Cloud Adoption

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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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...

How Cloud Computing Is Shaping the Business World

Grazed from TGDaily. Author: Lexie Lu.

Cloud computing is defined as using remote servers to store your data outside of a local physical hard drive. You’re basically storing all of your information in a digital “cloud” that can be accessed by you from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a computer and a decent internet connection. How has cloud computing already changed the way we store data — and how is it continuing to shape the business world?

1. Increased Flexibility

Traditional data storage techniques are rigid and require constant hardware updates to keep up with a growing or changing business. If you utilize in-house servers, a bandwidth or storage upgrade requires a large-scale overhaul which could potentially take your entire system offline while it’s being completed...

Microsoft quarterly profits rev up as Nadella pivots to cloud computing

Grazed from WION. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft on Thursday reported a strong jump in profits in the just-ended quarter but revenue fell short of expectations in the tech giant's first earnings report incorporating social network LinkedIn. Net profit rose 28 per cent to $4.8 billion while revenues edged up eight per cent to $22.1 billion in the quarter ending March 31, Microsoft said.

Shares in Microsoft fell 1.8 per cent in after-hours trade on the results. The earnings for Microsoft's fiscal third quarter come as chief executive Satya Nadella seeks to reduce the tech giant's focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services. "Our results this quarter reflect the trust customers are placing in the Microsoft cloud," Nadella said in a statement...

Cloud-Hungry Customers Foster Ultimate Software's Growth

Grazed from Fool. Author: Dan Caplinger.

The cloud computing revolution has captured the intention of investors throughout the technology industry, and Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI) has chosen to focus on providing cloud-based human resource management applications for a wide range of customers. That has helped foster impressive growth for Ultimate Software, and a strengthening economy has only made it more important for the company's clients to manage their personnel efficiently and effectively.

Coming into Tuesday's first-quarter financial report, Ultimate Software investors were enthusiastic about the company's growth prospects, and Ultimate did a good job of delivering on most of their expectations. The stock didn't react positively to its earnings release, but fundamental growth prospects appear to be on track for a healthy future...

Protecting your client’s digital assets in the public cloud

Grazed from ChannelLife. Author: Editorial Staff.

Regardless of which particular model of cloud computing your clients adopt – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Revera’s Vault (or any other NZ-based cloud solution) or their own virtualised environment – they still need protection. Typically the cloud provider manages the security of the cloud and the client is responsible for security in the cloud.

Fortinet’s purpose-built public cloud FortiGate firewalls are designed to run inside public cloud-based data centres to provide extra layers of protection including internal segmentation, intrusion prevention, application control, WAN optimisation, data loss prevention, anti-virus, antispam, anti-spyware and VPN (IPsec and SSL)...

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017: New variant could be in the Windows 10 Cloud

Grazed from BlastingNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft is all set to stage big spring event on May 2 with most anticipating a new laptop. Most anticipate a new #Microsoft Surface Pro 5 coming though the improvements could disappoint. Except for the possible upgrade to an Intel Kaby Lake chipset, the word out is that the Redmond company has hardly changed most of the components. With the Surface Pro line doing well, critics believe that bumping up the SoC would be enough.

Compared to Apple, Microsoft does not really need hardware sales to keep its business afloat. Rather, the Redmond company has been known to focus on the software side. Hence, the changes that the Microsoft Surface Pro would have to offer could be in the #Windows 10 Cloud...

Forget Heliocentrism - Embrace the cloud and Zeus-centrism

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Zeus Kerravala.

In the early 1600s, one of my favorite historical figures, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, championed the works of one Nicolaus Copernicus and postulated that the universe was heliocentric. The term was named after Helios, the Greek god of the sun, indicating that everything revolved around him.

In the IT world, the cloud has become the center of the universe. And since Zeus is the Greek god of the sky, which includes thunder and cloud, it makes sense that CIOs should adopt a Zeus-centric faith. The cloud has indeed become the center of most organizations’ IT strategy, as it provides the unique combination of on demand scale, elasticity and agility that organizations need to execute on digital initiatives...

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...

Is Data Sovereignty A Barrier To Cloud Adoption?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Allen Leinwand.

I believe that cloud-based services can offer enterprise organizations significant value. From a cost, maintenance and deployment standpoint, the cloud can deliver applications and data to help organizations move faster and be more competitive. However, this "anytime, anywhere" access to applications and data can also cause business headaches in terms of compliance. Data must be managed and controlled according to the various laws, rules and regulations of each country -- and different countries demand something different from an organization. As well, these data sovereignty initiatives need to be transparent to users.

Data Sovereignty As A Barrier To Cloud Adoption

Over and over again I hear from potential customers that one of the biggest barriers to their organization adopting the cloud is the compliance of data sovereignty laws. Enterprises work in so many different locations and with so many different vendors that it becomes difficult to guarantee the data sovereignty of information...