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What is Cloud Computing?

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This is a simple video which makes it easy to understand what cloud computing is and what the benefits are. It is great for any IT managers who are considering switching to the cloud. However, this video does not discuss any of the disadvantages associated with cloud computing. The following FT article explains the major risks of switching to the cloud.

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SMBs Find Security, Reliability Benefits in Cloud: Survey

SMBs Find Security, Reliability Benefits in Cloud: Survey | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it

"What SMBs were worried about when it came to security, privacy, and reliability of the cloud contradicted the actual experiences after adopting the cloud."

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If you require stats and figures before making your decision, this article includes the findings of a recent survey published. The survey is based on small to medium sized businesses (SMBs). The study took place in four different countries and within each region, both businesses who use the cloud and those who don't were all interviewed. The study found that there is a significant gap in the perceptions of these two different study groups. What the businesses who do not use the cloud were concerned about were refuted by the experience of the cloud users.

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A Guide to Managing Private Clouds

A Guide to Managing Private Clouds | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it
To facilitate a practical move into the cloud, here's a guide to how private clouds work and an explanation of how they can be managed using service-level agreements (SLAs) and business service management (BSM) technologies.
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Introduction of the private cloud and how SLAs using BSM tools can help firms discover and gain the benefits of private cloud computing. The following article on SLAs goes into more detail about what to look for in a good SLA. There is also a video below to explain BSM.

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Business Service Management

BSM made easy! Listen to this short ChalkTalk and take the mystery out of delivering a business service management practice within your IT organization.
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This quick video explains what exactly is BSM and the importance of corporations being aware of their BSM.  It is crucial for IT infrastructure management objectives to match the corporation's goals. IT managers need to consider whether the adoption of Cloud Computing will fit in with their current BSM.

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Why businesses can’t rely just on the Cloud

Why businesses can’t rely just on the Cloud | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it
Businesses relying solely on the cloud can only function when online. Cloud backup services and hybrid strategies gives on-site access to critical data.
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This article acknowledges the benefits that cloud computing delivers such as lowering costs and providing secure storage of company data. It also discusses the disadvantages of relying on cloud-based computer systems such as the fact it depends on Internet connection. Therefore, the solution is an 'ideal backup strategy'.This is where the company do not rely completely on the cloud or completely on on-site storage. The 'hybrid strategy' requires that a company is supported by both local storage along with their chosen cloud solution. The article warns that the service delivered by different cloud providers varies considerably and explains what IT managers should look for when selecting their cloud provider. 

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Cloud storage carries potent security risk

Cloud storage carries potent security risk | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it

"Cloud computing, the technology that allows software and data to be shared on the internet, is now being adopted by large companies."

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After briefly acknowledging the benefits of cloud computing and its adoption in both the private and public sector, the journalist goes on to discuss the cloud's 'potent' risks. She explains the three greatest risks associated with cloud computing: data security, data loss & access by unauthorised outsiders. The article also includes a short video on how and why the attitude of the financial sector towards cloud computing has improved dramatically.

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Going Green with Cloud Computing

Going Green with Cloud Computing | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it

Going Green with #Cloud Computing

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This diagram clearly illustrates some of the environmental benefits of switching a firm's IT management from their own IT department to a cloud-solution provider. It compares In-house data centres to cloud computing and suggests some questions to ask the potential cloud provider. 

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Review and summary of cloud service level agreements

Review and summary of cloud service level agreements | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it
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This article is a summary of an academic paper and efficiently summarises the key aspects of Cloud SLAs. Most importantly, it explains what an SLA is and what important factors to consider before agreeing to a Service Level Agreement.

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Top 10 Things to Consider Before Moving to the Cloud

Top 10 Things to Consider Before Moving to the Cloud | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it

Neil Cattermull, Director of Compare the Cloud's Cloud Practice Group, gives his Top 10 Things to consider prior to taking up Cloud Computing services.

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This article gives a summary of all the things to consider before switching to the Cloud. It is a very clear article by a knowledgable professional.
However, if you do not want to wholly rely on the Cloud, the next article describes a 'hybrid strategy'.

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Twitter / Search - #CloudComputing

Twitter / Search - #CloudComputing | Managing the Cloud | Scoop.it
The latest and best tweets on #CloudComputing. Read what people are saying and join the conversation.
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Click on this twitter search to discover the latest information on cloud computing that is circulating the Internet!

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