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IEEE Charged with Profiling the Cloud

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“What exactly is cloud computing?” Two years ago, the way the vast majority of Americans approached that question was ridiculous – although perhaps that had as much to do with the technology world’s failure to properly communicate the nature of the cloud as it did with consumers’ disinterest in understanding the backend of the web. Regardless where we want to lay the blame, selected highlights of a 2012 Wakefield Research survey designed by Citrix were as follows:

  • 19 of 20 respondents (95%) who said they don’t regularly access cloud systems were incorrect.
  • Three out of five (59%) believe that businesses are moving toward a 100% cloud-based work environment.
  • Two out of five (40%) said that it would be beneficial (in a cloud-dominated world) not to have to get dressed for work in the morning.
  • One in three said that the technology enables them to interact easily with individuals that they don’t necessarily want to see face-to-face.

We could look back at the 2012 data as a quaint reminder of our not-too-distant past. However, confusion is still prevalent in 2014, as indicated by Cloud Strategy’s September coverage of private, public, and hybrid models.

Tesh Durvasula reported that lack of understanding about the different ways in which companies can use cloud (particularly the private and hybrid options) is still a major hurdle. Of course firms want to take advantage of the incredible power savings and elasticity, which is why predictions are in cloud’s favor: McKinsey forecasts that the bulk of applications will be Software as a Service by 2025; and IDC expects that by the end of 2014, the cloud market will have grown 25%, to more than $100 billion.

Although cloud is expected to grow strongly, Durvasula notes that a “major hurdle in adoption” is security: more than two out of three (69%) individuals surveyed by 451 Research in 2013 lacked confidence in the security mechanisms of the public cloud. Those respondents need to know that there are other options, private clouds that can completely isolate their data and hybrid ones that combine the two approaches.

Confusion about the cloud is not just related to definitions and understanding the cloud types, though. It’s broader than that. The fact is, many people think of the cloud as a big mess. Vivienne Rojas noted in the ISO’s announcement of its new cloud standards that they are desperately needed so that enterprises don’t “end up with complicated multicloud deployments that become unmanageable.” The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SAE), like the ISO, is developing standards for the cloud industry so that confusion is curbed.

IEEE & the Need for Standards

In a summary of the standards it is currently developing, the IEEE Standards Association (a subsidiary of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) noted that its working groups represent worldwide decision-making from experts across the globe. By incorporating technology heavy-hitters from 160+ nations, the organization aims to foster inventiveness, broaden the global reach of the most proven and trusted systems, and serve as a watchdog for consumer security and health. The projects underway at the IEEE-SA represent a broad and unified effort to improve the way that technologies operate, the features they contain, and the extent to which they can be integrated with one another.

The structure of the IEEE distributes the development of standards literature across various working groups that each handle various elements of the technology. Below are a pair of documents the IEEE is creating.

IEEE P2301 Working Group – Cloud Profiles

This team is creating the Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles (CPIP), which will allow both providers and consumers to choose software interfaces, file formats, and workflow conventions that are aligned with rationally, objectively delineated international standards. The profiles listed in the guide will each meet legitimate needs for cloud systems.

The reason this guide will be helpful is that the cloud has a plethora of components, all of them tied to certain interfaces, formats, and conventions that might each have their own distinct language, codification, and organization. By coherently compiling a series of profiles for each of these categories, both providers and users will benefit with easier migration and more consistent compatibility.

IEEE P2302 Working Group – Intercloud

This committee is creating the Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation (SIIF), which creates a common understanding of network topology, roles, and control policies for the integration of multiple clouds. Under the umbrella of topology are the clouds themselves, roots, gateways (components that allow data to flow from one cloud to another) and exchanges (elements that allow registration and other control parameters to pass to other clouds).

The goal of this project is primarily transparency, so that users have access to an easily understood, streamlined experience that is flexible enough to accommodate rapid growth.

Goodbye, Confusion

At Superb, we like to say that we “take the confusion out of the cloud.” We want all of our technologies to be as straightforward as possible because we have full confidence in our hosting packages. In business since 1996, we believe in standards: our staff is ITIL Certified, our data centers are SSAE 16 Audited, and our business is ISO 9001:2008 Certified & Registered. Test out our cloud today!

