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Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

The amount of data in our world increases massively day-by-day. Big data is about capturing, storing and analyzing large pools of data from customers/consumers, suppliers, partners, operations, employees etc. According to a McKinsey  report, US companies from almost all industry sectors have, on average, hundreds of terabytes of data stored per company. The amount of data is growing as companies gather more and more information with each transaction and interaction with their customers.

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Heroes Of The Cloud – Part 5

Heroes Of The Cloud – Part 5

Heroes Of The Cloud – Part 5


Marc Benioff has been called a pioneering “guerrilla marketer” of Software as a Service. USAToday credits him with “turning the software industry on its head” as he used the Internet to “revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed”.

Benioff grew up in San Francisco, and joined Oracle soon after graduating from USC in 1986. Unlike so many of the Silicon Valley legends, Benioff’s educational background was not in computers, but in Business Administration, although he did have a computer background as a kid. He was named Rookie of the Year at Oracle, and within three years became the company’s youngest Vice President. In March 1999, he helped to found, and became a leading evangelist for Software as a Service. started in a small San Francisco apartment with a stated mission of “The End Of Software”. The software/hardware debate goes back to the earliest days of personal computing and the Menlo Park Homebrew Computer Club where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak got their start. Software is the heart of the giant Microsoft as well as many other notable tech firms.

When Benioff calls for the death of software, what he means is the end of buying software and putting it on your own computer. was developed on the model of Software as a Service (SaaS), where the software a business uses is accessed through the Internet on a Cloud application. Benioff’s partners in had previously worked on Clarify, and developed a sales automation software.

Considered a leader in enterprise cloud computing, CRM, Customer Relationship Management is the heart of Their products include the Sales Cloud, the Service Cloud, the platform, Chatter,, AppExchange, and other services.

The cloud used by is hosted by Oracle. In fact since leaving the company to form, Benioff has maintained close ties to his mentors at Oracle, but as the importance of Cloud Computing increases, the two companies find themselves as competitors, often not friendly competitors. is increasing its commitment to the open-source database PostgreSQL. PostgreSQL is seen as a threat to Oracle’s core database offering.

By Peter Knight

Cost Effective And Flexible Solution For Companies To Meet Their IT Needs – Part 1

Cloud Computing – Cost Effective and Flexible Solution for Companies – Part 1

What is Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is gaining popularity since last few years. It is a computing model that uses shared infrastructure to provide computing resources to companies dynamically over a cloud, such as internet. It enables companies to use data storage, software applications, and computer processing power owned and maintained by cloud service providers through the internet or proprietary network of the service provider.

The cloud computing services are broadly divided into three categories:

1. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

2. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

3. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Alternatively, some providers use some different nomenclature, e.g. Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) for IaaS and only SaaS for later two categories.

Cloud computing allows enterprises and small businesses to user a shared infrastructure as a service. It brings freedom from maintaining and configuring local servers by allowing the usage of distributed servers and computers maintained and configured by cloud computing service providers. These service providers are essentially well equipped and capable of operating distributed computing infrastructure than a small business or enterprise that does not specialize in IT infrastructure and services thereby allowing them to concentrate on their core business.

The cloud also allows companies to use the computing resources as needed by making them a service. For example, a retail business that requires more computing resources say the number of servers for certain months of a year due to the high volume of business while its needs drop to a few servers for the rest of the year. By using cloud from a cloud service provider, such retail business can save capital investment that remains idle most the year.

The same is true about ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) provided by cloud computing providers. Companies can purchase monthly or quarterly subscriptions instead of purchasing complete license and become worry free from its becoming obsolete in a few months or a year. Traditionally, newer versions of software require companies to purchase them again, and sometimes these newer versions also need enhanced infrastructure due to added functionalities, and thus add up to investments in infrastructure. Cloud services, both infrastructure and software allow companies to cut cost on repurchase of newer versions and upgrading of infrastructure.

How Companies Benefit from Cloud Computing

Companies can readily benefit from cloud computing. Some of the benefits cloud offers to companies are:

1. Time to start using the infrastructure and services is significantly reduced. Since cloud providers can extend services quickly, companies do no longer need lead time for bidding, purchasing, installation, and configuration of hardware and software

2. Costs on software licensing are reduced as companies can use online services in the cloud

3. Companies no longer need dedicated human resources for IT infrastructure and thus save administrative costs

4. Since cloud service providers specialize in infrastructure and software, they can offer more availability and reliability than a small in-house IT team could provide

5. Companies no more need to maintain their servers. This reduces maintenance cost

By Krishan Lal Khatri,

Krishan is a technology researcher and writer with over 12 years experience in telecommunication industry. He has a masters degree in Electronic Engineering and is member of IEEE and ISOC. He has worked with leading telecommunication service providers in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates for 10 years and then switched to teaching and research by joining a public sector university. He is currently pursuing PhD in Electrical Engineering.

