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How To Break The Fear Of Investing And Move The Data Center

September 27th, 2014 Comments off

Cisco ExpandsCommon sense has always been in the IT industry that managers of large companies have conservative characteristics, and for good reason, though for much of the area of technology companies has a direct impact on their revenue.

I have observed in recent years that one of the biggest fears of CIOs today is to be ahead of a physical drive Data Center. I believe that many sleep praying that day will not come. And they are right. Is there anything more risky for the IT manager than having to put in place a project of this responsibility? The core business of the entire company is present at the Data Center. Any error not anticipated, and mean the loss of revenue may also compromise the CIO career.

Still, investments are needed with the growing number of adherents to the digital world consumers. Companies have created channels of relationship with them, invested in data storage of for target audience and essential information for the development of the business. Cloud computing, issue of the moment in the technology segment, represents a large portion of the need for investment in data center.

The important thing is to remember that the service moves depends exclusively on planning and risk analysis. The deadlines vary according to the company’s current situation, however, to make a drive for success in 48h for a large company, you need approximately two months of planning.

The planning process involves conducting a survey of all requirements of technology and infrastructure in the client base, developing an inventory and analysis of the characteristics of the environment. With this documentation in hand, the team can analyze all the risks of the procedure and establish what will be the necessary approach. This is the most complex part, because it is from the long period of two months, if something goes wrong in plan, the action may be compromised and lead to long downtime in the company.

The project moves from Data Center is one of the riskiest in the IT industry and two important for the CIO overcome fear tips are: 1) Talk to anyone who has already made moves to know which path to tread; 2) Make sure that the vendor is sufficient and has the necessary experience and responsibility to perform this action. That done, I usually say that when planning and risk analysis are performed well on the day of moving even a child can perform the action successfully.

What Are The Main Challenges of Companies in Information Security?

April 3rd, 2014 Comments off

The IDC presents the main challenges faced by companies when it comes to information security. According to IDC, the biggest one is to change the organizational culture to promote security. Some other executive level of risk and its consequences are aware; address the lack of skilled labor; place the issue of security in CIO agenda; and offer new and more comprehensive security offerings.

According to IDC, the current situation shows that companies have difficulty to buy information security solutions. Only 15% of companies have clear what they wish to purchase. Another 40% know about buying security and the rest is disoriented, according to research conducted with 206 companies throughout India for all market segments.

The difficulty is in understanding between the offers available in the market, which meet optimally the need and cost and time of undertaking the second assessment consultancy. Even the more mature customers rely heavily on the support of a specialized partner to properly purchase hardware, software or security services. “A team of information security professionals specialized in solutions in the firm, it is expensive to build and expensive to maintain,” says research manager at IDC India.

IDC figures show that currently, the budget for information security represents between 5% and 20% of total IT, and companies with corporate projects (affecting the entire company) have more significant security budget, around 15 % to 20% of the IT budget.

Cloud computing solutions, for example, is present on the agenda of investment, but did not take off. “While I believe in the cloud model as a trend for the future, few expect that this will be the dominant model. Some solutions are more appropriate or fit better in the cloud model (as a service) as webmail and spam, ie, solutions that require a constantly updated data base, “added the manager at IDC.

Another conclusion of the study is that manufacturers of information security solutions understand the great demand for these solutions and offer options for various sections of organization, whether small medium or large in Premisse on model or as a service.

The need today is to address problems proactively and take into account the training of people with a view to prevention. The Health and Trade segments are less mature in relation to information security, but show interest in the subject and therefore are potential markets for years to come. In trade, the demand will come from mobile e-commerce.

Cloud Computing and Big Data – New Challenges Of Modern Data Centers

November 6th, 2013 Comments off

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In this context, the data center is connected to a growing number of devices, and companies need to manage large amounts of information and processes. To meet this growing demand, data centers need more power and cooling. Energy demand and environmental management has become very expensive and for these reasons, administrators should prioritize their needs for Cloud Computing, Big Data and their future technological demands.

