After Nirvanix: How to assess the right cloud provider for you
Choosing a cloud service provider is an important decision for any organisation. Cloud computing plays a central role in many businesses – from startups and SMBs to global companies – and usually involves entrusting service providers with mission-critical data and applications. To assess potential providers and make the right choice, conducting due diligence across the following areas is essential.
For the enterprise cloud, the future is hybrid
Attention CIOs - the hybrid cloud is enterprise ready. Infact, according to a GigaOM article, the hybrid cloud has been enterprise ready for the past couple of years, and that in 2011, the majority of participants in a cloud-use survey anticipated moving to the hybrid cloud in the future. The future is here.
The case for block-level cloud storage
Before block storage in the cloud, when businesses needed to provision large amounts of storage - for server data, for example - they'd need to requisition and pay for huge server instances, even if the capacity and compute power far exceeded their needs.
The growth of cloud block storage: Building blocks in the cloud
Cloud block storage is a new way of thinking about how you store files and organise content. It allows you to abstract your infrastructure away from the implementation details specifying what hardware and operating system you need to manage to host the files your applications and organisation use.
Open cloud: Creating new opportunities for enterprise storage
An open cloud must have freely accessible, open application programming interfaces (APIs), the freedom to move data between providers at will and no on-site hardware requirement, according to Alex Williams writing at TechCrunch. And an open cloud is federated, meaning that your organization can move data, images and files across multiple cloud environments at will.
Need terabytes of cloud storage? No problem...
The term “big data” may be a bit of a misnomer. For some companies, big data is actually huge data. Even small companies now find themselves immersed in massive amounts of data of all sorts, which leads to the problem of storing all of it.
IT jobs recovering faster than after dot-com bubble thanks to cloud
The bursting of the dot-com bubble left a long and lingering scar on the IT industry for many years. Some would argue, rather successfully, that the industry never fully recovered after the 2001 implosion of an industry that had been propped up by the mad dash to prevent Y2K from changing life as we had come to know it.
Choosing the right content delivery network
Welcome to Generation Now. Today’s users want information in an instant. Make them wait more than a second or two for your webpage to load and they’ll surf over to the first competitor who feeds their demand for instant gratification. Using a Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution Network (CDN) to quickly load static elements of your site to hasten access can deliver quicker gratification for customers. And stickier eyeballs — and greater profits — for you.
Cloud servers: Leading the pack in Linux VPS
Although Microsoft Windows still dominates the desktop operating system popularity, Linux has become a dominant force in cloud servers and virtual private servers (VPS).
Cloud ERP is the next big thing in the cloud
The cloud ERP landscape is expanding, and competition is heating up.