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Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid Cloud: Hybrid cloud is a composition of two or more clouds (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models.(Source: Wikipedia)

Server Virtualisation: On Premise, In-the-Cloud or Hybrid?


Section: Research
With over 70% of SMB’s embracing virtualization in some form, the need for a cohesive, well thought out strategy is crucial so as to avoid common and costly mistakes. This White Paper explores the: •  Four key elements of a server virtualization strategy •  Business goals and how they will impact strategy •  Public Vs On-Site Private Cloud Vs Outsourced Private Cloud Vs Hybrid •  What to watch out ...   read more

Cloud, Managed Hosting, Colo or In-house?


Section: Research
The decision to outsource or in-source data centre services is not one taken lightly. Just as organisations felt they had figured out what to outsource and what to keep in-house, cloud computing has fuelled renewed interest in outsourcing, resulting in enterprises reassessing their IT service sourcing strategies. This white paper provides some important considerations when deciding on data centre services and covers the following: < ...   read more

Cloud and Storage - The way ahead


Section: Research
Today people are slowly becoming aware that the term Cloud does not describe a single offering but is rather used to conveniently refer to a broad range of solutions. In addition the term is now being used in both the context of solutions residing inside the data centre or outside the business entirely. This research explores the considerations an organisation should take as they look at external cloud and storage and also questions what is the reality behind Cloud and ...   read more

Cloud Computing in the Public Sector


Section: Research
Governments around the world have been looking at how best to reduce functional redundancy through the concept of "shared services” where different departments share a single source of function. This report looks at the promise and issues of cloud computing today in the Public Sector, along with the direction cloud needs to take in order to fulfil on its promise. The following topics are covered: -  The public sector in 2011 and beyond ...   read more

Life After Cloud Computing


Section: Research
This research looks ahead of the latest IT industry developments of cloud computing and how a variety of cloud deployment models can be considered when looking at how best to fulfil a particular requirement.   The research also considers if cloud computing could be a more service-centric approach, brought about by the challenging of IT’s historical obsession with technology, and enabled by more choice and flexibility. ...   read more

Cloud Definitions, Deployment Considerations & Diversity


Section: Research
This White Paper provides clarity on the language of Cloud Computing, offers a practical description and ordering of the key Cloud terminology in use. It also puts forward the basic, but often unspoken, argument that organisations will need to address an increasingly fragmented notion of how IT is delivered going forward. The constraints of server rooms, DMZ’s, ownership and dedic ...   read more

Finding the Right Cloud Solutions for your Organisation


Section: Research
If you manage technology today, you know the story: everything is mobile, connected, interactive, immediate, and fluid. Expectations are high. On any given day, it's all about service delivery. You need to provide technology-enabled services to your people whenever and wherever they need them-and you need to do it cost-effectively, securely, and quickly. This is one of the driving forces behind the rise in cloud computing. Cloud computing can provide new levels of collaboration, agility, ...   read more

Cloud Trends for 2013 and Beyond


Section: Articles
The cloud has settled in to stay. Since its first emergence, cloud has been both a curiosity and a concern for CIOs and IT professionals. Now that this modern computing system has swept the information industry, what will happen next?

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High Availability Cloud Computing


Section: Articles Video
Brian Gracely of The CloudCast Video Channel discusses the basics of High Availability for applications in both Public Cloud and Private Cloud environments. He discusses legacy applications, virtualized applications and new web-scale applications, along with the underlying infrastructure t  read more

Is Your Network Ready for Cloud Computing?


