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:
Posted on 06/25/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
Confusion about cloud computing continues to dominate the landscape. For instance, during a recent Wakefield Research survey, only 16% of the respondents were able to correctly define the cloud. A stat that is made even more alarming when you consider that 29% of the survey respondents thought the cloud was somehow related to weather.
Even if you are not among those 29%, and instead have a working definition of what “cloud computing” means, your definition can still be at complete odds with someone else’s: And the trouble is both of you could be right.
And why is that? The cloud is available in an array of services and platforms. From hybrid to public to private and from SaaS to PaaS to IaaS, providers and buyers are using each of these terms when they describe the cloud.
Posted on 06/24/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
The forecast for the cloud appears sunny and bright. Everyday organizations and individuals are turning to the cloud as their primary solution for storing data, sharing services and exchanging ideas. As evidence of this trend, the cloud computing market, which is currently hovering around $47 billion, is expected to hit $240 billion by 2020.
But is this type of growth sustainable? A look at the specific trends and buying behaviors taking place today may offer some insight:
Posted on 06/19/13 by Cloud Calculator Staff
It offers more than just costs saving
When reporting on the benefits of cloud computing, the advantage most often cited is related to cost savings. Unfortunately, despite the obvious attraction, listing monetary savings as the sole benefit is actually quite limiting. And even though reduced IT investment and maintenance costs have their allure, the result is that less focus is given to any of the additional, and often more important, advantages.
In reality, the Return on Investment in the cloud will far outpace any of the initial savings users may experience. In fact, over the course of time, the adoption of a cloud computing solution will help companies improve their business across a number of fields– including, but not limited to, Quality of Service (QoS), Scalability and Resource Savings: