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Devops is mandatory for multicloud deployments

David Linthicum

A survey of 1,106 business and technology executives published by the IBM Institute for Business Value, finds that 85 percent of companies are already operating in multicloud environments. Moreover, 98 percent are forecasting they will be using multicloud within three years. These findings should surprise nobody who reads this blog. However, the survey finds that only 39 percent of the respondents have implemented devops processes and tool chains.

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Steel yourself for the cloud hangover

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A poll of 250 IT decision makers across North America conducted by managed services provider Softchoice that polled found preparation for cloud initiatives is on track. 83 percent of those polled said they had assessed existing applications to determine if they were ready for the cloud, and 82 percent had modernized their data centers in preparation for cloud. Moreover, 72 percent internally communicated the business impact of a cloud strategy. [

Serverless cloud computing: Don’t go overboard

David Linthicum

There are lots of big cloud shows coming up, and the core themes will be containers, devops integration, and more serverless computing services, such as databases, middleware, and dev tools. Why the focus on serverless computing? It’s a helpful concept, where you don’t have to think about the number of resources you need to attach to a public cloud service, such as storage and compute.

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Cloud misconfiguration: The security threat too often overlooked

David Linthicum

A survey of 300 IT professionals by Fugue, a cloud infrastructure security provider, reveals that most enterprises are vulnerable to security events caused by cloud misconfiguration, including data breaches and system downtime events. From the report: Nine in ten have real concerns about security risks due to misconfiguration, and less than a third continuously monitor for them.

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Multicloud does not eliminate vendor lockin

David Linthicum

Not to name names, but I’ve been reading in several publications that one of the main reasons to go to multicloud is to avoid vendor lockin. While I can see the logic behind this assumption—that having more cloud providers means you can be more independent—the reality is much different.

4 hidden cloud computing costs that will get you fired

David Linthicum

John just finished the first wave on cloud workload migrations for his company. With a solid 500 applications and related data sets migrated to a public cloud, he now has a good understanding of what the costs are after these applications have moved into production. However, where John had budgeted $1 million a month for ops costs, all in, the company is now getting dinged for $1.25 million. Where does that $250,000 go each month?

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Cloud complexity management is the next big thing

David Linthicum

Where have you heard that enterprises using cloud are moving to more complexity as well? That’s right, from this guy. The growing cloud computing complexity was recently documented by the Wall Street Journal that cites a survey of 46 CIOs by KeyBanc Capital Markets. It found that 32 percent said they plan to use multiple vendors to create internal private cloud systems, while 27 percent planned hybrid cloud arrangements. To read this article in full, please click here

5G will bring cloud computing to everyone

David Linthicum

I gave a cloud computing talk in a rural Midwest town a few years ago. I went on and on about the benefits of using the cloud. During my talk, I noticed a lot of folded arms and concerned faces. The reason? They did not have high-speed internet available to their businesses, so using a public cloud was not an option for them. I learned that day that you can’t assume everyone has high-speed internet access. Most rural areas don’t, unless they pay for high-latency and high-cost satellite.

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The evidence is in: The cloud’s advantages are now clear to business

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One of the likely outcomes of moving to the public cloud is altering how products are designed, a recent Harvard Business Review article shows. With cloud, there is closer collaboration between corporate IT departments and business units—sales, finance, forecasting, and even customer interaction. In fact, the HBR article shows that many IT departments have jointly developed products with their customers.

Does the cloud still make sense when the economy is good?

David Linthicum

The economy is doing well. Even the Fed is looking to figure out ways to slow things down, so the economic boom does not become overheated and then collapse. How will the good economy affect the adoption of cloud computing? Most people answer quickly that it’s good for cloud. But that’s not always the case. Some technologies are more valuable the worse the economic climate. InfoWorld explains: What is cloud-native? The modern way to develop software. | Get started: Azure cloud migration guide.

The 3 reasons CIOs have become cloud-first

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CIOs are increasingly assured that a cloud-first strategy is the way to go. Analyst firm Gartner says global spending on public cloud services will grow 21.4 percent through 2018 to total $186.4 billion, up from $153.5 billion in 2017. So, why are CIOs choosing to push as workloads in the cloud? There are three reasons that make the cloud attractive—and not one of them is cost. [ IDG Research: The state of the cloud: How enterprise adoption is taking shape.

