Clouds Are in the Forecast for Network Management

Clouds Are in the Forecast for Network Management

Cloud computing has taken over many areas of the data center, from servers, to applications and storage, to backup. But one data center technology that has, so far, resisted the appeal of the cloud is the network: It doesn’t typically lend itself to the portability and management capabilities of virtualization and the cloud. However, there is one area where cloud computing is making an immediate impact on the network — namely in network management and administration. Historical SaaS-based network management In its basic form, cloud-based network management is simple: It allows a company to centralize management of all networks across locations and offices through a management interface running in a third-party hosted environment, or as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application. Cloud-based network management isn’t totally new, but for the most part, it has been targeted by organizations with many small locations or offices that need wireless network capabilities, but don’t have on-site IT staff capable of managing the network itself. Good examples of the types of businesses that have traditionally embraced cloud or SaaS-based network management include fast food, coffeehouses, and hotel chains. In these businesses, central IT can mail out a wireless network device, have the on-site manager plug it in, and then, IT can administer and control the network centrally using the cloud-based management interface. This approach offers lots of efficiencies and benefits, but was traditionally avoided by enterprises, who considered it to be lacking in high-end management options and possibly a security risk. Increasing use cases, increasing network performance  However, recent trends show that cloud-based network management is moving beyond these use cases and defeating these preconceptions. More wireless and traditional networking...
Why Salesforce Doesn’t Have to be Just a Public or Private Cloud Transaction

Why Salesforce Doesn’t Have to be Just a Public or Private Cloud Transaction

In February 1999, Salesforce was founded with a mission to simplify customer relationship management (CRM) applications for customers, and it was provided as a service, versus installing software. They sent out the simple yet bold message of “No Software,” indicating that regular enterprises should not be installing, managing, and upgrading their CRM application, and should instead consume it as a service, leaving all the headaches to Salesforce. Guest article by Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack Now, let us compare a CRM application with a cloud and see which one is more complex: CRM Application Private Cloud One application Platform to run hundreds of applications Few services that need to work together Dozens of complex services needed to manage compute, storage, networking resources Controlled by a few admins Designed to provide self-service to developers Application needs to be highly available Cloud management software pieces need high availability in addition to applications Impacts one team May impact several teams in the company Backbone for sales Backbone for company’s IT Can be installed as one siloed application High degree of consolidation by design No matter which dimension you pick out of this table, a private cloud is much more complicated than a CRM application. This is not to suggest that CRM is easy or less complex to set up, but to highlight that private cloud is an even bigger beast to tame. This explains, to me, why the adoption of private clouds has been slower than public cloud. Here are some of the specific challenges in building a private cloud. Too many moving parts A private cloud consists of compute, storage, and networking resources along with the...
Elevate Your Treasury and Risk Management Solutions to the Cloud

Elevate Your Treasury and Risk Management Solutions to the Cloud

The volatility of global markets, along with trepidation about increased risk, leads to a need for greater transparency when managing treasury and risk. One such way Best-in-Class finance departments are navigating these obstacles is by becoming more collaborative in nature. This is best achieved with integrated treasury and risk solutions. More and more, Best-in-Class organizations are transitioning these platforms away from locally installed, licensed software and migrating them to the cloud. Here are just a few benefits they’re enjoying:     To learn more, read our report: Improve Treasury and Risk Management Through Integrated Cloud...
Making the Argument for Hybrid Cloud

Making the Argument for Hybrid Cloud

Mention the word “hybrid,” and any number of things come to mind. The Toyota Prius, for example, from the vehicle realm. Some bizarre super-crop, like the plumcot, from the fruit realm — an ambitious mix of the plum and apricot. Yes, this thing actually exists, along with tangelos and rabbage. Combine two things together and the results often can be positive (Yes – the Prius allows you to get better gas mileage and help the environment in the process! Yes – I don’t know what the hell a rabbage tastes like, but I am sure there’s a big contingent that enjoys this cabbage/raddish combo!). However, there’s also a contingent out there that wants their cabbage left just as it is in the grocery aisle, thank you very much. No sum of two wholes can ever be better than the original itself. Where are we going with this? With recent research from Aberdeen Group Senior IT Research Analyst Jim Rapoza, hybrid cloud is a clear case of two things being better than one. Organizations leveraging hybrid cloud have clear benefits over those who are not, as the data shows: Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Where Rapoza’s data here shines the most — and where hybrid cloud does, too — is in application performance. In fact, hybrid cloud organizations are 50% more likely to have better application performance. While rabbage may not be the best positive hybrid example out there (its name alone sounds pretty unappetizing), there’s no question that leading organizations benefit from this cloud-themed hybrid. Indeed, they’re getting the best capabilities of private cloud, with all of the advantages (and resources) of the public cloud. Considering...
What’s Cloud Got to Do with It? (When it Comes to Analytics) [WEBINAR]

What’s Cloud Got to Do with It? (When it Comes to Analytics) [WEBINAR]

I’ll try not to break into a Tina Tuner song and dance while delivering the answer (I don’t think anyone deserves the pain that would ensue from this), but the answer to this title question is…a lot. While the analytical capabilities available today are more diverse (e.g. the Internet of Things, geospatial, predictive analytics), the cloud has not lost a step in its ability to house these capabilities. Additionally, as more applications and data sources migrate to a cloud environment, cloud-based analytical solutions are becoming more and more relevant as a way to bridge the gap between data, and create relevant insights derived from all over the organization. Oh, and never fear — capabilities like managed reporting and static dashboards work just as well in the cloud as they do on-premise. So what’s the takeaway from all of this? Top-performing companies realize these cloud benefits, and are expanding their on-premise analytical activities into cloud environments to reduce reliance on IT, improve analytical adoption and engagement, and produce repeatable business results.` Live Webinar For more information on  the subject, join us at 1pm EST on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, for the live webinar, The Intelligent Cloud: Self-Service Insight Drives Business Execution, where Aberdeen V.P. and Principal Analyst Michael Lock will discuss key research findings, including: Top pressures driving the need for cloud-based analytics Best-in-Class strategies for data management and visualization Business impact of efficient analytics in a cloud environment During the event, you’ll also have a chance to share your questions. So come prepared for a live Q&A as well! And we know you’re busy: If the time doesn’t work for your schedule, consider registering for the webinar...
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