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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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The Cloud’s Future Remains Diverse

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by

Businesses around the world are leveraging various cloud computing technologies to either get ahead of or keep up with their competitors. Doing so is especially important in today’s otherwise unpredictable economy, which is encouraging decision-makers to improve their internal operations without driving expenses through the roof.

The cloud's future remains diverse

The cloud’s future remains diverse

Investing in the cloud is one of the best ways for organizations to take advantage of these opportunities, and the majority of enterprises are doing just that. Yet, not all firms feel the same way toward every available cloud model. This finding was highlighted in a recent Vanson Bourne study of 400 US and UK businesses, which found that a large portion of firms are adopting both public and private cloud services. In fact, roughly 60 percent of respondents said a combination of the two technologies will likely be the culmination of their cloud computing initiatives.

Experts said that many organizations started out with a public-only cloud mentality because the scalability and cost-saving capabilities of the multi-tenant model were highly influential. After some time, however, some decision-makers began to recognize that incorporating a private cloud infrastructure into their public cloud strategies would introduce even greater benefits.

“They may have started with a public cloud-only architecture but have come to realize the limitations of this approach as they’ve continued on their cloud journey,” cloud expert John Engates asserted.

Why converge the cloud?
The survey revealed that the need to improve security is often one of the main reasons for implementing private cloud offerings on top of public services. Although the cloud may be inherently more secure than traditional IT environments, the multi-tenant nature of public offerings sometimes makes it more difficult for decision-makers to exercise control over their infrastructure. The private cloud, on the other hand, is by definition easier to manage and safeguard.

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Building private cloud infrastructure

Friday, July 5th, 2013 by

Although the proliferation of public cloud computing technologies has encouraged a large portion of the business world to migrate resources to an off-site environment, many decision-makers believe managing their own assets can be more beneficial. For this reason, among others, enterprise executives often prefer to leverage a private cloud architecture that enables them to satisfy numerous goals that cannot be met while using only the public cloud.

Building a private cloud infrastructure

Building a private cloud infrastructure

Yet constructing a private cloud is not a simple one-and-done process. A recent InfoWorld report highlighted how constructing a private infrastructure is similar to building a data center, though it is distinct in several ways. For one, the management layer capabilities are different in a private cloud than they are in a premise-based virtualization architecture.

InfoWorld noted that private clouds, for the most part, will offer some level of self-service, which is important for organizations that need to manage various solutions throughout their life cycle. Unlike conventional data centers, however, these management capabilities must be available to business units, not just the IT department. This is because it is often too time-consuming to have business teams consult with IT every time servers must be commissioned or other processes need to happen.

By working with a trusted service provider, companies can be sure they implement private clouds with the appropriate management capabilities for the workforce as a whole.

Leveled security
In traditional IT environments, IT controls the majority of security controls, which makes administrative considerations unnecessary. Because the private cloud enables individuals to decommission, deploy and manage servers on their own, decision-makers need to ensure they have the ability to protect sensitive information and resources during these procedures, InfoWorld noted.

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Public, private clouds disrupt future data centers

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by

In the past, small businesses and large enterprises both solely used on-premise data centers because they were the only real technology available for decision-makers looking to improve operations through the use of digital technologies. Today is much different, as many organizations are now migrating massive workloads to external cloud computing environments in an attempt to reduce costs, relieve internal stress and ensure individuals have access to mission-critical resources from virtually anywhere at any time.

Public, private clouds disrupt future data centers

Public, private clouds disrupt future data centers

Yet decision-makers are still unsure which route to take in their deployment of the “next-generation data center.” In some cases, executives will continue migrating operations to external cloud-based environments, while others will keep sensitive information on internal clouds. Others still will adopt a hybrid approach, in which both internal and external clouds are used. The question remains, which method will be the most effective for 21st century companies?

In reality, this question can only be answered when decision-makers understand how their organization works. If an enterprise is pursuing teleworking trends, which enable employees to work from anywhere, the public cloud can introduce significant benefits. Because the hosted environments are managed by a third party, they are accessible via any device from any location. This means individuals in a coffee shop down the street can access the same resources as colleagues working inside the office – if they are authorized to view the same content, that is.

Conversely, if an organization is charged with managing highly sensitive information that can cause substantial problems if released, the private cloud may be a better option. Private services are not multi-tenant environments like their public counterparts, making it less likely that confidential data will be exposed.

Still, companies often take various approaches when augmenting their data center.

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Why SMBs love the private cloud

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 by

The emergence of cloud computing has forever changed IT, allowing decision-makers to have more control over their infrastructure than ever before. In the past, teams had to wait weeks for a new application to be developed, tested and launched throughout the company. This delay meant mission-critical tasks may not be completed in time and executives were forced to pay out of pocket for projects that didn’t meet deadlines.

Fortunately, the private cloud has changed all of that by giving internal IT departments more robust administrative capabilities and the ability to perform critical tasks more efficiently without interruption. Today, end users are given the power to manage applications moving between servers without those solutions being impaired or experiencing a decrease in performance, according to a report by the Aberdeen Group.

Why SMBs love the private cloud

Why SMBs love the private cloud

Analysts said this ability to reduce the complexities associated with traditionally challenging tasks has made it easier for firms to compete, reduce costs and meet short- and long-term demands. For this reason, organizations of all sizes are making the migration to the cloud to experience a wide variety of benefits and introduce new growth opportunities.

The current private cloud landscape
The Aberdeen Group said more organizations than ever before have implemented cloud servers and server virtualization. Although only about 40 percent of applications were implemented on virtual servers in 2010, approximately 55 percent were in 2012. In many cases, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are deploying the cloud more than larger enterprises because the hosted technology gives the former group the unique ability to gain a competitive advantage over rival firms that have more exhaustible resources.

A separate report by IDC noted that spending on global private cloud computing services will increase at a compound annual growth rate of more than 50 percent between 2012 and 2016, eventually exceeding $24 billion. Organizations are deploying the private cloud to have more choices with access control and resource allocation.

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