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3 Approaches to Reducing Cloud Spending

Cloud costs can easily spiral out of control. You only pay for what you use, but self-service lets instances be brought online with no centralized oversight. Over-provisioning and under-utilizing […]

7 Priorities for Cloud in 2019

Cloud has become the infrastructure of choice for information technology in many companies. Where should your cloud effort go this year? 

Tackle Cloud Security Challenges in 2019

Cloud security continues to be one of the most important issues for companies that adopt this technology. The threats to data and applications in the cloud continue to evolve as technology changes […]

Increase Your Cloud Security With a CASB

With the huge success of the cloud—some surveys show cloud being used by 96 percent of respondents—the risks to information have exploded. Cloud obliterates the perimeter where most traditional […]

Keep Tape If You Want, But Use the Cloud for Backups Too

Does anyone still backup to tape? Turns out the answer is yes, lots of companies still use tape as a backup media. If your goal is 3-2-1 backup (keeping at least 3 copies of your data, storing […]

Are You Getting the Cloud Results You Expected?

The decision to adopt cloud is based on assessing your goals, the perceived benefits of cloud, and the potential risks and costs. Once you’ve completed the move to cloud, it's important to assess […]

Making the Right Choices for Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Moving your disaster recovery (DR) to the cloud is a big decision. Making that decision is just the start; there are lots of other decisions you need to make now.

Choose the Right Approach to Using More Than One Cloud

When you have more than one cloud, it's important to be clear whether you have a hybrid cloud or a multi-cloud environment. The difference matters, because they support different goals and create […]

Business Reasons Can Drive Your IaaS Decision

Though more and more companies have adopted cloud computing, there are those that are still hesitant. If you need to sell Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to your management, don't pitch it as a […]

Don't Settle for Backup as a Service When You Need Disaster Recovery as a Service

There's a big difference between cloud backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and it's important to be clear on the distinction before you commit to either.

Keep Your Cloud In-House With Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Deciding to turn over your infrastructure to a cloud provider is a tough decision. There are good reasons to want to keep control over vital business infrastructure. With hyperconverged […]

Solve IT Problems Just In Time, Not In the Nick of Time

These two expressions mean almost the same thing: "in the nick of time" and "just in time." But you don't want to solve your data center problems in the nick of time. That implies it was only good […]

These Are the Criteria to Evaluate When Selecting an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Provider

Choosing any cloud service requires understanding what you want and need from the cloud and whether the cloud provider can satisfy those wants and needs. Unlike Platform as a Service (PaaS), which […]

There Are Good Reasons More and More Companies Are Using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Migrating to cloud can be challenging, but cloud adoption keeps on increasing. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market grew nearly 30 percent last year, according to Gartner. For IaaS to be […]

Moving Data to the Cloud Can Be the Hardest Part of Your Migration

If you've decided to make the move to the cloud, you need to help your applications and your data to get there. Moving servers and applications is relatively straightforward: make a copy of your […]

Use a Direct Connection to the Cloud To Improve Security, Performance, and Reliability

There are a number of challenges that need to be addressed when you use hybrid cloud. Moving data between the public and private sides of the cloud is one of the biggest. Relying on public […]

Enhance Your Cloud Security With Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Security considerations still keep many businesses from moving their infrastructure to the cloud. Private cloud alleviates those concerns, but requires building your own on-site cloud so you lose […]

Be On the Lookout for These Sources of Unexpectedly High Cloud Bills

Achieving the cost savings you anticipate from the cloud doesn't come free. It requires planning your cloud properly, monitoring usage, and taking steps to manage and prevent unnecessary, excess […]

How Will You Minimize Your IT Downtime?

The costs of downtime continue to rise. One statistic claims that for nearly a quarter of survey respondents, the cost of server downtime was more than $300,000. That's per hour, not per incident.

Webinar: Next Gen Cloud Security – How to Protect Your Data

The top concern for organizations moving to the cloud – security. While many businesses turn to the cloud as a destination for their backups and to provide disaster recovery (DR) capability, using […]

Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing Cloud Backup

Cloud-based backup solutions are a good choice for many organizations, but making the process easy, efficient, and secure requires careful planning. These are some questions you should think […]

Build a Resilient Architecture That Handles Cloud Outages

The cloud offers high resiliency, but it isn't perfect: read the service level agreement closely and you'll see the guaranteed uptime isn't 100%. Even big cloud providers like Amazon Web Services […]

Ask These Questions Before You Migrate Your Database to the Cloud

The conversation about migrating databases to the cloud tends to focus on the mechanics of getting your data to the cloud. That's jumping the gun. Before talking about how to move the data, you […]

5 Key Questions That Should Determine Your Big Data Storage Strategy

Big data is no longer optional for business. Forbes reported that 79 percent of executives think that companies that don't pursue big data will face tough challenges, possibly even being driven […]

Seven Key Qualities to Design Into Your Private Cloud

For companies that want the flexibility a cloud environment offers without exposing data and applications outside the corporate network, building a private cloud is a good alternative—if you're […]

CloudSpin: A Backup Solution That Increases Your Application Development Speed

Cloud makes it easy to spin up environments when you need them and then shut them down when you don't. This makes them the ideal low-cost site for dev and test environments, which are often needed […]

Can a Data Warehouse in the Cloud Help You Manage Your Big Data?

