Many companies are interested in implementing “the cloud” into their business, but aren’t quite sure how to do it. This is understandable because there are many ways to utilize cloud server infrastructure.
One significant benefit of cloud hosting services is the reduced energy consumption. As a recent post from Pike Research points out, outsourcing data centers leads to savings on manpower, money, and energy. Clouds are less expensive to operate, consume less energy, and have higher utilization rates than traditional data centers.
Both halves of your two-person “IT department” are fidgeting nervously.
A holiday is right around the corner — Christmas, Memorial Day, whatever — which calls for a coin toss to determine who’s on call to tend the servers.
It’s a secret ceremony kind of thing, usually involving a mano-a-mano recitation of choice lines from The Matrix.
There's a funny expression that we've noticed over the years. When someone wants to know if you are proficient in a given environment, they might ask, for instance, "Do you code in C-sharp?" (for C#). Or they might ask if a person can "handle" PHP or simply "write" in Ruby or some other language.
Security has always been one of the biggest concerns in both cloud computing and using a distributed workforce. The fear that data could be highjacked from the cloud or from public telecommunications networks has kept many organizations from taking full advantage of cloud based solutions to create remote offices or work-from-home opportunities, important advantages in agile computing and employee retention.