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5 Devastating Mistakes Companies Make Before Moving To the Cloud

Learning from mistakes is good and is often appreciated; trouble sprouts up only when any of these mistakes you do costs a bomb or can literally derail your company. Many companies find the need to move to a cloud by adopting a cloud-based service, take to cloud networking, or find a home for an application on the cloud.

4 Preventable Risks to Your Data That Could Devastate Your Business

Imagine what would happen if all the data your business has amassed over the years – think accounting & financial information, customer data, inventory and shipping data, information related to your research and development and much more – would just snap out of the grid and disappear? What would happen if you had to lose data in a system crash or a server crash? What, if you ever thought about it, would be the extent of damage for your business?

Here’s some perspective: over 170 million records of U.S residents have been exposed due to various levels of security breaches even since January 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearing House [1]– a not-for-profit consumer information and advocacy organization.

How Cloud Computing Severs Costs, Leverages Resources and Controls IT Use For Businesses

Small and medium sized businesses usually have the ghost of increasing expenses haunting them throughout the span of their business operations. Businesses all over the world are hard-pressed to find ways to cut costs and shoot their profitability up higher than they did during previous fiscals.

Practical Choices to Link Storage Arrays with Link Servers: Fiber Channel or iSCSI?

If you run a small business or even a large one, a data centre is likely to be your mission critical hub and serves as a solid foundation for all your communication needs.  As far as taking to storage over networks is concerned, your choices will boil down to either opting for a Fibre Channel or iSCSI. Which one should you go for? Which one makes for a better choice for your business?

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Fibre Channel Network

If you are looking for speed and lower latency, a Fiber Channel delivers better.

Understanding SAN(Storage Area Network):Will It Work For Your Business?

According to a recent Information Analytics 2010 Survey [1] with over 330 companies participating, storage growth is reported to be about 10-25 % per year. Companies --both small and large – have burgeoning data in the form of databases, files, videos, photos and graphics.

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Right Questions To Ask For Better IT Investments for Small Business

IT spending is all set to be ramped up in the United States to an extent of 19% accompanied by 11% growth in software spending and another 7% hike in communications equipment spending according to a recent Forrester Research press release [1].The same report states that the global IT spending will rise up to 8.1 %.

However, the CFOs, CIOs and CEOs of many companies all over the world want the ROI for their technology investments quicker than yesterday while they also spend thousands of dollars on technology research alone since experts feel that dependable research firms almost act like insurance against wasting resources, according to an article titled “IT Research: Is it Time to Analyze The Analysts?” [2]. Gartner has a full section on its website called “IT Budget Optimization ”[3] –-all set up for justifying costs on technological spend.

Virtualization: Hype or Need of the Hour?

While virtualization is the latest in the geeky cooler room discussions, the vendors or the IT geeks will kill themselves but not explain what it means to you in a layman’s terms.
 

Would virtualization work for you?
Is it the right answer for your business?
Is it just hype?

Since the answer is “depends”, you will need to ask yourself these questions:

Is there substantial benefits when you take to virtualization?
How do you understand what it’s all about?
How would you go about making decisions about whether or not you need to consider it for your business?

This post should help you extract the juice off and allow you decide whether it's hype or if it's the need of the hour.

Is Cloud Computing Important for Your Business?

Cloud Computing – what does that mean?  According to Gartner cloud computing is “a style of computing where massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ across the Internet to multiple external customers.”

In English, that definition means the cloud should just deliver a service on a subscription basis, allow access from anywhere and provide economies of scale.