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Report: Hybrid Cloud Set for Absurd Growth Moving Forward

  Hybrid cloud is growing enormously, according to a new analysis. Let’s look at what exactly a hybrid cloud is, typical uses, and the research that shows it skyrocketing. What Exactly is a Hybrid cCloud? Typical Uses of this Cloud Type Explosion of the Hybrid Approach Understanding the Hybrid Cloud Market Where is this Model Growing Fastest? What Exactly is a Hybrid Cloud? A hybrid cloud is an integration of a private cloud established in a business’s own data center with a public cloud run through a hosting provider’s data center. This strategy allows the company to shift tasks between the two environments based on price and computing requirements. Essentially, it creates a more adaptive infrastructure. An enterprise might want to use the private cloud for highly sensitive or mission-critical data, while it uses the public cloud for R&D projects, for instance. Typical Uses of this Cloud Type A hybrid of public and private is often used by companies that are working within various verticals. It is also common for companies with workloads that see huge shifts in activity, explains Stephen J. Bigelow in TechTarget. “For example, a transactional order entry system that experiences significant demand spikes around the holiday […]

Multi-Cloud: Arguments on Each Side & Successful Adoption

Many businesses are now deploying multi-cloud environments. Let’s look at what this approach is, pros and cons, and basic rules for adoption. What is Multi-Cloud? Popularity of this Approach Arguments for Multi-Cloud The Downsides Management of Multi-Cloud On the Horizon & Standards What is Multi-Cloud? Multi-cloud is a term that has been used for years in discussion of cloud services, but – much like the cloud itself – the concept has been a little vague. How does the notion of multiple clouds work within the context of public, private, and hybrid cloud categories, for instance? According to most experts, multi-cloud involves blending together numerous cloud-based systems from various vendors to diversify a company’s infrastructure or services. The idea is to reduce the threat of proprietary lock-in and allow the business greater agility, while taking advantage of the benefits and physical locations offered by different providers. Specifically, a “multi-cloud strategy is the concomitant use of two or more cloud services to minimize the risk of widespread data loss or downtime due to a localized component failure in a cloud computing environment,” according to TechTarget. Popularity of this Approach A November 2014 poll of nearly 700 IT executives, conducted by Dimensional Research, […]

Cloud Computing: Could it Save a Child’s Life (Part 2 of 2)

<<< Go to Part 1 Power of Cloud in Medicine (cont.) Project to Save Kids’ Lives with Cloud Power of cloud in medicine (cont.) Implementing the cloud is becoming increasingly popular in the pharmaceutical industry. According to James Staten of Forrester, almost all drug firms are using cloud – at least for research and development. The most obvious primary driver for that, he says, is its cost-effectiveness. Additionally, though, using the cloud makes it much easier for everyone on a team to work in concert, with all drafts saved in real-time. Sage Bionetworks President Dr. Stephen Friend points out that it’s not just coworkers and affiliates who want to collaborate with their data and concepts actually, but competitors. That’s because there is a shared concern with cutting costs as much as possible. When everyone decides to throw their information into one pot, it means all companies are able to reduce the financial vulnerability associated with these densely rigorous projects. It isn’t just drug and other medical companies that are being aided by this technological revolution; it’s helping patients. For instance, Pathwork Diagnostics is a healthcare outfit that is storing a massive amount of cancer biopsy data on cloud servers, notes […]

Cloud Computing: Could It Save a Child’s Life? (Part 1 of 2)

Cloud is often discussed in terms of its basic selling points for business: how much more efficient and productive it can make an organization. However, cloud computing is having a profound influence beyond business, on our way of life. In fact, this technology can save lives. Let’s look at its use in healthcare and how one children’s hospital is leveraging it. Technology that Could be a Life-Saver Power of Cloud in Medicine  Technology that Could be a Life-Saver Why is the technology of cloud computing so exciting? On a broad level, it’s great that businesses are better able to scale, use big data efficiently, and affordably access a highly secure and reliable infrastructure. The cloud is based on a time-sharing model of computing that was popular decades ago, when people didn’t have their own computers. Now companies are increasingly realizing that the same model is preferable to conventional dedicated computing. What firms are able to achieve with the cloud is to share resources across many disparate businesses. That ends up saving money for everyone through economies of scale, notes cloud computing author David Linthicum. “The value of time share and the core value of cloud computing are pretty much the […]

Arizona Goes Aggressively Cloud-First with State Computing

A bill that the Arizona governor is expected to sign in the next few days will make transitioning to cloud systems a major state priority. Cloud First in Federal IT Arizona May Head for the Cloud Business speed Arizona has decided to prioritize cloud computing. Without getting into the politics, let’s look at how “Cloud First” has been a prominent notion in government for years. Then we’ll review the particular case of Arizona. Cloud First in Federal IT In 2010, the United States government, through the Office of Management and Budget, released 25 directives to improve the management of federal IT. One of the most important points was a new position that required a “cloud first” policy toward any computing adoption. Vivek Kundra, the federal CIO, included the policy toward cloud along with other ideas to streamline government technology in an address on December 9. The gains the government could see from cloud are massive, said Kundra. For instance, he mentioned that agencies would be able to provision services immediately and sometimes could cut costs in half. RELATED: It’s true that cloud has generally strong attributes, but it’s important to choose the right cloud provider – since there is significant […]

Consultant: Cloud and Mobile Are Central to Innovation

Bob Egan, founder of Sepharim Research Group, says that mobile cloud is a wise choice for business investment. It enhances your staff’s ability to perform their jobs and allows you to dominate your market by targeting your competitors’ weaknesses. Interconnected Technologies Why IT Decision-Makers Should Embrace Cloud Mobile Cloud is about ROI, Not Savings The Key to Tesla’s Success Using Mobile Cloud to Attract New Business Interconnected Technologies As two key components of computing’s third platform, cloud computing and mobile devices are growing and improving hand-in-hand. Cloud’s ultra-fast storage and delivery of data has greatly expanded the possibilities with tablets, phones, and e-readers. In turn, the need for mobile-friendly technology has increased the use of cloud computing. These dual, integrally connected tools make digital life more fluid and adaptable, both for companies and for consumers. If you want to consider the full impact of cloud and mobile, it’s important not to think in terms of the raw technology but instead in terms of what your business will be able to achieve if you embrace them to a greater extent. Bob Egan, who is the founder and chief research officer at Sepharim Research Group, believes that the third platform is critical so […]