Private cloud service is a last resort

Enterprise should leave private cloud services as a last resort, says Gartner, beginning their journey to cloud computing with simple apps running in the public cloud, though only after thorough analysis.

During the IT Symposium on Tuesday, Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer advised how, if you do plan on using the cloud, you should start with common apps, like email, social, productivity and Web, then work your way through to the advanced apps.

This...

By Dani Millward, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Private, Public, SaaS , Security.

Interdepartmental spat highlights US G-Cloud complexities

A substantial incidence of inter-departmental friction within the US government this week has served to demonstrate the complexities surrounding the implementation of the administration’s G-Cloud project to migrate US government departments over to Cloud systems, one by one.

The US General Services Administration (GSA) agreement with a number of cloud vendors to provide cloud services including messaging and productivity solutions found itself at the centre of the argument after complaints were levelled...

By Matt Henkes, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Migration, PublicSector.

How to Pick Your Virtualization Platform

I have had some interesting conversations with clients about which hypervisor they should choose to run their production systems on. I thought it would be interesting to discuss the matter here and see what others think about virtualization platforms.

Many people agree that both XenServer and Hyper-V are lacking some of the features that VMware has. But the main argument I hear is that Hyper-V, and even XenServer, is less expensive than VMware. That is the main issue I want to discuss in this post.

The short...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Virtualisation, VMware.

When It Comes to Cloud, Which IT Executive Are You? Part 1: “Huh?”

A Special 4 Part Blog by Trevor Williamson

As I spoke last time about my experiences talking to senior management at some of the largest financial, insurance and banking companies about cloud infrastructures and what they thought about the whole space, I broke down my experiences into 4 simple categories:  

  • Huh?
  • Been there, done that
  • I want dessert before dinner, and,
  • Where do I start first?

In this installment, let me talk about the experiences I’ve had...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Monitoring.

IT: A Blocker or Enabler?

At the recent Interop New York business technology conference, I was interested to see the progression our tech world is taking; discussions around cloud computing, virtualization, networking, mobility, security and data centers buzzed throughout the conference center.

What I want to specifically highlight is a comment made during the keynote given by Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon Web Services. Vogels discussed the transition from IT as the blocker to IT as the Enabler.

Transforming the corporate perception of the IT department has been an ongoing battle within the...

By Bluewolf, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

Hardware manufacturers struggle in cloud-friendly market

Cloud computing related businesses are performing strongly while hardware manufacturers are struggling as businesses increasingly spend their money on Cloud-based platforms rather than PC systems, analysts have said.

When the latest financial reporting season kicks off next week, Cloud-based businesses, including Intel Corp and EMC, are expected to report a boost to in revenue, as people choose remote data storage and create their own servers with the help of businesses like VMware.

However, computer...

By Dani Millward, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Hardware.

Is the Cloud the Next Iteration of Data Security?

Sitting in a meeting with a partner of ours, who provides cloud-based desktop and application services, I was struck by a statement by one of the company founders.  He said “Yes, we provide customers with an efficient way to access their corporate data, consume application resources in the cloud, and drive down costs.  But I’ve always maintained that our number one value to our customers is that we protect and secure their data.”

An interesting take, considering that the #1 concern...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, SaaS , Security.

Storage issues hamper virtualisation strategy

Storage limitations are getting in the way of increased virtualisation strategies for many organisations, according to a new report.

While many organisations are reaping the benefit of smart virtualisation programmes, server consolidation, improved resource utilisation, faster application deployment and general overall flexibility, the cost and performance of storage is becoming a significant barrier to running greater virtual environments.

Tintri, the California-based VM storage appliance manufacturer, found...

By Matt Henkes, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Storage, Virtualisation.

Lack of service transparency hurting Cloud adoption, says survey

The adoption of Cloud systems among contact centre businesses is being hampered by a perception that vendors are simply not playing straight with them, rather than concerns over security, a new study has found.

Global contact centre specialist NewVoiceMedia found that firms are getting cold feet about transferring their operations to the Cloud because they fear that service providers are not being open with them.

Despite recognised Cloud benefits like lower costs and improved contact centre customer service,...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SaaS , SLA.

Performance Monitoring - A Thirty Day View

I remember when I saw the movie "Super Size Me" by Morgan Spurlock.  I recall thinking about how much can happen in the course of just thirty days, not to mention how gross that food looked.  For people, 30 days seems like a long time at first, until you look back on what happened over the course of those 30 days.  It's easy to forget things that happened a week ago, not to mention a month back.  At CopperEgg, things move so fast that I really have to think hard to recall what we were focused on 30 days...

By CopperEgg, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Monitoring.

GreenPages’ Journey to the Cloud – The Vision Is Complete

Imagine taking the entire core infrastructure of a $100 Million company, loading it into a couple of trucks, and driving it 60 miles down the road to a colocation facility.  Add to that the challenge of making sure a 24x7x365 Managed Services organization stays running, even while some of their key systems are bouncing down the highway in the aforementioned convoy.  And, for the icing on the cake—throw in the pressure of knowing that, if you screw it all up, odds are you’ll be looking for...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Migration, SaaS .

Want to Move to the Cloud? Talk to your CFO

funding your cloud projectSo, you have decided that moving to the cloud is the right choice for your business. You’ve done all the researched, talked to all the experts, and settled on a strategy that has the best chance of success for your specific...

By Zenoss, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, SaaS .