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CenturyLink and Savvis: Network Backs the Cloud

We talk a lot about the cloud and data centers here at ThinkGig, covering everything from the technology benefits to looking ahead to what’s new. In my new role in charge of product and marketing for CenturyLink’s Enterprise Markets Group, one of the questions I get asked most is how the acquisition is going and how Savvis’ cloud offerings fit into CenturyLink’s network solutions. I had the opportunity to talk to Sean Buckley at FierceTelecom about this very topic and wanted to share the article with you.

We also covered various industry hot topics such as: What is the difference between private, public and hybrid cloud? Here is an overview of my response to that question:

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Five Security Questions to Ask Your Cloud Provider

You’ve done your research, and you know that moving cloud environment can bring your organization a host of benefits, including boosting the all-important bottom line and business agility. You’ve taken stock of your tech inventory to make sure the integration between your existing technology and the cloud is properly handled.

Now you’re ready to make the move, but there are a few concerns that you need addressed before taking the leap. Perhaps you’re like 55 percent of respondents to a 2012 Future of Cloud Survey who still cite unease over cloud security. Or, you’re concerned about the safety of your confidential data in the cloud, and who’s responsible for that safety. According to the recent survey “Encryption in the Cloud,” 44 percent of respondents said they thought the primary responsibility for data security was with the cloud provider, and only 30 percent thought the primary responsibility was with the data owner.

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IaaS Case Study: Securing the Cloud

We’ve talked about security challenges and how banks and financial organizations might cash in with Big Data, but what about the cloud? Is it best to look for your solution cloud infrastructure first and then add on the necessary security, or shop for both at the same time?

Recently, Gartner published a report entitled, “Case Study: Securing the Cloud.” The analyst firm describes its case study as follows: “A Europe-headquartered global financial services company used processor-intensive, dynamic data analytics applications to process complex information and provide the results to financial analysts. The application handled multiple types of data — some very sensitive — and the output of the application was business-critical information….The application supports about 5,000 global users.”

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Ready for Cloud? Three Tips to Avoid a ‘Cloud Done Wrong’

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Is your organization taking the plunge and adopting cloud technology to gain a competitive advantage? If so, you’re not alone: Eight in 10 companies are using some form of cloud technology, a recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers by IT industry association CompTIA shows.

Adopting cloud technology is a great move, but it’s not the end-all.

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Enterprises Already Seeing the Benefits of Managed Services

Businesses today are facing many challenges, but some of those organizations have found the answer at least to one of those challenges: How to best manage IT in today’s ever-changing market.

So what’s the answer? We’ve talked about organizations moving toward network managed services for improved network performance and reduced cost of ownership, but what about managed hosting and data center services? A recent study by The Aberdeen Group found that of those using a Managed Services Provider (MSP), 75% of those surveyed had used MSPs for more than a year and were already reporting the benefits.

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Banks Cash in with Big Data

Across industries, organizations are collecting and using large sets of data to get a leg up on the competition. One industry that has been particularly aggressive at harnessing the power of data is the banking business.

And it’s no wonder. In 2009, the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that U.S. banks and capital markets firms collectively had more than one exabyte of stored data. And, according to IDC Financial Insights, the volume of digital content is expected to increase this year from last by 48 percent.

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The Cloud: A Clear Choice (Interactive Infographic)

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We keep hearing about the various advantages that cloud adoption brings to an organization, such as agility, automation, and worker mobility. But what about the bottom line? Is virtualization a worthwhile investment for your business?

Yes.

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Thinking About Big Data? Don’t Forget IT

Big Data isn’t just near. It’s here.

And though IT professionals are no strangers to handling large amounts of information, the sheer breadth, depth, velocity and variability of the data that enterprises are producing and processing requires new ways of thinking about data management.

Unfortunately, many organizations are behind the curve when it comes to controlling the data flow.

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