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The real world cloud is hybrid, bimodal, multi-platform and difficult…#CloudWF

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Which Apps? Which Cloud?
5 Findings About The Real World Cloud

The CIO of today is under more pressure than ever to balance the new with the old. He/she must embrace new digital possibilities for creating business value and simultaneously maintain a complex set of existing applications that are an organisation’s foundation. A critical factor that can help a CIO navigate this bi-modal tightrope is an assessment of the application estate and the impact of digitalisation on it.

To aid with the above and to establish the current benchmark for the application estate,  NTT Com commissioned independent research to understand which infrastructure is best suited to host which kind of applications in the real world. Further, the research aimed to ascertain if there was a correlation between the characteristics of an application (type, maturity, adoption rates) and its suitability for the cloud or the corporate data centre.

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The responses showed that there are no definitive answers to these questions, but highlighted some interesting trends. Here are some of the key findings from the survey that can give a layer of clarity when making decisions about cloud.

  1. The reality – many apps many clouds:

    NTT Com’s study found that on average, an organisation runs hundred applications. In some sectors like telecoms and finance this number doubles. Organisations use four different cloud platforms on average and over 80% of respondents expect the number of cloud platforms to increase.

  2. Which Apps go Where – no definitive answers:

    The survey responses showed a lack of consensus on which applications are best suited to which environments. This did not mean a lack of faith in the cloud though. Respondents made it clear that they were comfortable deploying core business applications in the cloud.

  3. Cloud platforms – the winners and losers:
    While there is no clear choice on which platform is the most adopted, nearly 48% voted for IaaS in some form (Private and Public) making it the most favoured among the respondents. On the other hand, there weren’t many takers for PaaS, showing that PaaS providers still need to build confidence for this platform in enterprises.

    4. Top cloud benefits – scalability and cost:
    With 50% of respondents citing it, scalability emerged, unsurprisingly as the top cloud benefit, followed by cost (Capex and Opex) savings at 47%. These point out that despite the confusion around cloud platforms, organisations are clear about the benefits of cloud.

  4. Have Cloud, will move:
    Nearly 90% of respondents cited that they will migrate their most important application from the corporate datacentre to the cloud at some point. 60% believe this will happen within 2 years. What does this mean? The question is not “To cloud or not to cloud”, but when, how and how much.

In summary,  NTT Com’s findings show that the cloud ecosystem is complex and is affected by numerous factors such as the company type, industry, scale, size, and location. The real world cloud is hybrid, bimodal, multi-platform and difficult. There are no broad answers that can apply to all.

The CIO of today, when formulating strategies, must take into account all of these factors and aim for a realistic balance between achieving the benefits of cloud and managing its complexities. In doing so, he/she can create a winning strategy unique to the needs of his/her organisation.

To read the full report go here.  An infographic highlighting the key facts and figures of the report is available here.  Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #realworldcloud.

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8 Reasons Why Colocation Makes Sense For Your Business #cloudwf

In the build up to the Cloud World Forum 2014 Datacenters.Pro have released an article outlining 8 Reasons Why Colocation Makes Sense For Your Business!

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Colocation means you can host data off-site in a specially created data centre. You can ensure that your data is secured and protected by using the data centre rack space and security measures by paying monthly rentals. Businesses can also thus secure their clients’ data. Use of power, environmental controls and connectivity are just some of the features offered by data centre services. In fact here are eight great benefits of Colocation that you can look forward to.

Increased security and up-time

All business owners, especially those who are trusted with the data of their customers, have to keep data security and up-time at the top of their priority list. When you opt for a colocation data centre, you ensure that you get best, professional quality virtual and physical security solutions that are already in place. Hence you have a peace of mind regarding the security of your data. Colocation providers also have solid infrastructure, which means downtime can be low and you can boost up-time.

Flexibility

Internal data centres often lead to space constraints, which are avoided with colocations. Hence businesses can look forward to flexibility in their functioning. You can use a secure Internet link to access data with the company’s permission. Since your servers are stored off-site, your internal networks are easily available for more important needs of your business. Always remember that data centres only function as well as the business values and goals that power them.

Power Redundancy

Installing power redundancy on-site can be an extremely expensive proposition and there’s the risk of losing power to servers. But these needs are already taken care of in case of colocations; you simply have to plug in your servers. They will be protected by state of the art UPS and diesel generator backup systems right from day one. The systems used by data centres are known to have a capacity that can power villages for days; hence you can function for number of days when there is no power. Moreover, a reputed data centre will also ensure that there is a backup system for a backup system.

Cost savings

Colocations help you save substantial amounts of money for your company. Simply moving to an off-site data centre can reduce your IT costs considerably. You don’t have to worry about equipping or managing an on-site data centre and there will be no staff related costs either. Instead you pay a set monthly rental to the professional service, which helps you allocate your budgets a lot better. And for no extra cost you can make the most of the top of the line equipment.

Enhanced performance, speed and connectivity

Moving to a colocation site can make a huge difference to the overall performance of your system. These facilities can bring you the best Internet solutions and power rates, and that’s why you get good value for your money. Redundant networks and web services mean there is no or hardly any downtime while your connections remain responsive, fast and completely secure too.

Colocation grows with the business

You have to understand that as your business grows, so do your data storage needs. But that doesn’t have to mean you have to worry about setting up bigger infrastructure or hire more staff members. You can simply ask the professional service you have hired to offer you more space. As your business grows, you will have flexibly growing data storage solutions too.

Expert Management

Professional data centres are managed by qualified experts who have access to the latest monitoring tools. If there are technical or environmental factors that need to be looked into urgently, the concerned people will be alerted at the earliest. This type of high level of monitoring can ensure that problems are recognized even before they occur and blow out of proportion. You just can’t get this kind of monitoring in case of on-site data and often you realize that there is a problem when it’s too late and your equipment is offline.

Integrated support

When you are working out your colocation contract, you have to make sure that you get access to an on-site support team from your chosen service provider. This highly skilled professional team can work with your own support team, thus bringing you the best. Many of the renowned data centre service providers are well aware of the importance of support, which is considered to be a key deliverable. They will offer best possible support to their clients to ensure that they stay for long term.

Conclusion

Effective management and downtime mitigation are taken quite seriously by data centre companies because they could be faced with huge penalties in case there are any outages. There are stringent SLAs in place, which keep colocation providers on their toes. As a business if you have data to protect, particularly that of your clients, then you can benefit hugely from these services.

Author Bio

I’m Ramya Raju, a freelance writer/web designer from India. I have an experience of about 8 years in content writing and have worked for top blogs and websites. I’m generally an extrovert; I like photography, anthropology and traveling to different countries to learn the culture and living of the local inhabitants.

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