Social Solutions Uses Secure Cloud Computing to Accelerate Public Sector Growth

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Back at the turn of the century, a small team of social workers in Baltimore, Maryland got together to help at-risk youth in their community. Their work was meaningful, and they felt they were helping their clients have a better life. But like many other human service professionals, they constantly wondered: How do we know if our efforts are making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve? To answer that question, they formed a small company – Social Solutions – and developed a non-profit software solution that made it possible to correlate their service delivery efforts with the desired outcomes. They called the software "Efforts to Outcomes Software" or ETO Software®. A B … Read more

Doppler Radar for Enterprise Cloud Computing? Too Bad There Isn’t Such a Thing.

Too bad there's no Doppler radar for cloud...enterprise cloud computing, that is.

In 1842, an Austrian physicist named Christian Doppler proposed a theory that we know today as the Doppler Effect, or the Doppler Shift. It refers to the difference between the observed frequency and the emitted frequency of a wave for an observer moving relative to the source of the waves. Think of it as the changing sound the siren makes when an emergency vehicle approaches you, then passes you (I hear it in my head as, "Neeeee-owww.") Today, meteorologists use Doppler Radar to examine clouds and other objects in the air as a pulse-Doppler radar beam is swung across the sky. If only IT professionals could have a “Doppler Radar” for predicting the future movements of enterprise cloud com … Read more

#BigData in the #Cloud: Get Our Perspective at VMware @vCloud #CloudTalk, Tues. April 10th

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Meet us on Twitter, next Tuesday, April 10th at 11am PT/ 2pm ET for #CloudTalk hosted by VMware vCloud, to hear our perspective on how we see big data evolving in the cloud this year. Also, get insight into our new fully managed enterprise-grade, Apache™ Hadoop™-based data analytics platform, now in technical preview, announced April 4th. The SunGard Unified Analytics ServicesSM (UAS) will address the growing business requirement organizations face to extract more business intelligence and value from their massive volumes of structured, semi-structured and unstructured resources that continue to grow exponentially. The service will allow organizations to eliminate costs needed to purchase an … Read more

Redundancy in the Cloud

Somehow, a perception exists that a cloud provides a certain level of redundancy by default. However, make no mistake. Redundancy is not inherent. Admittedly, individual hardware and software components have some redundancy built in. However, those capabilities do not eliminate the need for a redundant cloud any more than safe cars eliminate the need for speed limits, traffic lights, divided highways and the rules-of-the-road. For many cloud providers, especially consumer cloud providers, the only redundancy offered is to make physical copies of the data—and many customers do not use even that minimal level of recovery.  These clouds were not built with redundancy in mind.  They lack the au … Read more

Is the Cloud for Everything?

Recently, Indu Kodukula, SunGard EVP and CTO, was interviewed by Smart Business Philadelphia.  Here are a few of his remarks.  - CM The #1 reason companies want to use the cloud for their ap­plications is to align their spending with busi­ness value.  Companies don’t know up-front what business return they would receive from a capital investment in enterprise IT.  Without the cloud, they have to make the invest­ment anyway and hope it is profitable. Using the cloud makes a fundamental difference, because you only pay for the compute resources you use or the data you store.  You don’t have hardware to buy or install and, in a man­aged environment, you don’t need internal re­sources to manage … Read more

Business Continuity in the Cloud

Business continuity focuses on the resiliency, restoration, disaster recovery and security needed to keep your system operating, performing, secure and, if an incident should occur, recoverable. Many cloud vendors have little experience with business continuity, preferring instead to offer consumer cloud services to clients that provide their own back-up procedures, intrusion protection, vulnerability alerts, firewalls, software upgrades and disaster recovery planning/testing. Resiliency is the key Without strong resiliency, redundancy and failover capabilities at each layer of the cloud stack, the failure of one component can cause the  failure, in short order, of many subsequent … Read more

Seven Ways Enterprise Cloud is Transforming the IT Market – Part II

In Part I, we recapped four of seven roles cloud computing plays today or will play in the near future, as discussed by Indu Kodukula, CTO of SunGard Availability Services, in an interview with Sramana Mitra  for Mitra’s  blog series,  “Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing.”  Here we complete the discussion with the final three roles Kodukula foresees.    – CM   Cloud as CPU and Storage Provider We are also going to see independent computing components available on demand.  That is, compute on demand, storage on demand and, hopefully soon, network on demand.   Most likely, a relatively small number of providers will exist, and mid-size companies will use such services.  This means their … Read more

Seven Ways Enterprise Cloud is Transforming the IT Market – Part I

As part of his blog series, “Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing,”  Sramana Mitra recently interviewed Indu Kodukula, CTO of SunGard Availability Services, about the many roles he sees cloud computing fulfilling today and in the future.   Today, we recap four of the cloud computing roles they discussed.  In our next blog, we’ll recap three more roles cloud competing could play in the future.    - CM For nearly 30 years, SunGard Availability Services focused on two specific businesses: disaster recovery (DR)—helping clients recover their applications after a service disruption,  and managed services—running production applications on behalf of our clients.   Today, we have over 10,000 clients, … Read more