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Following several discussions with fellow bloggers and industry executives, I found it quite fitting that the natural cloud leaders are the top software and web giants: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. While Amazon’s AWS is The public cloud today Google recently reported that it is doubli...
As the volume and purpose of data and business intelligence has dramatically shifted, older notions and misconceptions -- what amount to myths about data infrastructure -- need to updated and corrected, too. Debunking myths around big data should be a first step to making better busin...
If you are like most businesses you struggle with the age-old problem of trying to define the perfect price for your service. You also struggle with what can and is offered as a service. While this is true for all industries, in cloud it is a particularly acute problem. It is important...
You can design a great enterprise cloud network, but it will be very restricted if you are in a building that does not support broadband connectivity or mission-critical applications. What good is a multi-gigabit design if your connection to the central office is not fiber? Or redund...
The data center industry, especially cloud providers, has recently been in the spotlight for massive power consumption. For example, if the industry were a country, it would be in the Top 15 users of energy, somewhere between Spain and Italy. The 30+ Gigawatts pushed through data cente...
With the C-suite, innovators, developers and IT all pushing for the cloud, albeit for different reasons, there is no doubt that cloud computing is the next or fifth wave. As the cloud computing market continues to mature, explaining the platform shift gets easier and more succinct. Th...
In an era where reliable and scalable computer resources are like air and water to data-centric businesses and the time and cost of building in-house data centers are prohibitive for most businesses, Salt Lake City-based Voonami has developed a strong market position for outsourced dat...
SHI International has teamed with Ariba to streamline IT product discovery and purchasing processes for large agricultural machinery builder AGCO. A global provider of IT products, procurement, and related services, with more than $4 billion in annual sales, SHI has tapped into the ne...
With so many stories about cloud computing, IT outsourcing, hosting, SaaS solutions and managed services, we should all be well beyond the question of whether organizations should be moving their enterprise applications to the cloud. For those companies that have not yet started to mov...
When organizations look to protect sensitive data at rest in the cloud or in transit on the way to it, there are two primary obfuscation strategies most consider – tokenization or encryption. But some enterprises may not know the details of how these methods work or how they differ. A...
This chapter introduces and describes several of the more common foundational cloud architectural models, each exemplifying a common usage and characteristic of contemporary cloud-based environments. The involvement and importance of different combinations of cloud computing mechanisms...
Floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes, pandemics, riots, and hurricanes are just a small sample of the potential disasters that threaten businesses almost daily. Throughout my career, I have been responsible for preparing, managing, and rebuilding major communications infrastructure and...
Many small businesses are realizing that cloud computing isn’t just for large corporations. Many providers offer services that are targeted at the small business owner. Cloud computing presents unique opportunities for small businesses, giving them access to infrastructure that had tra...
Reading my newsfeed this morning I noticed several articles talking about the cloud and the enterprise. There is no doubt that the area is heating up with more and more acquisitions (IBM buys Softlayer), investments (GE invests $105M in Pivotal) and fights over big deals (IBM vs. AWS f...
The world of software applications and products is moving from on-premise to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Perpetual licence earnings are shrinking, while subscription revenue including SaaS is growing increasingly fast and at a steady pace. According to a recent PWC report, su...
As with other industries, the daily operations of law enforcement and criminal justice organizations rely heavily on obtaining, holding and sharing sensitive data. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) is responsible for providing many critical pieces of data that crimin...
I often get asked the question “what is really being done differently by delivering supply chain management software through the cloud versus deploying it behind the firewall?” It’s a fair and important question. I’ll give my thoughts here in terms of two of the more important dimensio...
The answer is – it isn't possible. "No one's ever on an old version of Salesforce.com because Salesforce.com is multitenant, that is everybody shares the same servers, so when those servers are upgraded, everybody's upgraded." Naturally, when a perplexed customer asked me whether "Nav...
Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc., has successfully deployed mission critical SaaS applications, and implemented advanced IT management and operational efficiency processes and systems to keep all the applications up to date, compliant, performant, and protected. Managing application...
Recovery-as-a-Service, or “RaaS”, is the latest disaster recovery solution. Cloud-based RaaS allows organizations to recover their IT resources efficiently and effectively when an adverse situation strikes. When compared to traditional disaster recovery solutions, RaaS is more easily...
