Posted on 11/7/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Regional cloud provider, Expedient, outperformed national cloud heavyweights in 12 out of 17 benchmark tests
Over a period of 15 days, Cloud Spectator measured the performance of Expedient’s virtual machines against comparable offerings from Amazon and Rackspace.
What they uncovered may open a few eyes:
In their recently released report, the Cloud Spectator revealed that the regional cloud hosting provider, Expedient, outperformed national cloud providers, Amazon and Rackspace, in 12 out of 17 benchmark tests.
Posted on 09/24/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Perhaps the most confusing part about cloud computing is that there is no singular, one-size-fits all definition. Instead, depending on what services you are describing and who you are talking to, the term “the cloud” can take on a variety of meanings.
Since there is no simple definition, the chore for cloud services providers has been to come up with an accurate and descriptive method of describing their service offerings. So instead of just saying that they offer a cloud solution, they now refer to their solution with terms such as:
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Software as a Service (SaaS)
So what is IaaS, PaaS and SaaS?
Separately these terms each make up different layers of what is commonly referred to as the cloud computing stack – with IaaS serving as the base of the stack and SaaS sitting at the top of the structure:
Posted on 09/10/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Test Your Cloud Readiness
The cloud is upon us, and it is certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, Gartner is reporting that one-third of all IT organizations are currently implementing some type of cloud solution. Additionally, the worldwide cloud computing marketplace, which currently sits at $46 billion, is expected to explode to $240 billion by 2020.
So why are companies adopting the cloud at such a remarkable rate? The most often cited advantages of the cloud include:
Reduced capital investments
Lowered operating costs
Improved service levels
Watch this short animation to learn more about the advantages of cloud computing.
Posted on 08/13/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
The term ‘cloud’ isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2015, worldwide Software as a Service (SaaS) application revenue will reach $22.1 billion; and according to Forbes, 84% of all new software will be SaaS-based at the end of that same timeframe.2
With SaaS revenue in 2011 being reported at $12.3, these industry forecasts indicate a steep ramp in the number of future cloud computing and SaaS solutions. What is perhaps more surprising is that this increase is taking place despite the fact that the concept of the cloud is still in its relative infancy.
You don’t have to understand the cloud to use the cloud
Here is an interesting thought: Despite these increases, despite the unprecedented rise in cloud solution adoption, and despite the sheer number of marketing campaigns all touting the advantages – it appears that the wide majority of Americans are still confused as to what the term “cloud computing” actually means.
Posted on 08/6/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Because not everyone takes security as seriously as you
You have undoubtedly read the news stories: Seemingly every day there is a new report about hacked credit cards, leaked files, and stolen emails. And while most cloud providers will scramble to make up some excuse - claiming that these stories are the exception, not the norm – all this publicity can leave you wondering, “Just how secure is the cloud?”
The cloud is only as secure as the service provider
The simple truth is that the cloud is only as secure as the provider you have chosen to protect your critical data. And the scary thing is that not all providers take the security of your information as seriously as you do. This can mean wading through a seemingly endless landscape of “cloud providers” just to find someone who can offer you the security and protection you need.
To help you with your search for a cloud solution, we have created a list of four questions to consider:
Posted on 07/31/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Confused as to which cloud solution is right for your company: public or private? Unfortunately there is not always a clear, one-size-fits-all solution. With both options offering their own distinct set of advantages, the best choice is directly dependent on your organization’s unique needs.
Watch this video to learn more about the differences between a public and Private cloud.
What is a Public Cloud?
A public cloud means that the servers you use are shared and securely segmented among a network of users. Most notably, because these resources are shared, the cost savings can be dramatic.
Posted on 07/19/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Cloud computing terminology is popping up everywhere. Just turn on your television or enter a search query into Google, and you will find yourself inundated by websites, ads and popup videos all touting the business changing benefits that the cloud has to offer.
What’s odd is that despite this storm of information by the media, it seems the concepts behind cloud computing remain to most. In fact, an August 2012 survey by Wakefield Research found that 29% of Americans think that cloud computing involves an actual cloud. Perhaps more alarming is that only 16% of the survey respondents were able to correctly identify that the cloud has something to do with storing, accessing and sharing data.
Posted on 07/10/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
According to Gartner,by 2015 just about every IT department will be deploying some sort of virtualization solution - with the majority of them adopting either a hybrid or private cloud.
While this will mark a major shift in the technological landscape, what might be more important to note is the method in which businesses are moving to the cloud. For many, the choice is not, “Should I move everything to the cloud tomorrow?” Instead, the process is more deliberate, with the path toward a virtualized cloud infrastructure happening over the course of several business cycles.
The reasons for this deliberate move to the cloud can be tied to one of three categories:
Posted on 07/2/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
In an analysis performed by Jay Hessier of Gartner it is predicted that cloud service provider contracts "will not provide detailed and substantive security and data recovery SLAs before 2016.”
Seeing that 2016 is still a few years away, this should lead you to question the integrity of the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) being offered today. Just how credible are they, and how much importance should your company place on them?
In a recent blog post, Hessier once again accurately summed up this dilemma, “AN SLA IS NO MORE THAN AN EXPRESSION OF INTENT; IT IS NOT EVIDENCE OF DELIVERABILITY.”
In other words, just because an SLA says it can deliver something does not mean that it will. While some agreements are misleading, many simply fail to guarantee adequate compensation in the event of a service outage. In many of these cases, the cost of lost data or lost business due to system downtime will far exceed any compensation the SLA defines.
Posted on 06/27/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Conversations about the private cloud are happening everywhere, as businesses around the globe are continuing to view cloud computing as an integral part of their IT structure. In fact Gartner predicts that “by 2014, IT organizations in 30% of Global 1000 companies will broker (aggregate, integrate and customize) two or more cloud services for internal and external users, up from 5% today.”
Unfortunately, due to this rapid rush to adoption, a number of myths and inaccuracies have sprung into being. Because the cloud comes in an array of forms, services and price points, competing conversations are taking place across the industry – which in turn has led to the creation of more than a few myths. Below are just a couple of the more popular ones: