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Most cloud computing myths are just that

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by

As the cloud computing market matures, the myths initially surrounding the technology are beginning to disappear, although they are not completely gone yet. In many cases, decision-makers who are less familiar with the hosted services landscape will continue to accept these fabrications as facts, which may impair their ability to implement the cloud and, as a result, compete with rival enterprises.

In a recent report, IT expert Peter Wiegandt highlighted some of the major cloud fables and how they are affecting the business world. Although there are numerous myths, one of the most prominent emerges when executives try to pinpoint the “one true cloud.”

Most cloud computing myths are just that

Most cloud computing myths are just that

The truth about the cloud
Wiegandt asserted that many companies believe there is only one cloud: the public cloud. This isn’t the case because the private cloud is gaining momentum in the corporate landscape, allowing organizations to collaborate with a service provider yet still maintain complete control over their cloud solutions. In fact, industry analysts said roughly 9 out of every 10 organizations are either using the private cloud or plan to deploy it within the next few years.

Many organizations are simply misinformed about the various cloud options and related technology. The truth of the matter is that the private cloud is highly scalable, flexible, and secure, allowing companies of all sizes to make headway into the hosted landscape without being worried about losing control or making mission-critical information vulnerable.

A Renub Research report forecast the private cloud computing market to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 21 percent through 2015 as businesses around the world adopt the technology. This trend suggests that the public cloud is not the only viable option for growing organizations, given that the private model seems to be picking up steam as well.

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Cloud infrastructure supports agile IT endeavors

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by

Companies often seek to use cloud computing technologies in an effort to improve business agility at a lower cost than other technical endeavors. Although hosted environments have an inherent flexibility that lets organizations carry out tasks more efficiently, decision-makers can’t simply deploy one cloud service and expect to reap all the rewards. Instead, enterprises need to ensure the cloud architectures they use have the necessary qualities to support a more agile workplace.

In today’s fast-paced business world, application agility is one of the best characteristics for an organization to have because it ensures employees can access and use mission-critical solutions from virtually anywhere. A recent CIO report report highlighted how leveraging an efficient cloud infrastructure service can dramatically improve efficiency as a result of its easy scalability and automated provisioning. When these characteristics are combined with other critical elements, companies can be sure they have the agile qualities they need to thrive.

Cloud infrastructure supports agile IT endeavors

Cloud infrastructure supports agile IT endeavors

Embrace agile development
In the past, there was one tried-and-true method for application development used by most of the business world. Today, the diversity of the corporate landscape has encouraged decision-makers to pursue strategies that differ from competitors to create room for possible advantages. This demand, coupled with the proliferation of cloud computing and mobile projects, has led to the emergence of the agile development movement.

CIO noted that this mentality is considered the norm in today’s enterprise, although many firms have yet to deploy these strategies effectively. By incorporating an agile development concept into the cloud infrastructure, employees can gain access to the automated tools they need to circumvent old processes that often resulted in unwanted, unused, or inefficient applications.

A separate First Line Software report echoed the importance of including the cloud in an agile development strategy because the hosted technology supports greater levels of service delivery and encourages users to take advantage of its scalable capacity. When enterprises leverage cloud and agile initiatives simultaneously, they can streamlines the creation and deployment process to ensure employees can take full advantage of the tools in a timely manner.

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Nonprofits look to the cloud for optimization

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by

Nonprofit organizations are similar to other companies in the fact that they need to innovate to survive because the nature of the business world currently functions based on a dog-eat-dog mindset. If nonprofit firms don’t have the ability to maximize efficiency through an optimized IT budget, they’ll struggle to stay competitive, fall behind, and eventually be wiped from existence.

This concern is encouraging nonprofits to implement cloud computing technologies in an effort to keep costs down without sacrificing their ability to leverage next-generation tools that will give them an edge in today’s fast-paced, always-progressing corporate landscape. A recent j2 Global report revealed that savvy nonprofits are implementing the cloud to improve anytime connectivity, allowing decision-makers to support a mobile workforce without introducing unnecessary complexities and challenges. In fact, 30 percent of nonprofits said they have upgraded at least some of their technologies to improve efficiency within the past year.

Nonprofits look to the cloud for optimization

Nonprofits look to the cloud for optimization

As the mobile landscape evolves, for example, executives need to provide employees with the opportunity to use these tools or companies risk losing individuals to competitors. If nonprofit agencies use cloud computing, they have the unique opportunity to embrace “bring your own device” (BYOD) as well as other mobile strategies without compromising productivity or security. This is because a cloud infrastructure is agnostic in the sense that it doesn’t discriminate against platform type or location, which makes it an ideal architecture to support a growing remote workforce.

Still, j2 Global highlighted some important tips that firms should take into consideration when launching a mobile and cloud endeavor.

Take advantage of advanced features for less
Just because an individual isn’t working from inside the office doesn’t mean that person should lose his or her professionalism, j2 Global noted. In other words, decision-makers need to be proactive by educating employees on the risks and challenges associated with carrying out corporate tasks from alternative locations, while simultaneously providing workers with the solutions they need to operate effectively.

In many cases, hosting a sophisticated phone system such as VoIP in the cloud can give employees the ability to use advanced call forwarding, voicemail, and other features without putting too much pressure on the budget as a whole. This is especially important for nonprofits that need to get the biggest bang for their buck to survive.

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