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Introduction to Cloud Computing

The world of web is changing all the time. Developments that were seen as exceptional innovations just a few years ago are already becoming outdated. Electronic and computer technology help us share information and knowledge quickly and efficiently. What was previously slow and tedious is now easier and more realistic. Changes affect the world of support…
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Autumn Offer – Save 30% on Linux Cloud Servers at Netcetera

We are delighted to announce that Netcetera has launched a special offer on Linux Cloud Servers where you can SAVE 30% and now pay only £14/pm instead of the normal price of £20/pm per node. Our Linux Cloud Servers are made up of one or more nodes. Each node provides 376MB RAM, 10GB SAN storage, 600MHz CPU…
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Cloud Step 10: The Importance of Data migration

Cloud computing does not just ‘happen’. Vendors need to explain to their clients how data migration will be implemented. This is the most important task for cloud computing vendors because this will not only deal with the future efficiency of the application but also the security of the data. A detailed plan with a corresponding…
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Cloud Step 9: Importance of Considering Downtime and How to Deal with it?

No business should start their operations with a cloud computing vendor without a Service Level Agreement (SLA). The SLA will specify the guaranteed uptime. In cloud computing, anything less than 99.9% is unacceptable. One of the distinguishing features of cloud computing is the assurance of an uptime to nearly 100%. Providers should be able to…
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Cloud Step 8: Have you Prepared a Migration Strategy?

There has been an increased amount of recent research which indicates that many organizations will move to the cloud in the short term. Defining a migration strategy involves understanding the various options which are available, establishing business priorities, and also creating a strategy that offers a fine balance between costs and meeting business priorities. Fundamentally,…
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Cloud Step 7: Why is Cost analysis of the Cloud so Important?

The business case for cloud application migration is never complete without taking the target cloud platform into consideration. The migration and overhead costs vary widely based on the target cloud platform and thus will skew the estimated cost savings. Cost analysis helps decide whether to go ahead with moving a particular application to the cloud…
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Cloud Step 6: Helping you answer your Compliance Queries in the Cloud

Companies considering using Cloud services should perform a gap analysis between the specific requirements identified in relevant regulations and the set of controls provided by the cloud service provider. Virtually every regulation requires organizations to adequately protect their physical and informational assets. You should be asking yourself these questions: What information is stored on a…
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Cloud Step 5: Is any part of the Cloud infrastructure Outsourced or Subcontracted?

Cloud computing can often involve chains of sub-processors or sub-contractors. If you work across Europe, it would be wise to look into this. In some parts of Europe, data protection law requires the controller to independently authorise all subcontracts and to enter into direct contracts with all processors. In most member states, it is left…
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Cloud Step 4: Understanding what Fluctuating Data Volumes means to you

We have established that cloud computing is a new way of doing business and of course it is important to understand what you are letting yourself in for. It differs from conventional outsourcing since it separates your data from your IT infrastructure, so your data is replicated ‘in the cloud’, which could be anywhere in…
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Cloud Step 3: Do you have Ownership and Access to your Data in the Cloud?

Delivering data and software services over the Cloud does have inherent security risks, which are important to understand….. however the irony is your data is most likely far safer in the cloud than in your own office! There are different types of clouds which carry different risks. For instance, public clouds mean that your data…
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