So you’ve heard of SaaS and some of its benefits, and perhaps you have wondered whether it could be a fit for your business? SaaS (Software as a Service) is defined as enterprise software and data, stored and accessed in the cloud.
Performance or capacity? Enterprises have often needed to choose between high performance or high capacity storage solutions. Historically, one key performance indicator was usually chosen at the expense of the other. Applications having high performance requirements typically meant choosing all-flash arrays, whereas high capacity requirements with performance being less of a priority saw hybrid arrays as the right option.
Many of you will surely have been excited about VMware’s recent release of vSphere 5.5. There were many long anticipated features such as the; 62TB VMDK limit, Big Data extensions and the much-hyped NSX software defined networking. I however believe that the new release of the VSAN 5.5 has as much, if not more potential to transform the Data Centre than any of the other new offerings.
As an IT manager, you would know that most IT functions work on a cycle of renewing infrastructure and services every few years. Whether it happens every three, four or five years this opportunity to refresh your environment can be nerve wracking, but it is also an ideal time to architect your IT infrastructure, so it is cloud ready. This means you can be prepared for a migration to cloud services in the following 3-5 year cycle.
If you are managing the IT function at a smaller company, you’ve already got a lot of challenges. Like two out of three Australian businesses, you may not have a website. You’re competing not just with local business, but businesses around the world. The cost of IT infrastructure and software means you can’t provide the same services as larger, more resourced companies.
But you can. You can with the Cloud.
Having written about the growth in data and data management last month (and all the challenges it brings) I was surprised at the many conversations on email with colleagues and clients it sparked. Taking some cues from those discussions, I thought I would expand on a few more reasons why scaling the data “Everest” with cloud technologies, beats the conventional approach to backing up your data.
We know this much: with connecting to the cloud being such an emerging industry, clients at both a consumer and an enterprise level are flooded with options in the cloud space, in the same way some IT managers are being flooded with growing data.
Some recent good and bad experiences with clients have lead me to believe there are ten crucial rules when working with the Cloud here is the first, relating to Disaster Recovery :
There’s no denying the juggernaut that is Cloud Computing. In September 2011, the Australian government responded to the rapidly growing industry by releasing a Cloud Strategy document to the public that indicates the cloud future is bright.
When it comes to migrating to the cloud, it’s only natural to consider the “biggest” and “best” cloud providers when making a decision. But, as businesses flock to the cloud, it’s becoming increasingly clear that cloud specialists are delivering far superior and better-tailored solutions than their more commercial competitors.