The Fine Line Between SaaS Business Optimization And Innovation

The Fine Line Between SaaS Business Optimization and Innovation

Let’s take a minute to talk about optimization vs. innovation, especially where it applies to software, namely SaaS software. There is a very clear and distinct difference between these two core concepts, and not understanding this difference can doom you from the start. Often, people will label optimization of a design to be a form of innovation, and will often even go as far as to market it as such.

They rarely get called out on this, as consumers aren’t tech experts, though they’re far from stupid. Oh, they know something’s up, they just couldn’t point out exactly what, and so they remain silent and contemplative, tolerating the nonsense as best as they can. Well, this isn’t right, so tech people, consumers, everyone else – let’s talk about the differences between them.

Let’s cite a couple hypothetical scenarios, one is innovation and the other is optimization. Examples are the best way to learn and demonstrate, obviously, and they’re much more pleasant to read. Pleasant reading is of course retained reading.

Let’s begin. We will be looking at the fictional company, BlueRodent Graphics, a respected and successful developer of SaaS graphical development tools for cooperative cloud GD.

Case #1 – Innovation

The R&D lab at BlueRodent has been watching the trends with graphics and graphical needs. They see the forthcoming need for vastly easier 3D modeling, a feature their suite, GoldenRing, doesn’t even support. They’ve stayed away from 3D design for the longest time due to the extreme computing cost of modeling, coupled with past SaaS latency, along with the difficulty inherent to 3D modeling software on a usability end.

Alas, graphics design software is beginning to be judged not just for its 2D capacities, but for its 3D, and so BlueRodent can no longer refrain from trying to support the burgeoning medium. Conventional 3D modeling interfaces are baffling and difficult, and while modern web tech will allow for responsive interface at long last, they don’t want their famously easy-to-use GoldenRing suite to become a mess.

The brilliant R&D lab, in accompaniment with a team of UX experts, has come up with a novel new idea to represent 3D as a series of 2D sheets. In order to shape basic 3D models, all that must be done is for the user to draw lines and curves onto this sheet. They can then cut them and fold them with easy 3D motions, like origami. Anyone who’s ever made a paper airplane can easily get the basics of this modeling concept in a few minutes. Those serious about 3D, and who are used to the sleek design GoldenRing already has …  well, they can master yet more innovating 3D modeling in days or weeks, rather than months or years. The origami modeling system is innovative, new, and completely changes the way 3D is to be approached. In the following years, everyone will try to imitate BlueRodent’s origami modeling technique.

Case #2 – Optimization

While the R&D lab toils to solve the 3D barrier for GoldenRing, the rest of the development staff sees another issue that’s a little more pertinent for them to address. Why is the vector graphics engine so slow and non-responsive? Pixel-based art works at lightning speed and the latency between cooperative users through the server is less than 5/1000 of a second, and yet, vectors are slow. Vectors use less data, since they’re just geometry and math, not boxes of individual colors.

This is a problem, given how popular vectors are, and how otherwise lauded GoldenRing’s vector design interface and capacity is. If it just didn’t lag so much when more than one user was working on a design in unison.

And then, one single programmer, on his third cup of coffee, has an epiphany. The pixel data for regular graphics is being handled by relaying a color and coordinate directly to the server where it echoes it back to other live users. Vectors are being sent to a secondary block of PHP where it renders the image, and redraws it for everyone. It’s still giving everyone pixels, just way too many way too quickly.

And so, the rest of the BlueRodent team listens with much eagerness as he outlines a plan to shift the vector rendering to the local interface, using HTML5 to draw the vectors live, client side, just as it has been doing for pixels the whole time. No longer will PHP draw the entire image every time, and then require it to be re-loaded by clients. And as such, the vector methods for GoldenRing become faster than Flash or Illustrator with a simple optimization of how it is handled.

This is optimization, the refinement of an existing structure to remove inefficiencies and make it perform much better.

And thus, as we followed two issues that BlueRodent addressed, we see clearly the demonstration of innovation – a new, never before conceived concept, even to solve a known issue. And we see a demonstration of optimization, to make something already in place work better just by shifting the strategy for how it is handled.

