Recent studies suggest that IT departments are struggling to develop the skills and processes required to support the rapid growth in cloud computing. At the same time, IT budget for cloud services is increasing at a rapid pace – a 34% increase prediction by 2017 – and this new reliance on third party cloud resources … Continue reading The Future of Cloud for IT Managers
Today, the average employee consumes services from around 6 clouds, according to RightScale’s State of the Cloud Survey, and this consists of a mix of public and private. Generally, public clouds provide huge scalability and flexibility benefits, while private clouds provide security and control over data. A hybrid model allows for many advantages, including additional resources … Continue reading Tips for Managing Your Hybrid Cloud
By now, you have likely heard a lot of talk about the cloud, and different solutions that exist in it. The cloud computing industry is growing rapidly: worldwide cloud service spend is projected to reach $14 billion by 2019, up from $70 billion in 2015. That’s more than double in just 4 years. In fact, … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is the Cloud?
In a recent study, it was found that surveyed organizations are expected to increase cloud spending by about 44% over next 2 years. This suggests that migration from traditional on-premise software to cloud and SaaS is becoming a big project for organizations and software asset managers going forward. Use these 4 tips to streamline the … Continue reading Top 4 Tips for a Smooth Cloud Migration
On Wednesday November 30th, Vector will be hosting a free 30-minute webinar outlining 5 steps to better managing cloud services and subscriptions. The webinar will demonstrate how IT managers can use various IT management processes in order to gain visibility of all cloud subscriptions and prevent shadow IT. Unauthorized cloud service signups are common within … Continue reading Free Webinar: 5 Steps to Managing Cloud Services & Subscriptions
If your organization is facing a case of shadow IT, you are not alone. About 83% of CIOs say that they have had unauthorized cloud provisioning in their firm. Shadow IT, which we explained here, can be difficult to manage when there are many employees within your organization looking for cloud solutions, often with a … Continue reading How to Manage & Prevent Shadow IT
Shadow IT is getting more attention with the steady rise of cloud services within organizations. You might be wondering what exactly shadow IT is, and how to best prevent it. For this Back to Basics post, we will cover the general concept of shadow IT, but stay tuned for an upcoming post that goes deeper … Continue reading Back to Basics: What is Shadow IT?
Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has recently launched a new Damages Program with the intention of driving compliance for those organizations that still experience software misuse. Essentially, FAST has always worked towards educating businesses about proper and legal software use. However, they have still been receiving reports of intentional illegal software use in recent years … Continue reading Federation Against Software Theft & the Changing Landscape of Compliance
Cloud sprawl is a concept that has come about relatively recently with the rapid rise of cloud services. The term refers to the organization insufficiently monitoring cloud services, resulting in over-spending by purchasing services that are not needed. It is all too common that managers fail to revoke user accounts for services like Office 365, … Continue reading What is Cloud Sprawl, and how can you prevent it?
Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016 will be generally available in October. With the latest version of Windows Server comes changes to how it’s licensed. Previous versions of Windows Server were licensed on a per-processor basis; Windows Server 2016 is licensed per physical processor core (note that this is physical, not virtual cores). Each … Continue reading Quick Guide to Licensing Windows Server 2016