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How to Weather Cloud Service Outages

When your cloud service goes down, will your company be able to continue doing business as usual?

When you move part of your small business to the cloud, you’re giving the cloud provider control over some of your company’s data. You’re sending your data over the public Internet and storing it on a third-party server. You trust that the data you store on your provider’s network will be safe and remain accessible. At some point, though, your provider’s network will suffer an outage and you’ll be unable to access your data in the cloud for at least a short time.

Outages don’t make cloud computing unreliable or risky; you just need to be prepared. Here are some tips to keep your business running when an outage does occur.

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Considering a Cloud Service? Read This Before Signing on the Dotted Line

Look for a contract that addresses service availability, SLAs, and security

If your company is like the majority of small businesses, you probably plan to invest some of your IT budget in cloud computing, if you haven’t already. According to an August report from Techaisle, small and medium-sized businesses will spend $11 billion on cloud computing services worldwide in 2011. There are many advantages to be realized when you move business applications to the cloud, but it’s still an investment that requires careful consideration and thorough research. Before you sign a contract, make sure it clearly states what you can expect from the cloud service and the provider.

Cloud contracts can be, well, cloudy. According to a Yankee Group report, ”…cloud contracts are rife with disclaimers, misleading uptime guarantees, and questionable privacy policies…” The Yankee Group recommended that companies look closely at the claims made in cloud service contracts. The most important of these contractual promises is the availability of the service, the provider’s service level agreements (SLAs), and the security of your data.

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Journey to the Cloud: From Vision to Reality

Organizations planning a move to the cloud should consider which cloud model is right for their business and objectives. This consideration extends beyond just public and private cloud models. The journey to cloud is focused on building or evolving the network platform to enable automation and unleash IT. Regardless of cloud approach or business goals—cost reduction, growth, agility—it’s the first and most important step.

At Cisco we’ve learned from our own cloud journey. We learned that the network is the lynchpin and enabler of adaptable IT service delivery. This guiding principle has enabled us to provide dynamic and reliable products and solutions to help our customers seize innovation, accelerate business and drive outcomes; all through the cloud.

Download Unleashing IT a comprehensive look at cloud from vision to reality. Access real world examples of cloud best practices from the public and private sector and get key perspectives on cloud implementation success. Click here to learn more about Cisco’s cloud strategy.

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Are Sunny Days Possible in the Cloud?

Yes, but only if there is Trust…

Do you remember not too long ago hopping into your car, driving, across town (when gas was $1- something) to your local retail store and searching the computer department to purchase a cereal box that contained between 2- 8 3.5” (or are you “wise” enough to remember 5.25” floppy) disks?  The disk contained software that would entertain us, make us more productive and educate.  If you don’t remember that, how about going to the record store and perusing the aisles for hours reading the CD boxes that were twice as big as the CD.

Well those days seem long past; and inserting a disk in anything these days….well, seems a bit ancient.

Cloud

We’re now spoiled with the conveniences of iTunes, Salesforce.com, Facebook, Youtube, Yahoo Mail, etc..  In addition, we’re all too familiar with the seemingly millions of applications that run on a myriad of mobile appliances.  None of these programs run on our PC’s hard drive.  They’re browser based applications that are essentially utility services which we share with thousands of users.

So, I began to ponder the question, “What’s the big deal about the Cloud in Manufacturing and Enterprise?”  Read More »

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The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation – Part 1

September 7, 2011 at 3:01 am PST

What has the Winchester house in San Jose, California – a massive mansion, reputedly haunted (!), which has 65 doors to blank walls, 13 abandoned staircases, 24 skylights into floors, was 38 years in construction, and cost $71 million  -  got to do with your IT architecture, with how your network, data center and video architectural evolution should be considered?

The Winchester House - San Jose, California

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know that I’m focused on evolving our portfolio of data center, unified computing and cloud enablement services. Recently I’ve been working on evolving our approach to customer architectural workshops and services, where we help customers take an architectural-led approach to not only data center transformation, but also across their entire IT architecture. And the architectural challenges of the Winchester house reminded me of the point-product approaches that many of our competitors promote, that ultimately in most cases lead to long term IT architecture challenges for their customers.

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