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  • On-premises vs. cloud: What's more cost-effective for your apps?

    Some organizations rush into a cloud migration, assuming cost savings are a guarantee. But not all applications are meant for the public cloud, and moving them may cost you more.Continue Reading

  • Managed services model addresses cloud-based analysis paralysis

    For many applications, an Amazon or Azure cloud might be overkill. In such cases, a managed services model approach just might be the better option, and here's why.Continue Reading

  • Oracle in the cloud holds possibilities for users

    Companies that want to keep up with the times have been making the push to the cloud for years. But, sometimes, they begin offering products without having figured out how to replicate in the cloud what they do on premises; other times, users are reluctant to make the move from one platform to another. The story of Oracle in the cloud has some of the false starts that other companies have faced, but it also contains stories of success and possibility.

    This handbook shares some of those accounts of users' trials and successes. To start, reporter Jessica Sirkin talks to an application manager for the Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) about the financial institutions' move from an on-premises Oracle financial application to one in the cloud. Find out what the company gained and lost by adopting Oracle in the cloud. Database administrator and contributor Brian Peasland then looks at the new features afforded to organizations that upgrade to the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c. The cloud may lack some features compared to on-premises options, but Oracle and other companies are improving the services that are available up in the sky. To close, Robert Sheldon gets to the bottom of what Oracle is offering with its Analytics Cloud platform.

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  • Five recent cloud podcasts to help admins stay in the know

    The fast-paced nature of the IT world makes it tough to keep up. Explore the latest cloud computing trends -- ranging from new pricing models to IoT -- with these five podcasts.Continue Reading

  • The cloud-based security market: How to 'break in'

    Cloud-based security has gained mass appeal for businesses small and large, and channel partners are taking notice.

    In this three-part handbook, we provide a range of tips and insight on the cloud-based security market and the areas in which channel partners can develop business practices. First, we'll give you an overview of the trends and opportunities in cloud-based security and where partners can add the most value to their customers. You'll then learn about how partners can capitalize on security services and how vendors can support these efforts. Finally, we offer a case study that illustrates how managed service provider Internet & Telephone has evolved to meet the demands of the security market.

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  • Cash in on cloud financials

    Cloud financials have come a long way in the last few years. In the past, the idea of moving core financials to the cloud was thwarted by security concerns and mistrust that a cloud financials provider would have control over sensitive company data. Today, many leaders realize that security may be better in the cloud, as long as a reputable vendor is chosen.

    As cloud security concerns dissipate into the ether and cloud-based finance systems mature, CFOs and other business leaders are getting clear on cloud-based financial software's potential. Indeed, cloud financials can enable cost savings, adaptability and scalability -- all must-haves in today's dynamic and ever-changing business landscape and for the finance department, whose role has transformed from transactional to analytical. So with a distinct potential return on an investment, making the decision to move the cloud might be clear, but figuring out your deployment choice may not be so obvious. Should you go with public cloud? Private? Hybrid? Do you know all the differences? And what about your migration strategy once you decide on a product and vendor?

    These are all critical questions and ones this handbook addresses. The first article takes a look at the cloud-financial software landscape. In that arena, software as a service, with its clear cost savings, leads among the options. The second article guides you on which deployment choice is best for your company. And the third article helps you map out a plan and provides a cloud migration strategy checklist.

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  • In no-server, NoOps cloud era, developers deliver to users

    What do developers and musicians have in common? Both have been stripped of the middleman as their products are delivered directly to users. But what does a NoOps era look like?Continue Reading

  • Construct a winning data center project plan

    Before embarking on new data center projects, such as an upgrade or move to the cloud, clearly define all goals and expectations -- and not just for IT.Continue Reading

  • OpenStack infrastructure embraces containers, but challenges remain

    Despite a recent push to embrace container technology, OpenStack still has a number of hurdles to clear before boosting enterprise adoption.Continue Reading

  • Four common AWS cloud migration mistakes

    With more than one million customers, AWS has convinced enterprises of all shapes, sizes and industries that its cloud can improve IT operations. But the move isn't always flawless.Continue Reading

  • Security concerns delay public cloud adoption

    The TechTarget New PI/Cloud Infrastructure Survey sheds light on common public cloud concerns that have held businesses back from widespread adoption.Continue Reading

  • Questions to answer before hybrid cloud adoption

    Hybrid cloud adoption is growing, as is the understanding of what a hybrid cloud truly is. It is more common now for people to agree on what constitutes a hybrid cloud -- with shared ideas on the essential ingredients: self-provisioning, pooled resources, measuring and elasticity. Hybrid cloud advantages include moving workloads between private and public clouds as needed to allow a business to meet demand while controlling costs. Achieving these efficiencies, however, requires a strategy. Otherwise, the opportunity for an effective hybrid cloud initiative will be lost.

    This three-part guide examines the questions admins should ask before hybrid cloud adoption. Some apps are not suitable for a public cloud, and a company with sensitive data may be wary about removing that information from an in-house server. Also it's important is understand that your network needs to be prepared for hybrid cloud integration, as failing to check that can create problems, including latency issues.

    Once a business has decided to proceed with hybrid cloud adoption, having a plan for acquiring, using and managing cloud services will go a long way. Many businesses are using more cloud vendors than they realize, creating confusion and unnecessary expenses. It's also worth considering tiered-storage architecture, including placing the primary storage system on the private cloud and the secondary storage on the public cloud.

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  • When single sign-on technology is a good fit for VDI

    As more VDI shops deliver virtual desktops separately from applications, single sign-on provides a way for IT to reduce users' burdens when it comes to multiple logins and remembering passwords.Continue Reading

  • Public IaaS market leaves some cloud vendors in the dust

    Unable to handle the competition from the Big Three cloud providers, some IaaS clouds have closed up shop -- leaving many to wonder who might fall next.Continue Reading

  • How to securely on board cloud applications and services

    Enterprises need to on board cloud services quickly, but there are ways to accomplish it without sacrificing security. Expert Ed Moyle explains.Continue Reading