Costing the Cloud

Contributed Article.  Author: John Kendrick, Principal, Enterprise Business Services at Fujitsu America

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Traditional IT projects have followed a "Define-Design-Develop-Deploy" mindset, where most or all of the computational resources were owned, operated, and maintained by the developing organization. Cost estimates for system acquisition were often wrong, and virtually always unrealistically low.  Some of the reasons for the inaccurate forecasts included: Changing requirements; cost increases from system production changes; and cost increases from changing hardware and software suppliers. The emergence of the cloud enables the same practitioners to consider a "Source-Integrate-Manage" framework were computational resources can be assembled across an ecosystem and selected based on specific needs. Regardless of the system employed, the proper framework for cost considerations should not change.

System Engineers have visualized total life-cycle costs using an "Iceberg Model". The Iceberg Model consists of nine components that are relevant to total Cloud life-cycle costs:

Five Reasons to Move to the Cloud in 2012

Contributed Article.  Author: Herb Hamblen, Director of Sales, Mosaic Technology

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Gartner, Inc. recently highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that they feel will be strategic for most organizations in 2012. Things like in-memory computing, next-generation analytics and app stores are all extremely relevant, but at Mosaic, we think that cloud computing is the real forerunner here.

Interestingly enough, many companies have still not made the move to the cloud. In a 2009 survey of IT and business executives, many expressed concern about moving to the cloud, citing security, availability and performance as some of their main reasons. The facts, according to Gartner, show that the cloud is a disruptive force and has the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries.

We believe that while the cloud offers a lot of business opportunities, what will happen first is the move to the private cloud otherwise known as virtualization. Throughout 2011, we talked a lot about the benefits of migrating to a virtual environment. There are also a number of Mosaic customers that were willing to provide a behind-the-scenes look at what virtualization did for their business. All that said – while cloud computing is what every marketing person wants to discuss, it is virtualization that many businesses are seriously considering in 2012...