Driving MSP Cloud Cost Alignment — Rackspace

Forrester IT

In today’s world, where the standard cost model for public cloud platform services is per-use, it seems very misaligned that most cloud managed service providers (MSPs) continue to require traditional 12-month-plus contracts.

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Cloud Shift Impacts All IT Markets

CEB IT

Through 2022, growth in enterprise IT spending for cloud-based offerings will be faster than growth in traditional (non-cloud) IT offerings , making cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces in IT markets since the early days of the digital age. When organizations are faced with IT spending decisions, the consideration of using cloud services for new initiatives or replacing existing systems causes a shift in spending from traditional IT solutions to cloud.

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Cloud Empowers Innovations

Forrester IT

Several enterprises talked through how cloud services like Google Cloud Platform are not just sources of application agility and on-demand infrastructure, but are platforms providing high value access to technology chains they can leverage confidently for innovation efforts.

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5 ways cloud computing will change in the next year

CTOvision

No longer a brand new technology, cloud computing is entering its “young adult years,” according to a Forrester report. The cloud does not function simply as a temporary server anymore, with innovative analytics, machine learning, messaging, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and database services all integrated today, said the report. As the cloud comes of age, […]. Cloud Computing CTO News

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Hybrid cloud? Private cloud? Public cloud? Multicloud? How to choose

David Linthicum

My article “ Don’t waste your time with a hybrid cloud ” has gotten many people seeing red, and I can understand why. Many enterprise IT shops, and most enterprise technology companies, have pledged allegiance to the hybrid cloud model. The intellectual dishonesty of cloud-architecture purists. Thus, it’s bad for them to admit that public clouds will have a role, even if most existing workloads will reside in private clouds or remain on traditional datacenter platforms.

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CIOs Are Asking: Why The Cloud and Why Now?

The Accidental Successful CIO

How should CIOs be thinking about cloud computing? It goes without saying that every CIO is thinking about cloud computing. However, moving your company’s IT infrastructure into the cloud is a big deal. Just exactly how should a CIO be thinking about the cloud these days?

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Docker could threaten cloud providers' portability plans

David Linthicum

Applications Cloud Computing Virtualization Docker Application Virtualization PaaS Cloud Computing Credit: iStockphoto read more.

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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. The next step in cloud computing. |

Does Africa Present An Opportunity For The Chinese Clouds?

Forrester IT

Africa is home to 20% of our planet’s land and 16% of its people, but none of the hyperscale public clouds run from data centers there — yet. Africa cloud computing public cloud africa alibaba aliyun amazon AWS azure google Huawei microsoft

Don't be scared; it's just the cloud

David Linthicum

There is no question that the use of cloud-based resources affects IT organizations. But how much should your IT organization change to best leverage cloud computing? Cloud Computing IT Jobs IT Management Cloud Computing

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How your workout fuels the cloud

David Linthicum

Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Consumer Electronics Mobile Apps Cloud Computing Credit: TommL read more.

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IEEE Cloud Computing: Legal Clouds

Cloud Musings

The new issue of IEEE Cloud Computing is now available! This issue also features articles on cloud forensics and the strategic value of cloud. Cloud computing has the potential to play a major part in addressing these inefficiencies and improving government service delivery.

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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. The next step in cloud computing. | Keep up with the latest developments in cloud computing with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing newsletter. ]. These IAM tools are either native to the public cloud platform or come from a third party. I The good news is that it’s actually pretty simple, and somewhat similar to security for your enterprise systems.

2 security tricks your cloud provider won’t tell you

David Linthicum

Cloudops (cloud operations) and secops (security operations) are quickly evolving practices. Here are two secops omissions that you can deal with today, even though your public cloud provider won’t tell you about, won’t be on any certification, and is typically widely misunderstood. [ IDG Research: The state of the cloud: How enterprise adoption is taking shape. Keep up with the latest developments in cloud computing with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing newsletter. ].

What are the two types of hybrid cloud infrastructure?

CTOvision

Read David Linthicum explain the difference between heterogeneous and homogeneous hybrid cloud structures on Tech Target : Traditionally, enterprises built a hybrid cloud through a software stack they have on premises and integrate it with a public cloud. However, the emergence of physical appliances from public cloud providers reverses that approach and enables enterprises to […].

2 reasons to avoid industry-specific cloud technology

David Linthicum

In my years as a cloud computing consultant, I am always taken back by my client’s request to have techs with vertical-specific knowledge help with their cloud projects. Moreover, they seek vertical-specific clouds and cloud services, or clouds that are known to do well in a particular industry or sector and have services aligned with those industries. What is cloud computing? Google Cloud Platform services guide. • IBM Cloud services guide. ].

The danger of having a cloud-native IT policy

David Linthicum

First, it was “cloud-preferred” policies, then “cloud-first” policies, now it’s “cloud-native” policies. They all mean pretty much the same things, just at different degrees of mandatory public cloud usage. What cloud-native means is that you’re all in with a particular public cloud provider, the single provider of those cloud-native services, with the goal of making the most from your cloud computing investment.

Cloud Security Spending Will Grow To $3.5 Billion By 2021

Forrester IT

Cloud is big business today. Forrester estimates that global cloud services revenues totaled $114 billion in 2016, up from $68 billion just two years ago -- that's annual growth of 30%. And we see the public cloud services market reaching $236 billion by 2020. What does this mean for cloud security? · This rapid shift to the cloud raises new issues and challenges for security and risk professionals. Cloud Security. cloud.

