Video: Cloud storage - your best optionsWhat is cloud computing, in simple terms?Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services -- from applications to storage and processing power -- typically over the internet and on a pay-as-you-go basis. How does cloud computing work?Rather than owning their own computing infrastructure or data centers, companies can rent access to anything from applications to storage from a cloud service provider. One benefit of using cloud computing services is that firms can avoid the upfront cost and complexity of owning and maintaining their own IT infrastructure, and instead simply pay for what they use, when they use it.In turn, providers of cloud computing services can benefit from significant economies of scale by delivering the same services to a wide range of customers. What cloud computing services are available?Cloud computing services cover a vast range of options now, from the basics of storage, networking, and processing power … [Read more...] about What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know about the cloud, explained
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How to get started with AWS, install Apache, create an EFS volume and much more. The cloud is here to stay, regardless of how you access data day to day. Whether you are uploading and sharing new photos with friends in your social-media account or updating documents and spreadsheets alongside your peers in your office or school, chances are you're connecting to the cloud in some form or another. In the first part of this series, I explored what makes up the cloud and how it functions when all of its separate moving pieces come together. In this article, building from Part I's foundations, I cover using the cloud through some actual examples. Getting Started with AWS For the purposes of this article, I'm focusing on a few of the top offerings provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Please know that I hold no affiliation to or with Amazon, nor am I stating that Amazon offerings exceed those of its competitors. If you haven't already, be sure to register an account. But before you … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know about the Cloud and Cloud Computing, Part II: Using the Cloud
An in-depth breakdown of the technologies involved in making up the cloud and a survey of cloud-service providers. The cloud has become synonymous with all things data storage. It additionally equates to the many web-centric services accessing that same back-end data storage. But the term also has evolved to mean so much more. Cloud computing provides more simplified access to server, storage, database and application resources, with users provisioning and using the minimum set of requirements they see fit to host their application needs. In the past decade alone, the paradigm shift toward a wider and more accessible network has forced both hardware vendors and service providers to rethink their strategies and cater to a new model of storing information and serving application resources. As time continues to pass, more individuals and businesses are connecting themselves to this greater world of computing. What Is the Cloud? Far too often, the idea of the "cloud" is confused with … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know about the Cloud and Cloud Computing, Part I
Video: Portrait of a modern multi-cloud datacentre Dell's public cloud company Virtustream has 1,500 employees and more than 20 datacentres and operations across 10 countries, helping enterprise customers migrate and run their applications in the cloud. ZDNet spoke to its EMEA CTO Roberto Mircoli to find out more. ZDNet: Tell me about the company. Mircoli: Virtustream is the public cloud company of Dell Technologies. It was founded in 2009 and then was acquired by EMC in 2015. When the Dell/EMC merger happened in 2017, Virtustream became part of the Dell Technologies family. Going back to 2009 when Virtustream was founded, it was initiated by five founders. It was nothing like a sexy Silicon Valley startup because the five people who started Virtustream were really senior industry veterans. Two of them are still with the company -- Rodney Rogers, now CEO, and Kevin Reid, CTO -- and came with significant experience deploying large ERP systems in the US. The core … [Read more...] about Are mission critical systems the second cloud computing wave?
VMware has expanded its portfolio of cloud tools to help enterprises improve the manageability of their public cloud and on-premises environments. At the same time, VMware announced the first global expansion of VMware Cloud on AWS, its joint hybrid cloud service with Amazon Web Services.Complexity is on the rise for enterprises as they expand their use of cloud computing – which often is not limited to a single cloud provider. VMware estimates that nearly two-thirds of companies will use two or more cloud service providers in addition to their on-premises data centers.VMware Cloud Services are designed to provide a consistent set of tools – for visibility, operations, automation, security and governance – across multiple public cloud and on-premises environments. The goal is to enable consistent operations from the data center to the cloud, providing greater visibility into cloud usage, infrastructure costs, network performance and application monitoring, for … [Read more...] about VMware tackles complexity of multi-cloud environments