Every day new technologies are discovered and launched in the market, and data centers must be prepared to maintain business continuity. However, companies cannot invest without restriction in emerging technologies, ie, companies must focus a lot on energy consumption and cooling, and ensure that the data center is designed properly.

Cloud computing can help the company to expand its infrastructure and create a truly distributed system.

With more companies working with large volumes of data, those responsible for IT and the Data Center are seeking alternatives to placing their environment in a public cloud environment, or hybrid cloud, which allows better control.

However, the cloud computing requires the implementation of intelligent technologies to ensure the efficiency of the platform. Without these optimizations, the success of these new solutions will be limited. A major factor that increases the power consumption is processing large volumes of data.

Alongside cloud computing, Big Data is forcing the data center to process increasing amounts of information, which requires more control and management. To address this challenge, data centers are equipped with more capacity and consume more power and cooling.

On the other hand, companies build their data centers with a life cycle of 20 years or more, without knowing what technologies could appear in the future. Today, we know that data centers have less than 50% occupancy, and take up less space than originally planned.

Despite this, overestimation in terms of energy and cooling, the compute density increases only in a specific area. This means that the infrastructure uses all its cooling capacity to support an increasingly smaller devices. Companies can save thousands of dollars a year managing the power consumption in a more efficient way with respect to the topology of the data center.

Seeking to lower energy consumption

To reduce the cost of energy, data centers must increase energy efficiency by optimizing the flow of cooling air and the distribution and density of the cabinets. In addition, trends in energy use have changed, so it is important to meet the standards and industry best practices to reduce the impact and thermal energy.

New technologies demand a more intense use of the data center and increase their criticality. Therefore, companies should adopt a simple formula: consume less power + optimize energy use = increased efficiency.

While the data center represent the main component of any company, it will keep growing. The data center is always evolving and expanding and companies should seek an efficient platform to manage power consumption and cooling that follows the evolution of the industry.

The Synergy Between Cloud And Mobility

December 13th, 2012 Comments off

In my opinion, cloud and mobility have a synergistic relationship that is so intimate that we cannot talk about one subject without including the other. Without a dynamic environment of cloud computing in the background, it becomes impossible to meet the requirements of scalability and flexibility that apps require. Also, with cloud, apps can explore innovative new features such as those provided by huge volumes of data (Big Data), impossible to be collected individually. This synergy already appears in applications like DropBox and iCloud. The service also Coordinate Google Maps is another fine example of this synergy. In fact, we are looking at two clouds synergistic: on one side, a cloud of mobile devices that people have, whether smartphones and tablets from multiple vendors and technologies and on the other, the immense computational power concentrated in “cloud data centers.” These two clouds, connected, create the space to create innovative apps.

In the coming years more and more innovative apps will be emerging and becoming, at least for some time, “killer applications”. This means that they will have dozens or even hundreds of millions of downloads for some time per month. These applications, when used, will require immense computing power to serve its users. And one more complication, with highly varied demand, it is almost impossible to predict. A traditional data center, configured to meet peak periods will be too costly and would make the project unviable.

This scenario is not impossible since there is already today more than a billion smartphones and 2-3 have two billion of them. As with the emergence of cheaper smartphones, produced in China, this number is expected to increase significantly. Despite the computing power of smartphones and tablets to be very powerful, their high power consumption in computing-intensive applications, which demand more complex computational operations are performed in the background in cloud data centers.

And these new apps will require complex computational resources that will need a strong computing support and storage. Examples? Imagine applications for retailers, who operate customizing offers based on contextual knowledge of the customer. Where is he, his tastes, his habits, etc., all obtained in real time, exactly when he’ll be facing a product on the shelf of a store. These data will not be stored on the mobile device, but in the cloud hosting solutions. Also add up behavioral analysis based on the emotions displayed by the faces of people before a product.