By Kent Roberts

ISO Demands Answers: What Exactly is the Cloud?

What is the Cloud?

Sometimes two people find each other very attractive, but they are just plain incompatible. Alas, it will never be. Similarly, when intermingling technology, compatibility can again stand in the way. The massive barrier for the Internet of Things is the lack of standardized models, reported Popular Science last year: “The result is that the Internet of Things is actually hundreds of smaller, fractured Internets.”

In other words, the technology press was letting the technology industry know that it was not going to take the Internet of Things seriously until integration was simplified. The lack of a common platform or operating system for IoT devices represented a potential stumbling block for the tech segment that could damage its emerging profitability. After all, the field’s growth potential is staggering. BI Intelligence forecast in September 2014 that the number of connected “things” within the IoT will increase 374% over the next four years, growing from 1.9 billion (the current number) to 9 billion in 2018.

Given the massive expectations for the industry, various companies have released networking protocols designed to create a solid basis for all the many items connected to the Internet of Things. Google’s project is entitled Thread and promises to “securely and reliably connect hundreds of products around the home.” GE, Intel, and Qualcomm have all announced their own compatibility products as well.

Compatibility in the Cloud

The Internet of Things is not the only large, trendy, growing segment of the computing industry that has been suffering from incompatibility. Everyone understands that the principles behind distributed virtualization is strong for speed, efficiency, and affordability; but it’s for good reason that many people find the whole cloud idea “a bit nebulous,” wrote Vivienne Rojas of the International Standards Organization. Standards were lacking. Now, though, the playing field has changed (along with the IEEE standard mentioned below).

As of October 15, the ISO – which Data Center Knowledge calls “the world’s best known standards body” – has published, in partnership with the International Electrotechnical Commission, a pair of standards to better describe and delineate the parameters of typical cloud hosting environments. They were designed through coordinated collaboration of expertise that spanned 30+ nations, included advisors from the International Telecommunication Union, and were managed by a technical committee composed of representatives from the ISO and the IEC.

Standard #1 – ISO/IEC 17788: “Cloud computing – Overview and vocabulary”

One of the standards, ISO/IEC 17788, defines various categories of cloud systems, both by the type of service provided and by the level of security built into the environment. The elements of the SPI model – Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service – are all described and delimited. The same is true for the various labels – private, public, hybrid, community – that describe the extent to which the cloud is isolated (as a whole or integrated parts) for security, compliance, and general access.

Standard #2 – ISO/IEC 17789: “Cloud computing – Reference architecture”

The other set of guidelines, rather than focusing on the broad terminology, centers on the more in-depth, engineering topic of reference architecture (template diagrams for deployment, along with general terms so that deployments are organized meaningfully). The standard includes sample infrastructural setups and information related to the functionality and tasks performed by various pieces of a cloud system, along with the way in which all aspects are interrelated.

Why These New Standards Matter

Rojas explains why these new standards are so important: companies have often had difficulty controlling and managing their cloud projects, resulting in an improvised multi-cloud scenario. Although distributed virtualization – especially in cases that utilize solid state drives – has been praised for its incredibly efficient, unprecedented performance (sometimes outdoing the world’s most advanced supercomputers), failure is possible and can require sophisticated problem-solving. These standards will allow companies that have enacted strong cloud policies (enhancing clarity, accounting accuracy, redundancy, and security) to prove their merits through a credible third-party.

Rojas notes that the growth of cloud hosting has been haphazard, which makes sense due to its enormous strengths: “By maximizing the effectiveness of shared resources, it achieves coherence and economies of scale, much like the electricity grid.” Because so many companies have realized the growth potential of this branch of technology, incompatibility has become a major concern.

Building on a Sustainable Model

Dr. Donald Deutsch, who heads the joint technical committee that created the parameters for the standards and is the VP of standards strategy and architecture for Oracle, noted that the cloud represents a technological seachange. He believes that the stipulations developed by his team “provide a sound foundation for follow-on standards,” hinting at the future release of ISO/IEC standards related to cloud security, service level agreements, data management, and other areas.

Data Center Knowledge also reported that the IEEE Standards Association recently released cloud standards as well, which we will cover in a future blog article. Obviously these standards will be helpful to the cloud industry, but for customers to benefit from their existence, they need to identify which providers believe enough in their systems to get third-party accreditations. Superb Internet is already certified to meet various standards, including ISO 9001:2008. Get your SSD cloud today.

