• White Label: The Fastest Growing Business Cloud Model

    White Label: The Fastest Growing Business Cloud Model
    Why white-label partnerships make sense for IT service providers How do I get into the cloud? With the prevalence of the cloud and the acknowledgement that organizations must evolve to remain competitive, this has become a top question for forward-thinking firms in the channel that are exploring how to grow their businesses and revenue. There are several options, or models, that have emerged around cloud computing. Organizations that have the assets and skills might...
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  • 5 Questions to ask your Cloud Provider Before Signing on the Dotted Line

    5 Questions to ask your Cloud Provider Before Signing on the Dotted Line
    Almost 10 years after Amazon introduced EC2, there is no standard of cloud computing. OK, you got me, NIST does have a definition of what cloud computing should be, but it's high-level compared to real implementations of cloud computing, similar to the metaphor of the ITIL framework to real IT department operations.  With all these differences, how do you to compare cloud providers to ensure you're getting the biggest bang for your buck, and the...
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  • Comparing Service Level Agreements: Stacked SLAs, Reindeer Games and Defining the Cost of an Outage

    Comparing Service Level Agreements:  Stacked SLAs, Reindeer Games and Defining the Cost of an Outage
    I’ve built a successful career in technology consulting and it never ceases to amaze me how some organizations believe they can survive days, or weeks, without critical systems. That is until they have an actual outage and realize the cost of that downtime. I was working with a mid-market customer several years ago who found (after an outage) that an hour of downtime to their operation represented a loss of $8,000.  This was a...
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  • Five Ways to Ensure Your Organization is Getting the Cloud Partnership It Deserves

    Five Ways to Ensure Your Organization is Getting the Cloud Partnership It Deserves
    Everyone is in the cloud. Journeying to the cloud.  Getting organized around the cloud. If you find yourself completely confused by the cloud partnerships you could be making to accelerate your business and its bottom line, you aren’t alone. The market is crowded and the options can be overwhelming. As an established technology organization, you want to be the trusted advisor to your customers who are looking to leverage the cloud. Here is a...
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  • A Cloud Provider Decision Guide: How to Choose the Right Provider to Reduce Your Risk of a Data Breach

    A Cloud Provider Decision Guide: How to Choose the Right Provider to Reduce Your Risk of a Data Breach
    This article was originally featured in IT Briefcase. Choosing the optimal cloud solution for your organization—and the right cloud provider to help you secure your sensitive and mission-critical data and applications—is no easy task. Public cloud offerings can’t provide the levels of security and regulatory compliance needed to protect sensitive or mission-critical information. While private clouds managed on an individual company basis can provide the necessary security and compliance, they require significant expense, staffing with...
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