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IT Decision Makers Survey Gives Insight To New Procurement Strategies

IT Decision Makers Survey Gives Insight To New Procurement Strategies

IT Decision Makers Survey Gives Insight to New Procurement Strategies

The IT industry is undergoing a fundamental shift in the way companies buy IT solutions. This shift is driven by three trends: The decision-making process is being influenced by a diverse and larger set of individuals within the company, these individuals are increasingly tech savvy and self-educated, and easy-to-buy, cloud-based options are gaining market share.

This is affecting the way IT vendors compete, forcing them to alter their sales and marketing strategy. Our firm, L.E.K. Consulting, the global management consultancy, conducted a study of 228 IT decision makers across all verticals and company sizes in the U.S. In a recently published white paper called “Cloud Disturbance: How IT Vendors Can Succeed In a Time of Shifting Buying Trends,” we reveal the silver lining to the change and offer advice to IT vendors looking to capitalize on this movement in the industry.

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Many People to Please

Our first insight from the survey was that purchases-by-committee are becoming common place. An average of 11-13 people are now involved in the IT purchase and decision-making process. This results in a lengthier buying process to satisfy the desires of multiple stakeholders.

The People are Tech Savvy and Self-Educated

Making the IT sales rep’s job even more difficult, these de facto purchasing committees now consist of self-educated buyers that form early opinions on technologies and vendors with minimal direct input from the vendor or the channel. Instead, they rely on company websites, online communities and Google search results to self-educate and help develop their preferences. Value-added resellers (VARs) continue to play a role in the customer discovery and purchase-decision process, but their importance is diminishing. While VARs are engaged nearly 80% of the time in the procurement decision process, the study found that they are consulted late in the process and are influencing purchase decisions less and less.

In Comes the Cloud

Many purchasers—especially the end users who need software to power the processes that impact them directly—are frustrated by purchases-by-committee. These individuals are looking for a way out of the long process. To alleviate this frustration, these buyers often turn to cloud-based options for a relatively cheap and easy transition to third party, internet-based hosts.

The benefits of cloud deployment are well-known and have certainly been hyped: improved disaster recovery, lower upfront capital requirements, flexibility to add or reduce seats, and reduced requirement for in-house IT staff. But our research shows that vendors still need to address the negative perceptions associated with cloud-based services—privacy and security, lack of internal control, high total cost ownership, and WAN reliability.

The average preference for pure cloud services (versus on-premise and on-premise managed services) is still less than 20% and varies dramatically by software application and customer profile. The applications most preferred for deployment in the cloud are audio conferencing, web collaboration and CRM, while the one that IT decision makers least prefer to access via the cloud is ERP.

Three Solutions for IT Vendors

Stop selling and start helping. An omnichannel marketing strategy is now a necessity, including a strong online presence (website, online communities, SEO, etc.) But vendors must change their mindset from “sell at all costs” to “education first and foremost,” and prioritize content marketing over advertising and direct sales in most instances. We advise vendors to focus on the value proposition of the product as it pertains to each stakeholder involved in the decision-making process.

Engage with and empower the channel. VARs may be involved in 80% of the vendor selection decisions, but many are not involved early on when the foundation is laid for the final vendor choice. VARs need to entrench themselves in this process, understanding each customer’s IT strategy. Vendors should have programs that enable and motivate VAR partners to build expertise and stand-alone capability from local marketing to technical sales, integration, execution and customer support.

Ensure you have a robust cloud solution. Our research shows that the cloud won’t be right for every customer at this point, but having a solution for those customers for whom the cloud presents a compelling business case will be essential. IT vendors need to provide cloud solutions that more seamlessly integrate with enterprise IT environments, and then back their solutions by addressing the concerns of conservative large-enterprise buyers. Success in some sectors may require a hybrid approach that combines the benefits and capabilities of traditional on-premise solutions with multi-tenant cloud capabilities in a single system.

If IT vendors put these strategies into play, they will be able to exploit the shift in the way companies procure IT solutions.

By Aaron Smith/Mark Arman

Authors Aaron Smith and Mark Arman are located in L.E.K. Consulting’s San Francisco Office and can be reached by e-mailing A.Smith@lek.com or M.Arman@lek.com

Using Big Data To Steer A Big Ship

Using Big Data To Steer A Big Ship

Using Big Data to Steer a Big Ship

One of the major challenges facing any organization of any size is the need to deal with change. In centuries and decades past, the need to adapt to changing market conditions has always existed, but there has usually also been reasonably sufficient time for senior officials to assess the situation, mull over and discuss options and then design and implement a plan.

