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  • Five Quick Links: Navigating SLAs in the cloud

    Navigating service-level agreements can be difficult, especially in cloud computing. There are various nuances to wade through, so it's important to grasp the basics to ensure quality standards are met. These five quick links will help you master cloud SLAs.

  • A complete guide to Windows Azure and the cloud

    Windows Azure, Microsoft's Platform as a Service, has been a popular choice among IT pros looking to move their systems to the cloud. Just because Azure is popular with some enterprises doesn't mean it's the best fit for yours. If you've been thinking about migrating to Azure, this resource guide has expert tips as well as the latest news, so you know what you're getting into. If your enterprise is already using Azure for its cloud, we've got the information you need to keep your cloud service running smoothly.

  • An essential guide to HP in the cloud

    Hewlett-Packard has had its share of shakeups during its tenure as a cloud vendor. Often dismissed as strictly a hardware company, HP has had to work to prove itself to enterprises and cloud market competitors. After undergoing major transformations, releasing new products and forming industry partnerships, HP is making moves to cement its place in cloud computing.

  • The power of private cloud: A tale of three clouds

    By Bill Kleyman, Contributor

    Marketing terms aside, using a private WAN-based distributed environment has numerous benefits. The reality is working with private clouds with dedicated links between data centers has been around for quite some time. But following recent enhancements in WAN technologies, unified computing and virtualization, companies have begun to explore the benefits of moving IT environments to a public, private or hybrid cloud environment.

    Depending on the organization, its size and business goals, working with either a public or private infrastructure might make sense. The idea is to consider existing IT infrastructure capabilities of the internal data center. Moving to a private cloud can be as easy as deploying a couple of additional servers, locking them down and providing access to the end user. From there, an organization must conduct a return-on-investment (ROI) analysis to see if it’s best suited for developing an existing environment or moving to a public cloud service.

    Often, companies with robust environments don’t realize the investment to move toward a private cloud could be minimal and possibly more cost-effective than a pay-as-you-go public cloud service. Decisions revolving around cloud technologies should include:

    • Current environment: There will be instances when an IT environment is not capable of developing a private cloud because the cost is too high or it’s not a feasible investment. In these cases, it’s important to know what the existing data center infrastructure is capable of regarding cloud technologies. This means that administrators have to verify their capabilities as far as bandwidth, server resources and user count.
    • Current and future business goals: IT teams must consider current and future goals of the business. Drivers must be in line with the capabilities of both the data center and its IT staff. This is why it’s critical to initiate conversations between IT managers and key business stakeholders. By knowing where the organization is going and how quickly it intends to expand, decisions on private or public cloud options can be made.
    • Delivery methodologies: This revolves around how data will be delivered. Is there a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) need or is the organization looking to test on temporary servers? The type of workload and information being delivered to the endpoint makes a difference in the type of cloud environment the company deploys.
    • End-user acceptance: This is a pivotal point with any IT project, not just cloud computing. When working with public cloud models, IT managers may be concerned there is a big shift in how users access data. On the other hand, end users are already familiar with an on-premises IT environment. Conducting interviews with key users and doing a proof of concept or pilot project can help organizations of various sizes understand how users operate when it comes to accessing applications and IT resources. Based on their findings, good decisions can be made as to which cloud environment is best.
    When three organizations of various sizes decided to move IT resources to the private cloud, they first had to examine its true benefits and what their deployment methodologies should look like. Each company in this guide has a unique but very real goal in what they need the data center to accomplish. Although they use different technologies, each company has a private cloud that’s capable of scaling and providing the type of business agility required.

  • Everything you need to know about migrating applications to the cloud

    Compatibility, interoperability and performance concerns have kept cloud-wary IT admins from getting more comfortable with the idea of moving applications to the cloud. And without a seamless application migration blueprint, the project can seem like more of a headache than it's worth.

    How do you know which applications are best fit in the cloud? Are there any tools that can help with app migration? And, most importantly, how can enterprises take advantage of the flexibility and scalability of cloud while avoiding app migration frustrations? This comprehensive guide has all the answers to steer your cloud application migration project in the right direction.

  • The complete IaaS reference guide

    Infrastructure as a Service is one of the three pillars of the cloud computing service model -- along with Software as a Service and Platform as a Service. But how well do you really know IaaS? You may know that IaaS is the delivery of equipment, such as servers and virtual machines, over a network -- but how does it differ across cloud providers? And what do enterprises really think about IaaS adoption? This guide can help you sort through the background on IaaS providers, news and helpful tutorials.

  • The cloud computing administrator's guide to 'big data'

    "Big data" is all the rage in the IT community and Gartner predicts it will only get more attention in the next year. And by combining it with the benefits of cloud computing, IT pros can harness the power of big data without draining bandwidth or storage capacity.

    Experts are just starting to learn how they can use big data in the cloud to benefit the enterprise, with the help of tools like Hadoop and MapReduce. This refresher course can bolster your big data knowledge and prepare you for the future of IT.

  • Tracking the cloud computing landscape in enterprise IT

    The adoption of cloud computing affects all aspects of an enterprise, from a CFO's financial planning to an IT admin's daily workload. A survey released by TechTarget sought to examine the use of cloud computing in enterprise IT. And whether it was for financial reasons, high availability or easing the burden of IT maintenance, the survey found that cloud computing adoption is on the rise. Looking at adoption trends, costs and use cases can give a full picture of the cloud computing landscape currently in enterprise IT.

    This updated guide gives insight into the pulse of the cloud computing market in 2014.

  • AWS re:Invent 2012 conference coverage

    The cloud computing evolution has just begun, with new companies and technologies popping up with a fury. But one constant has remained in all things cloud: Amazon Web Services.

    Since the online retailer entered the cloud market, AWS has become synonymous with cloud computing, and it continues to develop and change with the market. Amazon Web Services' cloud products run the gambit -- from its low-cost, scalable IaaS product EC2 to S3, a cloud-based storage offering. And this month marks yet another endeavor for the cloud giant -- AWS re:Invent -- its first global partner and customer conference.

    So, exactly what has Amazon Web Services been up to? And what can cloud developers, architects and administrators expect to get out of AWS re:Invent? Our on-site editors and reporters as well as industry experts bring you the latest AWS re:Invent 2012 coverage before, during and after the conference, so check back often.

  • Bringing Anything as a Service to the enterprise

    You can get just about anything as a cloud service today, and while public cloud offerings provide a convenient, flexible alternative to on-premises IT, cloud doesn't always provide all the benefits people expect.

    There are many pros and cons to consider before ditching your old servers and software in favor of the cloud. For instance, cloud computing doesn't always save money; in some cases, it costs much more than your on-premises IT environment.

    In this package, we have collected news and tips surrounding the Anything as a Service (XaaS) trend to help you determine which cloud services are available today and whether they make sense for your organization.