Feb 102016

There has been a sudden spike in the use of Hybrid Cloud and there are definite reasons that are driving this increase in use. Cloud users, Cloud service providers and industry stakeholders have the following benefits to report that are boosting the use of Hybrid Cloud:

  1. Making Backup and Recovery less expensive:

Downtimes are common in data centres. While some of the reasons are temporary, some others are permanent and catastrophic. Downtimes and outages can be disastrous for any company and cause additional costs. Having a backup and DR plan in place is what several companies are looking for but that too comes at a cost. This is where Hybrid Cloud comes in. It makes backup, recovery and DR plans less expensive and allows companies to obtain cheaper and standby resources for a minimal amount. If your company has staff and time limitations, cloud services provide you with managed backup and recovery solutions as their standard offering. Hybrid Cloud also helps to improve the overall efficiency of a DR plan and can execute a no-downtime environment for companies who simply cannot afford even the slightest amount of downtime.

  1. Innovation without added costs:

While every company would love to have consistent research and development at work, additional costs of gear, more people and time required for researching, buying and maintaining the new IT infrastructure is not what everybody could plan to do. In cloud environments it is possible to prototype new applications and services, deploy them and measure them for success. This is the advantage of a cloud environment; no long-term commitments, perfect environment to research and a constant drive to stay ahead in a highly competitive marketplace.

  1. Keeping the IT industry on the go:

Successful IT service deliveries require uncompromised agility. There are innumerable unforeseen problems like outages, downtimes, hacks, lost/corrupted data, transitions that totally cripples the effectiveness of IT departments. How does Hybrid Cloud help here? It has the benefits of scalability, flexibility, speed to market and tremendous cost-effectiveness. These qualities help the IT departments to be agile and on the go. Responding to last minute changes and needs has got way easier for them.

  1. The benefit of scalability:

You can have unlimited resources at your on-demand disposal with the help of hybrid cloud. If you need to tether on-prem to the specific cloud resources you need at a moment in time, you can do that with a hybrid cloud implementation. Implementing automation rules can instantly help you to procure future resources whenever you need them.

  1. Making time more productive:

Your company might take ages to deploy new infrastructure that you have bought using traditional methods. It might take anytime between 30-90 days. As soon as you set up your hybrid cloud, you can instantly access your cloud resources. This faster speed to market comes in quite handy. Taking new digital products to the market is no longer a time-consuming and delayed procedure. Hybrid cloud can also help faster beta-to-production migration while keeping the risks away.

If you liked this article you also might want to read our other article: Cloud Storage Security: Is This Safe For Businesses?

 Posted by at 12:47
Feb 042016

Amazon Vs Rackspace

Amazon (AWS) is a huge cloud company that needs no introduction. It has surpassed all cloud providers in every way and will continue to do well in the future. With new data centers popping up around the world and a massive governmental contract with the United States makes it a very tough competitor to beat. Given the fact that AWS dominates cloud is a reason they must be considered by all small businesses for their cloud solution. Rackspace on-the-other-hand is a smaller based cloud provider that uses API. Rackspace challenges AWS on a few levels which makes it an ideal cloud service provider to compare AWS with.

What Your Startup Needs Are

First, evaluating what a startup needs is the only way a business can figure out which cloud to go with. Questions like:

  • How much storage will the startup need?

  • What is the budget?

  • What are the expectations on performance?

Secondly, a startup needs to consider what kind of performance they will likely get from the cloud. Rackspace is a variable performance cloud. This means that one client may need 12GB of space and another only 6GB of space, but the client with the most storage needed gets the storage space first and the performance is better. This may not be a better solution for a startup that requires very little cloud space yet needs to have optimal performance. AWS has a dedicated platform that doesn’t differentiate between the biggest requirements. AWS makes it fair and equal in the performance category.

The All Mighty Dollar: Costs

Large businesses like IBM and GE are using AWS, but for good reason, they are big companies that can afford AWS’ prices and demand huge space. Startups need to consider the price. It may not be necessary to spend a lot of money for cloud and still get award winning Block Storage that Rackspace offers that is comparable to AWS’ Elastic Block Storage.

Rackspace is charging .10 cents for 1 GB Storage and AWS is .14 cents per 1 GB storage up to 1TB. This means Rackspace is cheaper by a few cents. AWS has many options and prefers bulk purchase for a term of a few years. This is when it may not be ideal for a startup as they will want to have spot charges over flat rate. If the startup is using platforms like SQL or MySQL expect additional charges to be incurred.


AWS for startups is the best way to go even though the price is a few cents more. The fact that AWS has the best performance for the cost is best for a startup to avoid any issues. Also, when a company grows there is no need to switch only jumping from one pricing tier to the next. This will save a company a lot of down time when making changes. Rackspace does provide smaller companies with the same excellent cloud space if they are not planning for large growth or they will use less space than they had originally planned for. If a startup is heavily app based Rackspace is better.

 Posted by at 20:24
Feb 022016

Cloud is the best way to go in terms of removing the failure rate of storage for a business. It eliminates the costs and allows more investment into the products provided by the company. Service based companies opting for faster data return rates and cheaper storage options will find cloud the way for the future. But is all this open-source public domain safe for businesses? Let’s find out.

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Security Options For Businesses

All companies are different and the needs of the companies vary depending on the services or products provided.

Currently, there are several options to help your data become more secure on the cloud.

  1. Encryption Software for individual files and software.

  2. Encryption software for all data and software including applications.

  3. Cloud provider’s security options.

Encrypting Individual Files And Software

Companies that are only storing small amounts of data and software on a cloud can choose software to encrypt the individual file and/or software. By controlling the encryption from the source, the business will know that what they have sent out is secure and protected. It may not be necessary for small businesses to need to encrypt all their data. So, by using software that allows picking what data is encrypted is ideal. Now, it is easy to assume that protocols must be set up for the company and a system in place for encryption.

Encrypting All Data

Companies that deal with a lot of client information, financial information, and top secret files may want to consider software like Bracket Computing Software that will encrypt all the files sent from the source to the cloud provider. This is an important step to take if you want to make your business safe. Many companies want to avoid costly errors and mistakes of hacked files. Lawsuits and loss of clientele are a consideration for a company. Security should be the first step when considering going to cloud storage.

Encryption Through Cloud Provider

A few things a business must consider when using security through a cloud provider are:

  • Do they encrypt files while data is being stored on the cloud?

  • Do they encrypt files when data is being moved?

  • Do they provide file sharing?

Files encrypted while being stored on the cloud can reduce chances of hacking. Each file, application, and software is individually encrypted and the encryption code is different for each file. This is very secure and as long as the files are sitting they are secure.

Encrypting files while being stored is easy; it is when they are moved that they become potential targets of hackers. This is vital for companies to know what types of services are provided and if the company must provide the overall encryption services. Choosing the best cloud provider that gives a company the highest level of security is paramount.

Finally, file sharing is great for individual users and companies who work from home in groups, but for larger corporations file sharing can be very risky. Checking with the terms and agreements for the cloud provider can clear up all the confusion and leave you with the choice of which provider is best for you. Cloud storage can be absolutely secure for businesses as long as they do their homework!

 Posted by at 21:36