But no more.

Not only are times changing, but they are changing incredibly fast. The age of the cloud has demonstrated that companies must now exist second-by-second, rather than quarter-by-quarter, and that sustainable decisions require data – Big Data – that reflects what is happening right now and what that means to the future.

A simple, fast example: web page load speed. Industry online commerce leaders such as Amazon, Google and eBay generate hundreds or even thousands of dollars of revenue per second, which means that a simple delay in page-load speed due to an overloaded cloud sever somewhere in the world, translates into immediate lost revenue, as consumers move quickly to the competition to satisfy their needs-of-the-moment.

A simple, less-fast, but still fast example: reputation and brand defense. A badly spoken word by a company representative at a press conference, or an ill-advised turn-of-phrase or marketing stunt made by a company or one of its ad agencies turns into horror as a carefully-crafted brand becomes the victim of viral outrage.

A simple, but longer-term example: confidence in a company’s market-leading product creates a five-year plan based on outdated marketing approaches that calculate consumer loyalty in pre-cloud-era terms.

It happens all the time, and much of the reason for this has to do with the mindset of decision-makers. For as educated as they are, and as intelligent as they are, no human-being can escape the influence of their formative years – way back when they were young, when things were done differently and at a different pace. All corporate activities, from the way meetings are run, to the preference for email over collaborative environments, to the attitudes towards hiring, flex-hours or working from home, are influenced in great measure by personal human experience that predates education and work experience. That’s a huge influential factor on decision-making.

To counter these long-conditioned attitudes, decision-makers need to swallow a dose of new medicine. They must recognize that agility and market-readiness in the cloud era requires both a communication structure and a corporate mindset that is open to real-time awareness and fleetness of foot based on big data.

An excellent illustration of the challenges that even the most tuned-in executive or strategist might feel when trying to convey the urgency of this need can be seen in the infographic prepared by CIO and T-Systems as part of the ZeroDistance solution system. This infographic, which can be seen in larger detail here.

That is why to tomorrow’s webinar is crucial. Entitled Big Data: A Real Game-Changer In Decision-Making, and produced jointly by ComputerWorld, IDG and T-Systems, the session pulls together four highly regarded experts:

  • Phil Carter, Associate Vice President, IDC European Software;
  • Christian Wirth, Vice President responsible for T-Systems’ Business Intelligence and Big Data business;
  • Matt Elson, Vice President of Technology Alliances at Cloudera, Inc.; and
  • Detlef Korus (Moderator), Editor for Computerworld;

to discuss how best to generate a culture in which decision-making at the speed of thought is enabled within an organization, and how it can be trusted to deliver true competitive advantage, given that it is so heavily based on algorithms. As Phil Carter sums it up:: “New decision making, based on the fast integration of Big Data technologies, is a necessity for every company aiming at growth as a condition for survival in future.

The webinar happens Tuesday, 19th November, 4.00 p.m., and registration details can be found here.

Sponsored by T-Systems and the Zero Distance community

By Steve Prentice

Symantec Report Keeps Cloud Users Security-Savvy

Symantec Report Keeps Cloud Users Security-Savvy

Symantec Report Keeps Cloud Users Security-Savvy

Users of cloud services can easily fall foul of complacency.  With all personal data held on cloud servers, there is a strong temptation to worry less about threats to our device.  But for as long as we use devices for authentication and access to our cloud accounts, a threat to a device means a threat to our cloud-stored data.  This is why each time Symantec releases a new intelligence report, the wiser cloud users take notice.  cybercrime-report

This white paper presents an essential overview of web-born dangers aimed at everyone from IT security personnel down to everyday computer users.  With so much of the threat landscape still based on human deception and manipulation, knowledge remains the single most effective form of protection.  The Symantec intelligence report puts in one place all the things we need to know to stay safe from attack.

The latest publication, containing digested data up to September 2013, addresses a wide scope of security threats:  Targeted Attacks, Social Media and Data Breaches, Mobile Threats, Software-based Vulnerabilities, Spam, Phishing and Malware.

One worrying new horizon that has emerged is that after a low-threat August, September saw a 20% resurgence in new security vulnerabilities.  Cybercriminals were not being beaten back, it would seem: they were simply on holiday.