Analyze and make decisions based on this whole complex tangle of data demands high processing power that can only be made in cloud data centers. In addition, apps on smartphones and tablets have interfaces with the Internet of Things, with objects such as your own home interacting with you. In fact, today you leave home with your smartphone, your house keys and your credit cards and debit cards. Soon these cards and the keys will be in your smartphone. This will be the only object. But beyond the home, have the car, appliances, etc.. The interface is via natural cloud, since these devices will require several different interfaces and access information they need to ensure safety in its use. All that has to be in the cloud and not in the smartphone, if only because you’ll have more than one mobile device. Or exchange it with frequency …

These apps will be for business and not just for end users with the most current apps. Every day tablets and smartphones absorb the professional work done on desktops and laptops today and in the coming years they will be the main interface of officials of companies with their corporate systems. A simple arithmetic helps to visualize this situation: generally a tablet or smartphone computational power doubles every year and a half or less. The changing cycle of desktops and laptops in an enterprise is 3 or 4 years on average. Well just imagine how smartphones and tablets will be in 3 years, when the company is renewing its fleet of computer desktops and laptops. Will tablets and smartphones do not fully meet the requirements of safety and capacity? And with new apps in the cloud, which is much more consolidated in 3 years is, in my opinion, inevitable that mobile devices will be the majority in the workplace after the next renewal cycle technology.

The end result is that we must start designing the new application architectures focusing on mobility and cloud computing synergistically from now. The processing will be distributed, in part mobile device, whatever it is, and part of the greater intensity computing in the cloud. And when we talk about cloud computing, it can be distributed for more than a cloud. Hence the issues of interoperability between clouds is gaining importance. Anyway, new times and new challenges. This is the grace we are working in IT.

If we stop one year, we’re obsolete …

IT And Its New Role In The Era Of Cloud Computing

November 24th, 2012 Comments off

 

A few days ago I attended another event on Cloud Computing. Indeed, over the past few years, I attended countless events and meetings with clients to discuss this matter. I also participated in several proof-of-concept projects. I saw and heard much on these occasions, and I took a walk around to philosophize a bit about it.

In my opinion, cloud is not just a technological upgrade to the data centers, but a paradigm shift in how we use and provisionize computing resources in data centers. In cloud, the server is the data center. Cloud computing implies a significant change in the way we consume and sell products and services and information technology, although there have been many events and debates on the subject, disbelief still remains about their impact. So, I think that it will be a little more interesting to discuss the challenges that companies, both suppliers and consumers of technology will face.

The decisions of when to adopt cloud hosting solutions (the question “if” has been answered … the cloud model will be adopted sooner or later) require an analysis of the benefits versus the risks and effects of cloud computing in the enterprise. And the decision is directly related to the degree of maturity of the organization and company culture, not just the technology available in the market.

Let’s look, for example, at large corporations. They are inherently complex and cloud to generate real value, should cover much more than a platform to be an isolated environment, such as the development and testing of applications. This should be just the first step and should be inserted into a larger strategy. The crux of the matter: cloud strategy should not only be in the hands of IT, but must involve the organization. Moreover, startups do not have to deal with legacy systems and can enter directly into the cloud. It makes no sense to start a company to operate emulating the model of current systems on-premise , installing hardware and software inside.

If we look, we see that the current cloud delivery model for IT resources is similar to how the electricity was at the beginning of the last century. The industries had to build and maintain their sources of energy that were not their business. Today, build and maintain their own data center, even if it is not their field of expertise. The result? Many data centers are inefficient. The cloud computing model can potentially mitigate this inefficiency, enabling resources, such as servers and storage, are to be delivered and used as services, like electricity. Now why Cloud cannot be seen as a utility, like a power utility?

Let’s examine what are the commonalities between a service utility , such as electricity, water and telephone services, and cloud computing. What are the basic features of service utilities such as water, energy and telecommunications?

