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Is There Enough Bandwidth Available To Support 100% Of The World Moving To Cloud Solutions?

Is There Enough Bandwidth Available To Support 100% Of The World Moving To Cloud Solutions?

Bandwidth Availability

It’s a question I’ve asked dozens of times in my blog and one I have talked to a number of different audiences and groups to and about. Is the total available deployed bandwidth enough to support the overall impact and requirements of the emerging cloud solutions?

The initial answer is no not really. The first issue is of course that the total requirements for bandwidth at any one time today are more than the system can handle. There are people who do not leverage the internet and cloud solutions full time but that number is decreasing rather than being stable or increasing. The people that “connect” connect more often and for a longer period during the work day.

I call that concept the “bandwidth shell game”  because like the famous shell game that proves the adage the hand is faster than the eye change is faster than infrastructure. At times that shell game works perfectly and at other times the bandwidth available for any one user begins to fade quickly. The problem is the number of services that are moving to cloud based scenarios is increasing not decreasing. The solutions deploying today don’t require less fidelity of connectivity, they require more fidelity of connectivity.

At the same time the connection window isn’t closing its actually growing wider. More people are connected to more solutions for more time during the day. The work day that once supported a 8 am eastern time to 6 pm eastern time window leaving a solid 14 hours a day for backup and system recovery is now gone.


We could have hoped that the IPV4 “address” problem would have ended this conversation, by forcing us to slow down on the number of IP devices. Or that bandwidth providing companies would begin capping internet bandwidth per person (which they are today). The problem is that instead of the one device connecting as was the case as recently as 10 years ago, now the average user has 3 or more devices connecting. Some of the devices in question not just connecting at the same time they also connect all the time. With this change we lose the concurrency advantage. More users connected with more devices for more time, both connection total and connected total time. Add to that the overall increase in the fidelity requirements for the applications users are connecting to.

This is a great argument for building private cloud solutions within organizations in the short run. Private clouds that once built will leverage the existing LAN/WAN connectivity and don’t dump additional organizational traffic to the internet.  Like the hope that the IPv4 problem (running out of available addresses while waiting for organizations to deploy IPv6) this is a short term solution to a long term problem.

The other issue with this overall solution is that we are assuming that the traffic of today stays the same going forward. The history of the internet tells us that isn’t the case. The explosion of social media will continue to alter the patterns of connectivity. Social media doesn’t just drive connections; it drives longer more sustained connections. The average social media user connects to social solutions and stays online for longer than many other web sites. As organizations adopt the concepts of social computing that concept of higher sustained connection will continue to drive connections.

You see in the end it remains a shell game. No matter how well we watch the bandwidth or for that matter limit the number and placement of shells in the game, the hand remains faster than the eye.  The need for internet bandwidth already outstrips the available capacity of the current system. The reality is that today less than 30% of the world’s population consumes a large percentage of the currently available bandwidth. As we drive the number of devices connected, the number of total connections and increase the time of those connections can we find enough bandwidth to fill the need?

By Scott Andersen

Cloud Infographic: Survey Shows Enterprise Dev/Test Infrastructure Holding Back

Cloud Infographic: Survey Shows Enterprise Dev/Test Infrastructure Holding Back

Cloud Infographic: Survey Shows Enterprise Dev/Test Infrastructure Holding Back

An excellent infographic  provided by which highlights a number of growing trends and areas which need to be addressed with regards to cloud development and testing.

Some key results include:

  •    Two-thirds need to urgently fix the fact their infrastructure is holding them back from being as agile as the business demands, given 80% say they face shortages of dev/test infrastructure sometimes, often or all the time.
  •     83% of organizations are adopting DevOps principles to help address agility.
  •    73% of respondents say their groups are running some dev/test workloads in a public IaaS cloud, though, 78% report that their dev/test environments are different than their production environments.



Infographic Source: Ravello Systems

Cloud Startup: Aryaka

Cloud Startup: Aryaka

Cloud Startup: Aryaka

Aryaka: Attestation to Pure WAN Connectivity with Optimal Bandwidth Use


Among the recent companies that have proved a blessing to cloud computing, perhaps none has done more, in a world where network is the lifeline, than Aryaka. This cloud startup whose base is California began in 2008 but has since earned wide recognition for its Wide Area Network (WAN) coverage that allows users to access connectivity that rivals that of the Local Area Network (LAN). Perhaps these attributes, alongside the fact that the firm is one of the initial platforms to provide this kind of technology around the globe, are what have earned the company recognition from, among others, GigaOM. The following are the technical features of this product depicting both the beneficial and functional specifications.

