The Right Way To Do Exchange In The Cloud The Story of Exchange Server For the past decade, front office and back office systems, such as CRM, payroll, and document management, have gradually moved to the cloud. That change has been relatively seamless. But now enterprises are contemplating and executing the migration of once immovable major systems that have been ensconced inside the walls of the corporation for decades. At the top of the list is Exchange Server, Microsoft’s enterprise stalwart. With the introduction of Office 365 in 2011, Microsoft is encouraging businesses to shift core apps like Exchange, SharePoint
Cloud Infographic – The State Of Enterprise Crowdsourcing Enterprise crowdsourcing leverages the human intelligence of the crowd to help organizations efficiently and accurately tackle their Big Data projects. From sentiment analysis and image moderation to customer record enrichment and content creation, businesses continue to find new ways to use the crowd. Included is a very useful and well designed infographic provided by CrowdFlower that helps explain how/who uses the crowd. Infographic Source: CrowdFlower
Where Does The Buck Stop In The Cloud? Who is responsible for outages caused by IaaS failures. Is the relationship between traditional data centers and customers better for small and medium businesses? Consider these two scenarios. One You are hosting your busy website on a cluster of managed dedicated servers located in a trusted data center. You have a close working relationship with the system administrators who manage your servers. They helped you to set up your infrastructure and they understand the needs of your business, acting as first line of defense against outages and performance issues. One morning, your cluster
Firehost Reveals Increases in Cyberattacks in its Superfecta Report There are always wolves at the door, and they are relentless in both their creativity and determination when it comes to getting in. This is the message that can be gleaned from a report released Tuesday October 22, by FireHost, (www.firehost.com) a provider of managed, secure cloud IaaS. Their Superfecta report highlights upticks in Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and SQL Injection activity that specifically target applications carrying sensitive information about organizations and their customers. “The adoption of cloud computing, mobile applications and virtualized enterprise architectures have led to an expansion of applications that are
Victim of Cloud-Washing? Use VPCs to Compete with the Big Firms As Amazon continues to innovate and deliver new services at an incredible pace it can be a challenge for others in the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) market to keep up. Predicted high growth on public cloud services is causing some existing data center providers to engage in cloud washing – labeling their services as “cloud” or “cloud-enabled”. This leaves genuine CSPs squeezed at both ends – struggling to keep up with Amazon, and struggling to differentiate from cloud washed managed services. Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) provide one way to stand out.
Cloud Infographic: Survey Shows Enterprise Dev/Test Infrastructure Holding Back An excellent infographic provided by http://www.ravellosystems.com 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
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
VMworld Survey: Enterprises Still Unwilling to Look Outside for Private Cloud Attendees Also State Concerns Over Shadow IT as a Result of Public Cloud Services SAN FRANCISCO and PASADENA, Calif. – VMworld 2013 – August 29, 2013 – 87 percent of private cloud users deploy on their own infrastructure instead of through a hosted third-party, according to a survey of VMworld 2013 attendees conducted by Metacloud, Inc., which deploys and supports private clouds for some of the world’s largest companies. Reduced cost (38 percent) tops security (34 percent) as the reason attendees gave for deploying a private cloud. Of the