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.

Dell continues cloud alignment with Wyse acquisition

Dell has finalised a deal to acquire a leader in thin client cloud solutions Wyse Technology, in a move that is being seen as a clear development of the computing giant’s strategic shift to end-to-end enterprise solutions provider.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is one of a number of acquisitions Dell has made in recent weeks, and benefits both firms, opening Wyse up to Dell’s vast customer base, and enabling Dell to expand its enterprise desktop virtualisation functionality.

With...

By Matt Henkes, 04 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, M&A, Virtualisation.

The Cloud 300 – Who is Gaining Mind Share in 1Q 2012?

Ok, so it’s a few more than 300. What can I tell you? The segment is growing by leaps and bounds. The question remains, who is gaining mind share in the 1st quarter of 2012?

So lets take a look at the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share, and The Leaderboard (Cloud Innovators, Movers and Shakers). Large enterprise IT companies continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand cloud compute model enhancing their portfolios with Cloud acquisitions. Here is a snapshot of 2012...

By Ray DePena, 03 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

Key definitions of Cloud Computing types

Cloud computing is a style of technology in which data, I.T. resources, and applications are streamed to users "as services" delivered over the Internet.

The key benefits of the cloud computing model include self-service, cost-savings, economies of scale and flexibility.

There are...

By VI, 03 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public.

How WAN optimisation can improve your network stability

As data volumes continue to swell, organisations are continuously faced with the challenge of optimising their underlying network infrastructure in order to support the increasing flow of traffic.  Virtualisation, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs) deliver enormous management and costs savings, however, these benefits can easily be lost if application performance hampers end user productivity or backend processes, as often happens when applica­tions are delivered...

By Jeff Aaron, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Are your employees wasting your bandwidth?

Recent studies demonstrate that upwards of 25% of Internet bandwidth in an office are consumed by employees misusing the internet. According to Gartner, the average growth of business email volume is 30% annually, with the average size of the email content growing in parallel. Add to this the growth of Web misuse from streaming media, downloads, file sharing, social networking, and spam, and it becomes pretty clear that the mismanaged cost to business of non-work-related Internet use is already bad and...

By Ian Moyse, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

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.

Cloud 2.0 – Business transformation strategy

The main objective of our projects like the Drummond Report and Cloud analysis, is to focus on the relationship between the technology and the desired outcomes in terms of business transformation.

The Drummond Report is another political exercise focused on the growing public sector deficits, Ontario in this case, and the author makes a number of...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: PublicSector, Research.

Data breach costs fall despite increased security challenges

The average cost of a serious IT security breach has fallen over the past two years, despite an increase in their frequency and severity, a new report has claimed.

For the first time in seven years the average cost of a breach has decreased, from $7.2m in 2010 to $5.5m last year. Also, the cost per compromised record fell by 10% to $194, the lowest since 2007.

The Ponemon Institute’s research, carried out on behalf of security specialist Symantec, also revealed that negligent employees are still the...

By Matt Henkes, 21 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security.

Why more education is needed on cloud

2012 is rumored as the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, we have heard that cloud (Internet-delivered solutions) is about to go mainstream, however, this year it is not the hype, but real user benefits that are driving adoption.

What do I mean by this. Well people are not going out looking for cloud-based solutions (“I want some cloud”), instead they are looking for a solution to a real problem. Some users are unknowingly using a cloud-based solution (either in their...

By Ian Moyse, 16 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry.

Why choose Colocation over Managed Hosting?

Colocation is a web hosting solution often suited to businesses that want to maintain their own hardware but cut back on the costs associated with on-premise datacentres including utility bills and physical space. Colocation generally appeals to businesses that host their own customers and want to maintain their own preferred hardware specifications and platform.

With Colocation, you are able to place your server(s) in a datacentre, owned by a datacentre provider, to take advantage of their connectivity and...

By VI, 15 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Storage.

The Journey to the New IT: Four Key Observations

I do not think anyone who is currently working in IT right now would disagree with me that a transformation is in progress.  There would probably be a heated discussion on what that transformation is, or where it is headed, as this transformation can mean different things to different companies. Let’s talk about what GreenPages is seeing with our clients and how this can help you make sure this transformation works in your users’ favor.

Here are four main changes I have...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 14 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Trends, Vendors.

Apple devices seeping into Corporate IT networks

Apple has quietly been releasing information on now to integrate its growing list of Smart devices with Enterprise IT.

While currently synonymous with consumers or perhaps less kindly termed "masses", the evidence is clear that Macs, iPads and iPhones are infiltrating corporate environments either knowingly or unknowingly.

The recent emergence of Apple’s iCloud via the Lion OS upgrades also allows consumers to synch their personal data including apps, music, videos and e-books to Apple's remote Datacentres.   ...

By VI, 13 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry, Security.

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.

How cloud is rewriting IT market channels

The big C when it comes to Cloud for the Channel is Conflict. I have been presenting and visiting partners around Europe for the past several years and listening to the opinions and input from vendors, Vars, Resellers, MSP’s, ISP’s and a variety of channels by varying name definitions and one things for sure, the Cloud has certainly stimulated debate. 

Whether it be concern, nervousness, confusion or mistrust, a lot of negative feelings have been generated in the channel by the C word. And...

By Ian Moyse, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, SaaS , Vendors.