AWS/VMware – Are they right for your business?

Is virtualization right for your business? How about cloud computing? Don't know the difference? That's OK — most non-IT folks don't either. The word "cloud" is often thrown around as an umbrella term, while "virtualization" is often confused with cloud computing. Although the two technologies aresimilar, they are not interchangeable, and the difference is significant enough to affect your business decisions. Here is a guide to help demystify the tech behind the jargon.


 What is virtualization? 

In a nutshell, virtualization is software that separates physical infrastructures to create various dedicated resources. It is the fundamental technology that powers cloud computing."Virtualization software makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same server at the same time," said Mike Adams, director of product marketing at VMware, a pioneer in virtualization and cloud software and services. "It enables businesses to reduce IT costs while increasing the efficiency, utilization and flexibility of their existing computer hardware."The technology behind virtualization is known as a virtual machine monitor (VMM) or virtual manager, which separates compute environments from the actual physical infrastructure. Virtualization makes servers, workstations, storage and other systems independent of the physical hardware layer, said John Livesay, vice president of InfraNet, a network infrastructure services provider. "This is done by installing a Hypervisor on top of the hardware layer, where the systems are then installed." 

How is virtualization different from cloud computing?

Essentially, virtualization differs from cloud computing because virtualization is software that manipulates hardware, while cloud computing refers to a service that results from that manipulation."Virtualization is a foundational element of cloud computing and helps deliver on the value of cloud computing," Adams said. "Cloud computing is the delivery of shared computing resources, software or data — as a service and on-demand through the Internet."Mos

t of the confusion occurs because virtualization and cloud computing work together to provide different types of services, as is the case with clouds. The cloud can, and most often does, include virtualization products to deliver the compute service, said Rick Philips, vice president of compute solutions at IT firm Weidenhammer. "The difference is that a true cloud provides self-service capability, elasticity, automated management, scalability and pay-as you go service that is not inherent in virtualization." 

What are the advantages of a virtualized environment over the cloud?

•Maximize resources— Virtualization can reduce the number of physical systems you need to acquire, and you can get more value out of the servers. Most           traditionally built systems are underutilized. Virtualization allows maximum use of the hardware investment. 

•Multiple systems — with virtualization, you can also run multiple types of applications and even run different operating systems for those applications on the same  physical hardware. 

• IT budget integration — when you use virtualization, management, administration and all the attendant requirements of managing your own infrastructure remain  a direct cost of your IT operation. 

How do you know if your business needs a virtualization solution? 

Determining whether or not virtualization is the best solution for a business requires an in-depth analysis of the organization's specific needs and requirements."Some of the items we discuss with customers when they are evaluating private cloud — virtualization — versus cloud computing include who is going to be providing the support and how challenging is integration with other systems," Livesay said. You should also consider costs — total cost of expenditure (TCO), operational expenditures (OPEX) and capital expenditures (CAPEX) — how much management the business can and want to do, scalability requirements, security needs and how much feature development can be expected, Livesay said."Generally speaking, businesses who work more on an OPEX model that have less IT staff and fewer security concerns are more cloud oriented," Livesay said. "Businesses that need greater control for integration and security or who work more on a CAPEX model would lean towards virtualization."

 How do businesses know if they should use a true cloud solution? 

While virtualization is the best solution for some organizations, a cloud solution offers several benefits that are more suitable for other businesses. Philips said cloud solutions are best for business with the following needs:

 • Outsourced IT — the day-to-day administration, care and feeding of supporting systems move away from you to the service provider. This could free up internal    IT resources for higher-value business support and allow you to put IT budget dollars toward efforts that advance your business. 

• Quick setup — Cloud start-up is relatively quick and easy. Plus, servers, appliances and software perpetual licenses go away when you use such a service. 

• Pay-as-you-go — an example could be found in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications available today that allow the off-loading of basic IT requirements to  cloud service providers. You pay for what you need and use. But you do not have to continue to invest in many of the products used to support the network and  systems, such as spam/anti-virus, encryption, data archiving, email services and off-site storage. 

• Scalability — by using the cloud, you can also temporarily scale your IT capacity by off-loading high-demand compute requirements to an outside provider. As a  result, as mentioned above, you pay for only what you need and use, only at the time when you need it. 

Keep in mind, however, that virtualization and cloud services are not end-all, be-all solutions. Like any other technology or service a business adopts, things can always change. "While cloud computing and virtualization each have their own benefits, they are not competing approaches," Adams said. "We view cloud computing as an evolution of virtualization. Customers that virtualize their hardware servers may adopt cloud computing over time for increased self-service, scale, service delivery levels and agility." 