In enterprises across the globe, CIOs are looking cautiously in one direction: up – to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud changes not only the operations of the data center but also the roles of the CIO and IT staff. As a result, management must carefully weigh the pros and cons of shif...
By working with IT across the software development lifecycle via cloud-based DevOps, development teams can decrease software bottlenecks, increase code output and be seen as drivers of the business. I have a confession. I am Shadow IT. I am the guilty party operations and security lo...
In the course of IT history, many schemes have been devised and deployed to protect data against storage system failure, especially disk drive hardware. These protection mechanisms have nearly always been variants on two themes: duplication of files or objects (backup, archiving, synch...
The business value of analytics has never been greater. But enterprises are flooded with a deluge of data spread across analyst desktops, big data stores, data warehouses and marts, transaction systems and the cloud. How do analysts overcome these data challenges? Data is the lifeblo...
Precautions to safeguard client data & infrastructure is an MSPs responsibility-this extends beyond client's sphere of access to MSP employees & consultants. MSPs must employ some degree of security to cover their own access, not just that of their clients. A man walks into the doctor...
Three HP executives discuss the implications and business value from the Converged Cloud, the major focus of discussion at HP Discover 2013. What's happening in the market today, is that on one end, you have startups that are rushing to the cloud very quickly, that use cloud and don't...
Some of our customers and billing industry contacts are somewhat intrigued (or even bemused) by the upsurge in attention being given to the concept of “subscriptions”. Some are concerned that they’re missing something because, after all, subscriptions have been business-as-usual for mo...
The cloud will soon supplant on-premise security initiatives. IT is at a crossroads: the acceptance of cloud-based computing as the chief business driver. Erasmus Wilson, the celebrated Oxford professor once proclaimed, "When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will ...
Telecommuting at one time meant little more than working from one's kitchen table, saving files onto a floppy disk, and possibly sending them into the office via dial-up modem. There was no videoconference, no softphones to move your office extension to wherever you were sitting at the...
Amazon has built a classic virtuous cycle. They got IaaS to work, disrupting the pre-existing data center outsourcing market. They achieved market dominance, enabling them to be the low-cost leader. And they figured out how to scale, facilitating unlimited growth. But such growth and m...
It is estimated that with more and more companies switching to cloud computing methods for data storage that the impact will lead to a 31 percent reduction on the amount of energy consumption and emission of greenhouse gases by data storage facilities. This is extremely beneficial for ...
It’s clear that cloud computing has transformed the enterprise IT landscape, from the computing infrastructure layer up through enterprise software, as companies move to leverage more efficient and cost-effective service-delivery models and bring new cloud-based products and services t...
For many organizations, cloud computing has become an integral part of their everyday business. Many companies are relying on cloud applications for fundamental operations such as CRM and email and are looking to increase utilization of the cloud for other functions. For others, adopti...
At the top of many IT group’s list of concerns lie security, compliance and internal process governance – both in static data centers and in dynamic clouds. Indeed, governance should not be overlooked. And, as they say in many security circles, the best measure of successful security i...
Rarely a day goes by that you don't hear about a data breach. Hospital records stolen. Social media accounts hacked. Education transcripts revealed. Every industry is susceptible and every company is at risk. The result can be embarrassing and expensive at best and absolutely crippling...
We’ve all heard it. Security and regulatory compliance are issues in the public cloud. And building a private cloud many say does not pass a cost/benefit analysis. Given these hurdles, what is an enterprise to do? Well, according to Datamation, 47% of enterprises are going to implem...
The technology infrastructure of today’s business landscape has undergone dramatic shifts in recent years. The consumerization of IT, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, and of course the cloud have revolutionized the way corporations manage data, complete transactions and commu...
The IT industry is nothing if not a breeding ground for an infinite variety of acronyms and neologisms. Alongside cloud computing today sits the term Big Data, which of course we understand to mean “that amount” of data which a traditional database would find hard to compute and proces...
If the leadership in your organization is mature and has a good track record – rest assured that a risk-mitigated decision to dabble in the public cloud is a vote of confidence in your direction. It's little more than innate human nature to strive to control the environment around us....
Ariba Vice President Chris Haydon explains the company's latest news and offers insights into how Ariba will be broadening its services procurement management value, mobile push, and AribaPay rollout. We have some really exciting innovation coming in the near-term to Ariba in a couple...