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Wrangling the Beast: Must the cloud be chaotic?

Lilac Schoenbeck

Forrester has put together a great piece on how best to wrestle your company’s cloud usage into some manageable, sane state. 

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Topics: hybrid cloud, forrester, IaaS

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

Your cloud metadata is your own

Lilac Schoenbeck

There’s a lot of hype around general metadata in the media. In fact, it’s somewhat painful listening to broadcast journalists wax poetic about technology like that. And yet, there is a kernel of truth under it all – not only is your data your own, but the data about your data should probably be yours too. Or you should at least get to see it.

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Topics: forrester, cloud hosting, survey

Secrets Kept by Cloud Providers are Threatening Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Lilac Schoenbeck

We recently conducted a survey of experienced cloud executives with the help of Forrester Consulting. The full results can be found in Is Your Cloud Provider Keeping Secrets? Get a taste of the results in the infographic below.

In a sense, it's a bit meta - the survey, fundamentally, said you need actionable data about your cloud workloads - metadata, if you will - presented clearly. And so, we felt it appropriate to present the survey results in an actionable, clear, and also aesthetically-appealing way. Enjoy!

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Topics: forrester, cloud hosting, survey

I can do [cloud] myself!

Lilac Schoenbeck

I have a toddler at home who is increasingly feeling independent, so “I can do it myself!” is a sentiment I get often. Eating breakfast, putting on socks, carefully wiping down the dog [dog begs to differ] – he can do it all. As humans, I think we are primed from a very young age to want to be independent. We don’t need others! We can do it ourselves! We take pride and a sense of accomplishment from this. And rightfully so.

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Topics: hybrid cloud, forrester, cloud hosting

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