Being a chief information officer or IT manager can be difficult, but it’s rarely boring. Given the accelerating pace of technological change, as soon as these professionals become comfortable with some cutting-edge technology, another compelling advance demands their attention.For many IT leaders, containers have become one of the top items on their “to-do” lists. These standards-based code wrappers emerged from the open source community a few years ago, and have experienced rapid maturation and increasing adoption ever since.Containers promise a range of benefits, including many related to public cloud deployments. But the technology is new enough that it can still be quite challenging for many companies to fully exploit its potential.Unlike virtual machines, which run on top of a hypervisor layer and contain their own operating system instances, applications, and support libraries, containers can be much more compact and faster executing. In part, that’s … [Read more...] about Using Containers to Reduce Public Cloud Costs
Moving some or all of your computing operations to the cloud is seen by many as a good way to reduce many of the management and resource demands associated with IT operations. Still, while public cloud may remove the burden of hosting the infrastructure, the resulting changes required to operations, governance, and management structures can be as significant and far reaching as the move to virtualization itself was. To tackle these changes, organizations are turning to a new role – the cloud architect – to lead the move to public cloud. There’s no doubt that cloud architects are in high demand. In its 2016 Cloud Computing Survey of 925 IT and business decision makers, IDG Enterprise found that 35% of the enterprise respondents (those with at least 1,000 employees) had added cloud architects/engineers as part of their cloud investments. Cloud architects are typically responsible for strategy, architecture, and platform selection and are also often times … [Read more...] about What Today’s Overburdened Cloud Architect Needs to Succeed
By almost any measure, cloud computing is on a tear. Most organizations have grown comfortable with this form of computing, and many have grown passionate. Unfortunately, far too many companies are still using a haphazard, piecemeal approach in their adoption of different cloud models and services. The lack of a comprehensive cloud computing strategy today will likely come back to haunt these companies further down the road.Why are so many companies ending up with an inefficient patchwork of cloud platforms and services – and often spending more than necessary to do so? For starters, there are a huge number of cloud options and combinations, beginning with the three core deployment models: private, public, or a hybrid combination of the two.Even more of a problem than the large matrix of cloud options (which also includes dozens of software-, platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings), is the fact that many organizations make cloud decisions without any analytical … [Read more...] about Is Your Cloud Approach the Right Approach?