The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-24-14

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Businesses need upgrades, not only for operational success, but to keep up with the industry’s changing standards. One of the upgrades to consider is migrating some or all of your systems to the cloud to streamline your applications and operate more efficiently (among many other perks!). The cloud is a handy tool, especially for those startup businesses that want to save precious time and money. Without further ado, in this week’s roundup we talk startups, cloud, and overall IT transformation. Let’s get to it! In the News This week, we’ve got a couple of current events to cover, including new strategies from both hackers (again!?) and Salesforce. Let’s get the bad news over with first: hack … 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

Are Hybrid Cloud IT Services “Antifragile?”

Are hybrid cloud IT services actually "antifragile?"

What if everything in the world could be categorized based on how it responds to volatility, change, and disturbances? According to Nassim N. Taleb’s book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, it can. Specifically, Taleb believes everything – including phenomena, activities and structures – can be divided into one of three risk domains: • Fragile. These things are defined as those that fail when they are faced with faults, volatility, or disorder (e.g., laptops, military dictatorships). • Robust or fault-tolerant. This domain includes things that can adapt and continue to operate despite shocks or disturbances, even if in a degraded fashion (e.g., redundant storage controlle … Read more

7 Cloud Computing Trends To Look For In 2014

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By Suhas Sreedhar Cloud computing took companies by storm this year, with nearly 60 percent of current small-to-medium businesses using cloud services and 72 percent of them virtualizing significant portions of their servers. 2014 promises even bigger growth as cloud technologies expand on every front from infrastructure and software-as-a-service to customized security and platform independence. Here are seven major cloud computing developments to watch for in the upcoming year. 1. Hybrid Clouds There might finally be an end to the heated debates over public cloud vs. private cloud architecture in enterprise IT. The rise of hybrid clouds – architectures that combine the security of p … Read more

Part 3: #Virtualization Makes #DR Easier, Except When it Makes it Harder

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By Ram Shanmugam, Sr. Director of Product Management Part 1 of this blog series described the things that change and don’t change when recovering hybrid environments (part physical, part virtual). Part 2 of this series talked about application tiering and data movement, two things that don’t change even when the environment is hybrid. In today’s Part 3, I’m going to get on my soapbox about the three main challenges of recovering hybrid environments. The 3 Challenges are: The need to recreate a multi-layer, multi-platform hybrid stack for each and every mission-critical application. The need to do point #1 above within a certain recovery time objective (RTO). The need to spend the capex … Read more

Part 2: #Virtualization Makes #DR Easier, Except When It Makes It Harder

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By Ram Shanmugam, Sr. Director of Product Management So let’s talk about application tiering first. Virtualization does not change the need to perform a business impact analysis that helps you understand the cost of downtime application by application. At the end of this process, you should have a list of applications prioritized by the size of their impact to revenue or to costs (some applications, if down for too long, can actually start incurring penalties for your company). Following best practices, you would then assign a recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) to each of these applications. So far so good, right? Next, you need to move your data over to your s … Read more

#Virtualization Makes #DR Easier, Except When it Makes it Harder

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By Ram Shanmugam, Sr. Director of Product Management Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last half-decade, you know that virtualization is changing the landscape of IT and data centers.  In terms of financial impact, virtualization untethers applications from physical servers, creating valuable savings. In terms of disaster recovery impact, virtualization makes recovering applications easier – MUCH easier. It’s as easy as copying a file to a computer and running it.  Here’s the kicker: the world is not 100% virtualized yet. Data centers are becoming increasingly virtualized, but most data centers today are still some part physical and some part virtual. That is to say, they are “h … Read more

Cloud Connect 2011

Satish Hemachandran just returned from Cloud Connect 2011 This week's Cloud Connect 2011 was the place to be to discuss all things Cloud. I spent two days at a packed convention center where the session topics conveyed the attendees' interest in deciphering the challenges faced by enterprises in Cloud adoption. The consistent theme for this year's event was about how Cloud for the enterprise needs to be built with availability, manageability, and security in mind - an area that we within SunGard are most passionate about.  I had the opportunity to present SunGard's vision of the Enterprise Cloud on Tuesday - this session was focused on the risks that IT departments face as they embark on th … Read more