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

David Linthicum

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.

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

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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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The cloud will soon drive your car

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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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Serverless cloud computing is the next big thing

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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.

How health care should take advantage of the cloud

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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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How to get real ROI from your move to the cloud

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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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3 common machine learning mistakes to avoid

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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. [

How to get the most cloud security

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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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Going multicloud? Avoid these 3 pitfalls

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Going multicloud ? This typically means using a mix of Amazon Web Services (AWS) , Microsoft Azure , and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to create a multicloud cocktail that should provide you with better value and more flexibility. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

How the cloud will kill your business

David Linthicum

One of the benefits of cloud computing is that it lets you punch above your weight. A business can quickly enable computing resources at a fraction of the cost it once paid, so cloud computing helps level the field for smaller businesses. This is good news for the smaller businesses. But it’s not such great news for larger companies that now face a smaller business that’s disrupting their market.

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

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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.

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. ].

How to get real value from big data in the cloud

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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.

Why high-performance computing has moved to the cloud

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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

Cloud costs too high? It’s your own fault

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CFOs seem to be fainting at the sight of the cloud bills these days. For many, unpredictable costs are a major issue. Another is the lack of visibility into cloud resource usage. This is so frustrating to me. I’ve been preaching the value of cloud cost monitoring and governance for years. However, it’s really fallen off the radar screen for a lot of enterprises in their rush to move to the cloud.

It’s not easy to move from a private cloud to a hybrid cloud

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A hybrid cloud provides you with the largest number of options, according to those that sell them. You get a private cloud coupled with one or more public clouds, with workloads distributed across them. IT is often told that starting with a private cloud and then going hybrid is a straightforward, sensible strategy. But it’s not as easy as you’ve likely been told. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now.

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3 major cloud migration mistakes to avoid

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Migrating workloads to the public cloud is taking most enterprise IT organization’s time these days. Although analyst predictions vary, I would say we’re at about 20 percent migrated in the Global 2000, including PaaS , IaaS , and SaaS. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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

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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.

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

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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

What your provider won’t tell you about cloud security

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Everyone loves insider tips. In the case of cloud computing, the tips that matter are mostly about cloud security approaches and technology. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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. ].

Going cloud-native costs more than you think

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There is a bit of sticker shock out there. No, it’s not the big IaaS public cloud bill that will make you gasp, it’s the price of changing applications to take advantage of cloud-native features as they move to the cloud. InfoWorld explains: What is cloud-native? The modern way to develop software. | Get started: Azure cloud migration guide. Tutorial: Get started with Google Cloud. Keep up with the latest developments in cloud computing with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing newsletter. ].

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Google can read your corporate data. Are you OK with that?

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On Halloween, Google told its Google G Suite users that “this morning, we made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their docs.” That misfire reminded everyone that cloud providers have access to all your data. Many people worried that Google was scanning users’ documents in real time to determine if they’re being mean or somehow bad.

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Cloudops: The neglected part of cloud migration

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It’s 2:00 a.m. A pager goes off in a suburban home. A bleary-eyed woman makes her way to a terminal hooked up to a 1200-baud modem. She works until 6:00 a.m. to fix the system problem remotely, this time just having to edit and restart a data load job, then monitoring the log to ensure that things are fixed. If you’re thinking that’s so 1980s, you’re right.

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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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The proof is in: Devops and cloud go great together

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Devops needs cloud, and the cloud needs devops. Having one wthout the other means you don’t get the full potential of either. Well the ability to build applications at the “speed of need” that devops provides, if done properly, won’t have the value unless you have an agile platform like the cloud to deploy the applications on. In the same manner, the cloud needs fast and agile development, which devops provides. Devops best practices: The 5 methods you should adopt. •

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Cloud-based AI: The game-changer not to fret about

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The White House is hosting a conference on the future of artificial intelligence. Executives from 38 companies, including Intel, Oracle, Ford, Boeing, Mastercard, Microsoft, and Accenture, will attend the daylong summit. Why is it happening now? AI is poised to create 2.3 million jobs by 2020, while eliminating another 1.8 million jobs, according to Gartner.

No blank checks: The value of cloud cost governance

David Linthicum

How much does you’re public cloud cost month to month? If you don’t know, you’re hardly alone. Most people in IT don’t have a good understand of what a public cloud service costs per month. Most wait to find out what the bill says rather than proactively monitor cloud consumption, much less have cloud cost governance in place. Even if your financial budgeting model can handle uncertain costs, not knowing what you’re spending has a downside.

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

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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.

Cloud migrations: Don’t settle for just some operational savings

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I’ve stopped thinking of simple migration to the public clouds as “success.” Yes, businesses do benefit. You decrease operational costs by a certain amount, if you plan correctly, and you certainly increase the convenience of not having to deal with hardware and software. But all that gets you to just 10 to 20 percent in savings. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now.

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PaaS platforms are dead, thanks to IaaS providers

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I can see it coming soon in the obituaries: Some time in 2017 or 2018, at a date that is much in dispute, private and public PaaS died of neglect. While once a part of the NIST definition of cloud computing, PaaS lived a wonderful life in the early days of cloud computing as a place to build new cloud-based applications. Standards were formed around PaaS, and even today upon its death, PaaS is surrounded by many friends and family.

The right way to manage devops configurations in the cloud

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A common question from people setting up devops in the cloud is where to track configurations. You certainly have a vast array of technologies to help you track configurations, including configuration management (CM) tools such as Puppet , Chef , Ansible , and Cfengine. However, a more fundamental question is: Where should configurations exist? To read this article in full, please click here

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