As the discussion on cloud computing becomes more intense, a clear issue that we will have is: within two to three years, many critical systems will be running on clouds Even big companies will adopt public clouds with greater intensity, creating hybrid clouds, with part of applications running on private clouds and public clouds in part.
CEOs, CFOs CIOs want to make more effective use of public cloud because the model has the power to reverse fixed costs into variable. Moreover, concerns about security and privacy, and a sense of loss of control of internal data, prevents companies change aggressively for cloud.
When the suspicion of security is unsuccessful, the issues to be resolved are the integration and interoperability between different clouds, and between on-premise applications that will run on private clouds. Companies do not want to get locked into a single cloud provider. Seek freedom to move between private and public clouds, and switch vendors according to computing needs, whether they are growing or shrinking. And then, governance of the environment in clouds becomes an additional challenge.
So remember: Having a strategy for adopting public cloud is critical so you should not try to implement it on projects, just to experience the model, without having clearly defined steps.
Choices of the cloud model will increasingly be made in accordance with corporate policies and characteristic services. Here are some cases of adoption of typical public cloud.
1. Development and Testing
One of the first solutions that the company should consider in public cloud is development and testing. In the absence of virtualization, application and database servers can occupy each physical server, with utilization levels of around 10%. Even with the virtualization, the machine can be under-utilized, since the data amount of test equipment in use is lower, compared to that generated during the production phase.
Test data can run these test and development servers, but should also be moved comfortably to the public cloud. In addition, you will only pay for the use. Agile development methodologies, code branching and continuous integration, which require a lot of code and versions, require a large number of application and database servers in parallel.
Moving all these equipment to public clouds makes sense, experts say. Not only the organization pays only when using the services, but network latency, storage costs and performance will also be less of a concern.
2. Platform Development Services
Organizations embrace the principle of DevOps [+ development operations], and increasingly use wire-frames, design, agile project management, automated testing tools and development platforms for continuous integration.
As noted, these services belong to the public cloud, making it easier for developers to eliminate them or request them when needed.
3. Servers Training
Servers training become easier to set up early in training and then can be returned to the end. They may also contain test data instead of real data. From a console, cloud provisioning tools can create or restore servers in the public cloud in minutes. These tools are also ripe for the creation of self-catering.
4. Big Data Projects
When The New York Times had to convert their entire files to PDF format, some years ago, used the public cloud. Opted for hundreds of servers and the job was done in just 24 hours.
If a large data project requires 10,000 servers and the work must be done in a few days or even hours, then public cloud may be the right choice. That’s because it cannot make sense for any organization to buy many physical servers, even if they are virtual.
Company Info, product photos, pricing information, brochures and other content are often hosted in the public cloud. The level of security and privacy in a public cloud may be more than enough to pass the information to the public.
6. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
CRM tools which are already in the cloud should work fine on the public network for client management and prospecting. Usually, they are not strongly integrated with other systems, email, sales and purchase management, making it more easy to migrate it to the public cloud.
7. Projects, Expense Reports and Time Management
As like CRM, these three support applications can smoothly jump to the cloud.
However, if the organization is concerned about the safety and privacy of data, sales and finances can limit the data to a private cloud infrastructure, while reports of project management, time and expense management applications go to the public cloud.
Thus, the company can release a large amount of servers in a private cloud for mission-critical applications.
For years, large companies use cloud-based email services to store old messages. Now, it’s only a matter of time before all the emails from companies move towards the same direction, especially for those who use Microsoft Exchange, Zimbra or Office365 servers.
9. Human Resources
Move few applications used by the company to the public cloud frees resources of private cloud for production and other uses. The management of recruitment, benefits administration and HR applications are natural candidates for public cloud.
10. Antispam and Antivirus
Many organizations use cloud services that perform anti-spam and antivirus filtering. Even though these services are hosted by the organization, it may be appropriate to send them to the public cloud.
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Imagine a customer walking into a supermarket. He fills the shopping cart – food, drinks, cleaning products, all that is missing at home. But instead of spending the cash, he abandons the cart in the hallway and goes away without paying anything.
The scene seems absurd? As this happens all the time in the virtual world. According to surveys from IBM, up to 70% of online purchases are abandoned midway.
The reasons are varied: The freight amazed the client, he got angry with the endless amount of information requested before paying your shop or simply did not inspire confidence.
Learn what are the reasons that make the consumer get out of the store empty handed and learn to work around them:
The best price competition
The client decided to take a last search to see if he was doing good business and your product lost in comparison. How about offering a discount coupon via e-mail to bring it back?
Try to work on understanding what “retargeting” is. The strategy is still little used so you can get ahead of the competition.
The client lives far away or need the item urgently. Result? The freight exceeded the purchase. According to the survey, half of clients do not do shopping because of the high shipping. Ever thought of offering free shipping on your store?
