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High In The Sky Or Lost In The Fog? Navigating The Complex World Of Cloud Pricing

Businesses migrating to the cloud are understandably enthusiastic about realising all the benefits of scalability, flexibility and economy that the best cloud offerings can deliver. However, many encounter a stumbling block when confronted by the complex array of pricing models offered by different providers. Making sense of all the different options can be a major headache along the path to cloud adoption. Back in 2013, a report from analyst firm 451 found that cloud pricing was excessively complicated, and blamed the immaturity of the market for the lack of clarity and standardisation of offerings and pricing. This was making it very difficult for customers to compare different vendors and indeed sparked the creation of several cloud comparison indices in a bid to resolve the problem. Fo......

Beyond Hybrid Storage: The Future Is Multi-Cloud

The term “hybrid“ seems to be ubiquitous in the storage world at the moment – for example hybrid storage (combining flash and traditional HDDs) and hybrid cloud (combining public and private cloud). However, as with all trendy buzzwords, we have to ask ourselves what the future really holds for hybrid architectures. The Future For Hybrid Storage I recently read an article that stated that hybrid storage architectures, combining flash and traditional HDDs, are always a bad choice. Hybrid is a compromise between a legacy concept and a new disruptive one, and in the long run, the newer concept wins 100% of the market, leaving any hybrid solution at a disadvantage. I couldn’t agree more about the inadequacy of hybrid architectures and would add hybrid cloud to the list. Where my opinion differ......

Amazon Web Services Vs RackSpace: The Best Solution To Secure Your Data

There’s never enough storage space on your computer anymore. And, if you’re not set up to purchase your own servers, cloud storage is the solution for you. For most people, the question is not, “Should I use cloud storage?” Instead, you’re asking, “Which cloud service should I use?” Let’s explore… How Many Cloud Service Providers Are There? If you limit the answer to how many companies primarily sell cloud hosting services, the answer is probably 200-300. But, in addition to those companies, there are countless resellers and companies who supplement their primary business with server space. If you’re in the market thinking you should shop around, know that you will get overwhelmed if you dig too deep. Which Service Should You Choose? With so many options, you have to know that there ......

5 Things To Consider When Adopting A Hybrid Cloud Structure

Everyone is talking about the hybrid cloud, but what is it? Is it right for your business? And if so, what should you consider when shifting to a hybrid cloud infrastructure? First, let’s consider recent trends in cloud computing more generally. Cloud computing has its roots in the 1950s, with the invention of mainframe computing, but it only really took off in the 1990s, when telecommunications companies were able to start offering virtualised private network connections. This opened up the possibility of public clouds, where a third party such as Amazon or Google – or, commonly, a combination of such third parties – owns the physical hardware supporting data storage and applications, and this infrastructure is shared by multiple clients. Cloud-based server hosting, webmail, and online of......

Why Enterprise Needs SD-WAN

In the highly centralised, controlled, and self-contained enterprise IT environments of the past, static hardware-based networking worked for your enterprise. Today, requirements have legacy networks at the breaking point. Apps are both on-premises and in the cloud. Networks are both private and public. Users are mobile as well as remote. IT is more distributed, fragmented, and dynamic than ever. If your enterprise has adopted a hybrid network – a mix of MPLS, Internet VPN, and public Internet – to keep up with your application and user demands, you’ve seen the benefits of having multiple transport capabilities. However, you’ve also experienced the increasing complexity of managing quality, failover and traffic routing rules for a diverse application portfolio. Manual configura......

IoT And Cloud: Where And How Do They Cross Paths?

Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud have created quite a hype for themselves. Depending on what you want or where you are placed in service cycle, one would be the medium and other the service that you are looking for. IoT applications can work well without cloud and so can cloud host numerous other Software without any necessity of doing it for IoT-based app. But, both cloud and IoT can benefit from each other. While you will be able to instantly think of situations where IoT applications will benefit from cloud, it would require some thought on how cloud can benefit from IoT. This blog will offer a new perspective on cloud applications and their integration with Internet of Things. The Current Scenario If you are living in a metropolitan, chances are that you are using both cloud and IoT ......

