The Three Most Important Benefits of Infrastructure as a Service
Cloud computing offerings are almost overwhelming at this point. There are so
many different services and service providers competing for your business
that it can be hard to know what's really best for you. Understanding what
kinds of solutions work for your business means getting a handle on exactly
what solutions are out there and what benefits they can bring an
organization. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), for example, is a solution
that can offer significant benefits to an organization.
What Is IaaS?
In the most basic sense, IaaS means provisioning basic computing resources
such as storage, hardware, networks and servers over the Internet. The actual
physical infrastructure of your Information Technology systems moves outside
of your organization and into a service provider's environment.
Denial-of-Service attacks are nothing new, and they’ve been a thorn in the
side of data center managers and IT staff for decades now. For most
organizations a decade ago, DOS attacks were often little more than an
annoyance, and meant restricted email or Internet access for a short time.
Unless your organization depended greatly on an ecommerce portal, a DOS
attack probably wouldn’t rate in the list of top five causes of a loss of
service for your organization.
Today, however, the world has changed. Organizations are relying in an
increasing fashion on cloud computing solutions,... (more)
Data centers have undergone rapid change over the past few years. First there
was the advent of virtualization, which allowed data centers to finally take
advantage of their true capacity while reducing their footprint. Cloud
solutions weren’t far behind as more and more business units found outside
solutions that would actually meet a need better and cheaper than what could
be done in-house.
All of this change has left many data centers with legacy equipment. While
most of the time legacy servers get decommissioned, it’s not entirely
uncommon for one to escape the watchful eye ... (more)
There was a time – perhaps a decade ago, perhaps more – when the network
was simply the network. It was routers and switches and cables and power. It
was responsible for carrying data to and fro, and for acting as a hard wall
gatekeeper that would prevent data from getting from one place to another.
As time went on, the network added more functions. It connected the network
to the Internet, it measured traffic, it acted as a firewall, blocking
traffic based on any number of criteria. It dabbled in security, as well.
All of that pressure has brought us to the place where it’s hard t... (more)
Making the most of your virtualized environment means monitoring performance
and making changes to optimize performance. The fact is that there are a
number of things that can hamper performance in a virtualized environment,
and if you’re not looking at all of them you can find yourself with an
unexpected performance bottleneck.
Accordingly, here are some of the most common virtualization performance
myths of which you need to be aware:
Performance monitoring and capacity planning are the same thing. Performance
monitoring and capacity planning complement one another, but they wo... (more)