Organizations everywhere are moving forward with digital transformation plans and projects. Consequently, almost all of them (94 percent) are now “cloudified” – in other words, they all use the cloud in one way or another, a phenomenon described in RightScale’s 2019 State of the Cloud Report (now part of Flexera).As organizations become more familiar with a more digital way of doing business, many of them choose to work in a broader-based, more diverse IT landscape founded on a multi-cloud environment. In fact, multi-cloud is becoming the de facto standard. A solid 84 percent of the respondents in the RightScale report use more than four cloud providers, including both the public and private clouds. However, the public cloud is the top priority, cited by 31 percent of the respondents. Organizations say they plan to spend 24 percent more on the public cloud in 2019 than they did last year. It’s another sign that public cloud adoption keeps soaring … [Read more...] about CIO trends 2019: Multi-cloud is becoming the norm
Examples of private cloud
The public cloud has had a major impact on how organisations of all sizes receive IT services. Some organisations use private clouds, either on-premises or outsourced to a service provider. But with public clouds enjoying widespread adoption, when would you use a private cloud, and are there any advantages in doing so? Can the private cloud keep up with the public cloud providers to offer the kinds of services, security and scale you need? Let’s take a look at cloud evolution and considerations for the future.The first generation of public cloudElasticity and self-service were huge benefits of the first-generation public clouds, which emerged in 2006. Developers could spin up a new application by themselves, quickly and with very little expense on the public cloud. If the application drew more demand, they could scale up the service automatically. The first set of workloads developed for the public cloud were consumer applications such as Netflix and Dropbox.It’s difficult … [Read more...] about Private v. public cloud: Can the private cloud keep up?
What's the best approach to moving to the cloud? According to Rob Howe, IT director at Guinness World Records (GWR), it's to tread very carefully. Rather than rushing into cloud-led digital transformation, he believes CIOs should evaluate workloads, find partners and -- only then -- think about how on-demand IT can help deliver innovative services to customers. "Cherry pick the key elements -- understand the changes you need to make to the infrastructure, and the behaviour of software, when you're moving over," says Howe. "Be aware of the differences and account for them. Not all systems will move easily. The cloud should not be viewed as a one-size-fits-all solution to your business challenges."Howe joined GWR in May 2012, but he didn't alter anything in terms of IT during his first six months at the firm. "In fact, I didn't even plan anything," he says. "I just sat with the teams across the business and understood how they were working. You can't implement changes without … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to make the most of the cloud?
The cloud is mainstream but that’s old news. Cloud technology has been evolving and introducing better innovative solutions to enterprise requirements. Initially, with Amazon leading the pack, it was just AWS (Amazon Web Services) and S3 (Simple Storage Service). The cloud market has come a long way from there and it didn’t take much time either. I’d say innovation is a lot faster now than it used to be. Before long, cloud storage wasn’t the only solution available. Backup and disaster recovery industries soon followed and now we have a ton of available cloud technologies in the market. The two computing models that I want to explore in this article are: Hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud. Coming out of 2017, these two computing models were the talk of the entire industry. Neither of them is new but the implementation of both of them is now more favorable for the enterprise than ever before. Before discussing the two, I’d like to clarify both of them. … [Read more...] about The integral role of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud computing models for enterprises
Designing and running your own website, whether for business or pleasure, is now easier than ever thanks to myriad tools and services available. From WordPress to Squarespace and Wix, there are plenty of free or affordable services around for you to setup your own site.There are limitations to the free elements of these services, for example with Wordpress you have to have a WordPress domain. But if that site grows, for example, you set up a small business or have compelling content that has more people than you expected directing their browsers at it, you might want to consider having your own dedicated site and domain.In that case, unless you have a web server lying around, you’ll need to find a way to host your website and its content. This is where web hosting services come in to play.Best web hosting servicesThere are a lot of options here, from having a server in a co-located data centre to using cloud resources with other sites to dynamically scale up your website’s … [Read more...] about Best Web Hosting Services 2018: 10 of the best cloud, VPS and web hosting providers