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Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans

Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you've layered on technology willy-nilly, moving to the cloud won't prevent the resulting complexity -- unless you do some planning
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"Complexity is not the fault of the technology, cloud or not -- it's the fault of IT leaders who don't think strategically about how all this stuff needs to come together."
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Applying Big Data Analytics To IaaS

Applying Big Data Analytics To IaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
To give IT organizations more visibility into those dormant virtual machines iLand, a provider of infrastructure-as-a-service IaaS offering based on VMware, has updated its Enterprise Cloud Services portal to expose a raft of big data analytics that help customers optimize usage of the iLand cloud.
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Running on top of an implementation of the open source Cassandra database, Lilac Schoenbeck, vice president of product management and marketing for iLand, said that idea is ...

 

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The End of The Web Hosting Industry

The End of The Web Hosting Industry | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Just when the Web hosting industry seemed more stable and entrenched than ever, announcements last week by Google, Microsoft and Amazon gave an official stamp of approval to the technological shift that is about to send it all swirling done the drain, and the specialist WordPress hosts may be the first disappear.
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......Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker ............

 

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, April 13, 2015 4:47 PM

Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker or a similar technology ..........

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HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified

HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Making the most of HTTP/2 will take a lot of work on the part of Web designers, IT admins, and server jockeys. Here's what to expect
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HTTP/2 aims to provide three distinct advantages over HTTP/1. .......

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The great IT myth: is cloud really less secure than on-premise?

The great IT myth: is cloud really less secure than on-premise? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the debate regarding security in the cloud rolls on for the umpteenth year, Information Age seeks a definitive answer
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49% of IT decision makers admit they are "very or extremely anxious" about the security implications of cloud services

 

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Jonny Isijanovski's curator insight, March 23, 2015 8:04 PM

One of the major setbacks cloud computing is having is the lack of acceptance in the widespread market. This article makes good points about the security of the infrastructure of cloud computing which leads to a strong security focus and provides sources from experts in their fields.

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Cloud Services Migration, Integration Troubles IT, Study Finds

Cloud Services Migration, Integration Troubles IT, Study Finds | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A new survey revealed that cloud services migration and integration was a top challenge for most IT professionals. Additionally, CDW researchers found that the majority of these professionals said they would make more use of cloud services, but the complexity they perceive around enabling and integrating those workloads with legacy systems holds them back. Here's everything you need to know.

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The CDW survey included responses from more than 1,200 IT professionals across various industries.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 26, 2015 3:35 AM

This article by Dan Kobialka provides insight into the troubles faced by the integration of cloud services with legacy systems. A new survey by the CDW revealed that most IT professionals could make use of cloud services if it wasn’t for the complexity of integrating those workloads with legacy systems. 

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New Guidelines Highlight Importance of Cloud Computing Security

New Guidelines Highlight Importance of Cloud Computing Security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Keeping sensitive data and information safe is top of mind for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The agency's new cloud computing security requirements are relevant for cloud computing vendors seeking to help midsize firms secure their data.What the Guidelines ...
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Creating stronger guidelines for vendors is a concept that showcases the importance of the cloud in a company's overall operations.

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Where Mobile #Cloud Is Driving the Greatest Value

Where Mobile #Cloud Is Driving the Greatest Value | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

How agile is your IT organization? Have you kept pace with the rapid evolution of cloud computing services? Have you applied that cloud investment to connect with your key stakeholders in the marketplace?

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Why Mobile Cloud Has Gained Momentum

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Will Lenssen, Prin's curator insight, January 3, 2015 1:09 PM

Take what you need; use what is appropriate and what fits your business best.

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VIDEO: Cloud Computing - An Access to IT Solution

VIDEO: Cloud Computing - An Access to IT Solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Malvika Jain is in conversation with industry experts to understand their views and opinions on the adoption of cloud for SMBs..
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Cloud Technology - Is It Really Worth the Investment?

Cloud Technology - Is It Really Worth the Investment? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

One of the most basic ways to explain cloud computing is that it allows computing from anywhere where there is an available internet connection.

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But is it worth the investment for your business? Let’s take a look at he below reasons why your company definitely needs to take a look at this powerful technology.

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Everybody Is Hot On Hybrid Cloud, Even If They Don't Quite Understand What It Is

Everybody Is Hot On Hybrid Cloud, Even If They Don't Quite Understand What It Is | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Executives of all stripes are bullish on hybrid cloud, a new study shows. Hybrid -- which combines public cloud services with those of on-site systems -- is seen as the best path forward between too much dependence on outside providers with unknown security risks, and on-site data centers with their associated costs and maintenance requirements.