Guest Post By Omri Erel,

Marketing director at WalkMe and lead author of SaaS Addict

Using The Cloud For Better Business Continuity

Using The Cloud For Better Business Continuity

Using The Cloud For Better Business Continuity

Planning for your cloud application or website to go down seems like it should be a no brainer. We assume that every business is aptly prepared; in fact most people reading this probably believe theirs is. It is, right? Right? Turns out it only takes one extreme incident to show us that keeping websites and applications online no matter what the circumstance really is an after thought for many organizations. For instance, sites like Gawker, Gizmodo, and Huffington Post all went down during Hurricane Sandy last fall, as did hundreds of other businesses’ critical infrastructure. While I can’t speculate as to what kinds of IT practices these businesses had in place, we can assume their business continuity planning wasn’t as strong as it could have been – despite being in a region of the country that gets hit with hurricanes on an annual basis.

Now it’s one thing for websites to go down, it’s another thing for applications that house critical data – that needs to be accessed on a dime – to suddenly be inaccessible. Depending on the industry, the risks of this inaccessibility can be grave. For instance, the stakes for healthcare, eCommerce platforms and SaaS/PaaS solutions providers are extremely high if data suddenly becomes unavailable.

Think about it – natural and unnatural disasters strike every day, everywhere in the world. We can count on it. Yet businesses still leave their data at risk of being “lost,” if even for a short time. In an era when about everything lives in the cloud, BCP can no longer be left on the back burner. Here are some ways businesses can leverage the cloud for smarter BCP.

Resources on Demand

Businesses used to balk at BCP simply because of the time it took to implement such a plan. Ordering new hardware, provisioning circuits and signing contracts with a colocation provider could literally take months. The cloud removes all of those steps. Organizations can literally spin up a virtualized machine within minutes in another location, resulting in very little to no downtime. The instant spin up and switch down aspect of the cloud is particularly handy when preparing for seasonal events like hurricanes. These tend to hit the coast at about the same time every year and subside a couple of months later. An IT director could replicate his environment a month before the hurricane season starts, stand it up in a region that is untouched by hurricanes (like Arizona), and turn the deployment down a month or two later. If the season is a little prolonged than usual, there is no need, as with a traditional hosting contract, to sign up for another year, when the environment could be used for only a couple of weeks.

Better and more resources for efficient failover means cloud infrastructure is perfect for replicating applications and databases across a multitude of environments and geographically diverse infrastructure. This enablement means enterprises can easily redirect their traffic to any number of failover facilities using DNS management, thus greatly lowering the risk. This amazing agility can make the preplanning and nominal additional cost worthwhile. The geographical diversity of cloud providers is key here. Tornado risk in the mid-west? Move the workload to an east coast cloud node. Hurricane risk on the east coast? Replicate the workload to a cloud node in Arizona. Earthquake risk in California? Re-locate to a node in Texas. None of this is a hassle with cloud infrastructure.

Redundancy no longer costs an arm and a leg

Cost has been a huge factor that prevents businesses of every size from implementing effective business continuity plans. The cloud makes this a moot (or at least much more palatable) point.

Hot / Cold business continuity configuration – As mentioned, when the cloud is used for BC solutions, resources like processors, RAM, and storage allocations can remain practically dormant until the moment the business needs them, at which time, these resources can be scaled up quickly to manage the production load. A cloud business continuity solution can be deployed so quickly that active users (on the website or application) don’t even notice a blip. With cloud, enterprises and SMBs alike can now have BC plans with global infrastructure in place without breaking the budget.

Hot / Hot business continuity configurationDNS management tools enable IT stakeholders to mirror a production hosting environment, in its entirety, to a secondary location. The geo-location features of DNS can play a role here too, providing a performance boost as requests can be routed via load-balancing to the most local production node. Running two deployments ‘live-live’ where Web servers and possibly even data base servers share the load between the two locations, is a good option for highly transactional businesses, where even a moment of interruption leads to revenue loss.

It’s remarkable how many companies still rely on traditional (dare I say outdated) back up practices such as weekly back up to tape. Cloud can be a game changer for IT, lowering the price of a business continuity solutions, while at the same time providing more businesses better access to robust and protective options quickly.



By Daniel Beazer

Daniel Beazer has an extensive history of research and strategy with hosting and cloud organizations.  As director of strategy at FireHost, Daniel Beazer oversees interactions with enterprise and strategic customers. In this role, he identifies pain points that are unique to high-level customers and utilises his significant knowledge of cloud computing and hosting to help them. 


Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Compliance

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Compliance

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Compliance

More and more cloud services launched by the IT industry to support HIPAA compliance are now available. For example, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has launched a new cloud service that enable health care providers to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  NaviSite/TimeWarner along with other Enterprise Cloud hosting vendors also offer HIPAA compliant cloud solutions.

Included is an excellent infographic which covers the Continuity & Compliance of cloud computing.


