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Evolving to a Hybrid IT Model

The pace of change in technology, from cloud computing to social media, has raised the profile of — and demands on — the CIO role in many organizations. IT is now a crucial player in the process of implementing and delivering on a company’s business strategy. Meanwhile, CIOs have their hands full as they work to stay in step with ever advancing technologies and best practices. Companies evolving from a “traditional” in-house IT infrastructure to a hybrid model call for CIOs that are open to change and that take an active role in shaping business strategy.

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Transforming To The Right Mix of Infrastructure

For a company to succeed in today’s Idea Economy, IT is turning to hybrid infrastructure to accelerate time to market. But for a hybrid cloud infrastructure strategy, it requires the best environment be in place for each workload, whether traditional, mobile or cloud-native apps.

Download this insightful white paper and learn the stages in determining the right mix of hybrid infrastructure, and the three key areas on which to focus your hybrid IT strategy.

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Cloud Solutions for Small Business

You’ve read all about the benefits and advantages of cloud computing for small business. But now, how do you actually realize the results?

Well some business’ have gone cloud wholeheartedly, completely removing server hardware from the office and working 100% ‘in-the-cloud’, not every organization is in a position to follow suit. Maybe you’ve just recently invested a large amount of capital into new server hardware; perhaps you do not have sufficient internet bandwidth available yet. Regardless of your current situation, there are still a magnitude of solutions available that almost every business can utilize.

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Defining the Cloud

Cloud computing is an emerging IT development, deployment and delivery model, enabling real-time delivery of products, services and solutions (i.e., enabling Cloud services) over the Internet. The Cloud is a virtualization of resources that maintains and manages itself. There are of course people resources to keep hardware, operation systems and networking in proper order.

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The Roots of Cloud Computing

The overarching concept of delivering computing resources through a global network was rooted in the sixties. The idea of an “intergalactic computer network” was introduced by J.C.R. Licklider, who was responsible for enabling the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) in 1969.” His vision was for everyone on the globe to be interconnected and accessing programs and data at any site, from anywhere”, explained Margaret Lewis, product marketing director at AMD. “It is a vision that sounds a lot like what we are calling Cloud computing.” Other experts attribute the Cloud concept to computer scientist John McCarthy who proposed the idea of computation being delivered as a public utility, similar to the service bureaus which date back to the sixties.

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