Little Secrets Of Cloud Backup And Recovery

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Cloud backup and recovery is, without question, one of the “latest and greatest” and “biggest and best” items in the IT arena. It’s hot – and getting hotter as emergent backup as a service (BaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) vendors pop up like mushrooms after a heavy rain. However, before you throw all your data into the cloud, I want to tell you something. There are a whole pile of dirty little secrets surrounding cloud backup and recovery. Secrets that many BaaS and RaaS providers aren’t going to admit to, even when asked. Certainly, they’re never going to tell you upfront. But what you don’t know CAN hurt you. So, in the free executive brief 7 Dirty Little Secrets of Clou … Read more

The Best Cloud Computing Articles Of The Month

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Think you know everything there is to know about cloud? Think again. Actually, a lot of people find the cloud to be a complex concept, but it doesn’t have to be! For that reason, we’ve created a special roundup this week getting down to the nitty-gritty. We’ll take a look at the fundamentals: cloud’s capabilities, where it’s going, and ultimately, what the cloud really is and what it isn’t. The Cloud Is… Getting Big Self-built and third party provided cloud is at 70% in 2014, but that’s expected to skyrocket in the coming years. So much so, that the now $41 billion private cloud market will expand to a $69 billion dollar market by 2018. But something still remains the same: security is a t … Read more

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

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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