David Linthicum

Now is the time to get serious about your cloud strategy

David Linthicum

IT loves its enterprise data centers. Who can blame IT? Data centers are LED light works of modern art these days. Indeed, I like visiting data centers just to enjoy how they are designed and watch the lights blink. The move away from enterprise data centers has been less aggressive than predicted. It seems that many applications and data sets can’t live anywhere else according to enterprise IT, and while cloud computing is an option, IT views it as a tactical solution. [

Moving to the cloud? 3 critical data efforts you must make

David Linthicum

I’m often taken back by the number of enterprises moving the cloud that have not considered data modernization as part of their cloud migration strategy. I know why: the money. However, not doing data modernization as part of moving to the cloud will cost you much more than you think you are saving. Data should be a first-class citizen when it comes to your cloud effort. While the number of things to think for cloud migration about gets longer, don’t let data fall of your radar.

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Thinking about blockchain? Do it in the cloud

David Linthicum

According to figures provided to CoinDesk from jobs site Indeed.com, searches for roles involving bitcoin, blockchain , and cryptocurrency dropped by 3.06 percent from October 2017 to October 2018. My experience is that enterprises are dealing something that turned out to be much more complex than the hype led them to believe. So, many enterprises have shelved blockchain efforts, opting instead to spend the money on cloud migration. InfoWorld explains: What is multicloud?

Cloud migration checklist: The 3 key areas to focus on

David Linthicum

2019 is the year that enterprises are hitting the accelerator on their cloud migrations. Last year, the typical company wanted 100 or so workloads in the cloud at the end of 2018. This year, the goal is to move well over a 1,000 by the end of 2019. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

How IT can regain ownership of cloud computing

David Linthicum

At the board of directors’ meeting, the CEO is presenting the forecast for the next year. This time, he or she is discussing the use of cloud-based technology to launch a new product, including the ability to use this technology as a “force multiplier” and a platform to launch new products and/or services that will change the industry, increase shareholder value, and just make the company current. The CIO is just sitting there, looking sad.

The private cloud is now a peripheral to the public cloud

David Linthicum

No matter if you’re looking at Microsoft’s Azure Stack, Amazon Web Services’s Outpost, or Google's Kubernetes Engine (GKE) on premises, that emerging pattern is the same: placing an on-premises version of a pubic cloud’s cloud services that runs on hardware in the data center that you can see and touch. In other words, the private cloud is becoming a public-cloud peripheral more than a traditional decoupled private cloud. InfoWorld explains: What is multicloud?

2019 will be the year of the cloud system maker

David Linthicum

There’s a culture in the US called the maker culture, a hipster phenomenon. Related to the hacker culture, it represents a technology-based extension of the DIY culture that revels in the creation of new devices or systems. I’ve been a maker for years. For me to feel like I’m accomplishing anything, I need to build physical things such as racing drones, motorcycles, books, on-demand video courses, and, yes, cloud-based software systems. If I don’t make things, I feel a bit empty and unfulfilled.

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Fix your data before you move it to the cloud

David Linthicum

Data seems to be a forgotten component of a good system architecture. In cloud migrations, I’m often taken back how the data that was bad on-premises is worse in the cloud. What does bad data look like? Poor data structures, redundant data, no single source of truth, and security and compliance issues all top the list. Indeed, too many enterprises have just kicked the data can down the road using cloud computing camouflage. InfoWorld explains: What is cloud-native?

How to find that scarce cloud talent

David Linthicum

You’re walking to your car from a major public cloud provider’s building that houses about 1,000 employees. You have an envelope on your windshield that looks like an invitation to a fancy wedding. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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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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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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The 2 most important cloud resolutions you should make

David Linthicum

Remember your 2018 New Year’s resolutions? Some happened but most did not. Still, the advent of the new year is useful for taking inventory and figuring out new ways forward and changing for the good. So, what about your cloud computing strategy and technology roadmap for the new year? Chances are those need more work. So, do some advanced planning and make your cloud resolutions now before the new year begins. Here are the Top 2 cloud resolutions I believe should be on your list.

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Don’t make your cloud migration a house of cards

David Linthicum

I’m often taken aback by the number of mistakes IT made with on-premises traditional systems that it’s now replicating in the cloud. If you have a cruddy applications design or overall architecture and relocate it the cloud, you end up with cruddy IT assets that are now in the cloud. Fact: The cloud is not an automated change agent for bad IT decisions.