Lot of data to close the purchase
You would have to fill out infinite forms every time you goes to the grocery store before you pay the bill? Not? Nor your client.
Go easy on the data required. Preferably, ask only what is essential, such as name, social security number and delivery address. Save the information for the client to skip this step if he come back to buy from your store.
The store went off the air just in time that the client would close the application? Epic fail, my friend! To prevent this, have a reliable hosting in India with support appropriate to your business. Asking the customer to “come back later” is like asking him to buy from the competitor.
Afraid of being scammed
To buy from you, the customer needs to feel safe. He wants to make sure it will not take a hit or having their personal data exposed there. At that time, security seals that ensure reliable checkout make a difference.
Confusing and ineffective Checkout
The checkout must be practical and fast. View the number of steps that are yet to come to the end of the purchase helps to decrease anxiety.
Have a picture in miniature of the product and the option to change the order (changing the volume, color or size) or delete it to facilitate the process.
In addition, the customer simply needs to see the available means of payment and shipping options – with their values and deadlines.
In short: Simplify the client’s life and the chances of him leaving the basket will decline. Has an online store? Take a look at your checkout and see if everything is in order!
These days I was talking to my ex-Coordinator, one of the references I have in IT. The topic of our conversation was Virtualization. Theme in a broad nature, took great proportions, as usual. Therefore, I will limit the item in 2 (two) closely connected points discussed in that conversation.
The first, on the challenges that the recent Virtualization has provided. It is known that virtualization has brought us many facilities. But if we analyze the difficulties that came proportionally, in particular, the complexity in virtualized environments are acquiring.
Sometime ago, a good Analyst of Infrastructure, IT Administrator or Networking (other functions does not come to mind right now …), knew very well about the server architectures ( server hardware ) that handled as well as install the Microsoft Windows Server in any of its versions. And that not so long ago.
The scenario today is very different: Depending on the environment, it could hardly have contact with new architectures and perhaps NEVER make a new operating system installation. After all, the templates are ready in virtualization tools.
The logical and the physical distance becomes increasingly larger. And the layers in between these extremes also increase. This process occurs in an accelerated manner. The challenge of managing it all, in every sense, requires more technicians and managers. Therefore, the market goes through a period of consolidation in regards to Virtualization Professionals. The supply of professionals really prepared to handle the complexities of recent Virtualization is very small.
And you? Are you prepared?
As a consequence of this direction that virtualization has taken, beginning the second point discussed here. Recently, I have closely followed the reduction of a Data Center “n” equipment “n – 10″. Virtualization eliminates hardware with the same dexterity.
Virtualization: Complexity and Extinction of Hardware
At that moment, one of the subjects of my responsibility, is the conversion of at least six (6) physical servers in a reasonable postage, virtual servers. Their hardware is near the end of the security agreement, and the company has no intention of any renovations until that the costs for this operation have been treated and are viable before the Virtualization option.
I try to imagine a future medium-term, a website analyst equipped with monitors, keyboards and mouse, with processing (hardware) centralized and distant. Also try to imagine the analysts who read this article, that same future, nostalgic conversation with a new generation of analysts, remembering the times when it was possible to have contact with hardware and that “IT” was something more tangible.
Have you ever imagined a “Data Center in India“ stuffed only with wires and cables? It is good to prepare …
Cloud Storage Data Center - The model for online storage where data is stored on multiple distributed servers in the network of data centers, provided for use of customers, mainly third party. In contrast to the model of data storage on their own dedicated servers, leased or purchased specifically for this purpose, or any number of servers, the internal structure of the customer, in general, is not visible. The data is stored and processed in a so called cloud that represents from the point of view of the customer, one large virtual server. Physically, these servers can be located remotely from each other geographically, down to the location on different continents.
The customer pays only for the storage capacity that is actually used, but not for server and all the resources that are not be used. Client does not need to engage in the acquisition, support and maintenance of their own infrastructure for storing data, which ultimately reduces the overall cost of production.
All procedures for redundancy and data integrity are produced by the provider of cloud center, which does not involve the client in the process.
Safety during the storage and transfer of data is one of the main issues when working with cloud, especially with regard to sensitive, private data. Overall performance when working with data in the cloud may be lower than that when working with local copies of data.
Reliability and timeliness of data availability and the cloud is highly dependent on many intermediate parameters, mainly such as data channels on the way from the client to the cloud, the question of the last mile, the question of the proper quality of the ISP client, the question of accessibility of the cloud at a time.
A technology that can be used for more convenient presentation of cloud client. For example, with the appropriate software, storage in the cloud can be presented to the client as a local drive on his computer. Thus, work with the data in the cloud becomes completely transparent for the client. And if there is a good, fast connection, the cloud customer may not even notice that he is not work with local data on his computer, and with the data stored, possibly many hundreds of miles away.
