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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

Big Data for the cloud – not just in the cloud

Lilac Schoenbeck

I have a dear friend who always says “the preposition counts.” "Is a Cowboy Romance Novel by a cowboy or for cowboys?", she asks.

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Topics: cloud portal, cloud hosting

Cloud = more IT job security, not less

Corinne Schmidt

Not so long ago it seemed that the discussion of cloud within the walls of the IT department at many an organization was a big “don’t go there”. Cloud was a menacing ogre that once it got its wart-ridden hands into your IT world, your job was going bye-bye. When it came to conversations about cloud, IT admins either tactfully veered away from them or, not so tactfully, explicitly refused to have anything to do with them.

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Topics: cloud portal, cloud hosting

Ten Reasons Why Having a Global Cloud Footprint Matters

Brian Ussher

When most people think about the cloud, they initially think of reducing cost and shortening their time-to-market. More experienced buyers layer on other criteria like performance, security, compliance, workload segmentation, and how to integrate the cloud into their existing environment. The shape of your global cloud footprint; however, is an equally important consideration. Below are three reasons why having a homogenous global cloud footprint at your disposal really matters:

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Topics: cloud portal, hybrid cloud, data centers, iland Enterprise Cloud Services, Data Protection, cloud hosting, Compliance

Deloitte Says Enterprise Cloud Market to Explode; Tech Giants May Struggle

Jennifer Brenner

In a recent interview, Paul Sallomi, Vice Chairman and US Technology Leader, Deloitte Tax LLP, noted that the enterprise cloud market is poised for explosive growth.

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Topics: cloud portal, enterprise class, iland Enterprise Cloud Services, cloud hosting, customer service

Will the REAL Cloud Expert Please Stand Up?

Corinne Schmidt

There’s nothing gets my goat more than an “expert” who proclaims their knowledge about a topic they are allegedly expert in - but in reality knows absolutely nothing about. Take the Birmingham story earlier this week as a case in point.

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Topics: DRaaS, cloud portal, cloud hosting

The Runaway Cloud Went Over the Hill and It Blew…The IT Budget Out The Window

Corinne Schmidt

2014 saw a marked increase in the use of public cloud infrastructure by organizations of all sizes and types. Some were newcomers to cloud. Others expanded their existing cloud footprint. And a few made the leap to an all-in – or almost all-in – cloud environment. If you wanted to cut IT costs, switch your focus to your business instead of on your IT, and protect your workloads from disaster events - then cloud was the way to go. But in the rush to take advantage of a cloud infrastructure environment, how many became victims of the runaway cloud? You know the type – it’s the cloud that time forgot, along with the team using it. The cloud that was employed on a pay-per-use basis in an effort to reduce costs and then unfortunately and ironically got left on to run happily but unnoticed after its sell-by date had expired.

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Topics: control, cloud portal, cloud hosting, test and dev

What's your favorite iland cloud management portal feature?

Corinne Schmidt

Our Solutions Engineers are a highly respected group. Zeb, Sam and Lindon all work closely with customers and prospects on a daily basis, demonstrating our offerings and advising and recommending cloud infrastructure solutions that best fit divergent businesses.

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Topics: DRaaS, cloud portal, production, data centers, iland Enterprise Cloud Services, cloud hosting

The Twelve Days of Cloud

Corinne Schmidt

On the first day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me….a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the second day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me… a login for a cloud I couldn’t see.

On the third day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me… “No live support for you “; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the fourth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “No credit for that outage – it didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the fifth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “No - you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the sixth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “You pay for all CPU – whether you use it or not; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the seventh day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “Load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the eighth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “We’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the ninth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “Backup’s aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the tenth day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me: One thirty-page bill (for an instance the dev team had left on over the weekend)!! and said…”Backup’s aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me: A complex configuration tool to migrate my data (that was the last straw!!); one thirty-page bill; told me… “Backups aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the twelfth day of Christmas I called iland. They deployed a cloud that I FINALLY could SEE!

Happy Holidays y’all :)

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Topics: control, cloud portal, cloud hosting, colocation

Let your cloud come out of the shadows

Lilac Schoenbeck

There is an almost cliché tradition in the world of IT that “it’s too complicated to explain.” That’s how we all get through crazy questions at Thanksgiving dinner, and just go ahead and reboot our mom’s router without explaining our thought process. All the little byteses go flying through the air, ya see…

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Topics: cloud portal, cloud hosting

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