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  • Production workloads go boldly to the cloud

    Some enterprises are charging ahead with a cloud-first approach to their workloads -- not just test and dev, but production workloads as well. That strategy has worked well for several IT departments with varying needs, as featured in this April issue of Modern Infrastructure. Easier compliance was the reason for one software maker to move servers to Amazon Web Services. Another firm is marching confidently toward a cloud-first, cloud-all-the-time approach by requiring scripting for all environments. And one small business is building on cloud services to grow its reach.

    With IT budgets flat but IT consumption growing steadily, outsourcing to a cloud provider is making a lot of sense, one analyst said. "Look at the dynamic," said Carl Brooks, analyst with 451 Research. "Hotels don't grow their own food; corporations won't grow their own servers."

    Other feature stories in this month's issue examine Desktop as a Service and whether it's really a better version of VDI, and how IT teams have changed in the age of consumerization.

  • Stanford, Facebook get others on board with green IT movement

    Stanford engineers and Facebook are both hoping to influence others into thinking about their data center power use, even in the cloud.

  • Avoid a Shakespearean cloud tragedy with production applications

    Enterprises are investing in IT-operated cloud services -- so, what's the problem? Cloud services' value is moot without cloud-ready applications.

  • Startups find the public cloud value sweet spot

    Public cloud may seem like a great way to get your startup off the ground for minimal upfront IT costs, but don't jump in blindly.

  • Cloud portability success means packing your own chute

    Cloud portability -- moving from one cloud service provider to another -- isn't impossible; you just need to know how to land.

  • What does it cost to run SAP projects in AWS cloud?

    How cost-efficient is it to run projects in the AWS cloud, compared to other options? Chris Kernaghan crunches some numbers.

  • AWS chief data scientist talks cloud pricing, big data trends

    AWS' data science chief addresses burning questions for enterprises considering cloud, covering cloud price wars, federation, big data and more.

  • Cloud capacity planning takes shape -- but slowly

    Many companies have little to no cloud capacity planning, but as they see cost overruns in their cloud environment, they may change their minds.

  • Storage pods enter the high-volume storage ring against cloud

    As the BI value of big data becomes more important, enterprises are stuck housing that data. Looking for low costs, will storage pods beat out cloud?

  • Are you using your cloud broker to its full potential?

    As the role of a cloud broker remains muddy, enterprises aren't capitalizing on all they have to offer beyond helping to choose a cloud provider.

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  • As SaaS outsourcing takes away data center tasks, what's left for IT teams?

    As software as a service (SaaS) outsourcing takes away big chunks of data center operations, IT gives up some of its tasks -- and much of its control. That's not all bad, as many of those outsourced tasks are time-consuming and onerous. SaaS implementations mean that IT can move away from being solely a fix-it operation and toward new, more business-driven projects. But new challenges are replacing the old, among them access control, licensing and managing those SaaS outsourcing providers. One major challenge in managing provider relationships can be dealing with application downtime or outages -- because IT has no control over those, but will still hear from users looking for help.

    This issue of Modern Infrastructure also explores whether the BYOD trend has already come and gone. It's being replaced by more realistic consumerization plans and new models, such as COPE, that could be more useful for users and IT. And, explore networking in this issue -- an often-overlooked data center component that's become a key sticking point for cloud computing adoption.

  • Addressing compliance, cost when extending software licensing to cloud

    Moving applications to a public IaaS or PaaS can complicate existing software licensing. Is a cloud-specific license with your provider the answer?

  • hybrid cloud

    A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment in which an organization provides and manages some resources in-house and has others provided externally.

  • IT content and vendor engagement evaluation survey

    When IT professionals, such as you, have an IT project at their organization, there is a need to research multiple pieces of content from a variety of sources including vendors, third-parties and experts. This survey will allow TechTarget to identify the type of content that you prefer when conducting research related to your IT projects, and how you prefer to engage with vendors.

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is an approach to risk management in which a promise of financial compensation is made for specific potential failures on the part of a cloud computing service provider. 

  • Limiting the effects of cloud computing outages

    After making the case for cloud based on high availability, IT pros are upset by cloud outages. With planning, there are ways to craft a strategy.

  • What questions should I ask cloud storage providers before signing an SLA?

    Do you know what to ask your cloud storage provider to ensure your data is accessible and safe? Here's a rundown of what do before settling on a vendor.

  • How do you know your provider is following through on its cloud SLA?

    You may be happy with the cloud SLA you've signed, but that's only Step 1. Pick a management system to check up on your cloud provider.

  • European Cloud Computing Strategy (ECCS)

    The European Cloud Computing Strategy (ECCS) is an initiative established by the European Commission to promote the adoption of cloud computing services.

  • Virtual private clouds offer customers SLA security

    Virtual private clouds can get the best of both the public and private cloud worlds, some enterprises say.

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