Currently, the demand for data centers in India is increasing. As large and small businesses companies are moving to appropriate technologies now, data center play an important role. Needless to say, data centers – at the forefront, and their value is difficult to underestimate.
More and more users connect to the Internet. These users receive and transmit large amounts of data, thus increasing the need for fast communication lines and data transmission technologies. The lines of communication should always be available, and to pass the maximum amount of data per unit time. All this leads to the fact that data centers and related technologies are constantly being improved.
Companies with large data centers, now get the most out of their work, as a growing percentage of companies are in the “cloud” and cloud services in India are not possible without the availability of modern data centers.
Today, telecommunications world can say that “data centers – is everything“. Companies of all sizes use third-party services for the deployment of its own IT infrastructure, preferring a “cloud” costly (both in terms of finances and in terms of time) work to create their own data center.
Here are the main reasons that business related to data centers in India are now flourishing:
More network services:
Now data centers are not just a platform for the deployment of servers and other equipment. DC service providers are expanding the scope of additional services for modern customers. For example, virtualization, cloud computing, data backup archives, hybridization – all these are the realities of today. All of these new services are getting more customers.
Middling user now uses several devices connected to any cloud services. Whether it’s regular e-mail or remote OS with a desktop – it all depends on data centers and providers.
Data centers are a kind of intermediary between the large amounts of data and services to data processing. Now some companies combined resources of its data centers, getting more efficient and powerful system.
More and more video services:
With increasing bandwidth end user gets more quality content, for example, films as full HD, and the content provider receives a large profit. But without the data center and network services such activity would be impossible, and network providers, DC power, it becomes all the more.
Globalization virtual reality:
Now the virtual world becoming more unified. Modern technology allows us to accommodate more users, applications on a single blade. DC now be called a cluster with a large number of relationships with other data centers / clusters.
The role of data centers will become increasingly important. Representatives of large, medium and small businesses demanding high-power, all wider communication channels and more productive services. And without the development of data centers will be getting all of this is simply impossible.
And in the near future data centers will become more modern, efficient and of course will have more demand.
With the increasing computational requirements and complexity of the systems in the data center, unplanned downtime, data centers are a major threat to organizations in terms of violations of business processes, revenue loss and reputation risks.
Recently completed market research on data centers, conducted by data center experts shows that overwhelming majority of respondents (91 percent) experienced unplanned shutdown of DPC over the past 24 months. Regarding the frequency of downtime, Respondents had an average of two data centers blackouts over the past two years. Partial shutdown, or those that were limited to a few racks, occurred in an average of six times over the same period.
The results show that many companies are more aware of the causes of downtime and take measures to minimize the risk. Studies have paid close attention to the high data centers who experienced the least amount of downtime and identified seven acts that are largely shared between different types of entities.
Not every data center is able to take all seven of these actions. But even the implementation of several of them can significantly reduce the incidence of unplanned downtime and mitigate its impact.
1. Consider the availability of data center on priority – even higher cost minimization
Given the increasing budget deficits in the industry, this may be difficult for many organizations. However, when increasing reliance on IT systems to support mission-critical business processes, it has the potential to significantly impact on the profitability of the enterprise. For companies with profitability models, which depend on the ability to deliver IT data center and network services to customers, can be particularly expensive.
2. Use best practices for redundancy of data center to increase the availability
It all boils down to the basics. There are a number of proven best practices that serve as a good basis for data center backup. These recommendations are proven approaches to the use of cooling and power management technologies in an effort to improve the overall performance of the data center. They include everything from matching cooling capacity and air distribution for IT loads to the use of local expertise for the design and maintenance of equipment life.
3. Allocate sufficient resources for recovery in case of unplanned downtime
This involves more than just having enough people to throw switches and restart the server after a failure. It implies a willingness wide variety of resources such as food, accommodation, transportation, alternative schemes for staff in case of power resulting from the disaster. Hurricane Sandy taught Americans that there is sufficient fuel for generators, and streamlined supply chain replenishment of disaster that may last for many days, is crucial for the sustainable operation of certain facilities.
4. Enlist the full support of senior management for efforts to prevent and manage unplanned downtime
The study reflects a difference in perception, which often exists between senior management and those who tells them the bad news when it comes to downtime. 48 percent of respondents in senior positions sure enough leadership support efforts to prevent blackouts. While 71 percent of respondents – department heads – believe that their organization is sacrificing accessibility for improving efficiency and reducing costs in their data centers. Heads of departments are also more likely than senior management believe that unplanned outages happen too often. This discrepancy highlights the importance of open debate within companies about unplanned downtime and the level of support and investment needed to prevent and manage incidents.
