Best Practices

Cloud Hosting Best Practices for Business

Article Written By M. Adnan Raja, Vice President of Marketing, Atlantic.Net

When you are considering the adoption of Cloud Hosting for your business, you are in good company. Just consider the industry forecasts, revealing the volume of businesses that each made its own decision to deploy a Cloud, and subsequently, to expand that part of their infrastructure: 
  • Nearly three-quarters of IT-sector CFOs reported that Cloud would be the most significant factor influencing their firms in 2017.
  • The spend on public Cloud services is expected to expand from $209.2 billion in 2016 to $246.8 billion in 2017 (an 18% rise), according to Gartner.
  • The expansion of Cloud computing itself is predicted to develop even faster, improving from $67 billion to $162 billion between 2015 and 2020 (a 19% increase). [source]

How do you deploy Cloud in the smartest possible way for your business, though? Here are some general best practices, along with advice specific to Cloud-ifying mission-critical apps and managing hybrid Clouds.

CloudVelox Publishes Cloud Migration Best Practices

Grazed from MarketWired. Author: Editorial Staff.

CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced it is publishing an e-book to help businesses create a strategy for adopting cloud computing. The e-book, Cloud Migration Best Practices: Understand What (and How) to Move to the Cloud, is available for free download at

A company's decision to migrate to the cloud usually is based on the strategic advantages of such a move, including streamlining processes, increasing agility, and lowering CAPEX. Various business triggers and tactics drive this decision, inform the cloud strategy necessary, and provide a general blueprint for moving forward with the process...

Centrify Delivers Innovative Capabilities and Best Practices to Streamline and Secure Adoption of Hybrid Cloud

Grazed from Centrify

Centrify announced new hybrid cloud capabilities and best practice guidance to speed and secure adoption of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Centrify's solution uniquely provides identity freedom, deployment freedom and the most comprehensive capabilities for securing privileged access to infrastructure and apps in a hybrid IT environment. 

IaaS platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide an excellent layer of foundational security, but the shared responsibility model is clear: businesses are still responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their data in the cloud. Organizations that are storing sensitive data in the cloud, which is 93 percent according to a recent Forrester survey, need a consistent security model across on-premises and IaaS to reduce the risk of data breach. Yet Gartner predicts that 95 percent of IaaS security failures will be the customer's fault, and more than half of those will be attributed to inadequate management of identities, access and privileges.


6 Tips to Ensure Successful Migration to the Cloud

Grazed from DZone. Author: Nirav Sanghavi.

As cloud computing is growing at a rapid pace, enterprises and IT organizations are increasing adopting the cloud with a focus on infrastructure-as-a-service. As per the recent report by RightScale, 95% of respondents agree to using cloud with 77% private cloud adoption and 71% hybrid cloud adoption in 2016.

Considering these figures, it is apparent that more and more organizations are keen to migrate their mission-critical applications and systems to cloud to leverage the benefits of storage optimization, security, capacity and performance. However, migrating to the cloud is not easy as it may seem...

10 Ways to Simplify Cloud Computing Adoption at Your Company

Grazed from SmallBusinessTrends. Author: Shubhomita Bose.

When it comes to cloud computer adoption, it turns out many small businesses still do things the old fashioned way. A recent survey released by Brother International, a global supplier of office equipment, further highlights this trend. According to the survey, 58 percent of small businesses’ regular work tasks require employees to be physically present in the office.

This could mean it’s impractical for these small business employees to be away. Or, just as likely, it could mean they lack the technology that could make collaboration and access to company data from elsewhere possible. The study also reveals that 91 percent have the standard office equipment — printer, scanner, copier or fax machine — and that 43 percent of this group use the printer in the office more than 10 times per day...

An update on security in the hybrid cloud: Where do we go from here?

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: David Auslander.

Even in mid-2016, very few who are serious about cloud computing will tell customers that out of the box public cloud services are as secure as their corporate data centres. At the same time no-one would suggest introducing mission critical applications and data into a brand new data centre environment without first planning and implementing proper physical, network, server, and application security controls.

Many organisations distrust moving corporate data and application assets into the public cloud. Loss of control of these assets is the most common reason stated; this is code for loss of control over the security aspects of the environment. To answer this, public cloud providers have developed some form of Shared Security Responsibility model...

6 Tips for Increasing the Portability of Your Hybrid Cloud Security Strategy

Grazed from CSOOnline. Author: Scott Montgomery.

The prices and services that cloud infrastructure providers offer change so often that you may be doing yourself a disservice by tying your hybrid cloud to one particular vendor. We’re even starting to see services emerge that shift workloads transparently between cloud providers to give customers the best deal.

Security should be a high priority in any scenario, however, and strategies for hybrid cloud environments must take into account the potential for frequent movement of data between public clouds as well as between public and private clouds. Here are six factors to consider to ensure that your security strategy is portable across all services and service providers...

5 Prerequisites of Deploying Cloud Technology

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Sawaram Suthar.

In my current scenario, cloud computing is on the rise and is all set to dominate the market. A majority of organisations have adopted or are planning to adopt the cloud technology due to its multiple benefits, including the vital role it plays in reducing operating costs as well as expenditures. However, to get the maximum benefit, it is very important to ensure a smooth transition.

Cloud computing enables companies to store and access data and programs over the internet instead of on the hard drive of the computer. It allows the companies to use computing resources as a utility, eliminating the need to build and maintain an in-house infrastructure. The cloud is metaphorically compared to the internet because it serves as a white, inflated cloud, accepting connections and distributing the information while floating...

7 warnings to heed before a cloud migration

Grazed from MIS-Asia. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

If a cloud migration is in your company's future, some IT cloud veterans are warning you to avoid the technology pitfalls that could be lurking in the dark. Migrating to the cloud is becoming more common, especially for sizable enterprises. Certainly, most CIOs and IT managers are aware that they need to size up their security needs and ask about critical points, like reliability and scalability, before taking such a big step.

There are, however, those pesky missteps that are easy to make and that can lead to major headaches if you don't plan around them. At the annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, veterans of cloud deployments laid out some warnings for enterprise teams preparing to make such a move...

Embrace these cloud service-level agreement best practices

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Alan R. Earls.

There's something comforting about the concept of a cloud service-level agreement. There it is in black and white: a cloud provider's promise to keep your applications up and running -- almost all the time. But while a cloud service-level agreement may be an indispensable component for securing cloud services, it's rarely as airtight as it looks.

In fact, according to experts, users need to be aware of both service-level agreement best practices, as well as a host of potential problems. One of the biggest issues with cloud computing SLAs is that they haven't yet evolved into an industry standard, said Michael S. Mensik, partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP, a Chicago-based law firm, citing a the firm's recent survey on cloud computing and SLAs...