Cloud Readiness

Cloud Computing: Why base capabilities are no longer enough for operations management

Grazed from IBM. Author: Kristian Stewart.

The business objectives of an IT or network operations team have not changed substantially for years or even decades. Measures like mean time to repair (MTTR) or budget use frequently can be reduced to time, money and quality of service. Fundamentally, IT and network teams must maximize the availability of high-quality services while minimizing the cost of doing so.

The demand for services supported by larger, more sophisticated infrastructure has increased steadily, even if the objectives have not changed. Disciplines such as fault or event management have emerged and matured, and led to a set of key capabilities that are table-stakes for a credible solution. More complex infrastructure requires a solution that can:...

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Cloud computing: For firms, here is why it is a challenge to harness its potential

Grazed from FinancialExpress. Author: Anand Mehta.

The storage of data on cloud-based servers is the latest iteration in the digital revolution in India and has enabled organisations not only lower risks of loss of data but has also increased remote accessibility of such data. According to the latest IDC Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) Quarterly Server Tracker, in Q1 2017, the overall server market in India witnessed an increase of 14.2% in terms of revenue to reach $215.6 million as against $188.8 million dollars in the fourth quarter of 2016.

This growing relevance of cloud technology has, however, raised a few issues—particularly, in relation to data privacy and the implications of localisation of data. Being a rapidly and constantly evolving area, regulators globally are grappling with ensuring that legal developments are in consonance with the technological advancement and industry-specific needs. Currently, there is no specific legislation in India that regulates cloud computing...

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Warning: Your Shiny New Cloud Is Already Legacy

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Andi Mann.

It is becoming a truism that every business is a technology business. This is borne out every day in the fortunes made and lost on the business technology battlefield – Uber vs. yellow cabs, Netflix vs. Blockbuster, Amazon vs. almost every retailer, bitcoin and fintech vs. banks and insurance giants. To survive and thrive in the Internet age, you need to transform your business into a digital business.

In digital transformation, cloud computing is table stakes. It creates the foundation for innovation, experimentation, and iteration by delivering the agility, flexibility, and scalability that lets both IT and business try new things, quickly, easily, and cheaply. It is the core of success for ‘digital native’ companies like Google, Facebook, Yelp, and more. Digital transformation starts with cloud...

Cloud computing is consolidating, raising the risk of customer lock-in

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Paul Gillin.

Barely a decade into the cloud revolution, consolidation is already setting in, and the implications for customers aren’t good. That’s according to a new report from Forrester Research Inc. The three areas of greatest consolidation are currently in the base-level computing and storage known as infrastructure as a service, desktop applications delivered via the cloud and customer relationship management.

The three largest providers in those markets already collectively hold 70 percent or more of subscription revenues and are unlikely to see their market shares decline, Forrester said. However, not everything is consolidating so quickly. Markets for electronic purchasing, supply chain management, human resources and financial management systems are still wide open. What’s more, the authors point out, far more money is still being spent on on-premises software than on cloud services...

The Cloud Vs. In-House Infrastructure: Deciding Which Is Best For Your Organization

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Alex Lesser.

Fueled by mounting storage requirements, ease of use, automatic software updates and users’ thirst for limitless access and maximum flexibility, cloud computing has grown exponentially over the past several years. In fact, since 2009, spending on cloud computing has been growing at a rate that is 4.5 times faster than the rate of IT spending, and it's expected to exceed six times the rate from 2015 to 2020.

This is certainly because there are many situations in which utilizing the cloud makes sense. The most obvious would be in a small startup operating on a lean budget where cash flow is tight. This is because cloud computing allows access to resources without large capital expenditures. The cloud can also be an option for enterprises of all sizes as it relates to disaster recovery...

Should Your Business Move to the Cloud?

Grazed from Cloudwards. Author: Lavanya Rathnam.

Cloud computing is everywhere today. A majority of businesses, from startups to large corporations, use it in some capacity or another for streamlining their existing processes, data storage, application deployment, hosting, backup and anything else you can think of.  But what exactly is the cloud? Why is it such an integral part of business operations today? The U.S National Institute of Standards and Technology explains that cloud is a model that provides an on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources. These resources are configurable and can be set up and used with minimal effort.

Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

Put it simply, cloud represents an evolution in IT that guarantees measurable benefits to users and this is why it’s becoming a central aspect in today’s business world. For an idea of its applications as well as those measurable benefits, check out our 30 app ideas for small business article or keep reading...

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A Convergence Of Market Forces Makes 2017 The Year Of Cloud Adoption

Grazed from MBTMag. Author: Lisa Pope.

This is the year when cloud deployment will dominate industry news. Signs point to it, from industry trends to forecasts from analysts, media pundits and software experts. Cloud deployment is the must-have starting place for new technologies. Plus, it provides the agility that is so necessary to remain competitive. It’s simply the logical deployment choice for today’s manufacturing landscape. Let’s look closer at the top twelve driving factors converging around this topic, making 2017 the year for cloud deployment.

1. Overcoming Reluctance

In the early years of new millennium, cloud deployment was shrouded in misconceptions and haunted by myths that were, at times, more emotion-based than fact-based. Change is frequently worrisome to an organization, causing resistance and uncertainty. Users were often reluctant to give up functionality that was deeply entrenched in their processes...

Cloud Computing: Future Startups Will Succeed Only If They Acknowledge These Harsh Realities

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: Dan Blacharski.

The dotcom boom of the 1990s was a glorious and wonderfully chaotic time. When it began, nobody really knew that there was such a thing going on as a “dotcom boom,” they just knew that there was something exciting and disruptive happening, and they wanted in. Only a very small handful of visionaries truly saw the full scope of what it was and how it would change the world.

There were a lot of things about that time that failed. A lot of companies burned out quickly, a lot of venture capital money went up in smoke and a lot of 20-year-olds found themselves on the unemployment line with nothing on their resume except “Dotcom CEO.” Yet, a lot of things went right too: The innovative spirit changed how we view and launch startups to this day...

Planning is over - it’s time to actually move to the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

It’s a new year. We'll soon have a new president in the White House, tax returns due in four months, and a bunch of resolutions that we'll have failed to keep by February. But there is one more thing to do. Most enterprises have spent the last few years determining the what of cloud computing: What is it? What does it do for you? What does it cost?

By what dates do your applications need to be in the cloud? They're all good questions to answer, but now in 2017 it’s time to get to work -- that is, to move from the what to the how. As part of that move to the how of cloud computing, enterprises need to take care of a few points in planning:...

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Cloud Readiness: What CEOs Need To Know

Grazed from HostReview. Author: Kevin Castle.

The CEO hears it incessantly from his/her CIO in their weekly C-suite board meeting: “We need to get competitive and create a strategic architecture around our cloud computing technology.” Then, the landslide of questions begins: Public or private cloud adoption? A hybrid? Cloud migration? And what to do about effective integration?

These and related questions are increasingly becoming a challenge for not just the IT executive, but the corporate chief is finding himself or herself intimately involved in making decisions about the company’s technology direction. According to a Forbes piece: “Close to two-thirds (62 percent) of 500 mid-market executives say their company’s C-suite leaders have ‘some’ level of involvement in the adoption of next generation technologies.”...