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Backup is only as cheap as recovery

Lilac Schoenbeck

It’s almost embarrassing to say, but as a proud member of the iland executive team, I use a different cloud for my home backup. Iland, as you probably know, doesn’t do a lot of personal accounts, so I feel less guilt about it – and part of me enjoys the process as a touch of competitive intelligence.

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Topics: Veeam, backup

Digging into DRaaS Requirements – one doppelganger at a time

Monica Brink

We released the IT Disaster Recovery Doppelganger quiz and eBook recently. Along with the fun theme and title, this report contains a wealth of guidance on how to address specific DR approaches and requirements. As cloud-based disaster recovery becomes ever more popular and DRaaS adoption rates have spiked, it’s worth remembering that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and ensuring a good fit between your organization’s needs and a DRaaS solution will reap rewards in the form of a successful long term DR strategy.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, Veeam

Compliance in the Cloud: Survey says – Fraught!

Lilac Schoenbeck

In the final blog in our series on our recent Forrester survey, I’d like to cover compliance.  In past blogs we covered transparency, support, and a customer’s take on the situation. Now, let’s talk about the hard truths on compliance.

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Topics: forrester, cloud hosting, survey

The most entertaining cloud webinar of the summer

Lilac Schoenbeck

When was the last time you enjoyed a cloud webinar? Never? Once, that one time… with the Dopplegangers? Right. Your skepticism is merited. I’m with you.

But listen – we’re doing a good one. And not just the Lilac show — we have real talent this time, in the form of Dave Bartoletti, of Forrester Research. Now, I’ve known Dave since before “cloud” was a term you hated. And, he brings a few great things to any webinar:

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Topics: forrester, cloud hosting, survey

Choosing a cloud provider is about so much more than cost: Customer comments on iland’s recent cloud survey results

Lilac Schoenbeck

Fusion Business Solutions, an iland customer based in the United Kingdom, took some time to review our survey results and contribute their own perspective.  

If you haven’t followed our recent series of blog posts on our global survey with Forrester Consulting, do take a look. The results explore some challenges with access to metadata about cloud workloads, and the ramifications for cloud users. 

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Topics: forrester, survey, customer reference

Survey Says: Enterprise Cloud Support isn’t Secondary

Lilac Schoenbeck

I've previously blogged about lacking cloud transparency revealed by our recent survey with Forrester Consulting. The second area we looked at in our survey of 275 cloud leaders around the world was support.  

Support is always a sure-fire hit when asking questions about technology. Rarely is support an area where customers feel comfortable, perhaps because our industry is remarkably bad at support (or perhaps, overly cost-concious?), or perhaps because any frustration with the product manifests as a support issue. But, while it feels like asking about support is like shooting fish in a barrel, the survey did deliver some fine insights - and one troubling one.

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Topics: forrester, cloud hosting, survey

Who is driving your cloud?

Farhan Chughtai

Cisco is reporting that by 2018, more than three quarters (78 percent) of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers. These cloud workloads will nearly triple (2.9-fold) from 2013 to 2018. With so many businesses projected to move their infrastructures to the cloud over the next few years, who will ultimately determine how these companies operate, and manage their infrastructure? Will they be forced down a path to meet the model of the service providers, or will their cloud be open and flexible enough to allow them to determine how they run their own business?

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Topics: cloud portal, IaaS, iland Enterprise Cloud Services

Survey Says: Cloud Transparency is Lacking, Negatively Impacting Business

Lilac Schoenbeck

The move to cloud brings many benefits. But, our recent survey with Forrester Consulting showed that it also brings with it a major gap: Transparency.  

If you’re running an on-premise virtual environment or private cloud, you’re accustomed to a veritable glut of data on your VMs, your applications, your hardware, and your data center. You grow to know the various peculiar behaviors of your applications – they spike on Thursday nights, they need an extra gig of memory to be happy, they play dead when you come in the room*.

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Development in the cloud skyrockets – what are your developers doing?

Monica Brink

A recent industry study showed that there are currently 5 million developers using cloud as a development platform and that number is expected to double in the next 6 months. An additional 5.2 million developers expect to use Cloud in the next 7 to 12 months or later, and only 4.8 million have no plans at all for using Cloud.

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Industry Analyst: The Uberfication of Cloud

Dante Orsini

We recently hosted a reception and panel discussion for senior IT executives at the Soho Hotel as part of London Technology Week. Our keynote speaker was William Fellows, Research Vice President of 451 Research. William talked about the key business and technology issues that were likely to play a large part in the future of organizations as they continue to migrate to the cloud. In particular, he shared with us his views around best practices for service provider evaluation. He said that IaaS was not enough, providers also need to host and manage their cloud services better, and customers should avoid vendor lock in. He also talked about the importance of enterprise engagement along with the provision of secure services at reasonable price points to avoid runaway costs.

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