The given statistics for mobile-based attacks were even more troubling – a steady rise of malware variants is evident in the last twelve months (now numbering over 7,000), with a 55% jump in new variants from July to September.  In short, it has never been more important to access cloud data from a carefully-secured mobile device.

The threats are not at all limited to the public domain.  Businesses and those representing them face targeted hacking attacks that shift focus with alarming speed.  No longer is it small manufacturing companies that are the primary target of Intellectual Property cyberthieves: companies with fewer than 250 employees do still attract 48% of all new attacks on organizations, but it is now the service sector which is the most under-threat industry. Companies delivering professional services now account for 22.2% of all attacks, with public administration organisations drawing in 19.2% of the fire.

What specific lessons can cloud users take from the report?  Symantec’s motivation for the publication is to raise awareness of the scale and form of threats occurring and to encourage protection by relating how today’s attacks are carried out.  By staying abreast of the security exploits laid out in the report, and heeding the given predictions, users of cloud services can make educated choices about the devices, applications and security precautions they employ when interacting with their cloud accounts.  Judging by the high proportion of attacks that small firms are gathering, another lesson might be to trust the large cloud providers sooner than the small.

By Gill-Chris Welles

Cybercrimes And The Growing Importance Of SDN Technology

Cybercrimes And The Growing Importance Of SDN Technology

Last months Cloud Security Alliance Central Eastern Europe Summit gave a good opportunity to learn about the Cloud Computing market in areas of Europe that are less reviewed. The congress, held in the center of the old city of Ljubljana, provided interesting mixture of Information Security professionals along with various cloud providers and end users coming to explore the news in this dynamic world of cloud computing.

And the news was definitely coming in a storm. First speaker for the morning was Raj Samani, EMEA CTO for McAfee who gave an interesting look at the eco-system of Cybercrimes. In an excellent performance, Mr. Samani described how the cloud models are also propagating into the Cyber Crimes ecosystems. “Cyber Criminals today do not need to be a disturbed computer genius“, he explained, “All you need to have is a credit card“.

Cybercrimes usually contain three components: Research, CrimeWare and Infrastructure. All those components can be acquired in the same models of cloud services as we know from our daily life,  McAfee CTO revealed as he ran slides describing different services starting from spam and botnet for hire but also going all the way up to e-mail hacking service and even guns and hit-man as service websites. While we know that those services exist for a long time now, it was hard not to be impressed from the sophistication and the granularity of each service details. The level of transparency and detailed SLA that some of those “hackers of a service” adopted, can even provide some lessons to traditional cloud providers.

In the next presentation, François Gratiolet, EMEA CISO for Qualys, gave a brief review about the business drivers and market characteristics of security as service offering. “SecAAS can improve the business security by enabling the organization to focus on its key assets and risk management while maintaining flexibility and agility“, he explained, “but the offering still needs to mature and provide more governance, liability and transparency“.

The call for more transparency from the cloud providers is repeating in all cloud security conferences, and some cloud providers recognize it as business advantage. Jan Bervar, CTO for NIL, presented how NIL, a local IaaS and PaaS Provider, has taken the strategy of providing secure cloud services that are trustable and transparent.  “We set controls and strict standards on our services“, explained Mr. Bervar while he listed cloud computing top threats and how NIL offering is protecting customers against those risks.

Governments and the EU commission are also aware of the fact that they need to help cloud consumers and cloud providers to increase trust among them. The EU strategy for cloud computing includes a plan to “cut through the jungle of laws and regulation” that currently many stakeholders encounter. Big part of this process is dependent on the new data protection law for the EU that is being promoted as we speak. Gloria Marcoccio, from the Italian chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance, reviews the progress of the new EU data protection legislation and its effect on cloud computing players. Judging from that lecture and other lectures such as lawyer Boris Kozlevcar presentation about SLA and PLA challenges in the cloud, emphasize how important governments role in enabling the business and legal framework for cloud computing practices.

When discussing the future of cloud computing, we are starting to hear more about “Cloud Brokerage“. Dr. Jesus Luna Garcia from the Cloud Security Alliance explained the role of Cloud Brokerage in his presentation about Helix Nebula, a cloud environment built for providing computing resources for science and academic organizations in the EU.  Helix Nebula project act as intermediate between the consumers and a variety of cloud services and provide added value services such as standard security policy and secure data transfer across providers as well as continues monitoring and different service levels. This interesting model is a good sign for how the future implementation of cloud brokerage will look like.

