Cloud Implementation

CIOs struggling to identify and implement cloud services

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Cloud computing is already cited by CIOs as one of the biggest contributors to IT complexity – now new research released by Trustmarque shows more than four in five CIOs struggle to identify and implement cloud services must suitable for their business. The complexity of existing IT infrastructure is a problem for moving to the cloud, according to two thirds (66%) of CIOs, while almost three quarters (74%) admitting interdependencies between different IT environments are another barrier for moving IT services to the cloud. (73%) see cloud services as making data governance more complicated.

A similar number (78%) say integrating different cloud services is a challenge, while two thirds (68%) say admit modernising or rearchitecting certain applications will slow their journey to the cloud, according to the research. It is not just integrating different cloud services which is an issue- the needs of employees also leaves CIOs with headaches...

Economist best cloud practices report recommends gradual scaling

Grazed from CDN.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The Economist has released findings from a study on cloud implementation best practices including engaging the company on a wide scale in consultation as well as scaling up gradually as opposed to taking an all-or-nothing approach.
The study, conducted by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit on behalf of SAP, analysed six companies and recommended that businesses use wide array of stakeholders across business functions, within and outside of the company, throughout the process from planning to implementation.  It also recommended improving and scaling cloud deployments on a continuous basis...

Cloud misconceptions hurting implementation efforts

Grazed from DataPipe.  Author: Craig Sowell.

When done correctly, cloud computing deployments can deliver incredible benefits to organizations of all kinds, from superior performance to greater flexibility to cost reductions and beyond. Given all of this, it's no surprise that cloud adoption rates are rising quickly in every sector and across the globe.

Yet it's important to note that, unfortunately, not every cloud implementation leads to such positive results. There are many reasons why cloud deployments may not deliver the hoped-for outcomes, as a recent Sungard Availability Services survey highlighted. Examining these results for CIO, Jeff Fleece asserted that all of the most commonly cited factors causing cloud computing implementation failures could ultimately be traced back to mistakes and misconceptions on the part of the companies affected...

Why Cloud Computing Implementations Typically Fail

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Jeff Fleece.

The ladder to the cloud is missing a few rungs. At least, that is the conclusion of 276 IT professionals recently polled in a survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*. In the survey, the top three reasons indicated for why cloud computing implementations fail were:

  • lack of understanding of cloud security and compliance (indicated by 56% of respondents)
  • lack of clearly-identified business objectives for migrating to the cloud (55%)
  • lack of planning (42%)

Those are three gaping holes in the ladder to a successful cloud implementation, and I believe that mistaken beliefs are at the core of each one...

VMware Integrated Openstack – VIO 1.0 – Why you should consider this for your openstack implementation!

Grazed from DailyHypervisor.  Author: Sid Smith.

If you have been looking into Openstack as a standardized api for your cloud infrastructure you have undoubtedly realized how complex it is to get an Openstack environment up and running.  VMware Integrated Openstack or VIO takes the deployment of Openstack and literally makes it brain dead simple.  I mean let’s face it, if I can deploy it then you know it’s simple ;-)

About a year ago started down the path of deploying open stack into the MoaC lab.  The project was very short lived because I just didn’t have weeks to dedicate to getting it done.  Fortunately VIO has been released and I can not implement Openstack in the Moac is about an hour.  No that wasn’t one of my many typos you may find in my articles I did mean to say “an hour”...

Linux Foundation Assumes Cloud Foundry PaaS Control

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Mike Vizard.

As part of an effort to ensure that implementations of the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment are consistent with one another, the Linux Foundation, in conjunction with EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP and VMware, announced today the formation of the Cloud Foundry Foundation project.

Jim Zemlin, executive director for the Linux Foundation, says the primary goal of the Cloud Foundry Foundation is to make certain that applications developed for Cloud Foundry can actually be ported between implementations. While multiple vendors have committed to embrace Cloud Foundry, Zemlin says implementations of an open source project can vary widely...

4 cloud horror stories -- and how to survive them

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author:  John Brandon.

Horror stories don't just happen at the movie theater. In a few cases, companies make a big play to use the wrong cloud application or experience widespread outages in their connection to cloud storage.  While vendors claim that cloud services are secure and reliable, that's not always the case. A better way than relying or vendor promises? Make sure your migration plans, budgets, existing infrastructure, security and any ancillary services all match up before making the jump to the cloud.

What happens when a cloud provider declares bankruptcy?

Late last year, a cloud storage company called Nirvanix shut down and gave customers only a few weeks to move data to a different provider. According to Charles King, an IT analyst, this meant companies with terabytes or even petabytes of data in the cloud had to act quickly. "A business should always have a strong sense of the assets it has stored in the cloud, but it needs to consider those points in terms of the time and cost of retrieving them," King says...

People, Processes and Technology: The Perfect Combination for Successful Cloud Implementations

Grazed from FutureGov.  Author: Editorial Staff.

From being a buzzword, cloud computing has transitioned to become a critical and strategic component for businesses across sectors. The next step for IT decision makers is to sort through the proliferation of information to make the right choices focusing on a holistic view of all aspects within the organisation - beyond IT — that are impacted by the initiative, including people, process, and technology. Effectively defining and building a complete cloud implementation (whether private, public, or hybrid) can lead to a total business transformation marked by expedited product delivery and reduced IT costs.

Making the Right Move to the Cloud

Just like IT in general, cloud implementations are increasingly moving towards a more hybrid infrastructure. Furthermore, spanning heterogeneous infrastructures, supporting multi-vendor environments, and bridging existing business workflows to this hybrid cloud world requires open approaches such as open source—just as leading public clouds have done. But within this broad open and hybrid framework, there’s also a need to take into account the specific needs of each individual business...

5 Strategies For Nonprofits When Implementing Cloud Computing

Grazed from TechImpact.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing use grew exponentially in 2013, and is expected to grow at a rapid pace for the next 5-10 years. This is because many businesses are still using cloud computing for niche applications, and have not fully adopted the system.

The technology has moved from its infancy stage, and instead of thinking how much the technology ‘could’ benefit their business, many CEOs are instead thinking how the technology IS benefiting their business.  But when implementing any new technology, there are speed bumps and road blocks that must be overcome. Here are a few strategies to help you deal with them according to Paul Cooper of ITProPortal...

10 tips for a Successful implementation in the Cloud Computing

Grazed from EUKHost. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud has become the backbone for most IT Infrastructures and sure that as a company you have heard a lot about the benefits of the cloud and want to move there. This would certainly be a big change and many of your thoughts should focus on this. We want to help you with 10 points to consider before we move you to the Cloud Computing services.

1. Ask yourself: Why do I have to be in the cloud? Go to the cloud is a big change for the company, so before you decide to be in the cloud should check if you really need to be there. Try to think and analyze how and if the cloud would help you in your work...