Early on we remember the high dependence of the service. We cannot live without water or power. Another feature is the in-service reliability . Water, for example, when we open the faucet, our expectation is that natural water falls. It is not expected that the service is not available.

Usability is another characteristic. A faucet is very easy to use. One need only to take the plug that connects the electrical appliance. A cell phone is something a two year old knows how to use to make a call.

And, another important aspect is the elasticity. We pay for these services we consume and we know we can consume more or less. We consume a lot of energy in the summer with air conditioners connected 24 hours a day, and leave the house in the dark when we leave on vacation.

For the provider, the other important characteristic is the level of use. He needs to manage the peaks and valleys because the demands of service users utility fluctuate widely over time. If the provider maintains an infrastructure set up for peak demand, will bear a high cost. On the other hand, if the infrastructure is insufficient, it will not meet the rapid growth in demand.

What about business models? Basically, the utilities charge for use ( pay-as-you-use ), such as water and energy, or by signing, as broadband providers, that offer unlimited services by monthly subscription.

But as IT in most companies? Well this model has different utilities. Until then the issue of pay-as-you-use will require greater maturity of processes and culture. IT is seen often as cost center, and not as business generator.

Cloud computing also affects the relationship between IT and its users. Let’s recall a little recent history of computing. Gained importance in IT companies because the technology demanded expertise to program and control applications. At the time of the centralized model, 100% of IT dominated computing activities in companies. With the arrival of PCs, users began to be able to develop many of its applications and IT control which aboslutely began to crumble. Many applications were no longer written by IT technicians, but bought ready-made or written by users in high-level languages, that abstract the technicalities. With the PC, IT became the coordinator, the acquis computational kept corporate systems and processes was responsible for the security, backup etc.. But it was no longer the sole developer of applications.

This process is accelerating with the advent of tablets, smartphones and cloud computing. Users can now replace earlier systems provided by IT applications available for public clouds. The process of disintermediation. IT has to assume another role: to coordinate and monitor the use of clouds and even generate certification processes that services can be obtained by cloud providers. Either way, it is clear that the influence of users in the use and adoption of computing in enterprises is growing, and IT will be forced to change its role as provider of computational resources for certifying and consultant.

Let’s illustrate the new scenario. Today, a user department that requires a new application will require the purchase of IT equipment such as servers and databases. The purchase and installation process can take several months. But with cloud he can go straight to the provider and acquire virtual servers in the cloud and SaaS applications, paying with its own budget, without going through IT. Thus, it ignores the processes and procedures adopted by IT security and can generate future problems, but manages to show results in the very short term, which pleases the shareholders!

The issue of costs has to be considered carefully. In general, look up for the costs of a public cloud, not the cost of server time. But, the cost of transmitting data? Furthermore, as models of cloud services evolve, new payment methods arise, and capacity planning helps to identify what would be the best option. It is not hard to imagine in the future we see the market for public cloud providers offering resources with different prices according to the time of day or month.

Other issues that need to be evaluated as well to decide the adoption of cloud computing are issues involving security, privacy and legal issues. Methods and procedures of security change every time the computer model changes. We have to rethink many of the security procedures currently adopted.

A public cloud provider may be the target of attacks like denial of service (DoS), and this attack can be directed to some specific targets. That is, the attack is not directed to the provider, but a customer within the provider. In this case, what is the reaction rate of the provider on this situation? How IT can become involved in security issues in cloud? Analyzing and evaluating providers if their security practices suit the company’s compliance policies is the solution.

As we see, there is plenty of room to operate the cloud computing in the IT world. Therefore, rather than fears, IT must see great opportunities in cloud computing, leaving aside activities that do not add value (install hardware and operating system) and regarded as a cost center, to be seen as an enabler of new revenues and new business.

Start your own web hosting business the right way with Cloud Server Hosting

July 20th, 2012 Comments off

Starting up your own web hosting business? Before you opt for a standalone Dedicated Server, VPS Hosting or Reseller Account, have you ever considered Cloud Server Hosting? It’s very similar to VPS Hosting, but the infrastructure on the back-end is entirely different – and that’s a good thing when it comes to online-critical e-commerce stores and business websites.

