As a Microsoft Online Services Partner SOS can advise you on the best cloud based solution for your organisation. If you are looking at implementing or just investigating cloud based solutions then do not hesitate to contact us for a no obligation proposal. You called up one of the big server manufacturers (HP, IBM, Dell, etc.) and ordered a server. You could rent a server from a managed service provider (Savvis, Rackspace, Terremark, etc.). In the simplest sense, cloud computing is merely a refinement of the own-nothing model, with shorter timescales for resource rental, and greater flexibility for the customer as a result. On-demand self-service — Resources can be provided by the customer in a fully-automated fashion, without requiring human interaction at the service provider. Resource pooling — The service provider is expected to construct the physical infrastructure such that all resources are located in one or more common pools. Rapid elasticity — Users should be able to rapidly allocate and release capacity as required by applications. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) — These are high level applications delivered over the network as a complete service. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) — Platforms represent mid-level application functionality that can be used by programmers to build new applications.
Public cloud — Public clouds are owned and operated by large external providers and deliver service to all comers.
Most larger enterprises will create a hybrid cloud environment of some sort, with multiple public and private clouds, and possibly a community cloud thrown into the mix. As cloud computing matures and success models emerge, enterprises are now getting serious about using cloud to drive IT transformation. IT transformation is certainly not a new concept, having been around for at least the last decade or so. Strategy – a core team would develop a 3-5 year target end-state design for the IT organization that would include applications, infrastructure, and a new operating model including policies, processes, roles and skills. Migrate – a project management office (PMO) office would centrally manage the integrated transformation program across internal and external stakeholders and vendors. Improve – finally, processes, tools and methodologies would be implemented to ensure continuous performance improvement across key performance indicators (KPIs).
Centralized – IT transformation programs were typically driven by a top-down, command and control approach all the way from strategy development through rollout and implementation. Costly – given their size, scope and complexity, traditional IT transformation programs typically required multi-million dollar commitments by CIOs. Consultants and vendors thrived on broad scopes, timeframes and budgets, while CIO’s were provided a modicum of job security assuming the program maintained reasonable progress against objectives.
The paradigm shift driven by cloud computing and next generation IT models has characteristics that make it difficult, if not possible to take this traditional approach to IT transformation.  What’s changed? Ease of deployment – cloud has reduced the costs of customization associated with traditional IT environments, as well as the cost of experimentation and failure.
Unfortunately many CIOs and their advisors are taking a traditional, legacy approach to cloud-enabled IT transformation.
Collaborative – now that its “customers” have freedom and choice, corporate IT needs to ensure that the needs of users, developers and other key stakeholders are truly being served by internal and external services.  This requires an intimate understanding of customer needs, and a set of capabilities similar to product marketing and management provides in 3rd party service providers.
Stay tuned for future posts on this topic where we’ll be discussing new approaches to IT transformation that are emerging based on these principles. As companies across the state finish up their 2011 fiscal plans a new project has crept into their technology investment budgets.
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Depending on your circumstances Cloud Computing can be a highly beneficial technology to either replace or complement solutions in your existing network.
SOS is renowned for its professional technical experience, reliable services and first-class support. When it arrived, you could either install it in your own data center or in colocation space that you had rented from somebody like Switch or Equinix. The MSP would allocate you a server from their own internal stock, deploy it for you in their data center, and then turn over the keys for you to operate it.
If you bought the equipment, you typically owned it through the full depreciation cycle of three to five years. In the middle, we have a wide variety of models where some things are owned and others not. Generally, customers are not able to specify or even know the exact physical location of the resources that are assigned to them from the pool.
Typically, they are built and operated by that organization as well, but that need not be the case.
Each piece of a hybrid cloud can be owned and operated by a different entity with management software providing integration across the environment. Hybrid clouds are shown in the matrix, but they really are a mix of the various public, private, and community cloud types. Better still put this in an e-book (the part above already written) and the examples and I would buy this REGARDLESS OF THE PRICE!
Our expertise and insights, developed through serving high-tech companies and large-enterprise IT users, give us a rich understanding of the dynamic nature of the technology landscape and the complexity involved in using technology to deliver real value and impact. We pride ourselves on utilising our extensive technical knowledge to constantly improve the level of service provided to our clients. And most importantly, how can I use it to make my business more competitive and better serve my customers? Then, just as if you had purchased it yourself, you had the responsibility of installing and configuring it in your data center or colo facility. The line between the service provider responsibilities and your responsibilities was flexible.
In practice, most providers offer some high-level location choices, such as a geographical region or data center (USA east coast vs.
The underlying physical reality prevents this (it still takes time to receive and configure new hardware), but with a large enough common resource pool serving numerous customers, the service can deliver this in practice for reasonable elastic requests. Enterprises will then deploy application workloads within a suitable cloud to create an optimized outcome. Bob Clark, President of Technology Staffing Services at Robert Half International opened the event with some positive sounding industry projections, such as continued investing in IT projects. The pace of change is rapid and driven by the unrelenting velocity of technology, the emergence of new competitors, the evolution of customer needs and expectations, and business-model innovations that reverberate across the world.
We help high-tech companies around the world innovate, improve operations, and deliver value—from early-stage companies to multinational software, hardware, and services providers. You gained some long-term flexibility when you leased the equipment, but you paid more in trade and you still had all the operations costs. Examples are Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Savvis, Terremark, and your VMware-based private cloud.
Management software will help match application workloads to the right clouds given optimization goals and risk and compliance restrictions.

A survey of regional CIO puts cloud computing among the top in their list of investments.Cloud computing is the new terminology for Internet-based computing. Our technology clients value our strategic understanding of their business and our operational ability to drive to concrete results across the entire value chain—innovation and R&D, manufacturing, supply chain and sourcing, and sales and marketing. Typically, you wouldn’t lease equipment for less than a 3 month time horizon, and probably at least a year, otherwise the overhead cost of receiving, configuring, and then returning the equipment would be too high.
It is most commonly seen in the form of web-based tools or applications accessed through a user’s web browser as if it were a program installed locally on their own computer. Our current IT support system is definitely meeting our needs, and we would recommend SOS March 2016Medical Services, Newcastle NSWOur client manager is brilliant and very likeable. Finally, if you rented the server, you could get something with granular, monthly terms, but you were far more limited in the hardware choices and you couldn’t deploy it in your own data center. Typically providers of these applications store their software and data on a server, and businesses can choose to purchase access to them.
The upside was you might be able to have it up and running in as few as 24 hours from the time you placed the order. Some of the major providers of cloud computing are Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Google. 2015 SeptemberCommunity Service Provider, Newcastle NSWOur Client Manager's product knowledge is unreal and he is very clever. 2015 SeptemberCommunity Service Provider, Maitland NSWOur Client Manager is knowledgeable and very patient with me. We feel we are receiving value for money with the great service and we go through our Client Manager for everything we need. We deal with our Client Manager for everything and he always offers a resolution for anything that comes up. August 2015Fire & Rescue Equipment Supplier, Newcastle NSWOur Client Manager is a fantastic representative for SOS! The most important thing is response time and we are definitely getting a great response whenever we need it from him. August 2015Manufacturing Industry, Cardiff NSWOur Client Manager is great and very helpful. He fixes any issues straight away, has really good knowledge and calls out to see us regularly. The monthly reports are great and we are receiving value for money, especially if something breaks down. August 2015Community Transport Provider, Northmead NSWOur Client Manager is excellent with his service, he is on the ball, listens to our needs and is quick to resolve any problems. SOS did a great job when we were expanding and needed additional equipment and the system works very well.
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