Monday, 24 October 2011

Five Ways to Boost Cloud Performance

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Maximizing IT Investments October 24, 2011
Not all applications can be completely moved to the cloud. In some cases this is done by design and the type of application, while in others the impact of migration is too high. For those business-critical applications that require the highest performance and have the most sensitive information and complexity of process, a hybrid model of cloud services to bridge the data center, branch offices and trading partners is best. This slideshow covers the top five best practices for ensuring optimal performance and uptime when using the cloud for your most demanding applications. Read more >
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Virtualization technologies create efficiencies by viewing disparate physical systems as singular assets. But by putting all your management eggs in one virtual basket, you run the risk of compromising enormous segments of your infrastructure. This paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology is designed to walk federal agencies through the steps needed to successfully roll out virtualization without compromising network security. The advice included in the article is of course applicable to any organization.

Global advisory and benchmarking firm, Alsbridge, Inc., recently announced a method that is helping organizations determine if they are mentally, corporately and organizationally prepared to do what is necessary to create a successful sourcing strategy. While not all 10 keys to building a successful sourcing strategy need to be answered before you begin the planning process, they should be answered by the time you complete your sourcing cost/benefit analysis.

The cloud today is seen primarily as a means to scale up resources to meet application and data demands. There are many, however, who see it as a whole lot more. The next obvious step would be to employ it as an extension of the application layer, ushering in the era of full cloud-based platform and computing environments. Naturally, this can't happen without a substantial expansion of wide area capabilities, which is why vendors are rapidly scaling up their current offerings to meet cloud requirements.

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