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In the age of global cyberattacks, corporate enterprises and government agencies that have some type of cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure unsusceptible to cyberattacks or natural disasters. Hardening an organization's data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to ensuring its business continuity. In today's corporate business environment, many organizations cannot survive if their core applications are out-of-service for a couple of days. Forget "disaster recovery" as it's a dated term, like data processing, and is a dated concept. More resilient systems, which are not susceptible to disasters and outages, are what should be planned and designed, especially for any organization's mission-critical applications. Business continuity, where enterpri... (more)

Mission-Critical Applications Require Mission-Critical Leadership

Organizational structures become obsolete just like the technology that they manage. Management structures must be reviewed and replaced just like systems, software and technology - especially in mission-critical applications. In the last decade or so, more organizations have declared their various communications-based information systems as "mission critical" to the organization's success. Having a mission-critical system requires having a mission-critical mindset when it comes to organizational leadership. It has been reported that one in three applications are considered "miss... (more)

Cloud Computing: Impact of Comcast’s Acquisition

COMCAST's recent $45 billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable was big news in the Cable TV world, but it should be big news in the area of cloud computing and network diversity. Instead of looking at COMCAST as a cable TV provider, it is time that we should be looking at it as another alternative to the traditional network carriers like AT&T and Verizon for our data needs both at home and at the business location. Re-Thinking Cloud Computing Strategy Do you have network redundancy in place in your cloud computing applications? They cannot be considered "mission critical" if you ... (more)

Cloud Transaction Synchronicity

High-Frequency Trading (HFT) and secret algorithms have become the new competitive strategy in today's global financial industry. The faster traders can turn around trades, the faster they can get in and out of quick markets and short time pockets of opportunity. Having accurate records of when a transaction occurs is critical as to processing the trade and valuating the transaction. There are many articles and white papers discussing cloud computing and shared services. New services that are being touted are things like SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service),... (more)

Cloud Computing Procurement: As Easy as Remembering RFP

When it comes to procurement, any technology or service should be evaluated with a good set of criteria. Executive decisions should not be weighted solely on a single selection criterion such as price. This applies to any cloud computing service as well. The twelve criteria listed below (see Chart 1) forces executives to take a broader review of the many elements of the total cloud computing service, and not just price. Each criteria starts with an R, F, or P which makes it easy to remember the total framework for the Yardstick for Technology Procurement (RFP). Chart 1: Yardsti... (more)