"Strengthening your Business Case for Using Cloud" features business use cases based on real-world experience that exemplify the situations, where companies are turning to cloud computing to meet their own needs. This is followed by an analysis intended to equip you with the necessary business insights to justify your path for using cloud.
The "Cloud Buyers' Decision Tree" can help you discover where cloud opportunities and solutions might fit in your organization. And the "Cloud Buyers' Requirements Questionnaire" will help you identify your requirements for cloud computing in a structured way, so that you can more easily reach the best solution. These two papers contain ideas that will help you assess the potential the cloud has for your organization, and they will be refined as practical decision tools through use out in the field.
Deciding whether, and where, to use cloud computing can be difficult. Trying it out is easy. You can set up a small-scale trial quickly, and the cost is low. You can probably pay by credit card.
Assessing the financial implications for a particular application is relatively straightforward, although there can be unseen pitfalls. But, assessing the risks is more of a problem, particularly because cloud is so new, and the dangers -- where they are known -- may not be understood. And, integrating cloud solutions with each other and with in-house systems can present significant problems. Best practices in these areas are still evolving.
Enterprise Strategy Group's Lab Validation Report on TSM for Virtual Environments. See why TSM is one of the preeminent backup solutions for VMware and other virtual servers. more
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center can help reduce storage costs by enabling integrated management of storage assets, performance and operations from a single, web-based console. It also integrates with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence for reporting and analytics. more
This EMA paper gives insights on why storage matters for cloud and what's the advantages of storage virtualization for cloud. It reviews IBM’s software defined storage infrastructure solution and highlights the competitive differentiator for IBM's SmartCloud offering. more
The next generation of simplified backup administration dramatically improves scalability and efficiency. Experience how IBM’s advanced interface for Tivoli Storage Manager enables consolidation, intuitive problem resolution and integrated team collaboration. more
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) provides a turnkey solution to a range of data protection issues. This complimentary ESG Lab Validation focuses on key improvements in the TSM platform that drive greater scalability, efficiency, and availability in storage management. more