Shifting from the legal and business aspects to the technology challenges. Interesting presentations heard from Trend Micro presenting their solution for virtual environments and the future of security in hybrid clouds. The new software define network technology was also introduced in a presentation by researchers from the university of Ljubljana elaborating this new technology challenges and benefits. SDN technology will probably change the way we treat network security in the cloud and has excellent potential to give a kick start to new technologies dealing with the threats of tomorrow.

And of course, no security conference these days is complete without discussing the challenges of government access to data, inspired by PRISM and Snowden leaks.  In the two concluding presentations from Astec and Slovenian cert it was discussed the effects of the latest news about the extent of US government and other governments in their pursuit of data access.  There is much to be said on this topic and it hard to summarize it in one article, but bottom line is that governments across the globe are spying on private communication and will probably continue to do so.

The effect on cloud computing adoption will probably remain for the short term only, since the cloud value proposition is just too high to ignore.

moshe-ferberBy Moshe Ferber,

Moshe is a security entrepreneur and investor. With over 20 years’ experience in information security at various industry positions.  Currently focused on Cloud Computing as board member for Cloud alliance Israeli Chapter, public speaker on various cloud aspects and investor at Clarisite and FortyCloud – Startup companies with innovative security solutions. More information can be found at: www.onlinecloudsec.com

Cloud Computing – What’s In It For IT Managers?

Cloud Computing – What’s In It For IT Managers?

What’s In It For IT Managers?

Cloud computing represents the next generation in server productivity. Most datacenters are now migrating towards the use of cloud server clusters in order to provide a higher level of service to their customers. Cloud computing has been in development for many years but grew in popularity by leaps and bounds lately. It is seen as the logical answer to the increasing demand for a more efficient way of handling server requests.

Understanding Cloud Computing

Look at cloud computing as the next generation of web development. Cloud computing is not limited to web hosting. It has a full array of computing power that can span private networks as well. Cloud computing is really just a representation of what it could be. As an IT manager, you get to choose what you want cloud computing to do for you. This means that the concept is really open-ended. The features allow for continual expansion and upgrading, without the need for server technicians to add additional servers.

As we all know, everything costs money in the computing industry. Ideally you want your infrastructure set up as optimally as possible to avoid incurring unneeded costs. Plus, when dealing with adding additional servers or replacing the ones that are already there, you need a computing solution that can get right in step with the program.

Regarding your current situation, cloud computing is able to rely on all the computers on the network to efficiently divide resources, so that they are available when you need them most. Furthermore, cloud techniques are designed to activate new hardware servers without requiring personnel to be involved. This means scaling up and scaling out is easier than ever before. With technicians free to handle more pressing issues, the ability to expand servers without manual involvement is a serious advantage.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing

You may be surprised by what cloud computing has already done for the industry. Web hosts and companies that use this technology have experienced a phenomenal increase in energy efficiency and cost savings (in both parts and labor). At Atlantic.Net, our cloud hosting capabilities – both in standard and private formulations – are favored by the majority of IT management teams.

With cloud computing, IT managers don’t have to worry about running programs on their own computers if they don’t have the right resources, as other computers on the network are able to take care of it. Those remote machines deliver the data back to the original computer that requested it after performing the required task. Cloud computing works very well to balance out resource requests so that the network will never be overloaded!

Most cloud computing structures that are part of huge hosting services have an incredible array of hardware. They have enough hardware to stand up to the most demanding bandwidth requirement scenarios. Cloud computing has made it so that server overload is an impossibility, even in the most grueling of conditions.

In the event of security vulnerabilities, a cloud computing structure is able to plug the hole before any damage can occur. In years past, classic server structures used to have to be updated one at a time, making it a complicated process. Now, with cloud computing, security vulnerabilities can be fixed instantly through the use of combined resources. Each computer relies on each other to ensure that any requests to accomplish a task are handled instantaneously through the data-handling ability of the entire network.

Amazingly enough, the majority of these security reinforcements can be accomplished without the need for a supervisor. The machines are capable of taking care of themselves, without an administrator even being present.

Cloud Computing and IT Professionals

For IT professionals, management appreciates the following web hosting improvements from cloud computing as a whole:

  1. lower costs
  2. elimination of unnecessary hardware
  3. amazing scalability
  4. a dramatic increase in remote management abilities!

IT managers no longer have to physically perform many hardware upgrades. As long as the cloud network has an abundance of servers and hardware installed to be activated when they are needed, most of the hardware upgrades can be performed for months to come in as little as one day. When the cloud network determines that an upgrade is needed, it will automatically engage the new server hardware to keep up with the increasing demand.