The biggest risk in cloud computing is not doing it

David Linthicum

Gartner’s latest quarterly report “Emerging Risks Report” surveyed 110 senior executives about risk, audit, finance, and compliance at large global organizations. Not surprisingly, they identified cloud computing as the top concern for the second consecutive quarter. Moving to the cloud means changing major business processes, which adds risk, and the cost of risk. Risk took in the form of cybersecurity disclosure and legal compliance ranked among the top concerns of the executives surveyed. [

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How to get real value from big data in the cloud

David Linthicum

According to a recent report from IDC, “worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from nearly $122 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in 2019, an increase of more than 50 percent over the five-year forecast period.” Anyone in enterprise IT already knows that big data is a big deal.

You need an ‘I’ve been hacked’ plan for your cloud

David Linthicum

A study that was conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM Resilient and found that 77 percent of respondents admit they do not have a formal cyber security incident response plan. About half of the 2,800 respondents reported that they didn’t even have an informal response plan.

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Lack of cloud skills and training begin to take a toll

David Linthicum

According to a recent report by cloud and datcenter vendor Rackspace, “Nearly three quarters of IT decision-makers (71 percent) believe their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. On average, this accounts for 5 percent of total global revenue, or $258,188,279 per organization.” That’s a pretty good hunk of cheddar! This is a real issue and it’s starting to get noticed by enterprises leadership, and even by the stockholders. What is cloud computing?

If your cloud apps don’t have APIs, you’re doing it wrong

David Linthicum

If you are building new applications on public cloud platforms, you are faced with a choice: Should you build a set of APIs bound to the new cloud application’s application services? Or should you look for another job? I’m seeing many new cloud applications that are built to fail. Not because they are poorly designed, but because they are leaving out the power of using application services with well-defined and designed APIs that let other applications access those services.

The simple fix so your cloud costs don’t spin out of control

David Linthicum

Gartner predicts that by 2020 organizations that lack cloud cost management processes will on average overspend by 40 percent on the public cloud. It’s like letting your home utility costs get way out of control because there is no monitoring of usage nor efforts to conserve: You’ve kept your AC at 65 degrees during the summer and at 75 degrees during the winter. Eventually the bills come due—and they are big ones.

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Multicloud’s hidden trade-off: Greater security risk

David Linthicum

Multicloud deployments are all the rage these days, and for good reason. They provide the ultimate in enterprises flexibility, letting you mix and match cloud services to meet your exact needs. As a result, they increase business agility and operational cost-efficiency. But the trade-offs are clear. Using multicloud means having more complexity. simply because there are more moving cloud parts.

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Serverless cloud computing is the next big thing

David Linthicum

Serverless computing in the cloud is a good idea— serverless computing is not just for the datacenter. Serverless cloud computing means the ability to get out of the business of provisioning cloud-based servers, such as storage and compute, to support your workloads, and instead use autiation at the cloud provider to allocate and deallocate resources automatically. Although there are cost advantages of serverless cloud computing, the real advantage is simplicity.

The cloud will soon drive your car

David Linthicum

I’m a car guy. I’m also a cloud guy. So, it is natural I would want to connect the two. But it’s not just me. In fact, the car-cloud connection is already happening. Cars have been pretty stupid in the past, even with all of the computerization and automation that has come in recent model cars. They still can’t diagnose and fix themselves. Most cannot drive without a person controlling them.

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How to get real ROI from your move to the cloud

David Linthicum

The ROI of cloud computing is confusing. We were talking opex versus capex years ago, and then noticed that there was agility and time-to-market advantages as well. As cloud value metrics evolve, I’ve noted another key value indictor: the commitment to cloud computing. If you’re an enterprise that is going to cloud in fits and starts, you’re not likely to ind the value in cloud computing.

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Using a private cloud? Admit your error and go public instead

David Linthicum

Amazon Web Services has announced that Oath, the former Yahoo, has selected AWS as its preferred public cloud provider. Sounds like another routine “win” announcement from a cloud vendor, doesn’t it? But this one is far from routine. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

3 surprise cloud trends for 2019—you heard them here first

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The predictions about 2019 and 2020 cloud computing are starting to come out, and I don’t see anything that isn’t already obvious. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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Don’t worry about selecting the ‘wrong’ public cloud

David Linthicum

When I speak in public about cloud architecture, I’m often asked a question with no right answer: “Which public cloud should we use?” Not knowing much about what “we” is, there is no right answer. While I can list the top two players, they may be wrong for “we’s” problem domain when taking into account special issues such as performance requirements, security, and compliance.

