Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Microsoft’s Journey: Solving Cloud Reliability With Software

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Cloud service providers need to move beyond traditional reliance on complex hardware redundancy schemes and instead focus on developing more intelligent software that can monitor, anticipate, and efficiently manage the failure of physical infrastructures, writes David Gautier of Microsoft. When service availability is engineered in more resilient software, there is greater opportunity to materially rethink how the physical data center is engineered. Read More

Building A Cloud-Savvy Model for TCO and ROI

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You might be surprised to learn that many large organizations commit to cloud computing without really knowing their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and projected Return on Investment (ROI), writes Ravi Rajagopal of CA Technologies. It’s not that they’re irresponsible and ignoring this requirement. It’s that the tools most IT teams use to evaluate TCO and ROI are inadequate for application to the cloud. Read More

Designing For Dependability In The Cloud

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David Bills, Microsoft’s chief reliability strategist, outlines the challenges facing all cloud service providers as they strive to provide highly available services to power the digital lives of billions. Providers now need to factor resiliency in at all levels and across all components of the service. Read More

Colocation Communities Are a Match for Cloud

Today’s information explosion is proof enough that data is the lifeblood of any business and, therefore, how it’s contained is a top concern. As more enterprises put their internal servers under scrutiny, they are noticing that legacy enterprise data centers are becoming increasingly ineffective, writes Kevin Dean of Interxion. Colocations options to migrate to “communities of interest” are growing. Read More

Exposing the Six Myths of Deduplication

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Companies are faced with data growing at increasing rates. That impacts the entire data protection strategy. It also makes data slow and dopey like a koala bear, writes Darrell Riddle of FalconStor. Addressing it through deduplication will address mounting data storage issues. Read More