Should Law Firms Use BPM Software?

Most law schools do not teach budding lawyers practical business management skills. When these lawyers arrive at a law firm they struggle to achieve the desired results. Many law firms too lack the tools needed to run an efficient and productive practice. Such organisations need to wake up and analyse their workflows, focus on activities that contribute to smooth management and invest in software solutions that can improve their performance. What law firms need precisely is business process management (BPM) software which can help their employees perform their tasks effectively.  BPM is a fast-growing market that is expected to rise from $6.96 billion in 2016 to $13.52 billion by the year 2021. A popular BPM solution used by numerous global case law companies is bpm’online. This cloud-base......

Embracing Hybrid Cloud Services In Traditional Industries

Due to the many commercial benefits and the world of possibilities, cloud computing is now a mainstream model being adopted for the IT savvy business that has growth on its agenda. In my time working at iland, a global cloud services provider, I’ve also witnessed first-hand how more and more industries are increasing their focus on the cloud as a way of protecting themselves against cyber threats, human error and natural disasters, all while maintaining industry compliance.  Unfortunately, it is often the case whereby industries that stand to gain most from cloud technologies are the very ones that suffer from slower adoption rates; perhaps due to sensitivities around data security. That being said, as cloud adoption continues apace across EMEA, companies in even traditionally conservative......

6 Points To Ponder When Converting From Microsoft Dynamics To The Cloud

The IT industry is ruled by Microsoft for a long time with a wide range of software development services and hardware solutions. Microsoft has numerous software applications that offer various services. One of such applications is the Microsoft Dynamics that is an amalgamation of Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP and Customer Relationship Management or CRM. It is used to record the various CRM communications like emails, meetings, phone calls, etc. along with the time, date, subject and other details of the communication. However, with the advent of the latest technology called the cloud, most of the organisations are considering to convert their database for better administration, scalability, and cost-cutting. Even before considering the procedure of the conversion, it is important to ......

Cloud ERP Evolution: CFOs Are Realising It’s When, Not If

As every business evolves, it seeks out ways to better manage its growing operations. This evolution is often built on acquiring a complex array of applications – bought and used at different times for very specific business functions. Do you remember when you invested in your first accounting programme, or inventory management or HR system? And the result? A disparate technology landscape that, as it grows and ages, inevitably introduces inefficiencies – leaving companies struggling to maintain clear sight of the bigger business picture and make the right informed decisions. The phrase “many hands make light work” does not apply to the typical siloed business application infrastructure. In our experience, too many employees are dissatisfied by the proportion of time they spend......

Stop Judging Web Hosts By Their Names: Being Smarter About The Choice

The bandwagon of blogs and websites is getting awfully crowded right about now. Everybody’s jumping on it and with good reason. Having a personal blog is becoming as routine as having an email address or an iPhone. People want to show off their personalities and make some money by promoting products that they hope their followers and friends will fall in love with. Companies with websites aren’t stopping there; they’re adding blogs to make the sites more interesting to visitors who might be looking for more general interest articles that are educational at the same time. If you’re ready to get your own website, then you’ll have to first pick a web hosting service, following the selection of a suitable domain name. The hosting service is responsible for making sure your site goes live. With......

What Is Hybrid Cloud And How Can It Benefit Connectivity?

While not the only barometer of the embryonic, the escalating and the potentially important, Google Trends does illustrate evolving developments better than most. Search for the term “hybrid cloud” on Trends and you’ll see a mountain of public interest rise from sea level in early 2010 to today’s current peak.  There have been significant milestones along the way, yet interest in hybrid cloud has never been greater than it is today. According to our recent IDC research report, 53 percent of European enterprises currently or plan to use a hybrid cloud solution for their corporate IT. Why? Hybrid cloud offers a number of benefits to your business, chief among them the ability to take control of corporate IT assets in the service of business objectives, such as growing into a new market or im......

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