Four best practice tips for creating an effective hybrid IT union
It’s truly amazing that weddings actually work. The bride and groom bring together a vast collection of people and service providers for a celebration and expect it all to go to plan. It’s hard to imagine another scenario where all these personalities – your university mates, your buddies from work, the uncle you’ve not seen in years – would end up in the same room together, let alone in a conga line together.
How planning is the perfect tonic for avoiding the ‘cloud hangover’
If there is one shortage we will never suffer in the technology sector, it is one of attention-grabbing sound-bites.
The latest one to do the rounds is the ‘cloud hangover’. It has been coined to describe the undesirable after-effects of a move to the cloud, the most painful of which is the significant unplanned for expenditure incurred by organisations in maintenance...
Feeling insecure? It's time to find a data centre
By Steve Davis, marketing director, NGD
It seems hardly a day goes by without a market survey uncovering yet more shock horror findings about companies of all shapes and sizes believing or knowing they are insecure when it comes to their data security. But many still admit to be avoiding best practice even though threat levels are higher than ever.
Equally surprising, many organisations still view colocation data centres as being out of reach and soldier on with their servers and...
Five ways to monitor and control AWS cloud costs
Many IT teams find that their AWS cloud costs grow less efficient as “clutter” builds up in their accounts. The good news is that both AWS and a small army of third party providers have developed tools to help engineers discover the cause(s) of these inefficiencies.
While there are several “easier” fixes, such as Reserved Instances and eliminating unused resources, the real issue is usually far more complex. Unplanned costs are frequently the result of...
How cloud is disrupting the enterprise content management industry
The significant disruption in technology today, driven by cloud, mobile, analytics and collaboration technologies, is changing the way organisations view enterprise content management (ECM), according to a report from the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM).
John Mancini, AIIM president and author of the report, described ECM as “past its prime” as a term which encompasses the revolution driven by cloud and mobile technologies. He explains: “The...
Cloud: The promised world of utility billing
Cloud solutions, be they SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service) or IaaS (infrastructure as a service), and public, private or hybrid in some way, are all growing at a pace with the options available to customers from a wide range of providers growing on a monthly basis. We are seeing innovation, immense computing power available affordably to all, and delivery of mobile on demand access to both business and consumer communities.
Many assume that in the...
Cloud best practices: Compliance, campaigns and SLAs
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The cloud computing track at Apps World Europe yesterday threw up a series of interesting case studies, opinions and analysis.
John Finch, CIO of the Bank of England, spoke in the keynote session and revealed the bank’s use of cloud technologies only extended to the public-facing front end; John Pillar, CTO of Discover & Deliver spoke of a huge cloud-based IT project at former employer Marks & Spencer, and a morning panel session examined SLAs and mobile cloud best...
ISO publishes new cloud computing standards and definitions
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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing, in an attempt to “put some order in the chaos” for users.
The generally accepted definition of cloud computing was put together by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the final version hitting the stands in September 2011. In it, cloud computing is defined as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access...
How the cloud has made HR better
You know the cloud has taken over when even the most reticent of industries - legal, financial - shift to the cloud, and even discuss Europe-wide private clouds specifically for their industry.
It seemed for a long time that the traditional reasons for moving to the cloud - i.e. reduced cost, increased flexibility - were the key drivers behind the shift towards cloud-delivered software, but some professions are seeing wider benefits. Let's look at the example of Human Resources - another of those industries...