Hybrid cloud computing — the future of IT?

There’s been quite a bit of industry talk recently about the increasing adoption of cloud computing, with particular attention directed at the way in which organisations are making their move into cloud. Importantly, the talk is backed up with numbers.

One trend that has been identified and picked up by a number of commentators is the move towards a hybrid cloud model — a strategic split between on the one hand, hosting data and applications in a private (usually on-premise) environment, and on the other, procuring public cloud resources to look after other compute workloads.

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Cloud Data Centres and VMware vCloud Director tips #3

Busy getting up to speed with vCloud Director? Need a few pointers to help you on the way? Here’s another selection of tips for you, which should hopefully come in handy once you’re up and running with your Cloud Utilities Virtual Data Centre (VDC).

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Cloud Data Centres and VMware vCloud Director tips #2

Welcome to the next batch of tips for new users of VMware’s vCloud Director. If you’re up and running as one of our Virtual Data Centre (VDC) customers, or if you’ve just signed up for a cloud test drive with us, these key features should help you to get the most out of your Cloud Utilities service.

Before we continue, don’t forget that as a cloud customer or test driver, you can get a free VDC walk through with me, where I’ll take you through everything you need to know to get up and running with your space in the cloud — just get in touch using any of the usual methods and we’ll book you in.

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Cloud to the rescue? Announcing our new cloud Disaster Recovery service

For many businesses, putting a contingency plan in place for their IT is an expensive job. It might well involve investing in and maintaining a second physical infrastructure. All that costly hardware sitting there waiting for a piece of the action — a fateful day that may never come.

But of course, you absolutely need it there, just in case. It might even be part of your best practice certification obligations.

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Cloud Data Centres and VMware vCloud Director tips #1

If you’ve just signed up for one of our Cloud Utilities VMware cloud data centre test drives (and haven’t had your guided walk-through with me yet — if not, just ask!) perhaps you’re looking for a few hints and tips about what you can do within your very own piece of the cloud.

This is the first of a new series, where I’ll be highlighting some of the day to day features of vCloud Director that will help you to get the most out of your Virtual Data Centre (VDC).

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New lower price tariff announced for our VMware Powered cloud hosting platform!

We’ve just announced a new lower tariff for our VMware Cloud Data Centre service.

You can choose between two deployment models: our Reservation model, and our Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) model.

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Are myths about the cloud holding you back from adoption?

In the fast-moving world of technology, cloud has been around for a long time — especially if we think about it in “Internet Years“. However, because it means different things to different people, the term itself is still open to interpretation, and certainly still suffers from the stigma associated with so much marketing hype.

And then of course, there are the myths that have lead to concerns over data security and resilience. The result is that many organisations are still hesitant to adopt cloud, despite the fact that the enterprise cloud has now reached a point where it is considered a legitimate and progressive IT and business model.

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Guest expert: Mobile working and BYOD (but not as you’ve heard it before…)

We’re always saying it, but flexibility is one of the big advantages of cloud. For some, that flexibility is all about being able to deploy resources on demand and that’s as far as the story goes. However, that’s a very high-level view. What about if we think about how cloud can be used to make the working lives of end-users (that’s you, me, even “Technical Dan” sat next to me in our support team) easier and more productive?

In the latest of our Guest Expert posts, Steve Barker of Sistena Limited takes us through a hectic day in his life as director of a busy IT services company. Read on for a refreshing illustration of how the ins and outs of mobile working saves his day…

As always, Capital Radio rings in my ears at 6:30am.

Reaching over to do the usual multi-task of hitting the snooze button and grabbing the mobile, I slyly open one eye to take a quick look at the calendar entries dictating the day’s movements.

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4 IT headaches, and how cloud computing can help ease the pressure

IT budgets being swallowed up simply by Keeping The Lights On (KTLO), delays in deploying new hardware and the knock on effects for business development… IT teams these days have a lot to cope with when dealing with traditional physical infrastructures. Can cloud computing in the form of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) help?

This infographic from Andy Monshaw of IBM (via CloudTweaks) illustrates four of the big challenges that IT teams and their organisations are increasingly facing as IT continues to take a more central role in the day-to-day operations of the modern business.

The graphic reports that on average, around 70% of IT budgets are consumed by operations and maintenance. That leaves just under one third of IT expenditure for the important concern of strategy and innovation (far from an ideal balance as previously noted) and an inefficient use highly skilled IT staff.

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Stats round up: the real word on cloud and the enterprise (infographic)

Some interesting statistics here courtesy of CloudTweaks and Aryaka, about how cloud computing is viewed — and importantly — actually being used by the modern enterprise.

Of particular note for us are the findings around what we think is one of the key benefits of an outsourced, virtual data centre. The infographic reports that of the 1,300 companies surveyed, 60% indicated that cloud computing had cut down the time that their (evidently expensive!) IT staff lost to infrastructure maintenance — “keeping the lights on”, so to speak. Vitally, this allows skilled IT teams to reallocate time to spend on the much more productive pursuits of strategy and innovation.

Indeed, as part of what the infographic alludes to, the most effective IT teams are those which are able to devote more of their valuable time to IT strategy than maintenance — a balance that is far easier to achieve when the responsibility for the physical infrastructure can be delegated to a cloud services provider.

What do you think, do you agree with the findings presented here? How do you see Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) impacting your business?