Section: Articles Video
The cloud is changing the way that organisations are doing business. Although there are lots of terms being used...SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, private cloud, hybrid cloud, VDI, etc, essentially all are heading down the same path into the cloud. By 2014, according to Cisco, 50% of all workloads will be processed in the cloud and Gartner's study suggests cloud service spending will be 5x overall IT spending by 2015.   read more

Let your business goals determine your server virtualisation strategy


Section: Articles
Having a solid plan - and in so doing, avoiding common mistakes - is the first step.   The key question is whether to roll out that virtualisation plan with an on-premise, in-the-cloud, or hybrid strategy, and the answer is seldom obvious.    The four key elements of a virtualisation strategy include: 1. Assess your data centre. It is very likely that if you a ...   read more

Moving Into the Cloud: Guidance from Cloud Connect 2011


Section: Articles
As cloud computing moves into the next phase of adoption, the nature of the conversation is changing. Cloud computing discussions no longer centre around the question of what the cloud is, but rather how it can be used to gain competitive business advantage. The 2011 Cloud Connect conference,  read more

Multi-cloud strategies help to overcome risks of the cloud


Section: Articles
One of the benefits of cloud computing is that, assuming virtualization is implemented in the cloud farm, that layer of abstraction affords some measure of protection against loss or downtime in the event of a single hardware failure. And of course, utilizing a cloud platform adds innumerable other benefits, not the least of which is the ability to access data and applications from any location, and protection against downtime from an in-house data centre failure.   read more

Three Approaches to Server Virtualization: On-premise, Cloud and Hybrid


Section: Articles
Server Virtualization is not a monolithic approach – there are a few different ways of going about it. The three main methods of executing server virtualization are On-premise, Cloud and Hybrid models.   On-premise: This model of server virtualization is most familiar to IT managers – it’s the traditional data centre approach, where the virtualized servers are hosted on-site at the company’s own data centre, and the company owns and maintains ...   read more

To Insource or Outsource Data Centre Services?


Section: Articles
Questions of whether to outsource or in-source data centre services are today heavily influenced by the allure of cloud computing, which has transformed the way businesses now think about outsourcing. In light of today’s complex, hybrid, and multifaceted data centre services landscape, how should organisations approach the critical decision of whether to outsource or insource data centre services?   All good data centre infrastructure evolves from careful anal ...   read more

5 Trends in Cloud Computing


Section: Articles
As cloud computing continues its swift transition from slightly nebulous industry catchphrase to real-world business-critical solution, we are getting a clearer picture of who cloud customers are and what is driving them into the cloud. Here are five major trends in today’s emerging cloud landscape. SMBs and micro-businesses as major adopters of cloud computing technology.  The basic value proposition of the cloud means that the SMB and micro-b ...   read more

Cloud competition heats up as Microsoft challenges Amazon Web Services


Section: News
Microsoft upped the ante on cloud competitors this week as they announced updates for Windows Azure, including a new price plan and stronger integration with other Microsoft IT infrastructure development tools. These announcements were made at the Microsoft TechEd 2013 conference this week. The company plans to offer Azure with pricing by the minute with no minimum buy-in, read more

Cloud computing 'still in the early adoption phase'


Section: News
While software-as-a-service (SaaS) currently has more users than platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), new figures suggest that businesses are still experimenting with the cloud and that the latter two are likely to become more prevalent in the coming years. Placeholder0CompTIA's second annual Trends in Cloud Computing report showed that 32 per cent of respondents were using PaaS or IaaS, compared with 69 per cent making use of SaaS. ...   read more

Gartner Identify Cloud Computing Trends


Section: News
Gartner have identified five key cloud computing "subtrends” which businesses must factor into their planning in order to avoid expensive mistakes such as missed market opportunities in the run up to 2015. The research company point out that continual monitoring of the trends will need to be carried out as the uncertainty over the level of ad ...   read more

Gmail 'a credible business alternative to Microsoft Exchange'


Section: News
Google's cloud-based email service Gmail has been described as a credible business alternative to Microsoft Exchange - despite the fact it only enjoys a market share of one per cent. This is according to esteemed IT analyst Gartner, which believes Google could be about to make huge amounts of headway in the business cloud communications market. Placeholder0Matthew Cain, analyst at Gartner, said that cloud-based email was still an outside choice for many firms - presumably b ...   read more

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