SunGard Availability Services is Silicon Valley-bound for Cloud Connect Santa Clara #ccevent – Stop by our booth to win a MacBook® Air!

Cloud Connect 2012

We’re escaping the cold, wintery weather at our headquarters in Philadelphia and heading to Silicon Valley for Cloud Connect Santa Clara (#ccevent) February 14-15, 2012. Cloud Connect brings together the entire cloud eco-system to better understand the transformations cloud is bringing to the Enterprise. As a Platinum sponsor, we’ll be setting up shop at booth #414 where SunGard representatives will be available to discuss our cloud offerings, including our Enterprise Cloud Services and cloud-recovery services. Stop by our booth during the expo for a scratch off ticket* where you could win an Apple® MacBook® Air, Apple® iPad® 2 or a $5 Starbucks® gift card. Every card is a winner, so be sure … Read more

How Managed Multi-Site Availability Changes the Cloud

As traditional on-premise computing and data storage moves to the cloud, many companies have questions about data outages.  What happens when the cloud experiences an outage? It is unlikely that an entire cloud data center will go down, but it is not impossible, as Amazon’s recent outage in Dublin showed.  Fortunately, companies can look to managed multisite availability to provide a higher level of service to keep the customer environment up and running, even in the event of an entire site disaster. The phrase “managed multi-site availability” essentially defined itself.  “Managed” refers to the ability of your vendor to help re-create your information technology in the event of a natural … Read more

Scalability Requires People and Services, Not Just Technology

Scalability is one of the most attractive features of the cloud.  It lets you meet demand-based business requirements, whether those demands are the results of ads, business growth, seasonal activity or economic cycles. However, scalability is more than just provisioning more technology and/or increasing a data center footprint.  Scaling horizontally to add hardware is the easy part.  Data centers have been doing it for years, first as managed service offerings and now as enterprise caliber cloud offerings.  However, the ability to scale vertically is one of the most attractive features of an Enterprise Cloud.  As your business grows, it also becomes more complex, and an Enterprise Cloud of … Read more

DocuSign Bolsters Global Network Infrastructure with SunGard Hosting and Managed Network Services

When you support large financial companies, your data center gets audited. Period. It used to be that clients demanded the audit themselves. Now, with the passage of Sarbanes Oxley in 2002, the U.S. government requires audits on a regular basis. Every 3-party IT vendor for a financial company undergoes the same audit that the client undergoes for its in-house environment. It’s the law. Another layer of regulations come into play if a 3-party IT-vendor handles records that contain electronic signatures, whether emails, contracts or faxes. Something called “SSAE 16 Type II” went into effect on June 15th of this year. It requires certain tested solutions have to be in place for the network, and … Read more

Hybrid Clouds — Use Cases and Considerations

Hybrid clouds are becoming more popular as companies seek to optimize their applications and data based on risk, architecture and business growth.  As a result, hybrid clouds are taking several different forms. The Cloud as Partner The most common hybrid cloud scenario is one in which a set of applications resides in the cloud with the remaining applications residing in the company’s on-site data center.  This arrangement enables the company to take advantage of the flexibility and cost-savings of the cloud where appropriate, while keeping control over more sensitive applications.   The Cloud as Proving Ground Another use of a cloud is temporary workspace.  For example, developers c … Read more

An Enabling Architecture for Cloud Services

Today's post is from Rahul Bakshi, vice president, managed services strategy & solution design  While many different types of architectures can support cloud computing, architecture can limit a cloud’s capabilities and the therefore the use cases for cloud. Cloud architecture should not be proprietary in its technology so that it limits the applications that can be deployed.  The more agnostic the architecture is to the applications, the better.  For example, some databases, are not designed to be virtualized so dedicated computer resources, at a minimum, are required for this type of application.   Open and Secure Architecture should be designed to offer as much flexibility as possibl … Read more

Are you Ready for Cloud?

Solutions Marketing Manager Janel Ryan discusses how to evaluate your organization's readiness for cloud -  Carl M As companies evaluate cloud computing as part of an overall business delivery model, deciding which applications are candidates to move to cloud and which need to remain in legacy environments is part of the planning process.  Identifying business requirements up front creates the right basis for planning cloud projects, timelines, and resources. The demand for consulting services designed around cloud readiness is being driven by customers looking for solutions that can get cloud technologies and legacy technologies – dedicated hosting or on-premise – to work together … Read more

Can Cloud Computing Improve Your Security?

Cloud Security continues to dominiate the cloud conversation.  I asked Nik Weidenbacher, director of product engineering for cloud computing to give us his thoughts on cloud improving security.  Nik and his team are responsible for designing, building and testing the infrastructure for SunGard’s Cloud Computing Service...CM Can Cloud Computing Improve Your Security? Obviously, the answer is “it depends.”  How good is your security now?  A number of factors play into that question. Security in a Data Center If your technology runs in a traditional data center and you move to a cloud where the same technology is used, security is quite similar.  Essentially, you’ve been using virtual local … Read more