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How to Achieve Operational Excellence in the Era of Cloud Hosting

Editorial Team September 6, 2016 by under Ashburn Data Center 0 Comments

In the age of cloud server hosting, as it’s increasingly adopted by enterprises, chief information officers can struggle to maintain operational excellence. Here’s how to deliver consistency with OE as you adopt cloud.

  • Challenges of the Multiple-Vendor Cloud World
  • Knowing What You Mean by “Operational Excellence”
  • Partner with the Provider so You Can Achieve OE
  • Governance of the OE Plan
  • Protecting Your Partnerships
  • Choosing a Strong, Secure Cloud Hosting Partner

Challenges of the Multiple-Vendor Cloud World

In 2016, the business world is benefiting from an increasingly broad variety of cloud tools; and the extent to which they are being adopted continues to grow. For information chiefs in enterprises with sizable on-site app hosting infrastructures who are in the process of adopting cloud more aggressively, you are going to face some threats to the continuity of strong computing operations. In a multi-vendor hosting scenario (i.e., that of cloud), on-site ways to check systems, strategize for disaster recovery, process transactions, manage system modifications, and schedule tasks are a few examples of the many IT responsibilities that can become unexpectedly complicated. Leaders both in business and IT will often not think it’s necessary to pay as much attention to these elements in the expanding cloud climate. However, everything must be integrated in some manner, and with the multi-cloud or multi-vendor situation which is becoming so common, it’s challenging for the quality of operations of your IT services not to suffer.

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Understanding Hybrid Cloud, with Examples

As businesses tried to determine whether they should continue to keep their IT on-site or process it with third-party cloud hosts, many ended up choosing a compromise: hybrid cloud.

  • The Hybrid Cloud: What is it?
  • Why do Some Companies Choose Hybrid?
  • Hybrid Doesn’t Always Make Sense
  • Examples of Hybrid Cloud Use
  • Strong Hosting Partner for Your Hybrid Cloud

For the first few years that cloud was becoming prominent, it was praised by IT and finance professionals. However, those who were working with extremely sensitive or mission-critical systems remained reluctant about the technology. What enterprises started to do was strike a balance and adopt the hybrid model, rather than going all-in with either in-house or public systems.

The Hybrid Cloud: What is it?

A hybrid cloud mixes together public cloud hosting from an infrastructure-as-a-service vendor (a company that provides cloud servers) with a private cloud set up internally. In other words, the public and private cloud systems are distinct and established in separate locations, each with their own data centers and specifications. They interact through an encrypted connection which allows apps and information to flow between the two.

It’s critical to understand that hybrid is not one cloud with public and private aspects but two completely different clouds joined together, notes James Sanders of ZDNet. “This allows organizations to store protected or privileged data on a private cloud, while retaining the ability to leverage computational resources from the public cloud to run applications that rely on this data,” he says.

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Six Day-to-Day Truths About Cloud

Previously, companies were unsure about cloud. Now, adoption of the technology in business settings is rising steadily, thanks in large part to the success of the consumer cloud. Here are stats and interesting facts.

  •  Trust in Cloud Rising Fast
  • Growth of Cloud – Stats
  • Six Day-to-Day Cloud Truths
  • Cloud Really Can be a Breeze

Trust in Cloud Rising Fast

Mobile devices and touchscreen PCs are a big part of the past decade of computing, but an even more significant advance is the rise of cloud technology. However, that road hasn’t been easy. The majority of enterprises used to be unsure about using cloud because they wanted their own server, with their own security precautions. Plus, they worried about integration between on-premises and cloud systems.

Everything is different following the success of the consumer cloud. Basically think about whatever files you used to store on your own computer but now keep at a distance. Examples include YouTube for videos, iTunes for music, and Instagram for photos. Cloud is part of our daily lives.

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What is: Solid State Drives (SSDs) – A Non-Expert’s Guide

John Papiewski February 2, 2016 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments
Target Audience

This article is intended for non-specialists wanting to know a little bit more about SSDs.
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Introduction

The solid-state drive (SSD) is a relatively recent addition to the technologies available for mass data storage. In place of the spinning magnetic disk used in hard disk drives (HDDs) since the 1950s, an SSD relies on solid-state digital chips to store information. In recent years, SSDs have seen increasing use in many computer systems, from laptops to commercial web servers. Although SSDs offer clear benefits such as faster performance, the technology has a few limitations worth considering.

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Why Redis Has Become So Popular (Hint: It’s Fast & Open Source)

Sam Guiliano January 25, 2016 by under Ashburn Data Center 0 Comments

Why is Redis becoming such a popular key-value data store? Here is a look at the many reasons it’s succeeding.

  • Basic Strengths of Redis
  • Built for Speed & Languages
  • The Crowd Says Yes
  • In-Memory Processing for Media
  • Leaderboard Delivery
  • Redis-Ready Cloud Servers

Basic Strengths of Redis

Redis is a data structure server. As a key-value data store, Redis is similar to Memcached, although it has two major advantages over that option: support of additional datatypes and persistence.

Those two features may not immediately appear “major,” but they really do set this ecosystem apart. Persistence allows you to treat Redis as a legitimate database rather than an unstable and temporary cache. If you reboot, Memcached information is lost; but Redis data remains.

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Reduce Your Cloud Computing Costs – Cut the Middleman

Editorial Team August 14, 2015 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments

If you want to get your cloud computing costs down to the level you expected when you initially made the transition, one expert argues that the solution is simple: cut out the middleman.

When 150 top IT executives in the United Kingdom were asked about the challenges and costs of transitioning to cloud, the results (released in early 2015) were both predictable and startling.

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Cloud Scalability for a Limitless Application Launch

Sam Guiliano July 27, 2014 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments
  • What is Scalability?
  • Tech Definition #1
  • Tech Definition #2
  • Scalable SSD Cloud

The above whiteboard animation discusses numerous benefits of using SSD cloud server hosting for the hosting of your app: ease, time-to-market, freedom, affordability, cost flexibility, and scalability. Scalability is one of the most exciting features of the cloud: distributed virtual servers make the resources available to each independent system essentially limitless.

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Benefis of Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Sam Guiliano March 19, 2014 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments

How Solid State Drives Benefit Your Cloud Computing - Comic

The solid-state drive (SSD) has long been considered a preferable solution to the hard disk drive (HDD). However, SSD’s have not made sense for many companies until recently because their cost has been too high. Now that they are less expensive, all businesses can experience the various benefits of an infrastructure built on this advanced technology.  Atlantic.Net offers SSD Cloud Hosting running many of the most popular hosting solutions. 

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