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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.

Cloud backup is not the same as standard datacenter backup

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Backup is just good policy. You need the ability to back up data and applications someplace, so they can be restored somehow, to keep the business running in case of some natural or manmade disaster that takes the primary business-critical systems down. We have whole industries that provide backup sites and backup technology. They can be passive, meaning that you can restore the site in a short period of time and get back to operations.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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. ].

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.

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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Beware these 2 barriers to successful cloud migration

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Cloud migration is hard. Can it be easy? Yes, when all the applications are well-designed, the databases have consistent and nonredundant structures, and security requirements are straightforward and well understood. But that’s never the case. [ 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. ].

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No, edge computing will not replace cloud computing

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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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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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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.

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

Devops is essential to the cloud, and to its payoff

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The notion of devops means that you’re streamlining the movement of applications from the point of need to production. It matters not if you’re changing or improving applications or building new ones. Of course, devops arose around the rise of cloud computing, and that’s no mystery. Cloud computing provides a point of central deployment using a shared consumption model.

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4 surprise cloud computing trends for 2018

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First of all, I hate doing yearly predictions. Also, this is the time of year that every PR firm in the country asks me to read the cloud computing predictions of their clients, which are all pretty much wrong and self-serving. So, I’ve put together four cloud predictions for 2018 that you won’t see coming but that should help shape your cloud strategy for the new year. Learn all about the cloud at InfoWorld. Start with the basics: What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now.

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Why IoT security should keep you up at night

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Internet of things (IoT)-based attacks are now a part of corporate life. A recent Gartner survey found that nearly 20 percent of organizations observed at least one IoT-based attack in the past three years. But wait,” you might say, “we’ll just do better at locking things up, right?” Wrong. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains what exactly is edge computing. ].

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Rethinking cloud ROI: Come for cost savings but stay for agility

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Companies are moving away from the traditional operations-oriented ROI model, and now look toward agility as the core metric to determine value. That’s clear in a new report called “ How Enterprises Are Calculating Cloud ROI—And Why Some Enterprises Are Moving Ahead Without It ,” from ISACA. Although this is new to many enterprises and analysis firms, it’s not new to me.

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The key question for your cloud computing strategy

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The paths to cloud computing are not all the same. Although many enterprises aggressively use cloud computing to change how they do business, others are just trying to save 20 or 30 percent in ops costs. When it coes to how you’ll use the cloud, ask what your cloud spirit animal is. Are you a lion that is aggressively working to increase your share of the market? Are you a zebra hoping that a lion won’t take you out?

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.

How the end of net neutrality will affect enterprise cloud computing

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I hate writing about politics because the topic is so polarizing. However, I’ve had enough questions about the net neutrality issue that I felt InfoWorld readers needed some preliminary guidance about its effect on enterprise-grade cloud computing. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has repealed the net neutrality rules it passed just two and a half years ago.

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How to get women into cloud computing

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The push to get more women in computing is decades old. I remember back in my college professor days they did studies on why there are fewer woman in computer science and information systems studies. We have made little progress since. With the inflection point of new compute trends, such as cloud computing, the need for entry-level talent has also inflected. Everyone is hiring. There’s a shortage.

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SaaS-ifying your enterprise application? A quick-and-dirty guide

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Lots of people called it SaaS-enablement, some call it SaaS-ification of software. Whatever you call it, more and more enterprises are looking to turn some enterprise application into a SaaS cloud application. There are several reasons to SaaS-enable an internal application. Enterprises need to expose a software system to their partners and/or customers to better automate the business. Or, they are looking to monetize applications they view as having value to other companies.

GDPR and the cloud: What you need to know

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , aka EU Regulation 2016/679, unifies data protection for all residents of the European Union (EU) as of May 25, 2018. Additionally, GDPR also addresses the export and processing of personal data outside the EU, which is where cloud users are getting concerned around compliance. So, what do you do to comply? The spirit of regulation is to protect the privacy of EU residents.

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Moving your data analytics to the cloud isn’t so easy

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It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the data warehouses and data marts of the past were of little use. Their data was typically too old, the processing too cumbersome, and the costs too high. Today’s cloud-based data analytics have the ability to do things in real time, databases can operate at the “speed of need,” and even small enterprises can bind data analytics processing with the latest “cool kids” technology such as machine learning and predictive algorithms. [

Moving to the cloud? Don’t make these 3 big mistakes

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Most of the success with your cloud deployments comes from avoiding the errors that have cratered several cloud projects. I don’t want those of you reading this blog to repeat the same mistakes. Here are three common mistakes in cloud deployments that you can, and should, avoid making. 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. ]. Cloud mistake No. 1: Chasing the new shiny objects.

Don’t fall for the ‘pluggable cloud’ siren call

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People once made requests for hybrid cloud because of the perception of flexibility. Now they make multicloud requests, for the same reasons. Multicloud is just part of a cloud architecture that uses more than two clouds, private and/or public. However, most multicloud deployments involve more than two public clouds, typically AWS, Microsoft, and sometimes one other, such as Google.

When it comes to the cloud, don’t start with technology

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It’s easy to get caught up in the technology of cloud computing. We’ll certainly see that occur at the annual AWS Re:Invent show this week, where hundreds of providers will show off new and shiny technology. But don’t get stuck in the weeds. 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. ].