The best way to adopt the cloud: Short sprints vs. big bang

David Linthicum

When it comes to cloud adoption, large enterprises and government agencies focus on quick wins, using quick sprints, and are typically more successful than those companies that try to drive huge change over a longer period of time, aka the big-bang approach. Consider a telecom company that wants to move all core systems to the cloud in three years.

How health care should take advantage of the cloud

David Linthicum

The cloud has come to the health care sector, and it’s having an impact by saving some money. However, that’s not the real value of cloud computing for this sector, a sector that affects us personally at some point in our lives. Black Book Research found that 93 percent of hospital CIOs are actively acquiring the staff to configure, manage, and support a HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure.

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Smart cities need the cloud—and vice versa

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“Smart city” priorities and use cases are all over the place. Nonethless, IDC expects spending to accelerate over the 2016-2021 forecast period, reaching $45.3 billion in 2021. So, what is a smart city and what does it have to do with cloud computing? Everything. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Also: InfoWorld helps you identify the right tools for the job: AWS cloud services guide • Google Cloud Platform services guide. ].

Be smart about edge computing and cloud computing

David Linthicum

I hear it every day now: “We’re moving beyond cloud computing to edge computing.” Pretty hypey, and not at all logical. Edge computing is a handy trick. It’s the ability to place processing and data retention at a system that’s closer to the target system it’s collecting data for as well as to provide autonomous processing. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains what exactly is edge computing. ].

For cloud deployments, ‘it works’ is not good enough

David Linthicum

“It works.” That’s a term used to go right along with “success,” but these days it means that you’ve gotten an instance of a cloud solution up and running. But it’s typically falling short in some way that those that use the term “it works” don’t yet understand. If you have an IT problem to solve using cloud computing technology, there are about 5! five factorial) solutions, and they all “work.” However, only one solution pattern and corresponding technology solution are the most optimal.

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No, edge computing will not replace cloud computing

David Linthicum

The press is still having a field day with this relatively new tech term edge computing , and how it will soon displace cloud computing. I’ve seen more a half dozen articles in just the last two months that advancing the perception that edge computing will displace, not complement, cloud computing.

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Why high-performance computing has moved to the cloud

David Linthicum

Two leading analysts’ reports , from Intersect360 Research and Hyperion Research, show the high-performance computing market has reached an inflection point. The cloud segment includes Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and Google. Intersect360 says high-performance cloud spending by high-performance computing customers grew by 44 percent from 2016 to 2017, to about $1.1

3 common machine learning mistakes to avoid

David Linthicum

I’m a big fan of cloud-based machine learning and deep learning, and AI in general. After all, you can’t be a geek without imagining having a conversation with an artificially intelligent being that can answer questions and carry out your bidding! That’s said, I’m also seeing cloud-based machine learning and deep learning misapplied over and over again. All have easy fixes for the most part, and certainly cloud-based machine learning is here to stay. But use it wisely and appropriately. [

What to do if your public cloud is hacked

David Linthicum

It’s never good news when your workloads, data, or both get hacked in a public cloud. Fortunately, it’s something that rarely occurs. But as workloads and data sets on the public clouds become more numerous, such a hack could occur. The best way to recover from an attack, aka a hack, is to remain calm and follow these simple rules. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how to move into a cloud career from traditional IT. ].

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How to get the most cloud security

David Linthicum

One of the leading causes of data breaches is internal negligence due to poor training, according to the Ponemon Institute. But when the staff is educated and instructed on the proper practices, the risk of cyberattacks or data leaks can be reduced. Infact, you can reduce your risk more this way than with just the use of modern cloud security software and best security practices. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now.

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How to retrofit the cloud for security: 2 essential steps

David Linthicum

At the majority of enterprises that migrate applications to the cloud, security is an afterthought. This doesn’t mean it’s not important, but that they looking to address security requirements after the workloads and data have already settled in the cloud. I do not recommend this approach. But the reality is that some enterprises take this approach by default and don’t realize their miscalculation until after the fact.

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