Cloud Management is a key aspect organisations are looking at on their journey to becoming a software-driven enterprise – in order to simplify operations, increase IT efficiency and reduce datacentre costs.Enterprise IT has to juggle supporting many different types of applications (legacy, mainframe, monolithic, cloud-native apps, microservices, serverless, and more) – each requiring their own stack and type of infrastructure, that is operated and maintained in a fundamentally different way. In addition, enterprise infrastructure is commonly comprised of both on-premises data centres and public cloud workloads. Thus, a key challenge for enterprise IT is around managing hybrid/multi clouds – encompassing both private/public clouds – across VMs, containers, serverless applications, and more.Hybrid clouds and Cloud Management Platforms (CPMs) have gotten a bad rep in recent years, and with good reason. We now have the knowledge, the technology, and the … [Read more...] about Who’s afraid of the big, bad hybrid cloud?
Cloud computing has become the de facto platform for fueling digital transformations and modernizing IT portfolios. Companies are increasingly finding business agility or cost savings by renting software through vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google. In fact, most enterprises procure cloud services from two or more vendors, a trend that will gain traction in 2019. This will boost the coffers of AWS, Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, IBM and Oracle, which will enjoy the lion’s share of the $200 billion in global public cloud spending for 2019, according to Forrester Research.Despite the strict demands of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the cloud’s geographic expansion won’t be slowing down, as vendors will expand their service portfolios and regional footprints worldwide.But another shift is under way as the cloud progresses into its teenage years: Rather than just serving up cheaper temporary servers and … [Read more...] about 5 enterprise cloud strategy trends for 2019
As the cloud matures, many businesses are finding that not every application belongs in public clouds. Due to regulatory issues, security risks, data ownership concerns, and fears of cloud lock-in, many applications are stubbornly rooted in on-premises architectures.The startups in this roundup understand that, and rather than trying to sweet talk enterprises into forklift upgrades, these startups are willing to work under hybrid-cloud constraints.The startups below federate data, making it available from any cloud to any application; provide application virtualization software, which enables enterprises to move workloads to and from various clouds at will; provide cloud file systems that optimize and mobilize data, and much more.One thing to note: We did include a few hybrid cloud storage startups, and even a data analytics one, because they all operate at infrastructure levels or they push infrastructure features up to the application layer. They are cloud-enabling tools, in other … [Read more...] about 10 hot hybrid-cloud startups to watch
Moving terabytes or even petabytes of data to the cloud is a daunting task. But it is important to look beyond the number of bytes. You probably know that your applications are going to behave differently when accessed in the cloud, that cost structures will be different (hopefully better), and that it will take time to move all that data.Because my company, Data Expedition, is in the business of high-performance data transfer, customers come to us when they expect network speed to be a problem. But in the process of helping companies overcome that problem, we have seen many other factors that threaten to derail cloud migrations if left overlooked.Collecting, organizing, formatting, and validating your data can present much bigger challenges than moving it. Here are some common factors to consider in the planning stages of a cloud migration, so you can avoid time-consuming and expensive problems later.Cloud migration bottleneck #1: Data storageThe most common mistake we see in cloud … [Read more...] about 6 hidden bottlenecks in cloud data migration