The cloud can bring huge advantages to an organization that prefers a hands-off approach to data center management, and in an age where every edge counts, this is good news for any business. But too many companies fall short of their full potential by partnering with providers that don't properly monitor and manage their cloud environments. Let's look at the benefits of a fully monitored cloud, and highlight the business upsides that accompany them.
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Goodbye, on-premise, traditional IT. Hello, cloud.
The public cloud is a dominant force in enterprise IT. The market is valued at approximately $25 billion, according to David Linthicum of InfoWorld, and when comparing that segment's worth to other IT sectors, it's clear we're in the era of cloud services and always-on connectivity to mission-critical digital assets.
When an attendee walks into a tradeshow expo hall, they are typically rushing around, trying to visit as many booths as possible during the short window they have set, but also get to their slew of pre-set meetings, lunches, dinners, happy hours, after parties, etc. that at the end of it all it leaves us thinking: how do we stand out among the crowd of thousands of other exhibitors to try and get just a minute of their time? Especially in a place like Las Vegas.
For more than a decade, unified communications systems have wiggled their way into the enterprise environment, steadily changing the way that executives, managers and staffers interact with one another in the workplace and across regional boundaries. These days, UC is an entirely different animal, with new feature sets, stellar performance and seamless multichannel experiences.
Today, chief information officers are key strategic leaders, but not all of them are the same.
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David Quinney, managing director of IT strategy at Accenture, recently explained that there are four different categories that CIOs must fall into if they hope to inspire technological innovation within their organizations.
Cloud security might be the most polarizing subtopic of the technology, especially given continuous stream of data breach headlines over the past several years.
But what if these issues weren't about the cloud at all - and instead hinged on the poor security practices of organizations leveraging cloud environments?
While some organizations immediately jumped on the cloud bandwagon, health care providers were once deemed laggards. They couldn't properly cite many of the benefits that other companies and associations were experiencing, and as a result, security fears held them back from harnessing the power of services such as hosted infrastructure, cloud voice and managed disaster recovery.
You don't need to be an expert technologists to see that not all cloud providers are created equal. It's 2016, and the cloud is everywhere. That means that you need to be a bit more discerning when it comes to locking down a set of IT solutions in the cloud. Here's a look at four key criteria that you should take into consideration when shopping around for cloud services.
Cloud computing has slowly but surely won over today's business leaders. Chief information officers understand that the cloud makes IT more agile and IT managers love these services because they improve workload flexibility. Meanwhile, finance professionals label the cloud a cost-saving tool, and other corporate directors assert the importance of this technology when it comes to providing their employees with software they need to be more productive.
Organizations worldwide are cloud-crazy. Adoption rates of this technology reach new heights with each passing year, and many companies are already fully reliant on cloud services to power their tech stacks. It's safe to say that the cloud revolution has been a successful one.
But even though an organization may consider itself cloud-savvy, this does not guarantee cloud maturity, a key benchmark that has recently come into the spotlight.