The Way Aryaka’s WAN Operates

To understand the technical capabilities of this startup, one must separate three major ingredients of a network into context.

Those of Aryaka include:

Points of Presence (POP): Instead of relying on expensive, hardware-dependant LANs, the cloud startup instead goes for POPs. These are private stations, all over the planet, that are in a square mileage proximate to the end users. It acts as the reference point and provides the same work, though with better redundancy, as a private cloud communications infrastructure or a local network provider.

WAN: The wide area that this company covers is global, national or local. Because the infrastructure is courtesy of Aryaka, the clients need not to install any routing devices or rely on unreliable network connection from a telecommunications provider. Secondly, the startup offers remote management of the systems in place to ensure the right redundancy that can make the network to operate in a double blind manner.

Bandwidth: When operating on a bandwidth, it is essential to have performance that does not cower down from redundancy ramifications due to various issues like network congestion when many clients are relying on one service. This cloud startup offers a worthy alternative, going by the technical name of Advanced Redundancy Removal (AAR), where the technological tools compress memory and duplicate data. The upshot of this is the fact that bandwidth usage goes down to a level of 98 percent. This means that users can finally avail cloud-like benefits where they can scale their bandwidth, due to its economy of up to 20 to 50 times more than recently. This is where the secret of accessing a Local Area Network effect in WAN comes in.

The Possible Benefits of the Technology


Proponents of Aryaka’s offering are gainsaying the demerits of the traditional network that can be either private, public cloud or LAN, delineating their respective high redundancy, unreliability due to congestion and hardware expenditure. In this particular alternative, however, it has become apparent that one reduces capital expenditure on the equipment department. Secondly, there is no need to conduct IT training for the staff. This is because both the management duties and hardware systems emanate from the startup.


There are no concrete details about the pricing criteria of Aryaka’s product, primarily because network coverage is both data and equipment-based. However, one can draw the conclusion that the costs are quite manageable because of the aforementioned use of bandwidth-optimization technology. This means that the end-user can only amass high costs when scaling the bandwidth. Still, the significance of the cost would not hit the bull’s eye until one does scale to more than 50 times the current usage. This applies to large organizations with high network demands.


Aryaka received critical acclaim from technology analysis firms. In 2011, Gartner accorded the firm with the term, Cool Vendor, for its Enterprise Communications offerings. The latter applies to the collaborative framework that the startup provides for closely-packed businesses that can tap from a local POP, thus reducing separate installation costs. also listed the firm among the Top 10 ranking companies that will have an impact in the coming days of the cloud.

Therefore, Aryaka passes the test, flawlessly, as one of the most important cloud startups, not only in the technology capital of the world, the United States, but the entire globe. The standing out feature is its POP configuration in an otherwise traditionally lax, extensive network environment, WAN. Furthermore, the management comes from various top-notch network management companies, which reinforces the fact of the firm’s greatness and accountability. Apparently, the team has managed to raise substantial funds for the company. This is why their brainchild deserves a mention among the top North America cloud startups.

By John Omwamba

6 ERP System Characteristics You Don’t Want To Compromise On

6 ERP System Characteristics You Don’t Want To Compromise On

6 ERP System Characteristics

You may find yourself becoming overwhelmed with all the potential choices of ERP software available on the market. Many decision makers have purchased such software only to find out later that it was not the right fit for their specific business. Although there is a myriad of information available to aid in the ERP Systems HQ selection process, there are 8 essential qualities you should never comprise on:

1. Functionality

This is the most important characteristic of an ERP system to research. In order to know what functions your selected system is required to possess, you first need to ask yourself what areas are of most importance to you. If your ERP software is optimized for larger companies and you are a small business, you should look into a system that more represents your specific needs. Functionality is the base of a great ERP solution, while additional features are bonuses. Focus on the necessities and optional add-ons can get addressed along the way.

2. Common Platform with Wide Recognition

Choosing a commonly accepted cloud based ERP platform will ensure there is a high amount of products and support for those products available. Well recognized ERP solutions have plenty of resources available for support and implementation. By choosing a solution with many certified partners, call centers, support plans, and support teams who are familiar with related systems to choose from, you increase your likelihood of effective use. The higher the number of companies using a particular ERP solution, the more likely the software is going to stay on the market for a while. Find an ERP solution that others in your industry use comfortably and effectively.

