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The Case for Disaster Recovery Services Beyond Business Continuity By Andrea Knoblauch Disaster Recovery isn’t a new concept for IT folks. We’ve been backing up data for years to offsite locations, and used in-house data duplication in order to prevent the risks of losing data stores. But now that cloud adoption has increased, there have been some shifts in how traditional Disaster Recovery is being handled. First, we’re seeing increased adoption of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Gartner stated that between 2012 and 2016, one third of organizations are going to be looking at new solutions to replace current ones particularly because of cost, complexity or capability. These new solutions not just address data, but the applications themselves, and are paving way for Disaster Recovery as a Services (DRaaS).  Unfortunately, there is still some confusion as to... (more)

Converged Infrastructure vs. Hyperconvergence By @Stratustician | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Converged Infrastructure vs. Hyperconvergence By Andrea Knoblauch While the idea of converged infrastructure isn’t that new, and we’ve seen some strong efforts from vendors over the last few years to drive more adoption, the uptake from enterprises has been met with some challenges.  In 2014, and now in 2015, organizations are not just looking to gain bigger returns on their cloud investments, but also looking to how new methodologies, such as converged cloud infrastructure and hyperconverged infrastructure that can help deliver new competitive advantages through services, appli... (more)

SDN: How Software Has Re(Defined) Networking By @Stratustician | @CloudExpo #Cloud

SDN: How Software Has Re(Defined) Networking By Andrea Knoblauch Over the last few years we’ve seen just about every part of the data centre move towards virtualization and software. First we virtualized desktops, then storage, then even our security tools. So when the idea of Software Defined Networking (SDN) started being floated around, it wasn’t a big surprise. But what exactly is it? SDN’s early roots can be likened to the idea of MPLS, where we saw the decoupling of network control and forwarding planes. It’s also one of the key features in Wi-Fi, one of the most prevalent ... (more)

The Continued Evolution of the Cloud Brokerage By @Stratustician | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The Continued Evolution of the Cloud Brokerage By Andrea Knoblauch It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of Cloud Brokerage. These service providers make it easy for organizations to build and manage a customized solution made up of a wide catalogue of cloud services, and take out the headaches of dealing with multiple vendors.  The downside for cloud brokers is that as cloud solutions are becoming more widely adopted, making sure they all work together and can be supported as a solution became a large obstacle. As a result, we haven’t seen as many cloud brokers as expected du... (more)

Open Government Clouds

You wouldn't typically combine the words 'Government' and 'Innovation' in the same sentence, but actually it's the ideal way to highlight some of the most essential and exciting points about Cloud computing. Although the technology can lower operational costs by moving processes 'into the Cloud', up to 90% in some cases of government adoption, it's not the full extent of the benefits. It can also go hand in hand with 'Open Transformation' of the processes themselves, utilizing "Crowdsourcing" approaches to fully leverage all aspects of what modern technology offers. Cloud Bursti... (more)