March 2015

How to choose the best cloud solution for your business

According to Gartner, the use of cloud computing is growing and by 2017 nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.  The opportunity for you to develop and administer unique business solutions for your customer is now.

How do you choose the best cloud solution for your customers?

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10 Key Requirements for Workload Automation Software

“Today, IT organisations are relying on automation as the unifying piece for IT and the business – providing greater interactivity for connecting people, applications, policies and systems with a wide range of capabilities that allow users to automate more than ever before” (Kaitlin Olcott).

What are the 10 key requirements to look for when making the decision to implement automation?

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How to save money in the Cloud

Elasticity; the ability to match demand to supply, is one of the fundamental properties of the cloud.  If your business runs AWS EC2 instances that aren’t needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you may be throwing money away.  Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances that aren’t continuously performing some type of function (for example hosting a website) should be shut down to save costs.

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Google to battle Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Google is preparing to battle AWS on a new cloud front, having announced the beta release of an off-premise cold storage service to rival AWS’s Glacier.  Google’s “Nearline” allows users to store data on the cloud that is infrequently accessed, but may need to be retrieved at a moment’s notice for disaster recovery purposes.

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How does Cloud change IT budget planning?

Stephen J Bigelow of TechTarget writes this week about the impact of cloud on IT budgets.  Traditionally computing was capital-intensive and depended on on-site technology and staff.  When a business needed a service, such as Microsoft Exchange, it would budget for servers, software licenses, and often infrastructure.  The business would then wait for weeks (or months) for the servers delivery and installation which would then require deployment and testing.  IT staff would assign user rights and if issues arose, IT would deal with them.

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Cloud Computing Forecasts 2015 – Forbes

Forbes have recently released a roundup of the Cloud Computing Forecasts and Market Estimates for the coming years, and they make for some interesting reading for all those who are IT decision makers.

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Why companies need automation?

 
A recent white paper by Kaseya highlights the challenges faced by organisations utilising cloud computing and how IT automation delivers relief from the administration, monitoring and help-desk queries that eat up time and resources.

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This is what we do…

A post today by TechTarget highlights the difficulty in multi-cloud management.  Most cloud vendors are eager to lock users into their service however users are seeking cloud platforms that offer lower costs and risk of error, along with the best possible data and application security.

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