3. Support and Stability

It is essential that the ERP software companies that you are considering come with a support guarantee; otherwise you may leave yourself vulnerable to hidden costs for necessary upgrades if the product you chose becomes obsolete. It is also important to consider how stable the software publisher is and whether they are likely to retain their position within the market, thereby continuing to provide the support you require.

4. Costs and Fees

This includes not only the initial purchasing and implementation cost, but any on-going costs you are likely to incur through the need for maintenance, upgrades, additional users, etc. While some systems may offer discounts at the time of purchase, you may find yourself facing higher costs in the future, negatively affecting your bottom line and ROI. Also, ensure the software companies you are considering have a cap on their annual fees, including support and updates.

5. Effective Data Usage

One of the distinct advantages of ERP systems is the ability to efficiently access and use your data. While most provide adequate transaction processing, it is equally important that the data can be easily accessible by decision makers. Timely and current information access ensures critical decisions can be made based upon the most recent data.

6. Fast Adoption

The ERP system you choose should be easy to adapt to for end users. It is crucial that those users become both familiar and comfortable with those functions and use. For example, because many of Microsoft Dynamics’ key features resemble Microsoft Office functions, users are usually able to adapt to it quickly.

By Aaron Louis,

Aaron is the head blogger of ERP Systems HQ. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and has worked as an ERP Consultant. Visit ERP Systems HQ for more information.

Cloud Infographic: Costs Of Running A Startup

Cloud Infographic: Costs Of Running A Startup

Costs Of Running A Startup

CloudTweaks has covered a number of emerging startups over the years, such as our “Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars” list.  The question many startups have is:  What does it cost to run a startup? We have an infographic provided courtesy of which outlines some of these costs in a few of the main technological hotspots of the world. We believe as cloud adoption rates increase, and telecommuting is more prevalent worldwide, many of these costs can be reduced in some capacity.



Top 10 Reasons For Making The Switch To Cloud Accounting Software

Top 10 Reasons For Making the Switch to Cloud Accounting Software

Any small business owner knows that bookkeeping is a necessary evil that takes time and energy away from the revenue-earning aspects of the business. It can be frustrating to try and keep track of all of the transactions associated with your business. It can be complicated further by erratic cash flow. Having a cost efficient accounting system reduces many of these frustrations, which is why I advocate the use of cloud accounting.

Following are the reasons your small business or start-up should utilize cloud accounting software:

1) Ease of Use

If you have been using a cumbersome PC-based accounting system that is only loaded on one computer and requires an accounting degree to use effectively, then you will find the user-friendliness and ease of access of cloud accounting software a refreshing change. Processes that previously were difficult to master can be picked up and used by just about anyone. Many vendors also have a knowledgebase available and 24/7 customer support to answer any questions that you may run into.

2) Economies of Scale

Due to cloud accounting software being a resource shared by many, there are further benefits to be had, such as automatic updates and the availability of a large server for storage.

3) Security

With cloud accounting software you are alleviated of the regular backups required with a PC-based accounting system. Service providers can guarantee that your information is kept safe and secure at all times.

4) Flexibility

Rather than being stuck in a stuffy office doing your accounting functions, with cloud accounting you can work from any location where you can get internet access. You are no longer restricted to just one computer either, as the software is accessible by anyone you give authorization to, whether they’re using a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smart phone.

5) Pay For What You Use

Unlike traditional software, you only pay for what you use so you don’t have to worry about paying more than what you need. And as your company grows, you don’t have to worry about whether you are outgrowing your software package, which makes cloud accounting software a great option for startups. The software is installed at no cost and you continue to have access for as long as you want, provided you pay your monthly subscription. This is great news for you, the customer, because it gives the providers incentive to continue to provide excellent value through improvements and innovations to the software.

6) Lower Pricing

There are a great many providers of cloud accounting software, most easily found through a quick Google search. Due to the large number of competitors, you are able to benefit from competitive pricing.

7) User-Friendly Interface

Cloud accounting software has simplified how you access your information and now everything you need to know about your business’ financial status is clearly set out on the dashboard, in an easy-to-read format. You can see at a glance your current bank balance, your accounts receivable and accounts payable balances for the current month and next month.

8) Single User Interface

Regardless of who accesses the information or from what location, the same information is available. This makes communicating with your business adviser and/or accountant much easier, as they see the same figures you see. You and your accountant can work together in real time to project cash flow, sales figures and so much more. This also gives you the ability to plan ways to minimize your tax bill.