The forced march to cloud computing

David Linthicum

Four of the Top 5 spenders on R&D are also public cloud providers (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple), according to Bloomberg. The focus of most enterprises these days—cloud, cloud, and more cloud—is why current innovation focuses on the cloud, especially the public cloud platforms. Of course, Bloomberg’s data doesn’t dinstiguish between cloud-specific R&D and other R&D.

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Cloud security: The essential checklist

David Linthicum

Cloud security is one of those things that everyone knows they need, but few people understand how to deal with. I The good news is that it’s actually pretty simple, and somewhat similar to security for your enterprise systems. Here’s a checklist of what you may need and how to make these features work. InfoWorld explains: What is multicloud? The next step in cloud computing. | Get started: Going multicloud? Avoid these 3 pitfalls. Understand the multicloud management trade-off.

How the cloud has made you more secure

David Linthicum

Wow, we are near to having 20 percent of our enterprise workloads in the cloud and the world has not collapsed around us—despite such predictions even just three years ago. One of the big fears was over security. But your information is actually safer in the cloud than it is in your own data center. At work are three factors. [ IDG Research: The state of the cloud: How enterprise adoption is taking shape.

Don’t go overboard at the edge in edge computing

David Linthicum

The whole idea of edge computing is to push some processing and data retention out to the edge of the network. As we move to internet of things (IoT) devices that are gathering gobs of data, it makes sense to process that data close to where it’s gathered. In some cases—like managing a jet engine—you want to return results directly from the edge device, reducing the need for bandwidth and decreasing response latency.

The path to cloud security goes through integration

David Linthicum

The cloud security problem is not really a problem any more. Indeed, we have the best security technology in the public clouds these days, and in some cases it’s better than what’s in the on-premises systems that are no longer receiving the R&D spending love. So, if security is so good in the cloud, why do so many in IT believe there an issue? The fact is that public cloud never works alone (although it seems that way if you listen to the public cloud providers).

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

David Linthicum

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 let AWS Re:Invent blind you to your real cloud needs

David Linthicum

I went to Amazon’s AWS Re:Invent trade show this week for the first time ever. It’s more of a place to meet people than to learn about what’s latest with Amazon Web Services these days, but AWS does a great job in updating the faithful on what’s new, what’s relevant, and what tech IT will be using in the next year. But you need to be careful about what you take back from these trade shows. They’re full of information and advice in service of the vendor’s agenda. Not yours.

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

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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3 tips for negotiating with your public cloud providers

David Linthicum

The last time you renewed or got a new contract in place with a big pubic cloud provider, how did your negotiations go? For most enterprises this past year, such negotiations did not go very far. These days, the amount of money on the table is much larger, and the public cloud providers are starting to negotiate more like enterprise software providers—like IBM, Oracle, Adobe, and SAP—than like public cloud utilities. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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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 deal with data in a multicloud environment

David Linthicum

You are setting up a quick report around sales for the year, and it needs to use three separate databases. One is an object database running on Amazon Web Services. The second and third are relational databases running on Microsoft Azure. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

How to avoid the coming cloud integration panic

David Linthicum

You are trying to get an end-of-quarter report out and you’re having some trouble. It seems that while sales are recorded on a public cloud system, inventory is recorded on an on-premises system. You need to combine both data stores for the report, and you have no way of doing so. How was this allowed to happen?

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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.

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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How to get your company to handle the cloud truth

David Linthicum

As a technologist, I can get the cloud technology to work. Always. But the ability to change the culture to adapt to cloud technology is what’s hard, and, in some cases, impossible. It’s important to understand your own culture and what changes need to be made around the adoption of cloud computing. A team of authors from IBM agree with me on this point.

Steel yourself for the cloud hangover

David Linthicum

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. [

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.

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 ‘born in the cloud’ advantage is real, but not absolute

David Linthicum

You often see companies, especially new ones, state that they are “born in the cloud.” But what does that mean? It means that the company was founded at a time where all of its IT assets have always been and are currently in the cloud. It has never owned physical servers or understands what a data center is. Such “born in the cloud” companies were very rare when the cloud was new; it seemed that cloud computing’s real purpose was for startups.

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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.

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?