Infrastructure

Tips For Midsize Businesses Struggling With Cloud Infrastructure

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Dick Csaplar.

Cloud computing is and will have an extensive impact on the IT infrastructure of companies of all sizes. I’ve come to this conclusion thanks to my extensive research as a Senior Analyst with the Aberdeen Group. And after a survey of a wide range of companies in January, we’re able to see an even clearer picture of how the public cloud is being used.

The data show that small companies — organizations with up to 100 employees — are, in general, gaining much from using new services based in the cloud, specifically ones they could not afford to purchase and manage on their own. As seen in the chart below, small companies do not find application integration and customization a challenge. Because these tasks are very technical, small businesses don’t even attempt them: They use the cloud services as they are provided, “right from the box.”...

Is It Better To Build Or Buy Cloud Infrastructure For Your Business?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Janel Ryan.

The great IT debate about how best to leverage the benefits of cloud computing continues. Is it better to own or rent? The answer is, “it depends” on what you’re evaluating and your specific requirements. Rent to own furniture…I’ll save you the trouble. Don’t do it. With Cloud, businesses like yours need to look at what is the best fit for you – it is economics as well as strategic focus. And if you’re doing your homework right, it’s not a simple process.

Not only is it difficult to accurately quantify the true cost of cloud infrastructure from a provider versus building it yourself, you also need to assess your reasons for buying cloud. Most don’t make the move to cloud for anticipated savings. Most move for business reasons such as agility, scale, or simply “getting it done faster.” According to some stats, over 46% see cost savings as one of the benefits of cloud computing, while 43% see efficiency as a benefit...

Cloud Computing Benefits And Importance On Redesigning Your IT Infrastructure

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Deney Dentel.

Cloud computing can simply be described as computing based on the internet. In the past, people depended on physical computer storage or servers to run their programs. However, with the introduction of cloud computing, people as well as business enterprises can now access their programs through the internet. This kind of computing is rapidly growing in popularity and especially with small business enterprises. To understand why so many businesses are making the transition to cloud computing, let’s have a look at some of its benefits.

Cost savings of the cloud

Opting for the cloud helps a business save money in several ways. For instance, it eliminates the necessity to invest in storage hardware and other physical infrastructure like servers. Besides, a business does not need to hire technical personnel to maintain and service the infrastructure. With cloud service, you pay after certain duration of time depending on the plan you opt for. All you do is use the virtual storage space without giving much attention to the actual infrastructure...

Consortium tests open cloud infrastructure for disaster situations

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

An industry and government IT team in the US is conducting a test on the use of open cloud computing infrastructure to respond to emergencies and national disasters such as the Haiti earthquake of 2010. The team is testing how cloud computing platforms can help in collecting, storing and sharing geospatial information to assist emergency responders in a disaster situation through simulation.

The US non-profit organisation, Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), has collaborated with six enterprises including The Aerospace Corp., Boeing, NJVC, Raytheon, Telos and Winthrop for the open source cloud concept project. These companies represent the response teams necessary during natural disasters such as healthcare, traffic control, aerospace and telecommunications, NCOIC said...

Cloud Computing: IT System Security - Locking Down Infrastructure

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Douglas Bonderud.

IT system security is about more than just walling out attackers and making sure employees use strong passwords. The fundamental nature of networks has changed from being fully entrenched at the local level to being a mixture of owned, rented, in-house, distributed technology. While this provides greater flexibility for admins and can help lower total spending, the advent of ubiquitous cloud computing also presents new security challenges for midsize IT pros.

Defending the Stack

To create a solid set of IT security practices, admins need two things: patience and paranoia. The cloud provides an excellent touchstone for patience because IT departments are often pressured by executives and employees familiar with the cloud to fast track its adoption. The claim here is that lowered costs and greater agility override potential security concerns - they do not...

Infrastructure as a Service Propels Cloud Computing Growth

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Joe Hewitson.