By Kent Roberts

 

Tech Response to Ebola: Zuckerberg, Microsoft & Open Source

Microscopic view of the ebola virus

The fight against Ebola is saddening the international community and drawing the attention of big names in the tech industry. Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg have donated $25 million to the CDC to fund Ebola research, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (also owner of the Portland Trail Blazers) has thrown in $9 million. Microsoft has offered its cloud technology to researchers, and open-source maps are being used to fight the spread of the disease.

Let’s take a look at each of these stories, evidence of the incredible promise technology represents in the search for disease treatments, cures, and outbreak responses:

  • Mammoth gifts from tech billionaires
  • Microsoft offering to researchers
  • Open-source mapping to outpace Ebola

Mammoth Gifts from Tech Billionaires

Paul Allen, who owns the Portland Trail Blazers and co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, gave $9 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 14, earmarked for the battle against the disease.

The CDC was assumedly chosen because it is a powerful body that can potentially respond to the outbreak more quickly – since charitable givers have grown increasingly frustrated by slow relief responses to disasters, such as occurred after the Haiti earthquake in 2010.

The CDC notes that the 2014 Ebola epidemic is unprecedented, with verified cases in numerous nations of West Africa. The positive news from the CDC site is that the medical community has been successful at containing the spread of the disease in Senegal, Nigeria, and Liberia, so it is unlikely that the virus will spread in the USA (although clearly precautions are necessary).

The CDC is collaborating with other federal agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and various other groups to expedite a smooth and powerful counteroffensive against the virus. The Centers, which together serve as the American national public health institute, has also sent professional health advisers to the region and will continue to do so as the threat of the disease continues.

The September gift was actually an increase of a previous donation. Allen gave $2.8 million to the American Red Cross targeted toward Ebola in August, when he also created a $100,000 “matching grants” program through GlobalGiving.

Paul Allen is not the only tech billionaire to use their financial capital to wrestle with the disease. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave $25 million to the CDC Foundation on October 14. The grant will be issued through their account at the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Microsoft Offering to Researchers

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, recently received horrible publicity for making completely clueless comments about women in the workplace at an event primarily attended by women. In a gaffe that Mashable called “so stunningly off-base, it may well be career defining,” Nadella stated that a “superpower” women have is their ability to stay quiet and believe the system will benefit them as it should. Rather than asking for a raise when they think they deserve one, they should use their superpower of passivity: “That’s good karma. That’ll come back.”

After that ridiculous episode, Microsoft was in dire need of some positive press. Wisely, the tech company decided not to have Nadella awkwardly apologize in isolation or make some other empty gesture, but instead build his apology into the introduction of a cloud project to assist with Ebola efforts. Specifically, Microsoft Azure is being made available to anyone in need of computing power to further research and disaster relief related to the disease.

Following a presentation in which he discussed the Ebola project and various changes to the Microsoft ecosystem, Nadella noted that his comments were “insensitive” and that Microsoft would seek out and remove any internal barriers to pay equity.

Open-Source Mapping to Outpace Ebola

SciDev.Net noted in September that it is critical to understand geographical trends related to the spread of Ebola, which is why two disaster relief specialists are combining satellite images with open source maps to meet the need for instant location data. SciDev.Net highlighted a project by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), which integrates GPS data related to important variables of the epidemic – most obviously the location of active cases – for a better visible understanding and more educated strategies to contain it.

You can look at the map provided by HOT (some of which is in French) to see where it has been contracted, local problems related to disaster relief, and the activities of humanitarian groups.

Map legend

  • Green – medical checkpoints, aid groups, physicians
  • Black – fatalities
  • Purple – media coverage
  • Yellow – possible cases
  • Blue – recoveries from the virus
  • Red – political protests.

Cutting-Edget Technology Could Stop Suffering

The extent to which cloud computing opens possibilities for disaster relief and medical breakthroughs is staggering. I often cite a statement made by Geoffrey C. Fox, PhD, of Indiana University: the cloud is frequently faster than a supercomputer. Combine speed with access, and you have the potential to end many cases of human suffering. Find out which one of our guaranteed cloud options is right for you today.