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Image via ComputerWorld’s Charles King's article "Your new legacy system: The public cloud" (Link on site)

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Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security

Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
New research indicates that cloud computing applications are proving to be a challenge for IT professionals. Part of the problem, it turns out, is that employees are overriding IT policies and bypassing the IT app approval process.Keeping Up With the ...
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With the rise of mobility and the need to collaborate easily, cloud computing applications are growing in importance.

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nubit's curator insight, December 1, 2014 4:08 AM

Sigue el debate entre las aplicaciones en la nube y las instaladas en local, conocidas como on premise. ¿Tu qué opinas?

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Enterprises 'play it safe' with cloud

Enterprises 'play it safe' with cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Strategic cloud deployment held back by vision and skills.
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Findings indicate that a vicous circle could be created from the tactical approach to cloud; almost half of European enterprises plan to have a hybrid cloud environment within two years.

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Customer Relationship Management Technology; a Failure…!!!

Customer Relationship Management Technology; a Failure…!!! | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
CRM – Customer relationship management solutions have been a total failure, as you would hardly find its association with the word ROI – Return on Investments. Does that ring a bell in your mind about what I want to convey?
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One of the biggest failures of any CRM solution is; unchanged mind set of your people/employees and vendors – who are the end users. How inclined are they on using this solution customized and designed to empower them?

 

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Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place

Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Latest survey research from Cloud Sherpas has revealed while seven in 10 IT leaders view enterprise cloud software as central to their company’s success, only half have a formal cloud strategy in place.
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“Security concerns have prevented one or more of my company’s business functions from adopting cloud technology”, 28% strongly agreed ...................

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The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In fact, if a cloud service has proper controls, it could be safer than running your own datacenter. Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Box to a company have..
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Yet if you think about every major data breach over the last two years, whether Anthem, Sony, JPMorgan or Target, all involved on-premises datacenters, not the cloud.

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Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models

Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More than two thirds of respondents in a survey from Software Advice currently use on-premise help desk systems despite the prevalence of cloud-based systems in the market.
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The most frequently used help desk software functionality, according to those polled, is ticket management (66%), followed by reporting and analytics (51%) and live chat integration (45%). ....

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5 steps for transforming your business using data

5 steps for transforming your business using data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Digital organizations rely on their IT platform and on data-powered business processes. If your organization was not born digital, discover 5 steps that can bring you closer to a digital business and create new opportunities.
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Here are 5 steps you should take that digital leaders use.

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Have you hugged your server today?

Have you hugged your server today? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Disposable IT means never having to fix a broken server, and perhaps never having to know how to fix it
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One recent phenomenon catches me up a bit, however, and definitely deserves an harrumph. That phenomenon is the advent of disposable IT.

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Leveraging IT Distributors for Cloud

Leveraging IT Distributors for Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Unsure of how to make money offering cloud? Leverage your IT distributors for their cloud-type offerings to find out which cloud services fit your needs.
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The cloud — the most ambiguous, overhyped and overused term in the IT industry.

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How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.
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That said, IT leaders perspective on barriers to bringing these advantages to fruition differs from their Line of Business (LOB) counterparts.

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Cloud computing enters mainstream, but questions remain over impact

Cloud computing enters mainstream, but questions remain over impact | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While the rise of the cloud continues, businesses are starting to ask questions about its impact on working practices, IT security and data availability
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Cloud computing has emerged from its awkward adolescent stage. As recently as three years ago cloud-based providers would expect to be placed on a tender with several on-premise competitors; today organisations are increasingly stipulating that any solutions must be delivered via the cloud.

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Where Cloud Computing Jobs Will Be In 2015

Where Cloud Computing Jobs Will Be In 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There are 3.9 million jobs in the U.S. affiliated with cloud computing today with 384,478 in IT alone.  The median salary for IT professionals with cloud computing experience is $90,950 and the median salary for positions that pay over $100,000 a year is $116,950. Globally there are 18,239,258 cloud computing jobs, [...]
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When it comes to choosing a cloud environment, enterprises have a lot to consider.

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Intelishift's curator insight, December 16, 2014 7:07 PM

Are you ready to update your resume?

 

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Benefits of Cloud Computing as a Service

Benefits of Cloud Computing as a Service | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing enables businesses, institutions and individuals to manage their business data and access it easily from remote locations.
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Software as a Service is the cloud technology model capable of hosting specially designed cloud software tools and applications in the computing environment.

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George Florentine's curator insight, December 2, 2014 6:15 AM

Cloud is the future! Cloud is now!

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Four key ways to overcome security concerns in the cloud

Four key ways to overcome security concerns in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In a show of hands  ...... the forty or so attendees were unanimous in their agreement that the issue of security is one of the most important considerations in the journey to the cloud.

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The panel had some great advice about how to overcome common security concerns. Here is a summary of what they think organisations can do:

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