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Capitalizing on cloud cost-saving opportunities

Friday, April 12th, 2013 by

In most cases, cloud computing can replace traditional data center infrastructure solutions for less money, making them an affordable alternative for maintaining and potentially improving operations in today’s unpredictable economy. However, these financial benefits are only achieved when decision-makers take the time to plan the deployments carefully and understand the fundamentals of how their organizations carry out mission-critical tasks.

Capitalizing on cloud cost-saving opportunities

Capitalizing on cloud cost-saving opportunities

A recent InformationWeek report highlighted how many cloud implementations are underutilized, largely because executives impulsively migrate to the hosted environments without first identifying best practices for optimizing the services. This means that many of the cloud’s potential financial opportunities are discarded, making the technology less efficient than it can be.

Several technology evangelists told InformationWeek that cloud vendors love charging less than traditional service providers, as doing so gives them the opportunity to reach new customers and introduce significant improvements to internal operations. When executives over​-provision the hosted services, however, organizations are forced to pay for unused resources, diminishing some of the cost-saving opportunities. Fortunately, there are ways to circumvent these challenges.

Ensuring the cloud delivers financial benefits
Understanding and monitoring usage is among the best ways to ensure a cloud infrastructure is able to capitalize on all of the financial perks the technology is widely known for, InformationWeek stated. Decision-makers should not simply pick a random budget and assume each month is the same. Instead, IT directors should observe how the environments are used and whether certain months or time periods require individuals to consume more resources. If a company is using fewer tools than initially expected, executives need to understand why.

In addition to consolidating all cloud services through a single provider, which may qualify for some price breaks, organizations should think about how they can use the cloud to optimize servers, according to the news source. Many cloud vendors today offer automated scaling services, which enable firms to use more infrastructure tools when they are needed and deactivate those same assets when they are not necessary. This means many solutions will no longer be running 24-hours a day, allowing businesses to reduce maintenance expenses.

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Cloud supports mobility better than legacy infrastructure

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by

Although there are still some advocates for legacy enterprise computing technologies, decision-makers need to understand the global IT transformations that are contributing to change. In many cases, traditional infrastructure solutions simply cannot keep up with the fast-paced demands of today’s businesses, especially as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and other mobile strategies become more incorporated into everyday operations.

A recent CIO report highlighted how using cloud infrastructure services is the only effective way to manage a company’s use of the “three Ms” – mobile, media and marketing. Because the public cloud is highly flexible, scalable and cost-efficient, decision-makers can migrate the three Ms to the hosted environment without worrying about connectivity, availability or wasting precious time and resources.

Cloud supports mobility better than legacy infrastructure

Cloud supports mobility better than legacy infrastructure

If executives fail to grasp the importance of using the cloud in today’s business world, they will have trouble keeping their business up to date and relevant with the ongoing transformations in the private sector, CIO noted. Mobility in particular will play a crucial role in the development of the enterprise, as individuals will continue to demand the use of smartphones, tablets and other devices in the workplace.

Understanding the mobile landscape
Legacy applications were developed with a particular set of operating systems in mind because executives were able to predict the tool’s usage and population. Today’s applications are much different because decision-makers cannot accurately forecast when and how any given mobile device will be used or what software will be leveraged outside the office, CIO reported.

Furthermore, mobile apps are developed with a wide range of endpoints in mind. This means the software needs to be capable of supporting a bigger combination of interfaces. When solutions are created and used in the cloud, they are much more open than traditional applications, allowing them to be accessed by more devices.

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Public sector makes cloud infrastructure moves

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by

The rapidly evolving cloud infrastructure market is providing organizations around the world with new opportunities to improve operations through innovation. These capabilities are not only limited to the private sector, as government agencies and other public sector bodies will also begin to implement cloud services to enhance the way tasks are carried out.

