Coughing, sneezing, shortage of breath; are you experiencing any or all of these symptoms when you hear the words “cloud computing?” You are not alone! Many people are coming forth as server huggers, better known as those who resist cloud computing or virtualization. Accustomed to being able to see and touch the physical hardware containing their data, server huggers cringe at the thought of trusting something they cannot see. Continue reading
The cloud vendor list is getting crowded and vibrant these days. EMC recently made a number of announcements including EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and the acquisition of 3 cloud innovators Cloudscaling, Maginatics and Spanning. Now, Enterprise IT have the capability to build out its cloud blueprints and IT-as-a-Service consumption model with greater agility, efficiency, performance, security, control and choice. With the fast maturing cloud technologies and the promise of hybrid cloud services in enabling seamless management and provisioning of private and public cloud services, it is a sign and the coming of age of cloud computing for becoming one of the decade’s most disruptive technologies. Continue reading
The more I talk to our customers, it’s clear that everyone has the same thing on their minds: the cloud. Private, public, or hybrid combinations of the two, customers are excited about the efficiency, cost savings, and flexibility that cloud offers. Whether for backup, archive, or to get more out of existing data protection investments, businesses want to get to the cloud. And quickly. Continue reading
For many organizations, information infrastructure has become a leading corporate concern because of the expense of managing the legacy environment, poor responsiveness to business needs, and the potential for significant risk of data loss. Other than that, they’re happy.
What happens when business teams don’t get their needs met? They go rogue and bypass IT in search of better services. Despite the disruptive shifts in technology and the way IT is consumed (i.e., consumption models), IT can not only regain the confidence of the business but also position itself as trusted advisor. It’s all about trust.
What Is Trusted IT – And How Do I Make It Happen?
Trust is the contract that binds IT to the business.
When things go wrong (failure, cyber-attack, natural disaster, or stampeding alpacas), the business looks to IT. When there are issues with application performance and availability, the business looks to IT. When information accessibility is locked into one vendor, the business looks to IT. Continue reading
“No one understands the cloud. It’s a [BLEEP] mystery.” —Jason Segel
Perhaps more than a few of us got a kick out of the trailer from one of this summer’s blockbuster movies. In this clip, the cloud is the villain.
If your family is like mine, meaning not that tech savvy, so their only exposure to the cloud is limited to what’s available on their favorite Apple device, then, yes, the cloud may seem as vaporous as its heavenly counterpart.
But if you’re a tech-savvy CEO, CIO, application or data protection administrator, or business line manager, understanding the cloud and its potential value to your business has become critical. In fact, not understanding the cloud won’t be an option moving forward, which will hold true whether you’re in the IT business (like me) or a different industry altogether. We’re all on a journey, and the cloud will play a part in everything we do.
Let me explain.
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