9) Knowledge is Power

No longer do you need to waste valuable time in waiting for an answer to your question when accessing the software’s Help section. It is likely that your question has already been asked by another user and therefore the answer is readily available through a user community forum. If the answer is not readily available there is a strong possibility that someone within the community will be able to provide you with the answer very quickly. New Zealand-based cloud accounting provider Xero was one of the first to take this approach with customer support, and others have followed suit.

10)Increased Productivity

Cloud accounting software requires less input, but at the same time has the ability to produce results in a more efficient, faster manner. Armed with accurate, up-to-the-minute information, you have the ability to increase productivity, make better decisions, and expand your company.

Is your business enjoying the full benefits of cloud accounting software? Are your competitors? In order to make your business operations more efficient and competitive, you need to be using cloud accounting software or you could be left in the dust by your competitors.

By Sam Michaels,

Sam is the managing editor and creator of Cloud Accounting Today. He holds a MS in Accounting and has over 10 years of experience in the field. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Preventing Disastrous Events Through The Power of Anomaly Detection In Machine Data

Preventing Disastrous Events Through The Power of Anomaly Detection In Machine Data

Preventing Disastrous Events Through the Power of Anomaly Detection in Machine Data

In August, a single server failed and the NASDAQ went down for three hours. In January, GlobalPayments reported that a hack compromising millions of credit card accounts cost them $93 million to recover from. In both cases, nobody took action until the damage was done because quite simply, nobody could. IT planners could not proactively head off the failure or breach because they had no suspicious behavior or early warning system to alert them that something was going amiss; all they had were mountains of event logs that needed to be pored through after the damage was already said and done.


(Image Source: Shutterstock)

To prevent such catastrophes in the future, three things are required:

  • A machine learning engine that can analyze and learn from data – as well as human interaction and feedback – in order to get smarter over time;
  • Big Data technologies;
  • And of course, a cloud platform for ease of management.

Machine logs are the output of every application, website, server and supporting IT infrastructure component in the enterprise. This means that IT teams are inundated by massive amounts of machine log data. Digging through all of this data for something meaningful is not only unwieldy and unappealing, but also ultimately drives down productivity and increases costs. IT teams need to be able to not only visualize, but also analyze machine data in a way that can provide clear insight into what events in that stream of data are benign and what events are malicious that would require immediate attention. By being able to make sense of machine data from an “event” perspective, IT teams can create optimal functionality around any environment and also bring a true, proactive approach to IT management.

The goal of combining Big Data and a machine learning engine all within a cloud platform is to make events easily known and to procure insight on such events prior to their occurrences, which would result in significantly fewer headaches for IT managers and CIOs. Big Data technologies enable a holistic approach to analysis of data without binding to schemas, volumes or batch analytics. A machine learning engine provides advanced algorithms that learn and analyze from data as well as humans to increase intelligence over time. And lastly, the combination of these components in a cloud-based management platform enables an elastic compute at the massive scale that’s needed to analyze this amount of data in real-time across all vectors. By having this capability, IT managers can then create playbooks and remediation steps to prevent certain events and anticipate the impact to their organization.

Event detection can play a big role in optimizing system availability and performance; when a process, application or infrastructure component fails or slows down, it’s typically presaged by multiple events occurring simultaneously or in rapid succession. Out-of-the-ordinary or “anomaly” event detection can decipher how this series of events and their patterns vary from the norm, and what the variation means to the business. The power behind anomaly detection is neither a single technology nor a single technique. It’s typically a set of algorithms that work synergistically, leveraging machine learning techniques as well as mathematical and statistical analysis.

The benefits are clear, but there are many solutions out there that claim to do this, but do not leverage the three critical components for successful anomaly detection: machine learning engine, big data analytics and a cloud management platform. Without these three things working harmoniously together, it is that much more difficult to proactively manage the IT environment. Coming full circle, disastrous events such as the NASDAQ going down or a company losing millions of dollars could have been prevented through the power of machine data and anomaly detection.

sanjayBy Sanjay Sarathy, CMO of Sumo Logic

Sanjay joins Sumo Logic with over seventeen years of marketing, business development and community building experience in both SaaS and enterprise software environments. Prior to Sumo Logic, he was at Vindicia, a SaaS company that provides online billing and marketing solutions for for companies selling digital content and services. He also spent time at Above All Software, Qualys, Sun Microsystems and NetDynamics. Sanjay has a BA in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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