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Moving Apps to the Cloud Results in New Agility

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by

As the need for flexible, agile, and efficient infrastructure tops business priorities, company executives are looking to the cloud for solutions. In the past, the majority of IT architecture and mission-critical applications were maintained within in-house data centers. That isn’t the situation that exists today, however, because roughly 69 percent of organizations are planning to migrate crucial systems to the cloud by the end of 2014.

Moving apps to the cloud results in new agility

Moving apps to the cloud results in new agility

This was among the key findings in a new Virtustream survey, which also revealed that senior-level decision-makers are accepting this new cloud trend. In fact, the majority of executives now understand that implementing the cloud and migrating crucial infrastructure resources to the hosted environment delivers numerous benefits, and more than half of respondents said the cloud enables them to strengthen business agility.

Although speed and functionality were cited as the most common advantages that come with the use of cloud environments, 42 percent of decision-makers also said the solutions give them a competitive advantage, while another 40 percent stated that the technology allows employees to be more productive.

“The end of 2014 will be a pivotal moment for the enterprise cloud,” Virtustream executive Simon Aspinall said. “ERP and other mission-critical applications have mainly been deployed conventionally–the cuckoos in cloud land. The next 18 months will see these critical applications pushed out of their in-house data center nests and migrated to the cloud.”

Although some still harbor a few lingering doubts about migrating to the cloud, most decision-makers are taking these concerns with a grain of salt and taking the plunge anyway. In fact, nearly 90 percent of decision-makers said they were aware of why they should migrate applications to the cloud.

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Get on the Road to HIPAA Compliance with GoGrid’s New Solution Bundle

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by

If your company deals with protected health information (PHI), thinking about HIPAA-compliant IT is something you can’t afford not to do. But achieving HIPAA compliance requires sound security practices, robust technical solutions, and expert security support. That’s a lot to manage, even with a dedicated IT team, which is why we’ve created a turnkey solution to get you started on the road to compliance.

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Bundled Services Streamline Time to Compliance

GoGrid’s HIPAA Solution Bundle is designed to be highly available out-of-the-box and includes a recommended set of infrastructure components, managed security monitoring, and reporting. Our Solution features application and database server isolation, breach monitoring and vulnerability assessment reporting, and failover services.

We developed our new HIPAA Solution Bundle to provide a secure cloud solution to help our customers with their HIPAA compliance without requiring they spend their annual IT budget in the process. We also engaged an external HIPAA audit organization to assess the new Solution Bundle and ensure it met the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule objectives.

Naturally, any GoGrid HIPAA customer should carefully study the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule to develop and to deploy the right set of controls to safeguard PHI. Ultimately, no cloud provider can absolutely guarantee a customer’s HIPAA compliance because each organization faces unique business challenges and risks. (more…) «Get on the Road to HIPAA Compliance with GoGrid’s New Solution Bundle»

Hybrid Clouds to Follow Private Cloud’s Success

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by

As the cloud computing market expands, business decision-makers around the world are pursuing not only private or public clouds, but rather a mixture of the two, in addition to on-site environments. This hybrid cloud mantra enables organizations of all sizes to leverage the hosted solutions they need to grow or gain a competitive advantage, without going overboard with investments or burying themselves in unfamiliar territory.

Hybrid clouds to follow private cloud success path

Hybrid clouds to follow private cloud’s success path

During the past several years, the use of private cloud services in the enterprise has increased dramatically. A recent Gartner report estimates that nearly half of companies will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017 because approximately the same number of firms are currently embracing hybrid mentalities as those that were using private clouds 3 years ago. This finding suggests that the hybrid cloud movement will follow the path of private initiatives by growing beyond aspirations and becoming a reality.

Analysts highlighted how agility is often the leading driver behind cloud adoptions. For this reason, executives across the business world are considering hybrid endeavors that combine on-premise and off-site IT architectures, enabling organizations to follow through with an initiative that caters to their specific needs.

