Computing Canada

November 2012 - Free Canadian Digital Magazine

Computing Canada is the crossroads of business and technology. Delivering enterprise technology, networking, telecom, career, managed services, cloud computing, and other technologies and services that enable business.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE Management key to cloud storage Businesses looking to migrate to cloud storage need to ensure that there is the same enterprise-grade manage- ment in placeā€”a degree of visibility and control often overlooked. Often a first dabbling into cloud storage will involve a service like Dropbox which, although technically "cloud", lacks the management capabilities required for business applica- tions, according to Tyson Choptain, executive vice president of Winnipeg-based Broadview Networks. The Microsoft Cloud Partner recently laun- ched the Cloudview Solutions division, dedicated to delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as- a-Service (SaaS) solutions that help its clients improve business agility, reduce management complexity and control costs through cloud com- puting. "One of the challenges a lot of businesses have with initial forays into cloud storage is they cannot manage their data with the rules that they already have in place," Choptain said. "When you get to enterprise-grade solutions like Microsoft Azure, you're able to leverage things like Active Directory authentication. "And if you look at the Microsoft cloud infras- tructure as a whole and System Centre 2012, you can manage your Azure-based storage just the same as you manage your on-premise storage."

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