Transitioning Your Business to Integrate Cloud

During the last week of February, I had the opportunity to attend Channel Partners in Las Vegas and spoke with dozens of data centers and managed service providers. I was pleased to see that cloud was the common theme of presentations and the topic on everyone’s mind.

We all know the opportunity that cloud presents and it has been repeatedly ingrained in our minds that we must include cloud in our services or risk being left behind. Most of us are already convinced, but the interesting discussions at Channel Partners was about how to be successful in selling cloud services.

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Why (and How) IaaS Providers Should Add Local Cloud Service Offerings

You have probably heard of the larger public cloud providers, including Rackspace and Amazon Web Services. Wouldn’t it be nice to, as a service provider, offer similar services to your current customers instead of allowing them to consume resources from a larger cloud provider? Local cloud has many benefits to both service providers and your end users. In this blog post, I will discuss local cloud and the benefits it brings to your business. 

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Techniques for Measuring ROI in the Cloud

For service providers, measuring data collected within your cloud environment to calculate return on investment (ROI) is a comprehensive way to numerically visualize the benefits your company gains from offering compute resources to your end users. As in any business, it is important to recognize current revenue and learn where you can widen your profits. There are many ways that service providers can measure ROI. One method isn’t necessarily better than another, but a holistic view will give you a better idea regarding the profits your business is receiving.

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How to End Cloud Data Overload in Your Cloud Service Model

There is no argument that there is a lot of data in the networks on the web, and it is evident that the number is only growing. Data overload in the cloud is a major issue for all cloud service providers. Because of the position that they are in, it is likely that they will experience overload at one point or another. It is imperative that service providers understand the implications this brings and learn how to mitigate these issues.

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Back to Basics: Types of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing technology is taking business by storm. Many companies have adopted cloud computing, and others have been left to wonder, “What is the secret to a successful business in the 21st century?” For those that may have been waiting for the opportune moment to adopt a business-changing, revenue-generating technology, this is it! Of small businesses owners using cloud computing resources, 58 percent agree that cloud has given them better control of their data, according to a survey conducted by Netmetix in 2012. Cloud computing will put you back on level playing ground with your competitors and, when used appropriately, will ultimately make you the better choice for your customers. 

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