5. Regularly test generators and distribution systems to provide backup power in case of power
The most severe form of this test is commonly referred to as a “fork”. Such routine testing is usually found in some industries, such as healthcare. It confirms the correctness of the interaction during the failure of the automatic transfer of equipment from the battery to the generator and back. Such a test command object keeps in shape, supporting their preparation for unplanned downtime. It also gives the team confidence data center that will take off without further untoward incident, and gives them time in a controlled manner to cope with any difficulties.
6. Regularly test or monitor UPS battery
Having a dedicated battery monitoring system is important. Battery failure is the leading cause of loss of power with UPS systems. The use of intelligent battery monitoring can provide early notification of potential battery failure. It is best to implement a monitoring system that monitors the status of each battery.
7. Implement a data center infrastructure management (DCIM)
It is important to provide a framework for the effective management of the data center as a visual model of the object and centralized monitoring systems infrastructure. This includes the deployment platform DCIM, able to provide a holistic view of data center operations based on real-time data, which covers the interaction of the object and its IT systems.
A new technology that is having a big highlight is the Cloud Computing. This type of technology simply allows the users to control applications and have access to their personal files using any computer that has internet access. Cloud computing allows the user to have more control with efficiency in computing technology, bringing together memory, storage, bandwidth and processing.
Gmail and Yahoo are good examples of cloud computing, since there is no need for software or a server to use them: The only kind of software or hardware that you need is an internet connection. The management and the e-mail server are on the internet and can be managed by Google, Yahoo or a similar services like zimbra email hosting, the client can use this type of software and enjoy the benefits of this solution.
There are three divisions within cloud computing. They are: Applications, Platforms and Infrastructure. Any of these services offers a different results for companies and individuals around the world type.
The benefits of using this technology have helped to reduce costs for many companies, as they do not have to deal with maintenance costs, licenses and hardware needed to run it on a local server. Companies are more likely to perform this more productively from a broader perspective within the computation.
This technology allows end users to get applications that are centralized on servers, serving as a bridge linking the application directly to the user.
This is like the center of the whole concept. It allows the user to build applications: such as Google docs.
Cloud computing is a great way to save money, considering that this type of technology ensures practicality and versatility for systems in most of the large and small businesses.
The term cloud computing came from the fact that computing has changed much of its focus. Nowadays, for example, people are not as worried about buying a super computer (the powerful super system – speed, memory, processing) as it was the dream of most time ago. The case is that the needs have changed and thus people have adapted to them. All give preference to practicality, which explains the huge rise to devices that have greater mobility and portability.
Sure it’s not the end of computers, there are many people who need more power for different destinations, but as almost everything is based on the Internet, common users can do with machines that have a better cost benefit for consumption.
So cloud computing is based on the use of memory, storage capacity and calculation between computers and servers that are shared across the internet. Thus, all data can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and you can have space for personal files (photos, texts, videos and music) and no need to install software, since the software will be available in online mode.
There are risks for companies that develop them (Microsoft, for example), operating systems, these manufacturers need to adapt and try to contribute to the “cloud technology” – migrating to web and creating online machines – not to lose audience and not have future problems.
The computer prices fall, so as also the cost of the Internet.
A company that is already well ahead of the research on this subject is Google. It manages to integrate a lot inside their system, examples:
Transitions by definition are complicated. In nature, a transition can take thousands of years and extinguish an ecosystem, an organism or even a species. Today the market of Information Technology undergoes one of its biggest transition since the mainframe era to lower platform. For the first time, a revolution occurred out of the company, with technologies such as broadband and smartphones democratizing access to information and bringing new paradigms.
One of the biggest tentacles of this “user revolution” is the advent of cloud computing. Services that were previously only possible for large corporations are available to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals and consumers with competitive prices.
Now, a small business can have a server running the latest version of the most powerful email software, allowing a group of employees can easily access documents, appointments, and files via any Internet-connected device with small business cloud hosting plans.
To adapt to this new reality, the IT professional needs to change the way they sees the demands. For them, it does not matter what software is used and where it is located or, in the cloud or on a local system, what really matters is the data. Following this way, the service will be better and more agile, enabling IT to control the whole process of information security, regardless of the method of user access, either by smartphones, tablets, desktop applications or web services. Thus, the Information Technology business area will help to face the new market challenges.
In the short term, some markets may not adopt cloud computing. Sectors where information is highly confidential as the financial market and security agencies tend not to use the Cloud Computing. For these markets, the cloud brings more questions and doubts than facilities. However, these companies can make use of “private network” or “private cloud“, which is a secure, managed by IT, and without access to the public Internet. Already initiatives are found in the market in this direction.
In the age of the user as King, IT needs to show that it is ready for the battles that will arise.