Public cloud services are a strategic weapon for CIOs. More than a way to cease operating data centers, the public cloud offers CIOs the ability to focus on strategic projects aimed at boosting the bottom line.“As organizations pursue new IT architectures and operating philosophies, they put in place a foundation for new opportunities in digital business,” said Gartner analyst Ed Anderson in a blog post in January.Whether that means building a mobile app or analyzing data to strengthen customer engagement, these shifts signal how strategic the public cloud has become. But CIOs also view cloud as a platform for building software faster by embracing agile and DevOps.Thanks to enterprises’ emerging “cloud-first” strategies, spending on IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) will grow from $39.5 billion in 2019 to $63 billion through 2021, Gartner says. … [Read more...] about Public cloud: Real-world examples of strategic success
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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?
Sophos has announced the acquisition of Avid Secure, a small startup dedicated to cloud security.On Tuesday, the British cybersecurity firm said the buyout was made due to the enterprise's increasing need for cloud security solutions, especially within public cloud environments which may hold confidential and sensitive business information."The accelerated adoption of public cloud environments is presenting new data security challenges to organizations," said Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of Products at Sophos. "With the cloud workload protection and the cloud security posture management software from Avid Secure, Sophos will expand its current capabilities in cloud security and drive leadership in this growing space."Financial details were not disclosed.CNET: There are five ways to unlock the Lockly Secure Pro smart lock Founded in 2017, Avid Secure develops cloud infrastructure solutions for the purposes of analytics and compliance, alongside a … [Read more...] about Sophos snaps up cloud infrastructure specialist Avid Secure
The new report found enterprises plan to increase hybrid cloud usage, with 91% stating hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, but only 19% stating they have that model today, Nutanix said in a press statement. The findings also revealed that application mobility across any cloud is a top priority for 97% of respondents – with 88% of respondents saying it would "solve a lot of my problems." Additionally, the report found public cloud is not a panacea; IT decision makers ranked matching applications to the right cloud environment as a critical capability, and 35% of organizations using public clouds overspent their annual budget. When asked to rank the primary benefits of hybrid cloud, interoperability between cloud types (23%) and the ability to move applications back and forth between clouds (16%) outranked cost (6%) and security (5%) as the primary benefits. Nutanix commissioned Vanson Bourne to survey IT decision makers about where they are running their business applications … [Read more...] about New global IT research report shows public cloud only not panacea
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?