Why SureSkills for Vmware 

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Utilising Your Training Budget is Vital to Staff Turnover


 A recent survey indicates that 40 per cent of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. They cite the lack of skills training and development as the principal reason for moving on. 


Consider the cost of turnover. With one fewer worker, your company’s productivity slips. Sales decline. Your current staff members are required to work more hours. Morale may suffer. To find a replacement, you spend time screening and interviewing applicants. Once you hire someone, you need to train that person. The cost of staff turnover adds up. Figures vary, but it can cost as much as €2,500, depending on the position, to replace a frontline employee. That is a hefty price to pay for not training staff. 

The value of training is in the application of the knowledge gained from a course that has been delivered in the context of the company from which the delegate has come from.  It is critical to ensure that the learning is practical and can be applied post course to ensure both employee satisfaction and training budget ROI.  Learning is a journey and the delivery of training is just one part of the process. It is important to integrate the learning across the company to ensure that learning complements each division and individual and does not negatively impact areas of the business.It is important to have a learning programme and competencies road map that works across the business and is focused on measureable business value and ROI. 

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SureSkills Sponsor eircom Awards

SureSkills sponsor eircom Spider Award

Entering its 19th year, the eircom Spiders competition is the longest standing digital event of its kind in Ireland.

The aim of the awards is to find Ireland’s best and brightest digital influencer's.

The categories are designed to acknowledge and promote businesses and communities who are making their mark through technological advancements, innovation and e-commerce.

SureSkills a long standing backer of technology and technical innovations in Ireland and we are delighted to sponsor the eLeraning and Education award category.

Similar to previous year's awards, the awards will highlight digital achievements across a range of categories including: financial services, tourism, charity, retail, news, education, entertainment, web design, user experience, social media and sports.

This year’s awards will take place on Thursday, 20th November in Dublin’s Convention Centre and will be hosted by popular Irish known TV personalities Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea.

The eircom Spiders are hosted in conjunction with Business & Finance Magazine. is once again the media partner for the awards.

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Prepare for the 2020 Workforce

Preparing for the 2020 workforce is critical to business strategy, growth, and performance.   

A recent SAP and Oxford Economics workforce report found that only 7% of Millennial workers received professional development through networking, as they rely more on formal training and mentoring for skill development. Also, 29% of Millennial workers globally expect more feedback than they get and 39% would consider leaving their jobs due to a lack of training and development.

The Looming Talent Crisis;

Preparing for the 2020 workforce is critical to business strategy, growth, and performance. To understand the challenges and opportunities, Oxford Economics and SAP surveyed over 2,700 executives and more than 2,700 employees in 27 countries during the second quarter of 2014.

We found that many companies lack the structure, strategy, culture, solutions and resources to manage employees effectively. To succeed, they must address the role and relevance of people strategy; changing demographics and evolving definitions of work; leadership ability and cultivation; employee wants and needs; and talent development..

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Gartner: Jump in on "shadow IT projects" to extend IT budgets

Gartner: Take back dwindling IT budget by working with other departments

Jump in on "shadow IT projects" outside of your department to gain control and boost budget

CIOs who are worried about a dwindling IT budget should work on technology projects in different departments to access more funds, Gartner analysts suggested at the annual symposium in Barcelona this week.Take back dwindling IT budget by working with other departments

Gartner predicts that technology budgets will increase considerably while traditional IT will not see the benefit, with only a one percent boost to their annual funds in the future.

To counteract this changing landscape within IT and shadow IT in the business, analyst Tina Ninno said that CIOs must recognise “the beauty of working as a team, as you are actually getting to spend other’s money”.

But the opportunity to work on projects outside the traditional remit of IT will become available if the department works in a  “bi-modal” way, Ninno added.

Bi-modal comprises of “mode one” which Gartner describes as the everyday business processes that have a steady budget and are key to standing up everyday business processes. Mode two is the “innovative layer”. Mode two projects could include internal and customer-facing applications, which are increasingly being developed outside the IT department and in marketing.

Moving these processes into mode one, where they become a key part of the business and secured by the  IT team, will reaffirm IT’s significance within the business and share increasing technology budgets across departments.

“You have to be a little bit smart,” Frank Buytendijk, research vice president at Gartner, added during the conference. “If you have an efficient environment in mode one; mode one subsidises mode two. 

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