What’s the difference between VPS Hosting and Cloud Server Hosting?

The difference is the redundancy that is offered with Cloud Server Hosting. With VPS Hosting, your only redundancy is the node in which your VPS is hosted on. If the node fails, so does your VPS. With Cloud Server Hosting, if one node fails, another node takes over the operations of that failed node – and this occurs almost instantly, which equates to absolutely mininal disruption to your virtual server’s uptime and performance.

You get all the benefits of a virtual private server too (and some additional benefits), including:

  • Full root/RDP access (Linux/Windows respectively);
  • Wide choice of operating systems to choose from;
  • 2 dedicated IPs as standard;
  • Choice of control panels;
  • Fully managed service;
  • 99.995% uptime guarantee;
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee;
  • 24×7 Level I, II and III technical support.

Is there the possibility of any downtime with Cloud Server Hosting?

If there was an entire datacenter network outage, then yes; or in the event of an absolute datacenter catastrophe. However, unlike standalone server hosting products; regular hardware maintenance and upgrades, hardware failures or any other distaster will not result in loss of service by itself, simply because your cloud server will immediately be transferred to another live node. Comparing this to a standalone VPS, if the node on a standalone VPS fails, your VPS will fail with it.

So what happens when a failure occurs?

If a node fails for any reason, our network and system engineers are informed about this. However, as soon as a node fails, our system will automatically transfer all the services that would have been performed by that node onto another node; which means minimal disruption to your VPS and any services that would have otherwise been affected. Because of the back-end infrastructure and the decentralized node set up where there isn’t an immediate single point of failure unlike traditional hosting services; we are able to absolutely guarantee 99.995% uptime for each month you have web hosting with us, in accordance with our Service Level Agreement with you as a customer.

More information: Cloud Server Hosting India

Cloud Computing And Managed Service Providers.

May 30th, 2011 Comments off

Cloud computing is treated as the latest evolution in hosting businesses. Due to its great features like high availability. Flexibility and being cheap cloud hosting provided high reliability and value for web hosting client’s money. Small scale and medium scale businesses owners are suppose to be gain maximum due to cloud’s arrival in the hosting services, but it will be interesting to see how does this affect to the managed services providing companies which provides IT support, support, and server monitoring services.

Small and medium business owners are predicted to shift to the public cloud and larger business websites of big organizations would move to their own private cloud which is also know as consolidation through virtualization or colocation services. This process has started rapidly and getting faster and and faster each day. In traditional way the main role of managed services provider was making available of infrastructure required by its client but now the opportunities are for helping those clients to shift from current premises to the appropriately selected cloud platform, as this migration is not so easy to be understood by webmasters. Cloud integration is little bit critical one so these managed services providers need to make sure about the all the lines of business applications should have proper communication among them even these applications are hosted on different web hosting servers, because this is the specialty of cloud hosting services. As its not easy job to track these different applications situated on different servers these managed service providers can play an important roles in it.

Overview of Cloud Computing.

July 22nd, 2009 Comments off

It is nothing but a style of computing which relates to the internet services. People need not be an expertise in the cloud it is getting support from. We generally use cloud notation for the internet or network symbol and this is where the named cloud computing evolved.

Cloud computing services are mainly classified into three main categories.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS),

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Cloud computing has a very distinct characteristics that the traditional hosting. This services are sold on demand and are very elastic. A user can but it for a hour or a minute also. This services are fully managed by the provider..

The cloud can be a private cloud or a public cloud. A private cloud means it is a proprietary cloud which provides hosted services to limited number clients. A public cloud sells services to anyone on the internet.

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Lets have a look at its characteristics:

Agility: Improved agility as users are able to re-provision technological resources very rapidly.

