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Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply

Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In times gone by, when enterprises sought to shave costs off non-core processes, or add capabilities not immediately available in their organizations, they turned to third-party providers.

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As the IBM study’s authors, Marsha Trant and Romala Ravi put it, there are five rules of the road worth keeping in mind:

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Every cloud needs a home - but not just any home

Every cloud needs a home - but not just any home | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

For any Managed Services or Software as a Service (SaaS) provider looking for a data centre to support this critical new business model and meet 99.999% customer Service Level Agreements (SLA), issues such as the resilience of connectivity and power, as well as security are clearly critical

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These are the five keys to finding the right home for the cloud .....

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Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change

Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The latest survey from cloud provider Databarracks has found that small businesses are lagging behind when it comes to disaster recovery planning and cloud exit strategies.
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The most popular cloud service was backup as a service (BaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) with 21% of the vote, followed by IaaS, PaaS (18%) and DRaaS (16%).

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Cloud Based Phone System Leads in IAAS Model

Cloud Based Phone System Leads in IAAS Model | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Learn benefits of Cloud Based Phone System. Get in touch with Fonebell, a leading business communication solution provider, for consultation and deployment. Contact @ sales@fonebell.in.
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...... cloud based phone system has evolved as an advanced, economical, convenient methods of internal business communication.

 

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XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff?

XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As cloud computing becomes ever more pervasive, future models will begin to revolve around XaaS. Anything as a service, everything as a service, more as a service, call it what you will. The overall effect is that a new type of service will deliver IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in one package.

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...... however, there’s a sense that the ‘as a service’ terms are becoming outdated, and that they only serve to cause confusion.

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X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring

X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

What is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff? Why do we need to define yet another model to fully describe cloud services? I contest that XaaS is a legitimate term, and that it is useful to describe a new type of cloud services — those that make use of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS all neatly delivered in one package. Such packages are intended to fully displace the delivery of a commodity IT service.

 

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The organization providing DaaS would design, assemble, and manage the product out of best-of-breed offerings in this case.

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5 tips to avoid cloud computing chaos

5 tips to avoid cloud computing chaos | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Before you deploy the first instance, here are some suggestions on developing a plan to manage a cloud computing-based infrastructure.
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When creating your cloud-based infrastructure, include plans to bring your current IT staff up to speed with specific training, and consider adding new employees who already have experience using the facilities you are bringing online.

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Cloud Computing helps to accelerate DevOps

Cloud Computing helps to accelerate DevOps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
“DevOps” is one of those tech industry buzz words that is mentioned everywhere but is often misunderstood. The term seems to have lost its true meaning and if you asked ten different industry professionals to define it, you would get ten different answers. Although a precise definition is still elusive, bobsguide provides greater insight into DevOps and how Cloud Computing is helping to accelerate its influence in the tech industry.
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Although the definition of DevOps may not be certain, one thing is clear, DevOps can be described as being about more than just automating virtual server deployment and configuration.

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The growth of on-demand cloud computing

The growth of on-demand cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This HP whitepaper charts the development of the cloud on-demand computing concept and shows how important it is for addressing the demand for business agility and growth.

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Cloud services are built around the on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) delivery models. ......

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Cloud Migration Continues Despite Unexpected Challenges

Cloud Migration Continues Despite Unexpected Challenges | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing solutions may be growing in use, but a new survey of 400 global IT professionals by Enterprise Management Associates finds that cloud migration is fraught with failures and unexpected challenges. As InformationWeek reports, the survey reveals that companies are turning to cloud computing in order to keep up with technology innovations.

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To improve cloud computing operations, adaptation of the internal IT department is key. .....

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Moving beyond cloud to real business transformation

Moving beyond cloud to real business transformation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud isn't just about survival, says NetSuite's Mark Troselj. Used well, it's an opportunity for growth and expansion.
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Coupled with shifting economic conditions, accelerated time to value and the need to innovate rapidly, businesses simply need to be more efficient and adapt at a much faster rate than ever before.

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MSPs: Essential Cloud Computing Terminology for Prospects

MSPs: Essential Cloud Computing Terminology for Prospects | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud terminology can be fairly daunting for those that are unfamiliar (like many prospective clients). However breaking down the verbiage and understanding why it is important to know each will help MSPs in their cloud discussions with clients who may be less knowledgeable.
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.............. critical cloud terms and why it is a good idea for MSPs to brush up on them. (For the comic and full glossary of terms take a look here.)

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SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud

SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft and SAP's long-standing partnership is being strengthened with the pending certification of SAP's ERP (enterprise resource planning) and other software for deployment on the Azure cloud infrastructure service.