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The Disaster Mitigation And Recovery Power Of Cloud Computing

The Disaster Mitigation And Recovery Power Of Cloud Computing

In a world where digital connectivity and online presence are a significant part of life and businesses alike, a disaster that disables online services is undoubtedly going to ruin some people’s day, to say the least. Hurricane Katrina and others like it around the world have proven that no data center or server facility is safe from natural disasters and other freak accidents. The effects of such events can at least be mitigated with cloud computing services and technology, making disaster mitigation and recovery easier.

Imagine if a bank losses all its customer’s data including all digital backups because of some calamity, it certainly is a disaster for everyone, the bank most especially. However, not to worry for there are backups in the form of paper, age old reliable paper; well, one can just imagine the banks clerks trudging through tons of paper and slaving in front of computers as they quickly try to get everything into electronic form while their cheeks slowly turn gaunt and their eyes white. It is a highly unlikely event with today’s standards for backing up data, but still a possible worst case scenario.

The nature of cloud computing makes disaster recovery an extremely logical solution, and as a service it can be tremendously lucrative. Because cloud computing can allow one to offload data into “offshore” installations, anywhere and everywhere around the world with multiple backups, the chances that all of them can be wiped out in the same instance are pretty slim. This can be accomplished with the old setup one might say. Yes, it can, but not as well and not as economically as cloud computing can, especially if you consider the public cloud option. Because of virtualization, service providers are able to provide the resources required for disaster mitigation and recovery for a small fraction of the price that it would cost an organization to setup its own. This is because hardware resources are shared by multiple customers and clients through virtualization. This allows providers to accommodate more customers using the same amount of resources as with non-cloud computing technology. This affordability opens up the market to not just the leading companies but also to SMB’s and startups, which brings more competition and hence more options and better service for customers.

The area of disaster mitigation and recovery is not just limited to backup and storage but is also applicable with any other online service. Servers or data centers that become unavailable due to disaster can quickly be replicated in another location in a matter of a few hours. This minimizes downtime for those that are providing services like online games and streaming services, and even those that rely on online transactions like e-stores and financial institutions. When it comes to disaster mitigation and recovery, nothing simply does it better and cheaper than cloud computing.

By Abdul Salam

Tips For Implementing Cloud ERP Software

Tips For Implementing Cloud ERP Software

Tips For Implementing Cloud ERP Software

c more and more vendors are offering cloud solutions, which can be customized, for a variety of industries, and needs. However, many companies have made mistakes in implementing cloud ERP systems, and these mistakes can be costly in terms of budget and staff time. Here are some things to think about before deciding to implement a cloud ERP system:

Know Your Requirements: You need to understand what your company needs from an ERP solution before you begin your project. This is an essential first step in the process. You need to find the vendor and the product that is best suited to your business. If you know what you need from an ERP solution, you can find the vendor whose products match your needs. Choosing the wrong software can be a costly mistake.

Understanding the Costs: With cloud ERP, you need to spend less time looking at the upfront costs and focus on the cost over the life of the contract. Do the math to figure out what your total cost will be. When comparing different ERP vendors, be sure you are using the same criteria for each option; in other words, compare apples to apples.

Public vs. Private: Many businesses jump into the private cloud because it feels more comfortable and appears to offer greater security. However, there are good reasons to consider the public cloud for at least some of your needs. With a public cloud, you can grow or shrink capacity to meet your needs and only pay for the amount you use. Public cloud space is cheaper, and you can use it to meet seasonal demands or unexpected situations. The best of both worlds is a vendor who offers both public and private, so you can switch or combine options if needed.

Getting the Right Personnel: Whether you have in-house IT staff or contract it out, your IT people need to understand multi-tenant cloud computing, which requires a different skill set than more traditional approaches. The cloud also asks the developer to play a different role. Developers will primarily be doing coding and testing rather than in managing and monitoring the solution. So you should plan your staffing needs ahead of time.

Plan your Implementation: Although cloud ERP offers a variety of advantages, some aspects of the process are difficult to implement after the fact. While you’re setting up your cloud ERP software, you should be thinking about how you want to organize security and set policies that will become part of your architecture. It’s much more difficult to enforce security rules and ensure the safety of your data if you try to formulate the policies after the fact.

Business Continuity: You should make plans for business continuity that take into account a range of scenarios, including a lengthy power failure at your main facility. You can work with your vendor to set up business continuity strategies, but don’t rely on them to come up with the plan. You should prepare for a variety of scenarios, including the possibility that your vendor will go out of business.

You may notice a common theme in every one of the above subheadings: planning. No matter the size of your company or the depth of your budget, you need to start the process by evaluating your needs, analyzing available options, and planning your architecture – all before you start the installation. By making planning the firs step, you can avoid some costly mistakes that you would need to fix in the future.

By Douglas Johnson

Douglas has over 20 years of experience in the software industry and currently works as the VP of Marketing and Business Development at cloud ERP software provider Acumatica.

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