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What is "the Cloud"? How does it function? What are the benefits?

The days of cloud computing being a straightforward choice of running your cloud offsite on a provider’s hardware or building your own cloud in your data center are long gone. Technology has matured, so too have the options.

Selecting the right Cloud model

Cloud Computing - accessible from any deviceAll cloud solutions are not the same and neither are your requirements. Picking the right cloud model for the type of business problem you are trying to solve can be the most important decision you can make. This checklist will help guide you to identify the cloud model that best fits your business and application needs. The beauty of cloud computing technology is its simplicity... and in the fact that it requires significantly fewer capital expenditures to get up and running.

There are generally three cloud models to choose from:

  • Private Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud

Top reasons for planning a cloud networking strategy are easier management capability (cited by 68 percent), anywhere access (cited by 58 percent) and the option of disaster recovery (cited by 51 percent). "While cloud servers and storage get most of the attention, cloud networking services are emerging as viable solutions for IT professionals," said Kathryn Pribish, Voice of IT program manager at Spiceworks.


Managed Services

Carriers / Providers

Expense Management Advantix Solutions
Colocation Broadview Networks, CenturyLink, EarthLink Business, Level 3, New Cloud Networks, Telx, Time Warner Cable Business Class, USA Digital Communications, ViaWest, Windstream Communications, XO Communications, ZAYO Group
Data Backup / Recovery EarthLink Business, New Cloud Networks, Time Warner Cable Business Class, USA Digital Communications, ViaWest,
Desktop Virtualization Broadview Networks, New Cloud Networks, Time Warner Cable Business Class, ViaWest
Cloud Security Broadview Networks, CenturyLink Business, EarthLink Business, Masergy, MegaPath, New Cloud Networks, TelePacific, ViaWest, Vocal IP Networx, Windstream Communications, XO Communications
Managed Firewall Broadview Networks, CenturyLink Business, EarthLink Business, Integra, Masergy, MegaPath, New Cloud Networks, Nitel, TelePacific, Telnes Broadband, Time Warner Cable Business Class, ViaWest, Windstream Communications, XO Communications
Virtual Servers - Linux CenturyLink Business, EarthLink Business, New Cloud Networks, Vocal IP Networx
Virtual Servers - Windows CenturyLink Business, EarthLink Business, New Cloud Networks, Vocal IP Networx, Windstream Communications
SSL | Managed VPN EarthLink Business, Masergy, MegaPath, Telnes Broadband, ViaWest, Vocal IP Networx, Windstream Communications

Building the Intercloud with Partners

Together with its partners, Cisco is building the Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds. Architected for the Internet of Everything, Cisco’s Intercloud is designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, “near infinite” scalability and compliance with local data sovereignty laws. By building the world’s largest network of clouds, Cisco’s vision is to deliver the most comprehensive and easy-to-provision-and-consume marketplace of hybrid-ready cloud services. ::Read more::

Masergy
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Masergy provides managed, secure global network cloud services. Owns and operates the largest independent global cloud networking platform, delivering fully-managed global hybrid networks, advanced managed security and cloud unified communication solutions.


MegaPath Corporation
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MegaPath offers global remote access and 100% nationwide broadband coverage via DSL, Cable, T1, ISDN and Satellite. Cloud security, Managed VPN: Seamless, secure IPSec and SSL VPN connections to corporate resources on their optical network.


New Cloud Networks
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New Cloud Networks focuses on custom Cloud solutions for small to medium sized businesses. New Cloud Networks core areas of expertise are remote storage, disaster recovery, virtual servers, email hosting, managed services and cloud applications.


viawest - Cloud Colocation Managed Services
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ViaWest is a leading colocation, managed services, and cloud provider in North America. Their data center services include a comprehensive suite of fully compliant environments, premium wholesale and retail colocation, private and public clouds and managed services.

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