No, we’re not talking about cirrus, stratus, and cumulus clouds. However, just as there are different clouds in the sky, there are different aspects of cloud computing that make up what we say when we refer to the Cloud.
First, the public cloud
In this model, the infrastructure is owned by an organization selling cloud space as-a-service, and is widely available on a pay-per-use basis. RackSpace and Amazon Web Services are two of the most commonly used public cloud services. Pursuing this model typically requires considerable front-end technical knowledge. Additionally, it is dependent on a consistent, robust internet connection. If the connection goes down, you will be unable to access your cloud-hosted data or applications.
The role of the IT person and the IT company has changed drastically over the past several years. The frantic, harried, one-man IT department has encountered the laws of economics and scale. In order to effectively support the technical infrastructure of a growing and increasingly mobile business, IT must become three things: mobile, always on and end-user-focused.
If you’re in the position to make information technology decisions regarding your office’s infrastructure, you’ve probably asked yourself this question. As your company grows, so do the needs and expectations on the technology you oversee. Getting behind on technology can cost time, efficiency, and money.
Here are five circumstances when you should consider moving that locally-hosted application server to the cloud:
Claris Networks has been serving the Chattanooga market for several years. Chattanooga’s investment in gig fiber optic Internet connection has enabled Claris and other businesses to expand high-tech operations in the area. In the past two weeks, Claris has had the privilege of speaking on this topic with Nooga News (Nooga.com), the Chattanooga Times Free Press and WBIR in Knoxville.
The articles on Nooga.com
and the Chattanooga Times Free Press
outline how the Chattanooga fiber has enabled some of Claris’s recent expansion, indicative of economic expansion in the area.
Click the image for a video from WBIR
that features Dan Thompson, a.k.a the “Techxpert,” on the complications and benefits of Knoxville making a similar investment in internet infrastructure.
Here's a scary Halloween story for you.
An angry techie and poor password management cost a company $800,000
After the IT staffer and consultant for the large pharmaceuticals company was fired, he rigged his revenge. Since the company had not properly revoked password access to the network, Jason Cornish
was able to jump on and wreak havoc. His revenge was of the angry IT guy type: he deleted 88 servers and completely shut down operations for the entire company, costing it approximately $800,000.
This is really a lesson in hiring people and partners according to values, not to mention having proper processes in place for when employees leave.