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Hybrid Cloud: Is it all hype or is it for real?

These days, it seems like hybrid cloud is on the lips and minds of IT leaders everywhere. However, in an industry like IT, which is often driven by hype surrounding the next big thing, regardless of what that might be, it's worth taking some time to stop and think about what hybrid cloud really is, and what the interest surrounding it represents. In this three-part series of blog posts, we'll take a closer look at what hybrid cloud really is, and whether the hype surrounding it is really justified.

How to Determine the True Total Cost of Ownership in the Hybrid Cloud

The rules of IT cost/benefit analysis have changed.

Total cost of ownership (TCO) has been used effectively for years. The analysis works well when there is a static workload. You know the cost of the server, storage, software, and network resources required. You can anticipate the costs to manage and maintain the environment.

Why the Hybrid Cloud and Disaster Recovery Belong Together

In the past, many companies found it cost prohibitive to implement a true disaster recovery (DR) plan. DR plans used to require building another data center, setting up failover policies, managing and maintaining a duplicate infrastructure, and having plans in place for immediate setup at temporary offices in case of an event.

Dollars and Sense: Understanding Cloud Financials ~ John Alday, Cima Solutions Group

Many cloud services have been neck-and-neck while running in the “Race to Zero”, which has made obtaining cloud services increasingly affordable to customers. For instance, since Amazon started steadily lowering its rates, other providers have been competing to offer better deals, driving costs down. While the cloud can have economic advantages, your business needs to prepare for transformations in the way you manage your IT budget.

Ready, Set, Go! Tips on Getting Ready for Cloud Computing ~ James Cunningham, Cima Solutions Group

ZDNet and Tech Republic’s “Cloud Priorities 2015” report shows that businesses are becoming more adventurous with the cloud. In the past, businesses eased into cloud implementation by phasing in SaaS applications and creating IaaS for testing and development. Now that cloud computing has stood the test of time, businesses are feeling more comfortable moving mission-critical systems to the cloud. According to the report, 40% of responders see the cloud as a means for gaining a competitive edge.

2014 Conference Round Up ~ John Alday, Cima Solutions Group

Last week marked the 10th conference I've attended this year

Comparing the cost of IaaS ~ John Alday, Cima Solutions Group

Travel season is upon us and with it is the ritual of finding the "best" travel deal possible.  For me, I go to Expedia and put the parameters of my travel plan and out comes a multitude of options.  From there I select the "best" deal and make the purchase.  "Best" deal to me isn't necessarily cost.  If I can bundle in extras like priority boarding or a hotel deal - that carrier gets my business.

Starting a Cloud First Strategy ~ John Alday, Cima Solutions Group

"Yes, I’ve bought my last server.  I’m looking at Cloud First for all new workloads. "

Fourth in the RightCloud Series: "Have you Bought your Last Server?"

Cima Solutions Group: Converged Infrastructure vs. a Stove Pipe Approach

"Yes, I’ve bought my last server.  Our direction is Converged Infrastructure "

Third in the RightCloud Series: "Have you Bought your Last Server?"

"Cloud is not just for computing, it applies to people too," Todd Brown, Cima Solutions Group

I’ve been to hundreds of sessions on Cloud over the past few years.  I am very tired of the ones that still start with 15 minutes on what Cloud is.  I think most understand that.   To me it’s simple…”sharing of resources”.