Cost is reduced to a great extent

It allows users to access systems using a web browsers irrespective of the location. i.e it allows device independence

Multi-tenancy: It allows to share the resource amongst many users which helps in centralization, peak-load capacity and better utilization of resources and better efficiency.

Reliability: It improves due to use of multiple redundant sites.

Scalability and security: Loosely coupled architecture and centralization of data gives this added characteristics to it.

Google Chrome Operating System

July 11th, 2009 Comments off

After the great success of the Google chrome browser, Google is now spreading wings to the master software i.e Operating system named after the browser itself as Google chrome OS. Stats show that over 30 million people use Chrome browser every day. The concept behind developing such kind of operating system is that, OS were designed when Internet(Web) was not there. So this operating system would be thinking in the context of web.

Some of the features disclosed yet.

Google chrome OS is an Open source operating system that will be initially targeted towards Net books. It is lightweight too. In the second half of the 2010 the operating system will be available with its code with net books.

Speed, security and simplicity will be the key aspects of the operating system. Now the operating itself will be a fast software as well as lightweight. This will help in few seconds boot up and get you on the web.

Users would love the OS when they hear that the operating system has a great security architecture will itself deal with the malwares, Viruses and security updates.

Google OS will run on ARM chips and x86 as well. The software of the OS is also simple. All web based application will automatically work and the new applications can be written using any liked technologies. This application would infact work on all the operating system such as Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Google is also looking to develop a cloud computing with web based Chrome OS, which will eliminate the need for local data and local software.

Google has thought of all the problems of the end users as well. Many problems arise while using OS in day to day life such as, users need to get email instantly without waiting for the System to boot up and browsers to start up.

All of them just hope that the system should be as fast as it was new, data backup is also a  worry of the users. What harasses the users is configuring the computer to work with every software, script or utility, this takes a lots of time and hardly succeed. This operating system will make the people happy who like to spend more time on internet

The Sprint Towards Cloud Hosting.

May 15th, 2009 Comments off

Cloud Web Hosting, Cloud Computing and Cloud Architecture are the latest additions of technology to the world of Web Hosting solutions. People are always in a search of more cost effective yet technologically superior options. Cloud hosting is supposed to be one of such innovations. Today, more and more business owners are testing options that are more practical and inexpensive for server needs and storage.

Experts have estimated that by the end of 2012, almost 80% of the Fortune 1000 companies would switch to some or the other type of cloud computing architecture, whereas 30% would be paying to build the architecture. Cloud architecture is much different than the traditional hosting architecture.

Terminologies Of Cloud Computing

Cloud Hosting is still in its beta stage, yet some of the web hosting providers have started offering these services to customers. It can be defined as a form of computing where resources are provided as a service over the internet. It enables the on-demand allocation or de-allocation of the central processing unit (CPU), as well as large-scale storage and network bandwidth.

In this kind of web hosting solution, the need for investment in costly hardware, software and licenses is not required. You simply need to add or remove from the cloud as per the requirements. The most beneficial part of this kind of such hosting service, is that it operated on a “Pay Per Usage” basis, which means customers pay for the amount of resources they use.

Today, the IT departments face frequent, enormous spikes load on a server, due to which one needs to buy additional hardware and software components inorder to cope-up with it. This drawback can be overcome by Cloud Hosting.

Cloud hosting can be made easily available, due to state of art data centers, highly efficient hardware and the best performing computing capability.

Outages and service interruptions are one of the major factors that create negative impact on the operations of any business. The appropriate cloud hosting solution can provide instant access to 24×7 technical support service inorder to get the issue sorted. With this solution, the percentage of Cloud Hosting downtime can be dramatically slashed down.

Though, there are many advantages of Cloud Hosting, there do exist some threats as well. Experts are working on the threats such as security issues. The companies that have already started offering this web hosting service, deploy strict privacy policies inaddition to highly advanced security measures in order to protect the mission critical data of clients.

We hope that the threats are overcome soon and made available to the Web Hosting business.