How Microsoft's cloud push will affect your job

David Linthicum

Microsoft is going cloud -- or already has gone cloud , depending on whom you talk to. Cloud Computing Microsoft Azure IT Jobs Cloud Computing read more.

Why cloud computing suddenly seems so hard and expensive

David Linthicum

A survey of 100 IT decision-makers in companies with 500 or more employees conducted by NetEnrich found that 85 percent claimed either moderate or extensive production use of cloud infrastructure. What’s not surprising, and what I’ve been saying here, 80 percent stated that they have moved at least a quarter of all workloads to the public cloud.

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The Mission Critical Cloud: Designing an Enterprise Cloud

Data Center Knowledge

As more organizations adopt enterprise cloud, it's become even more important to support the critical apps sitting on top. Now, find out the key considerations when designing your mission-critical enterprise cloud. Cloud Computing Featured cloud enterprise cloudRead More.

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 private cloud is giving way to the public cloud

David Linthicum

Private clouds were the right solution for many enterprises that wanted to realize the value of cloud services without actually moving to a public cloud. However, from what I can see, the trend now appears to moving to deployments on public or hybrid cloud models. Michael Warrilow, a research director at Gartner, says more enterprises will look to use public and hybrid cloud models in 2014 as they realize "it''s impossible to private-cloud everything."

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New tools help you pick the right cloud configuration

David Linthicum

I’m always concerned about how enterprises pick their cloud technology configuration. Enter the new cloud-selection systems. A few new entries to the market promise to remove the guesswork when it’s time to pick a cloud configuration that’s right for specific use cases, industries, and application types. They also tout the ability to analyze existing on-premises systems and determine the proper equivalents in the cloud. What is cloud computing?

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3 ways the cloud and data centers work well together

David Linthicum

Will data centers will go away as the public cloud grows like crazy? You may also recall the hybrid cloud , which was a paired private cloud and public cloud. Most in the tech field now consider hybrid cloud out of date, and instead push the concept of “hybrid IT.” You can think of that as a private cloud (really, data center) connected with anything that’s in the public cloud. The next step in cloud computing. |

Oracle keeps missing the point of cloud computing

David Linthicum

I can''t make this stuff up: Oracle is going to provide you some cloud options. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Oracle Cloud Computing read more.

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What To Expect At RSA Conference 2019: Cloud As Security Improvement And The Possible End Of The Infosec Gilded Age

Forrester IT

cloud security cybersecurity data security promotedI recently did a webinar with a few of my colleagues from the RSA Conference Advisory Board on precisely this topic, which you can find here.

5 Priorities When Buying and Deploying Cloud Offerings

CEB IT

Selecting a suitable cloud provider to trust with your infrastructure, applications and data can be a complicated process. No two cloud providers are the same, and the lack of a framework for assessment makes selecting the right cloud provider a real challenge for any infrastructure and operations (I&O) leader. Gartner has identified five priorities to help when selecting, buying and deploying cloud offerings. Infrastructure & Operations IT Cloud i&O

Cloud-to-cloud backup: What it is and why you need it

Computer Weekly

Applications that run in the cloud are protected, but only so much. For full protection of data generated by cloud-based apps you need cloud-to-cloud backup

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How much cloud is too much cloud?

David Linthicum

I'm often asked: Should all application workloads exist in the public cloud? Some enterprises will reach the point where 80 to 90 percent of their workloads exist in the cloud: some will only get to 50 percent. There is a point at which it does not make sense to migrate any more applications to the cloud. The right answer is one that most people don't want to hear: It depends. It depends on what industry you're in. It depends on performance expectations.

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MWC19: Where Telecommunications and Cloud Meet

Cloud Musings

As a cloud solution architect, my passion is learning the details about how cloud computing uniquely supports specific business cases. Cloud computing and digital transformation have rapidly redefined telecommunications.

Predictions 2019: Cloud Computing Comes Of Age As The Foundation For Enterprise Digital Transformation

Forrester IT

Last year, Forrester predicted that cloud computing would radically accelerate enterprise transformation everywhere. After a decade of powering small and medium business success — and giving disruptive companies the tools and technologies they needed to compete head on with the world’s largest firms — cloud was poised to drive significant enterprise change in the very firms being […]. cloud computing cloud storage predictions 2019 workload management promoted

The Cloud Is Disrupting Hadoop

Forrester IT

And the major force exerting pressure on Hadoop is the cloud. In a recent report, The Cloudy Future Of Hadoop , Mike Gualtieri and I examine the impact the cloud is having on Hadoop. Hadoop wasn't designed for the cloud, so vendors are scurrying to make it relevant. cloud.

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The danger of having a cloud-native IT policy

David Linthicum

First, it was “cloud-preferred” policies, then “cloud-first” policies, now it’s “cloud-native” policies. They all mean pretty much the same things, just at different degrees of mandatory public cloud usage. What cloud-native means is that you’re all in with a particular public cloud provider, the single provider of those cloud-native services, with the goal of making the most from your cloud computing investment.

Fix your data before you move it to the cloud

David Linthicum

In cloud migrations, I’m often taken back how the data that was bad on-premises is worse in the cloud. Indeed, too many enterprises have just kicked the data can down the road using cloud computing camouflage. InfoWorld explains: What is cloud-native? 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. ].