By Kent Roberts

Talkin’ Cloud: 46% of Firms Buying More Software as a Service

Business Cloud

Cloud computing has been growing enormously over the last two years, attracting attention not just from businesspeople and journalists but from research firms as well. Gartner, MarketsandMarkets, and similar organizations that analyze industries to suggest trends and forecast growth have tracked and projected the rise of the cloud model..

A recent study by IDC, published in December 2013, explored the growth of software as a service, which IDC also called “cloud software.” The total revenue generated for SaaS solutions in 2012 was $28 billion, 28.4% higher than the previous year. IDC stated that this segment will continue to grow at a remarkable pace, achieving a 22% compound annual growth rate to exceed $76 billion in 2017. Furthermore, the software as a service market will expand nearly 400% more rapidly than the general software industry. Three years from now, cloud software will represent 17% of all business software purchases.

This particular cloud product has been a popular choice for many businesses wanting to test out distributed virtual environments. IDC’s cloud VP, Robert P. Mahowald, noted that in the IT world, public cloud and software as a service are at the center of a “transformation [that] is the number one strategic goal of all major IT product vendors.”

A recent report released by cloud publication Talkin’ Cloud generally agrees with cloud software growth predictions released elsewhere and, by looking directly at the perspectives of cloud service providers, gives us an inside peek at how hosting providers are adjusting to demand. We will review that cloud analysis, which was just released on October 14, in detail. First, though, let’s look at the three major types of cloud service (of course, skip down if you already know that stuff).

SPI Cloud Model

Techopedia notes that cloud computing is often arranged into the software, platform, infrastructure model – also called the SPI model. TechTarget describes the three components of the SPI model as follows:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) – provision of software by a cloud host through the Internet or another network;
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) – a way to use an operating system and related technology through the web rather than having to download updates; and
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – an arrangement with a third-party organization to provide backend hardware for any of a company’s digital needs, such as operations and storage.

Survey: What Type of Cloud Service for 2014?

Much of the conversation on cloud has turned toward the security and access categorization: public versus private versus community (the latter a collaborative effort in which several organizations share cloud infrastructure that was just adopted by Salesforce). The other basic way to designate cloud is in terms of the service provided: software as a service (SaaS) vs. platform as a service (PaaS) vs.infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Talkin’ Cloud (TC) asked visitors to its website what type of cloud service was accounting for the most increased expenditure during 2014. The press release issued by TC noted the responses to the survey, alongside information regarding the cloud offerings of hosting providers derived from the 2014 Talkin’ Cloud 100 Survey.

The Weekly Poll

The poll asked specifically, “Will you invest more in SaaS, PaaS or IaaS in 2014?” The results were as follows, based on the responses of 66 individuals:

  • SaaS – 31 votes (46%)
  • IaaS– 22 votes (33%)
  • PaaS – 14 votes (21%).

Granted, TC noted that the survey is “unscientific,” and a quick test revealed that it is possible to vote twice from the same IP address. That said, it provides an opening for discussion.

In commentary related to the poll, CJ Arlotta of TC wrote that SaaS was defining itself at the top choice for cloud investment by companies. Arlotta also remarked that Salesforce (mentioned above regarding community clouds) was a market leader in platform as a service with its customer relationship management (CRM) offerings.

Relationship to 2014 Talkin’ Cloud 100 Survey

The weekly poll is somewhat limited and superficial because it only asks one question. However, TC has also collected a huge amount of information from 100 worldwide cloud service providers through an annual survey. That survey serves as a reflective complement to the weekly poll, offering a glimpse of provider perspectives to accompany those of customers. The principal findings are as follows:

1.) The amount of focus paid by providers to the various cloud services did not change significantly between 2012 and 2013. Most providers had plans available for each of the three types, with emphasis on software as seen with the weekly poll:

  • 81% cloud software;
  • 71% cloud infrastructure; and
  • 54% cloud platform.

2.) What is the function of the cloud software, though? The breakdown of the various types of SaaS offerings is as follows:

  • 70% disaster recovery and/or backup;
  • 69% email;
  • 62% email security;
  • 62% storage; and
  • 56% general security.

Notably, the general security software option has taken a nosedive since last year, when 68% of respondents were providing applications of that type.