Whether you're building a data lake or using a traditional data warehouse, the cloud is the place for big data. With its pay-per-usage model, it's a cost-effective location for storing large […]

Adapting Your SIEM Process to the Cloud

While cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) keep the cloud secure, you are still responsible for the security of your applications and data. This means it's important that you gather the […]

Don't Let the Cloud Keep You From Seeing Your Data

The very name "cloud" implies a lack of visibility. While using cloud gives companies important benefits, it can be harder to keep an eye on your resources, data, and costs in the cloud than it is […]

Don't Let Configuration Errors Expose Your Data in the Cloud

Security in the cloud is a partnership between you and the cloud provider. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer many features to ensure the security of the services they offer, […]

Seven Ways to Start Managing Cloud Costs During Your Cloud Migration

The benefits of using infrastructure in the cloud include financial benefits—if you manage your cloud computing wisely. The time to start managing your cloud costs is when you start planning your […]

5 Tips for Making Multiple Clouds Manageable

More and more companies are finding themselves using more than one cloud vendor. Using multiple cloud vendors reduces risk by adding redundancy and reducing vendor lock-in. Companies may also need […]

5 Reasons to Put Your Development Environment in the Cloud

Many businesses that are considering adopting cloud decide to test its capabilities with their development and test environments. This is a great way to try out cloud; you'll become familiar with […]

The Reasons and Risks of Multiple Clouds

Some companies struggle with cloud, hesitating to add any cloud into their technology mix. Others accept and embrace cloud to the point of having multiple clouds. Multi-cloud isn't a hybrid cloud […]

Migrating to Cloud Means Planning How to Handle Your Applications, Data, and Network

Moving to the cloud isn't about replicating your existing environment and dropping in your applications. A true cloud migration requires designing a completely new architecture and adapting your […]

Should You Rely on Cloud Bursting to Handle High Application Demand?

One of the most popular use cases for hybrid cloud is cloud bursting. This allows you to keep data and processing on your internal servers during normal workloads, while accessing additional […]

Data Protection Challenges and Benefits in the Cloud

Switching to cloud-based infrastructure changes many aspects of your data center operations. When it comes to data protection, the cloud brings some challenges and also offers some potential […]

What Do You Do After Your Cloud Migration?

What comes after you complete your move to the cloud? It isn't time to relax: now there's work to do to make sure you get all the benefits you expect from cloud.

Connecting the Cloud and Legacy Applications

There's one big problem that most businesses face moving to the cloud. That's the problem that not all their applications belong in a public cloud. That can lead companies to think they need to […]

How Many Cloud Strategies Do You Have? You Need More Than One

The only way to make cloud a net benefit to your business is to have a strategy. Without one, it's easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles and "as a Service" offerings. You can end up […]

Two Alternatives That Simplify Running A Private Cloud

Companies get several benefits from using the public cloud: expert management of their technical infrastructure; low costs and pay-for-use servers; high availability; and easy scalability. For […]

Avoid Disaster with Disaster Recovery as a Service

In today's era of digital transformation, online data and online applications don't just support a business: they are the business. That means that calling a computer outage or data loss a […]

Choosing the Right Cloud Archiving Service

In some ways, archiving online data is easier than archiving paper records. The storage is more compact and the data is more easily searched. Yet online archival still presents challenges for […]

Choose the Right Cloud to Control Your Costs

One of the prime motivators for most businesses making the move to cloud is the chance to save money. It's true that you can always spin up another virtual machine (VM) and extend capacity on […]

More Than One Cloud May Be A Good Idea, But Needs Careful Planning for Success

In an attempt to gain the benefits of cloud while minimizing the risks, many companies end up with multiple clouds. This can be due to a desire to avoid vendor lock in and minimize the risks of […]

3 Reasons You Still Need Data Protection Software in the Cloud

While many businesses turn to the cloud as a destination for their backups and to provide disaster recovery (DR) capability, using the cloud doesn't mean companies don't need their own data […]

Hybrid Cloud is Only a Subset of the Hybrid IT Your Business Needs to Manage

Whether you're planning a move to hybrid cloud or not, your business almost certainly needs a plan for using hybrid IT. Enterprises today need to manage a mix of data center strategies that […]

Review Your Cloud Migration from Every Perspective

There's a lot to think through when planning a migration to the cloud. There are purely technical considerations, such as deciding which instance type is most appropriate for your workloads; […]

3 Reasons You Still Need Data Protection Software in the Cloud

While many businesses turn to the cloud as a destination for their backups and to provide disaster recovery (DR) capability, using the cloud doesn’t mean companies don’t need their own data […]

Look to the Future to Successfully Transition to a Hybrid Cloud

Companies can have different reasons for choosing the hybrid cloud model. They may want the convenience of a cloud-based DR environment, or capacity on demand to support cloud bursting when […]

Managing Data in a Hybrid Cloud Requires Support for Data Mobility

One of the challenges companies face when using the cloud is managing their data. Since the cloud is outside of the data center, that means data needs to move from the on-premises data center to […]

3 Ways Hybrid Cloud Can Boost Your Business

When technology is used poorly, it gets in the way of accomplishing business goals. Used correctly, technology instead offers leverage that helps achieve those goals. Hybrid cloud, by allowing […]

3 Challenges for Big Data's Data in the Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud offers businesses tremendous flexibility in how to use their computing resources, allowing them to use the most appropriate and cost-effective infrastructure model for each workload. […]

Has the Cloud Changed Your Monitoring Strategy?

Has the cloud changed your monitoring strategy? If it hasn't, you may want to rethink your approach. The more places you put stuff, the harder it is to keep track of, relevant to almost every company […]

Reduce Hybrid and Private Cloud Headaches With Nutanix

There are so many good reasons to want to use cloud. High availability, self-service provisioning, usage-based payments, reduced data center costs, and reduced support costs are just some of the […]

dcVAST Enters Partnership with Nutanix for Cloud-Based Offerings

dcVAST, a leader in IT infrastructure management and support services, announces a new partnership with Nutanix. Through this relationship, dcVAST provides managed services to enterprise customers on […]

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