Of course, as with any infrastructure, administration of the network still requires vigilant monitoring. IT managers need to learn a new set of skills to manage a cloud network. The training of employees to learn the new skills necessary to manage the network is a main concern of every hosting company. Almost everything is controlled via software in a cloud-computing environment, so technicians must become certified in all the skills necessary to operate in the new computing environment.

Why Choose Atlantic.Net?

IT managers who want to be part of the Atlantic.Net cloud structure have much to gain. Developers have been struggling to find a common ground, where the network’s components had everything in common, allowing seamless data flow. In years past, this was not a possibility because of the diversity in server structures.

With cloud computing, optimizing for configuration is a much easier task. Sticking with the configuration that works and allowing developers to work with a baseline schematic always does wonders for resource availability. The cloud is also well-designed for testing and experimentation because resources are more easily and cost-effectively accessed, development is typically less time-consuming, and systems are more rapidly deployed. Understanding of server resource management is at an all-time high.

At Atlantic.Net, our cloud-computing structure provides a platform for IT managers to learn a new skill-set. Because cloud computing is so incredibly popular, you can count on the technology to be around for the long haul. That means that IT managers who aren’t skilled in the areas of cloud computing can use the Atlantic.Net cloud to become more familiar with it. Again, private clouds are also available for those who want a greater degree of control over their system’s parameters.

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In conclusion, cloud computing means that IT managers are adopting new ways to handle their websites. Cloud computing is simply a more efficient way of going about the business of IT. Businesses that are able to take advantage of the new feature set that cloud computing provides will be happy with either our public cloud or private clouds. Cloud computing means lower overall costs and improving efficiency in business. As businesses large and small transition more and more to cloud computing, Atlantic.Net is on the cutting edge to see that every cloud deployment is smooth http://www.atlantic.net/cloud-hosting/cloud-servers/.

By Moazzam Adnan – Director of Business Development, Atlantic.Net

Moazzam joined Atlantic.Net in December 2000 as a Product Manager. He currently holds the position of Director of Business Development. Moazzam contributes to the growth of Atlantic.Net by branding and leveraging their product offerings with Web and new online and social media marketing. With over 10 years of experience in marketing, business strategy, and effective strategic partnerships and alliances, he has successfully launched and managed products from concept to marketing to profitable campaigns. 

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Cloud Startup: Codelathe – Spinning Cloud Software For Many Business Needs

Cloud Startup: Codelathe – Spinning Cloud Software For Many Business Needs

Cloud Startup: Codelathe – Spinning Cloud Software For Many Business Needs

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The startup Codelathe, pronounced code lay-th, is based out of Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Though Codelathe launched back in 2008, they feel that they are still in startup mode; offering many cloud-based products under the mother company including Tonido, FileCloud and Money Manager Ex. Codelathe, which founder Madhan Kanagavel states on their blog as a software spinning company, reaches out mainly to managed service providers or MSP of enterprise IT teams; however, they also offer cloud services to individuals and small businesses.

Along with their key products, Money Manager Ex, Tonido and FileCloud, Codelathe also makes the Tonido Plug, a “small, low-cost, low-power, always on home server” devise that assists users in accessing their data from anywhere in the world. Tonido’s leading profits stream includes sales of their software and services, along with the sale and original equipment manufacturer or OEM licensing of Tonido’s own, Tonido Plug.

A little breakdown of each of their products and servicesfile-cloud

FileCloud is a cloud service for big organizations such as enterprises, universities, host providers, and more. FileCloud offers company file sharing and syncing for those interested in on site file storage. FileCloud also offers a mobile app; extending user accessibility outside the office.

Tonido is aimed towards individual and small business cloud users. Tonido can be obtained on a free, professional and business level; each with cloud features relevant to the intensity of usage. Tonido puts forth both desktop and mobile software for those at home and those on the go. With Tonido, file sharing isn’t limited to documents, but instead extends out into media and photo sharing capabilities. Users can share over a browser based PIM or personal information manager or via Tonito to Tonito.

The Tonido Plug provides each user their server for access to their data anytime, anywhere. The second generation Tonido Plug includes wi-fi and SATA II capabilities.

Codelathe also offers a free financing platform called Money Manager Ex. The software’s key focus is on helping users organize, track and analyze their money.

