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Weekly IT Highlights on Change and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Outages, Infrastructure Trends and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on Change and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Outages, Infrastructure Trends and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Disaster Recovery, Cloud Outages, Infrastructure Trends, and trends in private cloud. Enjoy!

Prepare the ground for the cloud

By Malcolm Herbert

Cloud computing is ubiquitous in technology conversations. It's not just a buzzword, but a catalyst to a new wave of thinking. Cloud is still yet to show its full capabilities as the demands on the world's datacentres continue to rise – open source and virtualisation are spear-heading this movement. 

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The case for better disaster recovery and business continuity

By Darrell Riddle

Too often, IT reacts to data growth by deploying multiple instances of deduplication storage, creating silos of underutilized capacity and destroying efficiency. These stand-alone appliances cannot extend the deduplication index across multiple physical nodes, so data deduplication occurs separately within each appliance. The result is more duplication, which increases capacity requirements and costs from 25 percent to 100 percent. 

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The New Paradigm: Cloud Services, Cloud Tools

By Max Katz

The client-cloud evolution is also being fueled by a new breed of cloud-based development tools. From the beginning of time (or at least it seems that way), tools would need to be installed on a developer's computer. 

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Gartner: Top 10 emerging infrastructure trends

By Ellen Messmer

Through next year, more than 60% of enterprises will have some form of cloud adoption, and the majority will be exploring private and public cloud techniques, in what's called a hybrid cloud. 

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It's Time To Meet The Change And Configuration Management Genius

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

New version released of Evolven's Change and Configuration Management solution, providing powerful analytics to quickly identify changes that matter. 

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10 Realizations On Cloud Outages

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Recently, there has been more focus on cloud outages, reaching headlines everywhere. While this raises questions and commentary, still, the fact that the possibility of failure exists is no reason not to use them.. See how experts at Gartner, Network World, IDC, TechRepublic and more share how to best deal with cloud outages and what this means for the cloud trend. 

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Agile Cloud Development: The Future of Software

By Ryan Shriver

Organizations that leverage agile and cloud have enormous competitive advantages over their competitors with respect to higher quality, faster market responsiveness and greater business agility. This ranges from large global enterprises to Lean Startups – a new movement that wouldn't exist without the capabilities of agile and the cloud. 

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Top 6 Cloud Changes Demanding A New Generation Of Management Tools

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

In the cloud, many more events take place dynamically, creating new conditions for running systems in the cloud, demanding a new generation of monitoring and automation tools. 

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Cloud's Thorniest Question: Does It Pay Off?

By Charles Babcock

There's a cloud of doubt hanging over cloud infrastructure. IT execs, especially at big, established companies, are asking themselves: Are these services really less expensive than the capacity provisioned from my own data center? 

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Does the 'Private Cloud' make sense?

By Eric Knorr

He fact that the owner of the private cloud is typically the only tenant, the economies of scale running a private cloud can never match those of a public cloud. 

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The Hybrid Cloud: What Is It, and How Do You Get There?

By Mike Fratto

Getting to a hybrid cloud isn't impossible. In fact, with proper design and engineering, it's quite achievable--provided you determine what your application demands really are and how you can meet them while splitting processing among different locations. 

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Why You Really, Truly Don't Want a Private Cloud

By Jason Bloomberg

The best way to understand the limitations of the private deployment model is to take the business perspective. What are the business benefits behind the move to the Cloud, and how can you achieve them? 

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Six Tactics for ITSM to Deal with Agile

So do what you can to escalate the issue of Agile risk to the governance levels of the organisation, with as much accompanying advice as possible so that governors or senior management can make an informed decision. 

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Cloud Changes Everything! Need A New Generation Of Management Tools

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Growing amount of information generated by cloud operations makes it impossible to manage IT environments without intelligent automated analytics. 

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3 Considerations for Application Performance Management in the Cloud

By Esther Shein

When parts or all of an application moves to a cloud, the view into the application is disrupted. 

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Is Your Cloud Storage Stuck In A Proprietary Platform?

By J.R. Arredondo

The selection of your cloud storage platform is not something to be taken lightly, especially because it deals with your data. On one hand, you have proprietary platforms. These platforms effectively hold your data hostage because of lock-in, which can take many forms, including technical, operational, business or strategic lock-in. 

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How Much of the Cloud Is Dirty Smoke?

By Alicia Brazington

Greenpeace details how the rapid growth of cloud computing is negatively impacting the environment, and proposes ways for the globe's 14 biggest cloud-computing hitters--household names such as Amazon, Microsoft and Apple--to get back on track with clean, renewable-energy options. 

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Cloud IT And Business Alignment: Building An Enterprise Services Architecture For Innovation, Speed And Agility

By Rafat Shaheen

IT is transforming into a service-centric organization; service providers are developing new service offerings to address the growing demands of enterprises; and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are re-architecting their software as SaaS to capture the cloud delivery model. 

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Cloud computing: Four reasons why it isn't taking off in Europe

By Steve Ranger

Diversity makes achieving the required critical mass more difficult and significantly slows down the execution of players wanting to offer cloud services throughout Europe. 

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Virtualization and Cloud Management Upend the Traditional Management Software Business

By Bernd Harzog

Virtualization and Cloud Computing introduce challenges to how systems and application must be managed that are not met by legacy solutions, and that furthermore break those legacy solutions. 

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