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?
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Microsoft’s eponymous Microsoft Connect developer conference kicked off today in style, with a slew of updates to Azure and IoT Edge services; the open-sourcing of Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms, and Windows UI XAML Library and the expansion of its .NET foundation membership model. But those were just the tip of the iceberg. The Seattle company also revealed Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB), an open source, cloud-agnostic specification for packaging and running distributed applications. And it made freely available ONNX Runtime, an inference engine for artificial intelligence (AI) models in the ONNX format, on GitHub. Cloud Native Application Bundle Microsoft is this week releasing the CNAB specification, along with Duffle, an open source reference implementation of a CNAB client that can install, upgrade, uninstall, cryptographically sign, and verify the integrity of CNAB bundles. Additionally, Microsoft’s making available an example … [Read more...] about Microsoft debuts Cloud Native Application Bundles and open-sources ONNX Runtime
Public cloud providers are everywhere, literally. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the big three cloud providers - Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud (GCP) are in a great race for cloud dominance.Analyst research firms predict that the global public cloud market will continue to rise briskly at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 per cent and will be predominantly influenced by the top three players. So much so that at the beginning of 2018, Forrester predicted the Big 3 would capture at least 76 per cent of the cloud platform revenue in 2018 and rise to 80 per cent by 2020. That’s big.Yet what do enterprises really know about overall cloud performance?Unfortunately, there’s not much metric performance data that IT architects and leaders have had at their disposal, with which to make decisions. To be clear, there is a lot of data out there comparing public cloud providers. In fact, you if you conduct a search for “AWS … [Read more...] about Public cloud performance: Who comes out on top?
In January 2017, the UK Government’s Cabinet Office issued guidelines outlining what department heads needed to consider when putting services or data into the public cloud.Along with its 14 Security Cloud Principles, the guidance confirmed that “it’s possible for public sector organisations to safely put highly personal and sensitive data into the public cloud. Many UK departments have made this decision based on risk management assessments once they have put appropriate safeguards in place”.Following on from the introduction of the Government’s 2013 Cloud First policy, the issue of these guidelines showed that the movement of UK public data to the cloud is now ‘the new norm’. Although Departments remain free to choose an alternative to the cloud if they wish, they now need to demonstrate that it offers better value for money before they do so.The end result is that highly sensitive information about all of us (including names, … [Read more...] about Public cloud API security: How safe is our data?
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2018--Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) and Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today expanded their alliance to empower enterprise developers to run container-based applications across Microsoft Azure and on-premises. With this collaboration, the companies will introduce the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud, combining the power of Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, and Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud."Gartner predicts that, by 2020, more than 50% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, up from less than 20% today." 1With organizations turning to containerized applications and Kubernetes to drive digital transformation and help address customer, competitive, and market demands, they need solutions to easily orchestrate and manage these applications, across the public cloud and on-premises. Red Hat OpenShift on Azure … [Read more...] about Red Hat and Microsoft Co-Develop the First Red Hat OpenShift Jointly Managed Service on a Public Cloud