So, which other companies are in competition with Codelathe? Their biggest competitors include Box.net, who also offer cloud services at the personal, small business and large corp. levels, OwnCloud and Share File.

With the many choices consumers have now a days, there must be key features that set some companies above others. Codelathe states that their products and services stand out due to the following:

  • Cloud services can run on both public and private cloud platforms
  • They offer HIPPA style logs for consistency and user-ability
  • Codelathe offers various applications including mobile for on the go accessibility
  • They have cross platform capabilities
  • Windows 64 bit and Linux compatible

According to the Codelathe team, their cloud services can top any competitor with regards to features and UX capabilities; being able to provide the array of features to clients for both private and public cloud is a top priority.

By Glenn Blake

4 Ways That Cloud Hosting Has Changed How We Do Business

4 Ways That Cloud Hosting Has Changed How We Do Business

4 Ways That Cloud Hosting Has Changed How We Do Business

Cloud hosting has lowered the barrier to entry for IT provisioning, provided improved collaboration tools and platforms, driven innovation, and increased choice.

There is a huge amount of hype surrounding the concept and implementation of cloud technology. Marketers have grasped the potential messaging and branding benefits of the cloud with both hands. As is often the case, cloud boosterism has produced a predictable backlash from traditionalists in the IT world.

No one wants to be thought of as bandwagon jumping or buying into the flimflam of marketers, but there’s a danger that the impulse to ignore the cloud may leave businesses trailing behind their less circumspect competitors.

While it’s true that the cloud and its associated technology are not a panacea to all problems that IT-dependent businesses face a sober-minded assessment of the proven benefits of adopting cloud servers, compute resources, storage, and network infrastructure reveals a consistent advantage for businesses that choose to embrace the cloud.

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Lowered Barrier To Entry

It’s possible to argue all day about the relative benefits of the cloud versus traditional data center collocation for various business models. But, it’s undeniable that on-demand IT infrastructure with prorated billing is a huge boon for both startups and established companies developing new products.

It’s no longer necessary for businesses to invest assets they’d rather remain liquid into upfront hardware provisioning. That avoidance of significant CAPEX is the one advantage from which many of the other benefits stem.

Improved Collaboration

Back in the day, IT and its exploitation were location-bound. Today, companies all over the world are leveraging cloud technologies to implement new organizational paradigms. It is possible for a billion-dollar company like Automattic to succeed without a central location at all. Their IT resources are in the cloud, and so are the tools that allow them to develop, to organize, and to manage their finances and client relationships.

Companies can become globalized and decentralized while still maintaining a strong organizational structure. They can recruit from a global talent pool to find the best in their field because location is no longer an issue.

Automattic is an extreme example. Most companies neither need nor want their employees to be spread across 141 cities in 28 countries, but they can take advantage of the collaboration benefits of cloud technology in smaller ways.

A Driver Of Innovation

One of the corollaries of lower capital expenditure is increased willingness to experiment. Experimentation drives innovation. Both new businesses and established companies can take a risk on developing new businesses lines because that risk is much lower than it would once have been.

More Choice

An open cloud where data can be moved around at will pursuing the best price and service has encouraged the development of a flourishing ecosystem. The trend towards lessened risk of vendor lock-in gives companies the confidence to invest in cloud technologies in the knowledge that they are not stuck with a particular vendor should relationships go south.

These are four of the many potential benefits that cloud technology has brought to businesses of all sizes. It’s not necessary to drink the cloud Kool Aid to see that smart money should be moving in the direction of cloud services and marketplaces.

By Victor Brown,

Victor is a marketer and technical writer for Cirrus Hosting, the leading Canadian hosting company. Follow Victor and Cirrus on Twitter @CirrusTechLtd, Like them on Facebook, and you can check out their hosting blog http://www.cirrushosting.com/category/blog.

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Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

The Fully Aware, Hybrid-Cloud Approach

The Fully Aware, Hybrid-Cloud Approach

Hybrid-Cloud Approach For over 20 years, organizations have been attempting to secure their networks and protect their data. However, have any of their efforts really improved security? Today we hear journalists and industry experts talk about the erosion of the perimeter. Some say it’s squishy, others say it’s spongy, and yet another claims it crunchy.…

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Governance, Risk and Compliance Businesses are under pressure to deliver against a backdrop of evolving regulations and security threats. In the face of such challenges they strive to perform better, be leaner, cut costs and be more efficient. Effective governance, risk and compliance (GRC) can help preserve the business’ corporate integrity and protect the brand,…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and…