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SMB Decision-Makers Have Varying Cloud Demands

Friday, December 14th, 2012 by

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are doing everything in their power to gain a competitive advantage over rival enterprises that often have more exhaustible resources. In many cases, SMBs are adopting cloud computing services to achieve these goals, as the technology is now well known for its ability to reduce costs and drive innovation.

A recent report by Spiceworks highlighted the growing trend among SMBs to migrate to the cloud, noting that 36 percent of SMBs are already using cloud servers. Another 9 percent said they plan to be using the cloud within a year, while another 28 percent of SMB decision-makers are actively looking for the right provider and services to cater to specific needs.

SMB decision-makers have varying cloud demands

To complicate matters for cloud vendors, not all SMBs are looking for the same thing. While the majority of companies require a highly scalable environment that is capable of supporting high-volume and long-term storage at an affordable cost, each executive has his or her own specific demands. As a result, Spiceworks narrowed down the list to five specific categories that most cloud users fall into.

The ‘nuts and bolts’ buyer
These individuals are usually the nitty gritty decision-makers that ensure the cloud solutions are functional and within a specific budget, Spiceworks noted. In many cases, these executives will ask questions about monthly expenses, maintenance costs and other practical financial questions in regard to specific services and applications.

The defensive purchaser
While getting down to the fine financial points is important, many organizations need to ensure cloud environments support a firm’s ability to meet compliance requirements. For this reason, some decision-makers are classified as the “CYA” buyers, as they are more focused on asking providers questions regarding data protection, audit support and other security aspects, Spiceworks noted. In general, cloud computing environments are highly secure, as this is a major competitive point for vendors, InfoWorld said in another report.

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The 12 Days of Cloudiness

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by

Happy Holidays to all of our friends, family and followers!

On the 1st day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Cloud infrastructure made easy.

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On the 2nd day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Public and private VLANs,
and cloud infrastructure made easy.

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On the 3rd day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Infinite cloud storage,
Public and private VLANs,
and cloud infrastructure made easy.

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On the 4th day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Secure hardware firewalls,
Infinite cloud storage,
Public and private VLANs,
and cloud infrastructure made easy.

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Got Growing Pains? 3 Ways to Painlessly Scale your Cloud

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by

Everybody wants to be successful. Although we can often learn from our mistakes, we can also avoid pitfalls and hurdles by doing a little bit of research and even some trial and error in advance. Part of being successful is choosing the right team, the right tools, and the right partner for your project. And when it comes to building out your company’s infrastructure, any solution or partner you choose should be cost-effective and helpful so you absolutely don’t compromise on reliability or performance.

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In order to be successful, your infrastructure should be ready for this success. Here are three things to think about when scaling your business and its infrastructure:

  1. Plan for success – Don’t think about just 1 week or 1 month down the road. Look at your historical information. Look at your competitor’s traffic. Is your industry seasonal? Figure out where those peaks and valleys are and plan for them.
  2. Do some testing – Don’t just hypothesize on how well your infrastructure will perform. Do some real world testing. There are many 3rd party software and SaaS solutions that can simulate load on your site. Test some various scenarios with and without extra infrastructure. Test your scaling, manual or automated.
  3. Plan also for failure – What if something doesn’t go as expected, are you ready for that? Part of developing a scalability strategy is also working on those less-than-positive scenarios. Planning for success is fun, but planning for failures is just as important.

How GoGrid can help

For more than 10 years, GoGrid has been delivering compelling infrastructure solutions worldwide. We believe in a consultative approach because we understand that every business needs solutions that fit their unique requirements. When it comes to success, cookie-cutter approaches simply don’t work.

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Sandy may drive more agencies to the cloud

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 by

After witnessing the catastrophic impact Hurricane Sandy had along the East Coast of the United States, organizations may feel more pressured to deploy cloud computing. While many public and federal agencies were still considering whether to migrate solutions to the cloud before the storm, Sandy may have been the straw that finally broke the camel’s back, according to a report by FCW.

Sandy may drive more agencies to the cloud

Although the overall effect Sandy had on companies lined up the coast is still unknown, many federal CIOs believe newer data centers using cloud services may have survived the storm with fewer disruptions than those still dependent on legacy solutions.

“If [agencies] have sort of a weaker infrastructure, I would think [Sandy] would be a motivating factor,” said Gregg Bailey, director at Deloitte Consulting, according to FCW. “If they have a very solid infrastructure already established, I’m not sure it would make any difference.”

Cloud computing will not necessarily make an organization immune from natural disasters, but the technology will enable IT departments to quickly restore operations without much delay. This is because applications and information are hosted in off-site environments that may not have felt the full brunt of the storm.

In the past, decision-makers often relied on manual backups, which were often ineffective, according to a separate report by CRN. The cloud, on the other hand, provides organizations with more options as to how often resources are backed up and where they are stored.

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Architecting in the Cloud & Hadoop as A Service – GoGrid CEO Panels – CloudCon Expo 2012

Monday, October 1st, 2012 by

This week, despite the unseasonably hot and sunny weather in San Francisco, there are plenty of clouds, specifically at the 2012 CloudCon Expo & Conference. CloudCon is billed as the “platform to learn, collaborate & network. Find out why Cloud Computing is necessary for your enterprise and what businesses and financial implications will it have on your day-to-day operations.” Register here.

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For those looking to learn more about Cloud Computing, this conference is tailored for you. Learn how to leverage the various cloud models available and how to outsource SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). GoGrid is a pure-play cloud infrastructure provider. We have a variety of cloud infrastructure solutions available for large and small businesses alike including:

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GoGrid CEO in 2 CloudCon Panels

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