CIO Leadership, Cloud

X as a Service (XaaS): What the Future of Cloud Computing Will Bring

In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it.

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:24

First, what is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff? Why do we need to define yet another model to fully describe cloud services? I contest that XaaS is a legitimate term, and that it is useful to describe a new type of cloud services — those that make use of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS all neatly delivered in one package. Such packages are intended to fully displace the delivery of a commodity IT service. My favorite example of XaaS is desktop as a service, or DaaS.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

No company is immune to IT disasters

It’s clear that now more companies revolve around using IT services in order to make their daily tasks more efficient. We all know that these services help us make tasks such as long distance communication, information search, research, data processing and storage much easier, thus making are lives a little bit more comfortable.

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:42

By using IT services on a daily basis it also makes companies a lot more dependent on them; so what could happen if they stop functioning properly or just stopped working? And yes, sometimes these services will from time to time misbehave…

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

Top cloud skills employers are looking for

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Wed, 08/13/2014 - 14:25

When the statistic for tech employment has been constant for the last 15 years, and suddenly the numbers change, it’s impossible not to take notice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the month of July 2013, 3,600 jobs were created in data processing, hosting and related services, and that’s the single best month of job growth in this category since June 1998.

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Technology, Cloud

Companies that rule the “Internet of Things”

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:27

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a buzz in the IT industry for some time, and the largest technology players are moving quickly to stake out the territory. In just the past month, Apple announced a new “smart home” platform, and Google made a similar announcement for Android and purchased Nest for $3.2 billion.  

Business Issues, Cloud

Are we heading to glocal cloud?

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:58

“What a small world!” – How many times did you hear or said this phrase? Well, I for sure say it often. The truth is the world isn’t small, but the way we communicate and do business at a global scale sure makes it look that way.

Technology, Cloud

How to negotiate with your cloud provider

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:23

While cloud technology can offer several benefits to businesses, it is not without its downsides and risks. One of the major issue is the cost involved in migrating workloads to the cloud. Of course, the cost factor is usually discussed in detail with prospective vendors before finally making a decision. But, there are several hidden costs and unexpected expenses which can appear during migration and operation in the cloud.

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Technology, Cloud

Will Desktop as a Service disappear in 10 years?

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:34

Service providers today offer a variety of cloud services, from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to Hosted VoIP (or UCaaS). However, the area that has been getting a lot of interest in the past few years is Desktop as a Service (DaaS). And I personally believe over time this will change.

What is Desktop as a Service?

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Technology, Cloud

How to get past the confidence crisis in cloud computing

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:50

More and more businesses are considering adopting cloud computing, drawn by the huge savings and benefits the cloud can provide. However, a perceived lack of confidence in cloud-based technologies is seen as one of the biggest barriers to adoption.

This is why there are a number of key issues suppliers need to address for the cloud to become the commercial success we claim it to be, like: transparency, reliability, accountability and security of operations.

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Technology, Cloud

Clean Cloud Is the Future

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:39

You don’t have to be an environment activist to support green cloud computing. When thinking about the cloud, we typically have images of a remote place in the sky where people store documents, photos and music, yet the reality is a little different. Data is stored on thousands of remote computer servers located in large-scale industrial facilities called data centers, and these data centers consume tremendous amounts of power, negatively impacting the environment.

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Technology, Cloud

Cloud backup for small businesses

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:23

If you’re a business owner, preparing for the unexpected is critical.  If you run a small business, one of the important decisions you have to make is in regards to the backup and recovery of your company’s critical data.

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