Computing resources have been a quickly changing and ever-improving facet of modern business for many years. Innovations stream at breakneck pace. The rise of cloud computing has, in recent years, combined PaaS and SaaS (Platform and Software as a service) to provide a unified solution for IT groups looking for a more distributed computing resource strategy. As the data fed into these cloud platforms and applications continues to increase, the infrastructure supporting its growth will need to expand. This foundational need is exactly why many IT professionals in organizations of all sizes, including midsize companies, have begun pushing their computing infrastructure into the cloud.

Growth of IaaS

Gartner Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, has recently released a projected growth analysis of public cloud computing and its services. As reported by Forbes, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) stands out as the fastest-growing sector. Forecast with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just over 41 percent through 2016, the increase in demand for computing resources in the public cloud shows no sign of slowing down. The need for agile computing resources and scalable infrastructure has clearly caused a shift in focus for IT professionals. Playing catch up to the other two major services of the cloud, this IaaS growth proves to be a great illustration of the importance of the cloud in today's business...

Ethernet fabrics are essential to advancement of cloud, virtualization and data center operations in Middle East

Grazed from AME.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In today's IT environment, more devices, a deluge of data, decreasing costs to transfer data, and server virtualization have triggered a transformation in the data center which will no doubt lead to multiple data center advancements during the next five years.  Earlier exclusively deployed by large enterprises, it is now common in the Middle East to see small and medium organizations with their own data centers. No longer are data operations handled from a server room and a switch closet.

Sufian Dweik, Regional Manager, MEMA at Brocade Communications, says that last year, network managers in the Middle East witnessed the growing popularity of Ethernet fabrics. The trends that were the driving force behind this are set to remain valid though 2013 as well. A sampling of analyst numbers reveals the true significance of these trends. According to IMS Research, 22 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020...

Meeting the challenges of hybrid cloud computing infrastructures

Grazed from Network World. Author: David Grimes.

As companies embrace cloud computing, many are finding it advantageous to use external clouds to host non-critical IT services and data while keeping business-critical applications on internal-cloud infrastructure. However, this hybrid approach can create significant management challenges. The clouds must tightly integrate with each other, and legacy systems and data and workflows must be managed across the clouds and systems. Since hybrid clouds typically involve a mix of technologies and vendors, and there is the constant need for new capabilities, the level of complexity and amount of attention required to properly manage these platforms is increasing at a rapid rate. That means the management platform for hybrid cloud solutions is a critical, if often overlooked, piece of the proverbial puzzle.

Managing the hybrid cloud involves much more than tools. After all, vendors for each separate component of cloud infrastructure provide their own "stovepipe" of managerial tools. But since there isn't a true "single-pane-of-glass" tool, you will need a more strategic perspective and framework to succeed with hybrid cloud computing. The following principles and practices can shape this meta-cloud management initiative...

Don't just blame the cloud for the Amazon Web Services outage

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Ted Samson.

Amazon Web Services has once again found itself in the unenviable position of being the poster-boy-turned-whipping-boy for the cloud computing world due to another high-profile service disruption that severely slowed down or knocked out a handful of heavily trafficked websites and services, including Netflix, Reddit, Airbnb, imgur, Pinterest, Heroku, and Foursquare. Like clockwork, the outage has generated a healthy debate around the blogosphere as to whether this most recent downtime spells doom for the cloud in general or for Amazon in particular, or whether affected AWS users accept a share of the blame for taking the cheap route and signing up for the bare-bones, single-region AWS services to host their mission-critical services.

AWS confirmed on its status page at 11:11 p.m. PT yesterday that it had experienced "degraded performance for a small number of EBS (Elastic Beanstalk Service) volumes." The page said that the issue was restricted to a single Availability Zone within the U.S.-East-1 Region, which is in Northern Virginia...

Cloud Computing: 30 billion watts and rising - balancing the internet's energy and infrastructure needs

Grazed from The Verge.  Author:  Tim Carmody.