Building the right program
As Big Data, mobility, and social projects become the focus of many IT endeavors, decision-makers are charged with the responsibility of developing a strategy that uses the tools they need to meet long-term objectives. In many cases, the cloud’s natural scalable and flexible characteristics make it an adjustable and customizable platform for companies, allowing IT executives to pursue the programs that give their organization an advantage.

Gartner noted that technology is not the biggest issue when it comes to adopting the cloud. In fact, the largest problem companies usually have is developing a team that can leverage the best of the cloud. In most cases, the technology that is the foundation of the cloud doesn’t necessarily solve a company’s transformational or process issues. Experts said that organizations should build a cloud strategy that can address key challenges in the workplace. In some cases, private cloud projects will not be a panacea because they will only resolve specific types of issues.

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Report: Companies like Cloud BI over On-Premise Software

Friday, October 4th, 2013 by

The rapid proliferation of cloud and Big Data projects has led to the convergence of the two strategies in several ways. Currently, business intelligence (BI) processes are steadily moving to the cloud because many professionals involved in the analytic procedure believe cloud-based initiatives are easier to deploy and use and provide more substantial results.

Report: Companies like cloud BI over on-premise software

Report: Companies like cloud BI over on-premise software

These findings were highlighted in a recent Dimensional Research study of more than 400 BI experts in which 80 percent of respondents using cloud services said they were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the tools at their disposal. Meanwhile, only 51 percent of premise-based BI users expressed the same gratitude.

Although there are many benefits associated with using cloud-enabled business intelligence solutions, 83 percent of respondents said the ability to implement the tools faster than their on-premise counterparts was one of the most significant advantages, Dimensional Research reported. Cloud projects can often be deployed in less than 3 months, compared to on-site initiatives, which tend to last more than 6 months.

“These results confirm that cloud BI solutions are strongly preferred, offering faster, easier, and more economical deployment and lower total cost of ownership, along with superior ease of use, which drives broader user adoption within the organization,” said Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst at Dimensional Research.

Cloud tools are easier to use
For the most part, companies are more willing to leverage cloud computing tools for analytic processes than conventional in-house services. In fact, the study found that more than half of respondents would select a cloud-based initiative over a premise-based strategy, and only 14 percent said they would choose on-premise BI software over a hosted environment. This preference is partially because organizations using the cloud experience higher adoption levels: the majority of respondents said more employees have the ability to access and use cloud BI solutions, compared to only 17 percent of BI professionals who perceived traditional offerings as more user friendly.

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Big Data Management, Usage Plans Often Need Assistance

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by

Now that organizations have the ability to collect information faster and more efficiently, executives are reconsidering the processes associated with maintaining those resources. Although the Big Data phenomenon offers decision-makers the opportunity to transform operations on multiple levels, the truth is that engaging in these projects requires firms to maintain more digital resources than ever before.

Big data management, usage plans often need assistance

Big Data management, usage plans often need assistance

Although not all Big Data projects require managing massive volumes of information, the proliferation of advanced storage technologies and solutions with huge computing power encourages organizations to gather large amounts of assets. As a result, executives need to assess whether their current data management plans can keep up with these changes and evaluate whether any adjustments are necessary to optimizing performance.

Despite these potential modifications, the majority of companies are now confident about the benefits associated with Big Data. This trend was highlighted in a recent CompTIA study of 500 business and IT decision-makers, which found that 78 percent of respondents said they feel more positive about Big Data as a corporate priority than they did last year. At the same time, organizations are evaluating their methods for using and managing information, ensuring these capabilities stay up to par with evolving demand.

During these assessments, many businesses have come to grips with the fact that they are exactly where they want to be: 57 percent of decision-makers said their information management and usage plans are hitting the mark.

“Data has always been important in the business world, but the Big Data trend has elevated its importance, pushing companies to be smarter in how they manage and use data,” said Tim Herbert, vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA.

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