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...

Cirba Unveils Optimization Service for Public Cloud and On-Premise Virtual Infrastructure

Grazed from Cirba

Cirba, Inc. today unveiled an analytics service, Densify, for optimizing public cloud and on-premise virtual infrastructure. The Densify service is the next evolution of SaaS as it combines the organization's predictive and real-time optimization analytics with an assigned Densification Advisor, eliminating the burden of learning, operating, managing and maintaining software.

Cirba also announced it is rebranding to Densify, reflecting the company's strategic value proposition to reduce cloud and infrastructure costs while also improving application performance. The Densify service offers fast time to value, ease of adoption and use and the greatest potential for savings in the market through the industry's most powerful optimization engine. For a limited time, customers can start with Densify service free for the first 14 days.

"Based on our experience, we know that organizations desperately want to reduce their cloud bill and show highly utilized infrastructure, but there are only so many hours in the day," said Gerry Smith, CEO of Densify. "We understand that IT is looking for more than a software product - they want outcomes. They are looking for experts who can tune and watch over the automated analytics; they want to know that someone is there for them, helping them deliver results - not another management and maintenance burden."

The ultimate balancing act: Which of your on-prem systems should move to the cloud?

Grazed from ITBrief. Author: Sara Barker.

Cloud transformation strategies may never be finished projects but always a work in progress, and many of those will involve technologies from on-premise data centre investments. According to CenturyLink’s ANZ regional director Stuart Mills, price should not be the sole factor in choosing cloud services. It’s not a strong strategic move. Instead, organisations must consider how the cloud meets business needs and goals.

“Understanding the right steps for cloud deployment will help keep track of what enterprises require to create a technology plan that aligns with the organisation’s infrastructure both now and in the future,” he says. What else do organisations need to consider when assessing a cloud strategy? At the top of the list are the existing infrastructure investments, which include compute, network architecture, storage and application portfolios can all affect efficiency and cost...

Key Factors in Choosing On-Premises IT vs. Public Cloud

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Trevor Pott.

Public cloud computing costs more than do-it-yourself datacenters. Except when it doesn't. On a per-VM basis, standing up public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) instances for 24x7 use is egregiously expensive per VM, but the floor cost can't be beat. If I want to stand up a workable small business network, I need several infrastructure components.

I need, at a minimum, a DNS server, a DHCP server, storage and something to run workloads. If I'm planning to expand my business at all before the refresh on that hardware is up, then I'm probably going to want to use virtualization, as it's still the only rational way to spin up and down workloads as needed for on-premises deployments...

Would Amazon Web Services ever build an on-premise private cloud?

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Bulter.

Like some of its major competitors, would Amazon Web ever offer an on-premises private cloud management software? AWS Vice President of Marketing Ariel Kelman wouldn’t rule it out - “never say never” he said - but he added that company executives have discussed doing it, but it just doesn’t fit AWS’s business model at this time.

AWS is a services business that operates at massive scale. The company has a market-leading public IaaS platform with a plethora of web services that it updates and adds to all the time. The model of a fast-changing, constantly updating cloud doesn’t work very well in an on-premises private cloud model, Kelman said...

Breaking down the Cloud, Part I: On-premises Software vs. Cloud Software

Grazed from RJSSoftware. Author: Editorial Staff.

Most professionals can hardly turn a corner these days without hearing about the Cloud. From Gmail to Dropbox we use cloud services in our everyday lives, allowing us to access content on-the-go from just about anywhere at any time. The big benefits of cloud-based applications and software include no hardware or licensing costs, no software installs or upgrades to deal with plus predictable monthly fees.

Sounds like a good deal, so why isn’t everyone jumping on-board? Most companies are working in some sort of hybrid-state with a combination of on-premises software and cloud software; that’s because there are pros and cons to both solutions. In Part I of this series we outline the difference between on-premises software and cloud software...

Cloud vs on-premise - how to spot a fake

Grazed from TechRadar.  Author: Raj Narayanaswamy.

Cloud migration is in full swing and for companies to make the trek; step one is to determine whether or not the destination is indeed a true cloud vs. an on-premise solution in disguise. With global spending on SaaS rising by 17.9 percent to $14 billion, it's time for companies to be able to spot a fake when they see one and ultimately become a more discerning buyer.

Many software vendors simply modify their applications so they can be accessed online—but application hosting is not the same as "real" SaaS. On-premise solutions cannot deliver on the real promises of cloud computing. "True" SaaS delivers seamless upgrades, lower operating costs,ubiquitous access and ease-of-use...

The cloud vs on-premises software: What you need to consider for your business

Grazed from TheNextWeb. Author: Ian Gotts.

It seems like the whole world is moving to the cloud for all IT applications. Whilst this is not true, there is a danger of the herd mentality. This article considers the different aspects that should be taken into account before launching into the clouds. Much of the material is taken from a book by the author of this article called Thinking of… Buying Cloud Computing? Ask the Smart Questions.

The book offers 90 pages of questions that act as a comprehensive list of all the issues that need to be considered. Sadly, it provides no answers – it cannot, as every client situation is different. It is never what may be described as a “fun read”. But what is does do is make sure that all the questions that should be answered are asked. It also gives insights into the impact of every question guiding the reader to the right answer...

Is the Cloud Really Less Costly Than On-Premise?

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Richard Minney.

To state the obvious, businesses of all sizes are moving their applications to the cloud or renting software as a service (SaaS) instead of licensing or buying the software outright. The number one reason people cite is cost. Businesses large and small are under the impression they can save a bundle by moving their apps to the cloud. At the same time, companies who handle a move to the cloud badly can suffer a negative backlash from their user community.

When you consider all the cost factors, like your time, energy and risk to your business, will you save money in the long run by going with SaaS? The short answer is no. One thing is clear: businesses will pay less up front for cloud vs. on-premise. Modern SaaS systems are rented on a pay-as-you-go basis, or might have short-term contracts...