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Choosing the Right Class of Public Cloud Service

Article written by Leo Reiter
If you’re in the market for public cloud services, it’s extremely important to understand what class of service best aligns with your needs as a buyer. Most public cloud services can be categorized into one of three classes:
Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS is something we all use almost every day, sometimes without even realizing it. It combines preconfigured software “best practices” with automated workflows to solve end user problems directly. SaaS hides the underlying complexity of infrastructure orchestration and application management. It also reduces integration effort with existing systems and tools, since it simplifies workflows for specific use cases. The result is immediate value without costly setup woes, combined with straightforward ways to pay for service. Examples of SaaS providers include Google, Microsoft, and SaaS is typically billed on a monthly recurring basis, per user, since the details of the underlying infrastructure are not exposed. Buyers range from individual end users (consumer or professional) to departments (who purchase in volume).

Five Tips to Convert Cloud Skeptics

Grazed from SysCon Media.  Author: Kira Makagon.

There's no denying we're in the midst of a cloud craze - but, behind all the hype, is cloud adoption really imperative? How much of the cloud buzz is fabrications of possible benefits, and how much of it is reality? To decipher what's true and what's false, I've put together a list of five reasons why cloud adoption is important, according to the facts:

  1. Freedom from responsibility and costs. Yes, when you move services to a cloud provider, you immediately relinquish some control. However, you instantly free yourself from the cost of hardware and server management, and gain back the time (or manpower) that it would ordinarily take to run IT systems. In fact 84% of CIOs report they've cut application costs by moving to the cloud...

Do You Have All the Right Pieces for a Cloud Strategy?

Grazed from Avanade.  Author: Scott Lewis.

Ah, the cloud. Everyone is doing it. Everyone is talking about it. While writing this blog post, I decided to Google the number of recent news articles on cloud strategy within the last 24 hours. Want to read all the articles? Hope you have nothing else on your schedule today or recently completed a speed reading course because a quick count revealed approximately 250 articles.

According to the 5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study released in November 2014 by CompTIA, more than 90% of companies have adopted cloud computing at some level. But the study also reveals that moving applications, infrastructure and other resources are not so easy to implement. In addition, 28% of companies in the early stages of cloud conversion indicated that it required “significant” effort, while this jumps to 63% for companies who have already completed their journey...

Cloud Computing: The 2015 Rules of Data Center Migration

Grazed from Baseline.  Author: Kent Weaver.

Organizations planning to make a bold digital splash in 2015 are also likely to need another upgrade: their data centers. As new technologies enter the marketplace, many enterprises are planning—and budgeting—for the next big thing.

However, data center migrations are, in many ways, both easier and more complex than ever. Technologies such as virtualization may eliminate the need for moving physical equipment, but the vast array of other options, such as hybrid and cloud solutions, make the process inherently more complex than it was before...

Cloud Computing: Advice for when to pick AWS vs. third-party tools

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: David Linthicum.

AWS has a great set of tools that come with its public cloud service. In many instances, the tools are there for use free of charge, with the clear bet being that these tools will drive AWS cloud service usage.

However, those IT shops that are AWS-focused are now seeking the best-of-breed tools that work and play well with their AWS deployments. Thus, the question comes up as to which path to take when it comes to selecting and using third-party tools that work with the AWS platform...

Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services gets with the Golang program

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

Amazon Web Services already offers software development kits (SDKs) for Java, C#, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, PHP and Objective C programming languages. Now it says it will add Go (aka Golang) to that list. More accurately, it says it’s taken over aws-go, an SDK developed by Stripe. The SDK is in a sort of beta stage, with work continuing.

While Go doesn’t have nearly as many users as Java or C — an IEEE Spectrum survey ranked it as the nineteenth most popular language between Scala and Arduino — it’s gained traction among developers. That’s especially true for those building cloud or web services infrastructure. Docker, which has taken the development world like a gale force wind, is written in Go, for example...

5 Ways The Cloud Can Improve Your Manufacturing Operations

Grazed from ManufacturingBusiness.  Author: Doug Fair.

Although cloud computing has been a hot topic across almost every industry for quite some time, it is only recently that manufacturers have begun considering abandoning their traditional, on-premise solutions and embracing the cloud. If you are like any other manufacturer, this transition probably seems daunting. How much will it cost? Are my data secure on the cloud?

Will my IT resources be able to support the new system?  There is no need to fear — transitioning to cloud-based technology is actually a huge step towards improving manufacturing operations not only at the plant level, but also throughout the entire enterprise...

How to Capitalize on Private Cloud and Make Money Selling BDR

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A common belief throughout the IT industry is that public cloud is cheaper. While this is true in some cases, oftentimes the trade-off for a lower upfront price point is spotty customer service, limited features and availability, and lower security thresholds. Where consumers are concerned, these may not be deal-breakers, but businesses need the capabilities, performance and IT security only private cloud
can provide.

For example, some of the key business benefits afforded by private cloud are the “always on” IT security updates and the ability to reallocate resources quickly as the needs of the business evolve. Furthermore, for businesses, switching to private cloud can save time and money because it is less of a hassle and more cost-effective than purchasing or hosting servers and infrastructure equipment...

Cloud Computing: IBM brings back bonuses for top execs even as profits slide

Grazed from Reuters.  Author: Bill Rigby.

International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.  The technology company, which has posted lower profits for 11 quarters in a row as it struggles to transform itself into a cloud-based software and services company, withheld annual bonuses in 2013 at the executives' own request.

The bonuses returned as a feature of IBM's executive compensation for 2014, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Friday, despite the fact that IBM's net profit from continuing operations fell 7 percent last year and its stock shed about 14 percent...