Archive for the ‘Cloud Computing’ Category

What cloud infrastructure will best deliver, asks Harish Venkat?

Cloud computing is on every CIO’s mind right now as enterprises continue their strong adoption of public and private clouds in an effort to increase agility and cost savings. When it comes to the ideal mix, though, what public-, private- or hybrid-cloud infrastructure can best deliver? I asked this question to a lot of CIOs a couple of weeks ago when I spoke at the Wipro Leading Edge executive customer event in Prague, and I heard mixed responses.

According to a September 2014 Computerworld survey of IT executives in midsize to large enterprise organizations (see, enterprise usage of private clouds is growing faster than that of the public cloud.

Are you moving storage to the cloud?

Business is brisk when it comes to take up of cloud storage options, if you believe the reports. According to Sci-Tech Today: “Cloud services are becoming more and more popular and are expected to rise from 500 million subscriptions worldwide this year to 1.3 billion by 2017.”

The cloud offers a scalable, cost-effective solution to a 21st century need – somewhere to keep increasingly large volumes of data.

Yet not all is as rosy as it seems. Many members of this forum had doubts and concerns about shifting mission critical and sensitive data off site.

Have you considered backing up your data in the Cloud?

 The Cloud is where today’s end users expect to store and share their digital content – after all, they already use iTunes and Dropbox. What’s more, cloud services generally make sense for mobility initiatives and those involving non-mission-critical data. And cloud storage is easy to set up, right?

Well, not exactly. At one time, it meant simple drive substitutes like SkyDrive and iDisk file hosting services, but today there are endless solutions on offer as vendors respond to diverse consumer and business needs – and that’s created confusion. Let’s face it, there’s a world of difference between using bulk cloud storage as an alternative to off-site tape or online data repository for distributed apps – as opposed to having a cloud service replace your entire backup infrastructure: software, hardware, tape library and staff.

OpenStack aims to be Cloud’s common ground

Is this what Cloud services need to really meet mission critical requirements?

If the Cloud is going to be as important for business as many people believe it will be, there are still some basic steps which still really need to be taken. One of the most important is the application of standardisation in as many areas of Cloud delivery as possible. If that is not done, and done soon, then some of the core capabilities of the whole thing cease to exist, or fail to come into being.

Business continuity is both helped and challenged by today’s top tech megatrends

, failure is not an option. Not surprisingly, organisations have made it a high priority to develop and implement reliable business continuity plans to ensure that IT services are always available to internal users and outside customers, says Bob Violino on CSO Online.

But recent technology developments and trends, most notably server and desktop virtualisation, cloud computing, the emergence of mobile devices in the workforce and social networks, are having an impact on how enterprises handle IT business continuity planning and testing. Much of the impact is for the better, experts say, but these trends can also create new challenges for IT, information security and risk management executives.