Saturday, December 14, 2013

What Is The Cloud and Why Do I Want It?

What Is The Cloud and Why Do I Want It?
By Kathleen Hurley

Your company's probably like most others - resources are thin, and providing service internally and externally is key. Doing more with less, as they say, is the order of the day, and in some cases, technology enables that to be very successful.

In other cases, technology almost seems like a tease. Great technical innovations come forward, but your company can't take advantage of them because of some business requirement - regulation, or industry orientation, or security requirement, or something else standing in the way of technology making a really powerful business impact.

The organization, and the world in general, are not out to get you. Rather, you need some creative thinking about how to implement the solution you want while staying inside the lines the business requires.

This issue is very common. The challenge of incorporating what has become an obvious cost-saver into a highly regulated and security-conscious industry looks at first glance like a no-go. But there are ways to leverage a Private Cloud topology or a Hybrid Cloud design to get the best of both worlds.

First, think about your storage. Does your flat file infrastructure require the same security as, say, your in-house accounting system? If not, it's possible to migrate that to a hosted solution and save thousands. Perform an inventory of your offered services and perform the same evaluation on your other IT service offerings.

What if it turns out that nothing can go to the cloud? In that scenario, we suggest two things. One is getting a second opinion. It may be that you're just not aware of some great opportunities in hosted solutions, and a seasoned IT services company could provide those for you. Do not pay for this service.

However, let's imagine you are right, and nothing can go. You're still not out of the cloud game! You do need to think about your external security, but take advantage of the Private Cloud. Dell in particular is making this almost out-of-the-box easy with the new Dell VRTX. Converged storage is useful in this scenario to the point of making this stupid. Just connect, virtualize, expose and go.

One thing to consider as you make your way down this path is cost. The business can easily see savings in the reduction of capital hardware expense, but you need to show the savings in labor to account for the increased operating costs. Your analysis needs to be thorough and precise, and you are sure to get your Cloud project off the ground!

If you have any interest in learning how Cloud Computing can benefit your organization, contact Fidelity Networks today. We provide the lowest prices coupled with Concierge Service for no-worries design and implementation. http://www.fidelitynetworks.net

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