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Cloud Technology And How It Can Slash Costs And Multiply Capabilities

March 20th, 2013 Comments off


Cloud Technology

Cloud computing platforms offer businesses increased mobility, greater flexibility and less of a need to use physical storage devices. Cloud technology involves innovative technologies that can help companies run more efficiently. This translates into the capability of providing faster customer service and enhanced communication. Additionally, cloud platforms also allow prospective clients, employees and business owners quicker access to essential information.

Enhanced Customer Experience
The drive for efficiency and speed have become a catalyst for creating improved storage technologies. This can help enterprises acquire and store greater amounts of data, proactively perform analytics and provide customized services and products for their customers. Cloud data services allow users to have access to virtual storage to share data in files on either a private or public basis. Having data on the cloud equates to greater computing capacity and power while cutting costs.

Cloud Technology and the Future
Application technology and programming techniques change frequently. With cloud computing, the objective is making the technology better while remaining user-friendly. Internet based development is rapidly growing as many online networks look for new avenues to help businesses communicate and share data with clients. It has been widely accepted that today’s computing environment will ultimately become cloud based as people and companies move away from local applications.

Addressing Cloud Security
One concern among consumers and some online business owners regarding cloud technology is security. Cloud applications in reality are usually served by very secure and large computer firms. Data such as passwords, credit account details and banking information can all be encrypted and protected by cloud providers. Platform owners typically have strong measures in place to ensure safety from outside intrusion as well.

Affordable and Reliable Storage
Whether you are a small online marketing firm or a multinational enterprise, companies of all sizes can realize more efficiency, productivity gains and cost savings never before possible prior to cloud solutions. Cloud computing service offers greater scalability, reduced administration complexity, less hardware use along with savings on energy. Additionally, businesses have very little financial risk when adopting cloud alternatives. If you need application hosting or cloud storage or a combination of both, cloud providers provide transparency in pricing which makes it easy to calculate cost savings.

Competitive Advantage
One of the largest benefits of switching to the cloud is being able to grow without concern for purchasing expensive new infrastructure equipment. This allows companies to position themselves to compete more effectively in the marketplace against larger firms. Technology personnel costs can be reduced by half in many instances. In fact, many municipalities, businesses and government agencies nationwide are now realizing these cost savings after changing to cloud based applications.

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Cloud Computing in 2013

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

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How in the know about cloud computing are you? Does your business reap the benefits of cloud storage and desktop virtualisation? If not, perhaps you should take a look at this infographic, created by VESK. Cloud computing is a major buzzword in the world of IT at the moment and with good reason.

Cloud data storage and virtual desktops are the ideal solution for businesses to streamline IT infrastructure. They can dramatically reduce IT costs and provide enhanced security for your business’ sensitive data.

Cloud computing is not as new as you might think – we have been storing data in the cloud in one form or another for several years now, perhaps even without you realising it. As with any technology, cloud computing has developed incredibly quickly in recent years and we expect to see some dramatic developments in the coming year. So what are the predictions for cloud computing in 2013?

Take your head out of the clouds and find out why cloud computing is so important to businesses in 2013 with our easy to digest infographic.

This infographic was created by VESK – a UK company that specialises in virtual servers and hosted desktops.

 

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IBM is Building $400 Million Data Centers for the Cloud

December 3rd, 2008 Comments off

According to GridToday, IBM is spending $400 million on two new cloud data center in Tokyo and North Carolina. The big news from this is that IBM is shooting for a very green data center.

In North Carolina, they are renovating an existing building and reusing 90% of the existing components. They plan on the center being 50% more energy efficient than the industry average. The site will originally be 60,000 square feet of raised flooring and will modularly expandable. The center will be open sometime in 2009. IBM received $750,000 in local and state economic incentives for building the center.

The Tokyo center will be a customer facing center that will help companies and universities use and implement cloud computing. This is IBM’s ninth cloud computing center worldwide. Japan is a very mature and complex technology corridor. Due somewhat to the maturity, the systems may be old and inflexible. IBM will be helping Japanese companies adapt to cloud computing.

“To develop high skilled human resources in IT field, it is necessary to create latest IT environment in education place,” said Hiroto Yasuura, Dean of Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University. “Kyushu University is very interested in cloud computing technology, which can provide an on-demand IT environment to our students and teachers. We have been working with IBM, the pioneer of this field. Kyushu University will continue to take advantage of cloud computing technology more actively.”

IBM, rather than being a cloud provider, is looking to be the cloud consultant. I imagine they will also eventually release a private cloud with their own software.

On the green front, IBM is investing $1 billion in R&D efforts to increase the efficiency of data centers. IBM has several huge data centers world wide. I’ve used the Dallas center, remotely, to prototype a large BI system I developed several years ago. At their center, I had access to a 32 CPU P595 with 512GB of RAM and an EMC san. That was just one of the many systems available for customer prototypes.

The center will partially be powered by alternative power sources (although IBM hasn’t yet said what kind). The center will use virtualization as much as possible which will further save power. In the winter months, the center will use a free cooling system to allow the center to cool itself naturally. Very cool.

This is just another sign of the growing maturity of cloud computing. I’m glad IBM is investing so heavily in the cloud.

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VMWare Enters the Cloud

November 29th, 2008 Comments off

VMWare is the virtualization king and I have been wondering when they would chose to enter the cloud competition. Until now, it’s pretty much been Amazon’s game to win or lose. According to this article, VMWare is opening a data center in Washington state. The new data center will be 189,000 square feet, of which VMWare will use over 100,000 square feet of it. That’s a nice size data center.

An interesting side note os that VMWare is not the first to build a data center in the area. Microsoft, Yahoo, Intuit, Ask.com and base partners also have, or are building, data centers in the area. The article attributes that to cheaper electricity from the local dams generating hydro power.

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