The Power of Solid State Drives

It’s clear that the cloud hosting industry is a solid market, with businesses agreeing more all the time that it holds incredible organizational value. Superb Internet is solid with its cloud, leaving SATA-format hard disk drives (HDDs) behind for solid state drives (SSDs): the latter are faster and more durable, with no moving parts. That’s one reason your business can move 40 times faster with us than the competition. Sign up today!

By Kent Roberts

 

Vertical Cloud Article Reveals Mass Media Backscratching

Vertical Cloud

There is a growing trend in online media to allow business sponsors to write articles for sites. It’s a very ethically questionable practice since you often don’t notice that the piece is almost a paid advertisement for the writer’s company. At the very least it can damage the publication’s credibility as the line is blurring between its supposedly legitimate journalistic content and content paid by businesses – the latter skewed by a ridiculous bias, like Brad Pitt reviewing his own movie.

The development of infomercial type content that uses the Forbes name was an odd Christmas gift to the editor I’m sure, as she realized her status as a filter for objective coverage had been compromised. The good news is that you can easily spot one of these articles once you look at the details. In the case of Forbes, the articles are all filed under the heading, “ForbesBrandVoice” – which has the creepy subtitle, “Connecting marketers to the Forbes audience” (with the CTA “What’s this?” that for some reason doesn’t lead to a page that says, “Hooey” in 200-point font). Additionally, the writer of the article is matched with the name of their business, underscoring the fact that the article is basically a glorified press release.

One example of BrandVoice is a recent promotion of the concept of a “vertical cloud” company, one that focuses on a specific business sector as opposed to a wide spectrum of companies. The basic message from Bryan Spielman of Medidata: Hi everyone, thanks for reading the article. I’m with a niche cloud provider, but I’ll call us ‘vertical cloud’ so you think we are doing something special, and then I’ll argue for using what we have to offer. Summary: you are being sold.

Healthcare Industry

Spielman notes that the healthcare market is rapidly developing, and that the vertical cloud is the best type of service choice for firms in that field.

One type of enterprise for which Spielman believes his company is a unique fit is drug manufacturers, a sector that spends $100 billion annually on research and development, along with $45 billion on their computing infrastructures. Every molecule that is synthesized has a total end-to-end expenditure of $4 billion (per medical research firm InnoThink). Spielman notes astutely that big money is being directed into pharmaceutical R&D, but the payoff is not all that impressive when you look at FDA approval rates.

R&D vs. M&A: Spielman’s Argument for a Vertical Cloud

Spielman says that IT systems will need to keep pace with biomedical research as the market develops. He states that cloud is generally the strong choice, since you can introduce a solution almost instantaneously that fulfills many of the business’s needs. A vertical solution spreads itself out horizontally in this way, says Spielman, “almost as a horizontal approach for a vertical model.” In other words, Medidata would like to spread out, so no one sit next to them on the bus – and whatever you do, don’t move their newspapers.

Spielman is basically suggesting that by focusing on one industry, a niche provider is able to pour money into improving its mechanisms. He notes that some companies are more focused on mergers and acquisitions than their own research and development when it comes to staying cutting-edge. Regardless of that factor, a vertical cloud company – says Spielman – is ideally prepared to meet the needs of anyone within its niche. As an indicator of the commitment to systemic refinement built into the vertical cloud, Spielman remarks that  Medidata spent more than 18 cents for every dollar of revenue on R&D last year, a statistic that was also true of niche cloud firms Guidewire (property and casualty insurance), Opower (energy companies) and Demandware (online transactions … which is supposed to be a vertical?).

The Problem with Devil’s Advocate

The fact is, it’s really easy to play around with statistics to serve whatever your side of the debate is at that time. That’s the whole problem with someone promoting their business and positioning their statements as an open-minded op-ed piece. Clearly the person is profiting off of a position that is heavily weighted on the side of their solution. In other words, why listen when all someone is doing is talking about how great their company is. It reminds me of an awful elevator ride next to a used car salesman with a gambling addiction who has to get you behind the wheel of a Pontiac Sunbird today.

The beauty of a horizontal cloud company, despite Spielman’s arguments to the contrary, is that we don’t have to aggressively argue for our value to a certain industry. The whole idea is the open possibilities of our environment. The idea of presenting a strong service with guaranteed performance is something that is appreciated by all industries. Spin up a Worry Free (automatic failover standard) cloud server today.

