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?
Examples of private 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
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
Every week it seems we hear about another large enterprise moving a major chunk of workloads to AWS or some other public cloud. Meanwhile, the private cloud—once considered a vital part of the enterprise’s future—gets no respect. “The enterprises that banked on private clouds a few years ago are now having second thoughts,” says InfoWorld’s David Linthicum in a recent post.I can assure you that Yahoo isn’t one of those enterprises. InfoWorld recently interviewed Yahoo’s VP of Cloud Services, Preeti Somal, who gave us an in-depth virtual tour of the company’s enormous private cloud, which runs hundreds of thousands of servers worldwide, averages one terabit per second of traffic to over a billion monthly users, and accommodates roughly 50,000 build jobs per day.At that scale, a private cloud makes perfect sense, particularly if you’ve built out the sophisticated IaaS platform, PaaS offering, and developer services that Yahoo … [Read more...] about How Yahoo wrangles its giant private cloud
Hybrid cloud usage is growing faster than either the private or public cloud. In a large study conducted this year by Insight Avenue on behalf of vendor Suse, 66 percent of respondents expected hybrid cloud growth to continue, compared to 55 percent for private cloud and 36 percent for public cloud. And the hybrid cloud market is expected to grow from $33.3 billion in 2016 to $91.7 billion by 2021, at an annual rate of more than 22 percent, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets.Part and parcel of a hybrid cloud strategy is hybrid storage. Hybrid storage can be defined as a homogenous data store, which uses a policy engine to decide whether data should be stored on-premises or in the cloud. There are various mechanisms for moving the data into and out of the cloud, including iSCSI, the S3 API, NAS, and proprietary data transfer protocols.Hybrid storage can be the Achille’s heel of a hybrid cloud implementation, because while spinning up machine instances locally or on the … [Read more...] about Hybrid storage in 2018: still the Achilles heel of hybrid cloud strategies?