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How to Create a Cloud Computing Security Strategy

Even if your IT organization already has a well-designed security strategy, different issues will surface with cloud computing. Therefore, your strategy has to take this different computing model into [more…]

Understanding IT Governance in Cloud Computing

Governance is about making good decisions regarding performance predictability and requiring accountability. This is the case whether you’re governing your own data center or thinking about the cloud. [more…]

What Goes Into Cloud Computing Governance Decisions?

Cloud governance is a shared responsibility between the user of cloud computing services and the cloud provider. Understanding the boundaries of responsibilities and defining an appropriate governance [more…]

Risks of Cloud Computing Governance

IT governance is tightly woven with business goals and policies to ensure that services are optimized for customer expectations. Because IT and business goals are tightly woven in a governance strategy [more…]

How to Make Your Cloud Computing Governance Strategy Work

Effective cloud management can be accomplished partly through people and processes, and partly through technology. It’s really a three-part solution. Your organization needs a governance body to deal with [more…]

Characteristics of Virtualization in Cloud Computing

Any discussion of cloud computing typically begins with virtualization. Virtualization is using computer resources to imitate other computer resources or whole computers. It separates resources and services [more…]

How to Adjust an Economic Model in Cloud Computing

A number of other considerations may alter the economics of cloud computing migration. All of them are strategic in nature. Amend the economic model to accommodate them. [more…]

Problems to Consider When Implementing Cloud Computing

Because you don’t know what might happen when moving into the cloud computing community, you're wise to anticipate issues and plan your approach to problems accordingly. [more…]

Combining Cloud Computing and Service-Oriented Architecture

A cloud has some key characteristics: elasticity, self-service provisioning, standards based interfaces, and pay as you go. This type of functionality has to be engineered into the software. To accomplish [more…]

Understanding Services in Cloud Computing

When you have some of the background on what it means to take a service-oriented approach to architecting technology systems, you can begin to see the relationship between SOA and cloud computing. Services [more…]

How to Work with a Service Provider in Cloud Computing

Many types of cloud computing service providers are required to provide management services. The cloud provider has to make sure that it has a well-designed management infrastructure so that all of its [more…]

How to Manage Customers in Cloud Computing

If you’re a business manager using a cloud computing services provider, you need visibility into both the computing infrastructure and the applications you’re using in the cloud. You need to understand [more…]

How to Manage Hybrid Environments in Cloud Computing

Your company will probably have a hybrid environment: a traditional data center, a private cloud, and some cloud computing services. That hybrid is part of what makes cloud management so complex. They [more…]

How to Build Up Support Desks in Cloud Computing

For many businesses, the service desk is the first port of call when there is an incident or a problem. Imagine the lost productivity and revenue (and the all-around chaos) that would occur in the cloud [more…]

How to Track Service Level Agreements in Cloud Computing

A service level agreement (SLA) is a contractural obligation between you and your cloud computing services provider. Negotiating SLAs is often a dance between IT and the provider. [more…]

How to Create an Economic Model of a Data Center in Cloud Computing

It’s hard for most organizations to accurately predict the actual costs of running any given application in a cloud computing data center. A particular server may be used to support several different applications [more…]

Securing a Cisco Network

Security is always a concern, and your Cisco network needs to be properly secured. In the following sections, you see how to secure your Cisco network by configuring NAT, by configuring an ACL, and by [more…]

OSI Model for Cisco Networking

While you may not use the OSI model every day, you should be familiar with it, specifically when working with Cisco switches and routers (which operate at Layer 2 and Layer 3, respectively). Here are some [more…]

How to Configure a Cisco Network

Like all networks, a Cisco network needs to be properly configured. To do so, you need to know the configuration modes to use when configuring your network. You also should know how to configure an interface [more…]

Creating a VLAN for Cisco Networking

When working with your Cisco network, you may want to separate users into different broadcast domains for security or traffic reduction. You can do this by implementing VLANs. The following example will [more…]

Using EtherChannel for Cisco Networking

Don't be afraid to use EtherChannel on your Cisco network. EtherChannel allows you to take up to eight network ports on your switch and treat them as a single larger link. This can be used to connect servers [more…]

Working with Spanning Tree Protocol for Cisco Networking

Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enables you to create redundant loops on your Cisco network for fault tolerance, and prevents inadvertent loops that may be created on your network from bringing the network [more…]

Managing Static Routing for Cisco Networking

When working with your routers on your Cisco network, it's very likely that you'll want to have your routers route data. The first step in having your router pass data from one interface to another interface [more…]

Viewing Routing Information for Cisco Networking

After setting up any routing protocol that you want to implement - RIP, OSPF, or EIGRP - you can view all of your routing information through the ip route [more…]

Cisco Networking All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To create and configure a Cisco network, you need to know about routers and switches to develop and manage secure Cisco systems. Become acquainted with Cisco network devices and code listings; and find [more…]

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