By Kent Roberts

 

 

Chief Information Officer: One Day, I Will Collect Information

As mentioned previously in this blog, cloud portfolio management company RightScale has now completed its third run of the State of the Cloud Report. In the spring, the firm questioned 1068 computing executives throughout a spectrum of industries. Amazingly, a total of 94% of the organizations represented by respondents were using a cloud: 29% public, 7% private, and 58% a combination of both. (Since large companies often behave differently from smaller ones related to technology, it’s noteworthy that only 24% of survey participants were with firms that have a workforce in excess of a thousand people.)

As the cloud grows, the general IT landscape rapidly evolves. One basic fact of the evolution is that the job responsibilities of many professionals are changing, so the skillsets that are most needed are under revision as well.

Family Dollar CIO Josh Jewett notes that enterprises no longer need individuals who excel at putting together hardware. Instead, they need computing professionals who have a knack for monitoring a third-party company that is in charge of the hardware. Jewett said that the process is basically the same but performed by another party: “You go from managing outcomes yourselves to managing outcomes through others.”

Ann Bednarz of CIO interviewed 16 enterprise technology heads about the transition from traditional computing to the cloud, resulting in a series of articles on the same general theme. (For example, one article was related to challenges of the technology, while another discussed simple and straightforward strategies.) One installment of the batch of reports, published October 14, specifically focused on how the expectations and practices of recruitment and knowledge development are adjusting to the emergence of cloud hosting.

Everything is changing. One CIO who spoke with Bednarz said that someday soon, people would start asking information-technology departments to bring them information.

Don’t Virtualize Everything, Sonny

Randy Spratt, who is the chief information and technology officer for the healthcare company McKesson, mentions that everything has been tweaked by the rise of distributed virtualization: not only have the professional skills needed for a strong tech team been altered, but vendor interaction has become more critical now that the deployment is so often performed as a service rather than on-site.

A smooth transition to the cloud is best achieved by an individual who is good at rallying people behind a cause. It requires someone who can explain and convince regarding the nature of systems, rather than simply a strong engineer. “You need to educate businesses about what they have,” he notes. “It’s like an internal sales job.”

Many businesses want to consider what they will virtualize and what they won’t – such as businesses wanting to continue to utilize dedicated hardware that they already own in conjunction with cloud hosting. In those cases – says computing support firm SAIC’s technology chief, Bob Fecteau – the skill needed by staff is an understanding of the systems most suited for virtualization.

Fecteau believes that the technical skills of computing professionals, such as coding or managing a network, will become less essential than information exchange. He envisions a future in which technologists are asked, “‘How can you get me the info we need to make key business decisions?’”

You can’t just give someone another title, shifting someone from data center specialist to cloud specialist: that’s the primary message of top Dow Chemical information executive Paula Tolliver. She notes that integration is a critical approach with the cloud, the ability to fuse together various cloud infrastructural and software components (potentially from more than one provider) and any internal systems.

Dow has recruited new computing professionals with virtualization focuses, as well as trained continuing staff in the technology so that experience and business continuity is maintained.

What’s Your Provider Done for You Lately?

One CIO likes to look for the strongest option available at a competitive price point, after which he works out a combination hosting and consulting package with the provider, so that his organization can test services, get help deploying them, and have access to expertise.

That executive, Brian LeClaire of Humana, says that the insurance company deploys more than one pilot of various platform options at one time. Once all the tests are active, the cloud provider directly trains his team. He also has recruited individuals that are strong at certain cloud elements, aware that specific knowledge is often the only avenue for success: “The tool is no good if you don’t understand the applications the tool is meant to help.”

Hitting the Books

Willingness to adapt to developing technologies is fundamental, according to The Vanguard Group technology head John Marcante. He says that his computing staff is able to adjust rapidly to different expectations, especially since many more tasks are now being assigned to the machines: “Cloud allows for a lot more automation and less sophistication and deep knowledge.”

Adaptation has been fundamental for us at Superb Internet since our founding in 1996. Nothing epitomizes adaptation and flexibility like our Flex Cloud offering. It gives you access to optimal performance On Demand, and you only pay based on use. In fact, you can create your own Flex Cloud VM now for free.

By Kent Roberts

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