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Moving your data storage to the cloud is a smart move as there is an explosion of data day by day and systems are struggling to store all that data effectively and securely.  Cloud computing has proven not only to be cost effective but also frees the businesses to concentrate on the daily workings while the cloud takes care of details such as security, support, maintenance and the ever-so-important backup.  Therefore, the demand for cloud computing is also growing and there are many companies sprouting up by the minute. So the consumer ends up in a dilemma of how to choose the right one. To select the right type of cloud for you, analyze what type of data you are basically dealing with.  For example, videos, photos and online documents will require software based cloud services.  Other type of cloud services include Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) where the cust... (more)

Does Cloud Computing Make Good Business Sense?

Whether or not cloud computing makes good business sense isn’t really the question. The question should be more like, “In what ways does cloud computing make good business sense” in any given organization. While cloud computing isn’t always the best solution for every problem, it does address a number of significant issues facing IT today. There are several areas you can make a business case for cloud computing, and there are also some challenges that face an IT department who attempts to implement cloud computing solutions. Deployment Take, for example, the issue of deployment. ... (more)

Measuring CIO Success in a Cloud-Based World

The shape of IT has changed dramatically in the past two decades. Not only is IT more central in importance to many companies, it’s grown significantly, as well. Today’s average IT department has a wider array of skills and specialties than ever before. Along with all of those changes, the way a CIO or IT director functions has changed, as well. Redefining success In the 1990s, success for a CIO was defined by a fairly standard set of criteria. Email had to function properly, the network had to work most of the time, and applications had to function as designed. Today, success fo... (more)

Security and Automation in the Cloud

One of the biggest concerns IT managers have about moving business-critical applications into the cloud and away from the data center is the issue of security. What you may not realize, however, is that the same tools for automation and provisioning that function in cloud implementations also offer a significant opportunity to improve security. Public vs. private clouds The first concern, of course, is whether the cloud in question is private or public. If you’re using a public cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services, you know you’re looking at Level 1 PCI DSS compliance. If ... (more)

IBM Smart Cloud Enterprise - The Smarter Move

IBM Smart Cloud Enterprise is offered as a service called IaaS to deliver the best infrastructure for any business. The user then gets access to IBM’s virtual server and all the resources that go with it. The services are flexible and the security is unmatched.  It also provides a cloud for private and open cloud architecture, while giving software business solutions at the same time. The Advantages of IBM Cloud over Others One would be mistaken if one thinks that all clouds have the same things to offer. That is simply not true and the IBM cloud is far superior in every way to ... (more)