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The deal makes sense for both SAP and Microsoft, according to Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research.

 

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2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor

2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Who were the top cloud service providers, cloud aggregators and cloud brokers in 2014? Would it surprise you to learn that one of the top MSP 501 companies made Talkin' Cloud's 2014 list of top 100 Cloud Service Providers? Would it surprise you that CSPs on the 2014 TC100 list saw cloud services revenue gains of 48 percent year over year? Want to know more? Details here.
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The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up 48 percent from what they reported the previous year.

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Taxing The Cloud

Taxing The Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Of nine states that have recently issued administrative guidance on the taxability of cloud computing services, only two have found the services taxable. The remaining seven have determined cloud computing is not taxable.
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Cloud computing is borderless, so location is irrelevant — it doesn’t matter that a company is in Nevada, a software user in New York, and the servers on which the company runs its application in Texas ...........

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GAMING: Harnessing the cloud

GAMING: Harnessing the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Guides to game development tools and technology
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Leading experts tell Develop there’s a lot more potential in the technology than current titles might suggest

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No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
CloudStack's lifeblood is its user community, so the Citrix shakeup is much ado about nothing
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In fact, it's doubtful that Citrix has ever controlled CloudStack.....

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Chameleon: Cloud computing for computer science

Chameleon: Cloud computing for computer science | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing has changed the way we work, the way we communicate online, even the way we relax at night with a movie. But even as 'the cloud' starts to cross over into popular parlance, the full potential of the technology to directly impact science, medicine, transportation, and other industries has yet to be realized.

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Chameleon is designed to support a variety of cloud research. To support users building cloud services and platforms, Chameleon will include persistent infrastructure clouds.

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@CloudExpo | #Cloud Security Myths: Busted

@CloudExpo | #Cloud Security Myths: Busted | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In a Feb 2014 survey, 94 percent of organizations surveyed reported running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.

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The Alert Logic State of Cloud Security Report concludes "It's not that the cloud is inherently secure or insecure. It's really about the quality of management applied to any IT environment."

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Brahim Ghribi's curator insight, August 19, 8:16 AM

Interesting  article.  Cloud computing requires though (in addition  to overcoming the security barriers/perceptions and fears)  good Quality of Service - users want an experience as if resources are local- and also, good management capabilities on both ends (users and providers). One has to ask the question: what are the risks of NOT moving to the cloud...

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Cloud Computing: Investing Essentials

Cloud Computing: Investing Essentials | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the cloud computing industry. - Evan Niu, CFA - Tech and Telecom
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The Motley Fool's article on what is the cloud and what to look out for when investing.

 

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How the cloud aids business growth

How the cloud aids business growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing comes from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which says it should enable convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources - like networks, servers, storage, applications and services.

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As well as lower costs, business agility, flexibility and ease of use are still the main attractions for using the cloud. European Commission research, which questioned almost 500 companies, showed that over 80 per cent of those who were already using the cloud, saw a reduction in IT costs of between 10 and 20 per cent. 12 per cent saw an impressive 30 per cent or more reduction.

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What is cloud computing?

What is cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What is cloud computing? | Technology | National | Bdaily UK | Business News
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True cloud technologies are about the technology itself and how it’s provided commercially. ..............

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State Of Converged Infrastructure

INFOGRAPHIC: The State Of Converged Infrastructure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Converged Infrastructure - The results of Zenoss’ annual State of Converged Infrastructure Study are in: Converged infrastructure has become mainstream
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Cloud's Direction Is Very Strategic And Very Hybrid, Survey Shows

Cloud's Direction Is Very Strategic And Very Hybrid, Survey Shows | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

When it comes to cloud, we've come a long way in three short years. Back in the stone age of 2011, cloud was this promising but relatively novel way to access services on a subscription basis. Only a handful of organizations used cloud services in a big way at the time.

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Almost half of respondents, 49%, report they are using cloud to support revenue generation or new product creation. Another 45% of businesses say they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud.

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Industry’s Largest Cloud Computing Survey Reveals 5X Adoption of SaaS

Industry’s Largest Cloud Computing Survey Reveals 5X Adoption of SaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

North Bridge Venture Partners, in conjunction with Gigaom Researchand a record 72 collaborating organizations, today released results for its fourth annual Future of Cloud Computing survey.

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"With four years of data, we're now really beginning to see some interesting trends, such as the five-fold increase in SaaS adoption to 74% and the nearly six-fold increase in PaaS adoption to 41%."

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