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Tips for Corporate Cloud Adoption

Corporate Cloud Adoption

Adopting Cloud Solutions from the Couch to the Corporation

A couple of weeks back, Solar VPS President and COO Ross Brouse (@RossBrouse), gave a technical keynote presentation at New York City’s Cloud Expo. The presentation covered corporate Cloud adoption – how Cloud adoption begins on the couch and makes it all the way to the boardroom. Well, in this short article, we are going to run with that flag and dive into the topic a bit. So, if you’re a company of any size looking to fully Cloudize (word, not a word? We think it should be), err, make the jump into the Cloud, here are a few tips for successful Cloud computing adoption.

Understand the Difference

Before even considering a move into the Cloud, companies and non-IT minds need to understand the difference between the public Cloud and the private Cloud. Are you streaming music via Spotify right now? Are you looking at a friend’s Facebook status, tweeting to a person halfway across the world or downloading data from a shared Dropbox account? If so, you are using the public Cloud. The public Cloud, is as the name suggests, for public use. On the other hand, a private Cloud deployment is a Cloud deployed and maintained behind a private, closely guarded, corporate firewall. All the data stored in the private Cloud require corporate access keys and are housed behind a stringent firewall to ensure security.

When deploying a corporate Cloud, although some employees might use applications like Dropbox, Box.net and SugarSync to store less vital all information, the most sensitive data is stored, secured and kept behind your corporate firewall, in your corporate private Cloud only accessible using the right access keys.

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Cloud? What is it?

Cloud. Cloud Computing. Computing in the Cloud. Within the IT industry, Cloud is the hottest term circling the block right now. Everywhere you look, smart IT companies all over the world are touting Cloud Computing as the future of the IT industry. But here is the thing, for all the hotness of the term, what does Cloud even mean?

The term is somewhat amorphous. It has multiple meanings to different people. For one person, the Cloud might mean the process of virtualizing all of the services needed to run an office. For someone else, the Cloud means syncing their iPad with their Macbook Pro and iPod via iCloud. For someone else, the Cloud might mean saving and sharing their files via Dropbox. For a fourth person, the Cloud means a private infrastructure held securely within an IT Integrators datacenter full with dedicated firewalls and add-on’s such as dotDefender. The truth of the matter is the Cloud is all these things and more.

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