Deep dive into cloud computing issues and benefits

A recent special report on cloud computing in iWeek outlined some of the key challenges and benefits attached to cloud computing. They are worth reviewing as they give an ‘unclouded’ view of virtualization technologies which are reshaping the way web hosting companies deliver IT resources to SMEs and SMBS over the Internet.

Generally, a company with a legacy IT department needs to carefully consider which cloud services to launch first, before undertaking a complete migration. There are issues with cost, timing...

By VI, 24 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption.

What Should I Do about Cloud?

The word of the day is “Cloud.” Nearly every software and hardware vendor out there has a product and shiny marketing to help their customers go “to the cloud.” Every IT trade rag has seemingly unique, seemingly agnostic advice on how their audience can take advantage of cloud computing. Standards bodies have published authoritative descriptions of cloud computing models.

If you’re an IT decision maker or influencer, you’re in luck! Many reputable players in the industry have published...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 11 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO.

Measure Twice…Cut Once: How to Avoid the Cloud Factory Default Button

This is one of those old woodworking adages that really applies when you are starting the process to build out your own private cloud. What does this mean and how does it apply today? Well, I can remember all too well my junior high school shop teacher repeating this over and over again to us as students. I think he told us measure twice, cut once almost as many times as he told us to remember to take the key out of the chuck in the drill press or to stop drag racing with the belt sanders. I can also remember...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 05 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Migration.

The catalyst opportunity for standardized ‘Cloud Sourcing’

Faced with a need to find huge cost reductions the Province of Ontario is in the same place as many governments throughout the world – They’ve shouldered the debt to see us through the financial meltdown and now need to be smart about how they digest what they’ve taken on.

They’re also in the same place in that they’re presented with the massive opportunity of Cloud Computing and what role this IT industry trend might play in meeting this challenge, the basis of our...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 30 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, PublicSector.

Hypothermic Cloud Infrastructure: Maintaining the Blood Flow to Tier 1 & 2 Apps

A particular sore spot since the beginning of the rise of cloud infrastructures, even the advent of utility computing is this: how do you forecast and pay for resources and justify costs for problems you don’t have yet? After all, the entire premise behind funding the acquisition of compute resources is that you are solving an already identified need (problem) which you then attach a cost and an ROIto in order to convince...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 26 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, SLA.

How consumerisation is driving cloud acceptance

There has been a thunderstorm of growing noise surrounding Cloud Computing in the past 24 months. Vendors, analysts, journalists and membership groups have all rushed to cover the Cloud medium - although everyone seems to have their own opinion and differing definition of cloud computing. According to the most common definition, it is Internet-based computing where shared resources, software and information are supplied to users on demand, rather like a utility company would supply electricity, water or...

By Ian Moyse, 13 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Security.

Rethinking Cloud Service Level Agreements

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It’s so easy these days to purchase Cloud-based services. Go online, click a few times, enter your credit card info, and presto! You’re in the Clouds. There’s no question the novelty really hasn’t worn off yet. Have you ever wondered, however, what you’re really paying for? Sure, you have some expectation that the service...

By ZapThink, 21 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, SaaS , SLA.

Can Public-Sector Procurement Reach the Clouds?

Cloud applications are continuing to gain prominence with both enterprise and consumer-users. The US public sector, however, is an area where the Cloud has not been equally embraced.

Take into account high-profile Cloud failures, such as the LAPD abandoning its Google Apps deployment back in December, and it may seem like the public sector just isn’t ready for the Cloud yet.Why is that? I got in touch with Alan Webber, Principal Analyst...

By Michael Koploy, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, Government, PublicSector.

Cloud Life Cycle Management: How Do I Patch It?

The complexity associated with patching, service packs, hotfixes, upgrades and firmware updates, defined as general life cycle activities, are nothing new to IT professionals. This has been an ongoing effort for many years now, and we have all come to expect that vendors will provide regular updates that include bug fixes, security patches and feature enhancements. 

We have all experienced that common call to technical support to be greeted by the phrase: “are you running the most recent...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, SaaS , Virtualisation.