Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending July 24th

July 24, 2013 by Diana Nolting

The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week.

Does anyone in IT truly relax on vacation?

Are you reading this from a sandy beach or on a back porch overlooking a picturesque lake? If so, you likely aren’t alone as Patrick Thibodeau reports on the state of vacations for IT personnel.  In this Computerworld article Thibodeau explains that an overwhelming majority of IT professionals end up “plugging in” on vacation, rather than tuning out. Thibodeau highlights several specific cases in addition to industry stats which state that although companies want to “trust the team,” individuals still enjoy the feeling of being indispensable and many times it’s a personal decision to dial in, email and keep working so they won’t be so overwhelmed with work when they get back to the office. 

How do you compare? Do you unplug, or keep on working, when you’re on vacation? >>


5 Benefits of Cloud Computing You Aren’t Likely to See in a Sales Brochure

If you’ve considered cloud computing for your business at all then it’s likely you’ve heard the standard cloud pitch. It will improve efficiency, flexibility and scalability. Those are big words, but what does that really mean for your business? And, what are the real benefits to your business that no one is pitching at the sales level?  In this Forbes article by Joe McKendrick, readers are treated to five real-life benefits of cloud computing that users have experienced, but are more below the surface, so they aren’t typically promoted.  McKendrick cites smoother mergers and acquisitions, more flexibility to get into new businesses, ability to duplicate or adopt successful business processes and an increase in tech savvy in the C-suites as benefits to integrating cloud into your business.

Find out how those promises are executed in the business >> 


Overview: When to Use Cloud Computing to Replicate

Recovery-as-a-Service, sometimes referred to as cloud-based recovery, is the new most talked about use case for cloud. In this Datacenter Knowledge article Bill Kleyman talks about the times when using a cloud solution for replication is an ideal use case. In the article Kleyman cites cloud as an option for guaranteed uptime and resiliency through redundancy of hardware and hot-sites. Kleyman also cites remote backup and storage, replication between remote offices and automation of launching new business branches as good use cases to use cloud for replication.

Find out more details on these ideal use cases for using the cloud to replicate >>