Public sector makes cloud infrastructure moves

Public sector makes cloud infrastructure moves

A recent report by Gartner highlighted how the growing public cloud industry is changing how the government consumes security solutions because many of these will be hosted in cloud-based environments in the coming years. Furthermore, the ongoing adoption of various cloud computing services is forcing the public sector to prioritize the protection of their virtual infrastructure. As a result, the cloud will be incorporated into national infrastructure regulations by 2016, requiring decision-makers to implement advanced security tools.

“The popularity and increased adoption of cloud-based security services, albeit at different degrees, will influence the shape of future security marketplaces,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. “Deployments of virtualization, and its replacing of traditional physical hardware platforms, are expected to impact the deployment model of future network security capabilities, which are expected to be based increasingly on virtual security appliances.”

Security’s future may rest in the clouds
Gartner analysts forecast growth rates for cloud-based security solutions to outpace premise-based offerings within the next three years because 10 percent of overall IT security applications will be delivered via the cloud by 2015. While this trend is likely to occur around the world, Gartner predicts North America will account for the majority of spending.

A separate report by Trend Micro highlighted similar findings, noting that the cloud security software market is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 41 percent through 2014, eventually generating more than $963 million in revenue.

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Decision-makers need new approach to IT, Gartner says

Friday, February 1st, 2013 by

Businesses of all sizes around the world are beginning to adopt innovative technologies like cloud computing, mobile devices and big data analytics to improve operations, reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage over rival firms. However, many decision-makers are not aware of all the capabilities of these solutions when used in the workplace, leading to a less-than-optimal organization.

A recent study of more than 2,000 CIOs by Gartner revealed the enterprises only recognize about 43 percent of a technology’s full business potential. If IT is to remain a crucial component of the corporate world, decision-makers need to learn more about innovative tools and how to use them in the workplace.

Decision-makers need new approach to IT, Gartner says

Decision-makers need new approach to IT, Gartner says

“Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviors to find digital value,” said Mark McDonald, group vice president at Gartner. “CIOs require a new agenda that incorporates hunting for new digital innovations and opportunities and harvesting value from products, services and operations.”

Gartner analysts said cloud infrastructure, big data and mobility have all reached a tipping point during the last 18 months, forcing IT executives to increase the potential of the services by developing new usage and deployment strategies. Unfortunately, many CIOs believe their IT budget will remain relatively stagnant, suggesting a new mentality is needed to ensure the survival of technology in the business world.

“In a world of change, it is concerning that around half of CIOs surveyed do not see IT’s enterprise role changing over the next three years,” McDonald said.

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Cloud Worries Dissolving with Service Provider Assistance

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by

Today’s cloud computing world is rapidly maturing, especially as more users migrate mission-critical resources to the hosted environment. As the cloud continues to evolve, many decision-makers will become increasingly confident in the technology’s ability to keep sensitive assets protected, enabling vendors to watch their services reach full-scale adoption.

A recent study by KPMG International highlighted this ongoing phenomenon, noting that cloud computing revenue will double in size during the next two years, largely because companies are moving more mission-critical, data-rich applications to hosted environments.

Cloud worries dissolving with service provider assistance

Cloud worries dissolving with service provider assistance

In the past, decision-makers were somewhat intimidated by the cloud. In today’s world, executives are less worried about falsified security concerns and more interested in saving money, as roughly 60 percent of service providers said cost savings was the primary driver behind the adoption of their offerings, KPMG reported.

“While providers are seeing the challenges of a maturing, yet still relatively young, market, we are at a pivotal point in the evolution of the cloud ecosystem as users become more comfortable with a variety of cloud applications,” said Gary Matuszak, an executive at KPMG’s technology, media and telecommunications practice. “Leading cloud providers know they must evolve to provide a new level of scale, capacity and capability.”

Addressing challenges in the industry
The primary difficulty most service providers are having is supplying evidence to users about real cost-saving opportunities, as only 39 percent of vendors believe cloud users have a realistic idea of the cost-reducing capability of the cloud, KPMG noted.

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