Being a chief information officer or IT manager can be difficult, but it’s rarely boring. Given the accelerating pace of technological change, as soon as these professionals become comfortable with some cutting-edge technology, another compelling advance demands their attention.For many IT leaders, containers have become one of the top items on their “to-do” lists. These standards-based code wrappers emerged from the open source community a few years ago, and have experienced rapid maturation and increasing adoption ever since.Containers promise a range of benefits, including many related to public cloud deployments. But the technology is new enough that it can still be quite challenging for many companies to fully exploit its potential.Unlike virtual machines, which run on top of a hypervisor layer and contain their own operating system instances, applications, and support libraries, containers can be much more compact and faster executing. In part, that’s … [Read more...] about Using Containers to Reduce Public Cloud Costs
In a recent post, we noted that many companies are struggling to control their public cloud costs, even though a key driver for moving to the public cloud in the first place was often to cut infrastructure expenses. There is a proven way to slash public cloud costs by as much as 20-40%, however: by right-sizing cloud instances.If that’s the case, why isn’t everyone already doing it? There are a number of reasons – ranging from the psychological to the technical – why right-sizing cloud instances can be challenging. Most fundamentally, application owners are prone to over-provision IT resources in a bid to avoid resource shortages that can cause app performance issues and unhappy customers. For example, in the public cloud, if you’ve purchased a cloud instance with four CPUs and you really only need two CPUs to run your application, you’re just wasting money. This kind of over-provisioning is probably the most common cause of waste in public … [Read more...] about Right-sizing Public Cloud Instances Can Cut Costs 20%-40%
My article “Don’t waste your time with a hybrid cloud” has gotten many people seeing red, and I can understand why. Many enterprise IT shops, and most enterprise technology companies, have pledged allegiance to the hybrid cloud model. The intellectual dishonesty of cloud-architecture puristsTheir reasons are self-serving: Large enterprise software and hardware vendors have to believe in hybrid cloud computing, because they have the datacenter side of things to think about, and that where they make money. Thus, it’s bad for them to admit that public clouds will have a role, even if most existing workloads will reside in private clouds or remain on traditional datacenter platforms. [ Learn all about the cloud at InfoWorld. Start with the basics: What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Then learn what is IaaS (infrastructure as a service), what is PaaS (platform as a service), and what is SaaS (software as a service). | Get ready for the … [Read more...] about Hybrid cloud, private cloud, public cloud, multicloud? How to choose
By Gary Thome, VP and Chief Engineer, HPE Software-Defined and Cloud GroupPeople who bet on horse races know that the most reliable information about a horse will come from those who are closest to that horse -- a trainer or someone working in the stable. The idiom, straight from the horse’s mouth, implies that someone has gotten even better information – a tip from the horse itself!Over the past two months, I’ve been writing articles about common public cloud concerns and why hybrid IT gives you the right mix of public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises solutions. Of course, I don’t expect you to take my word for it. But maybe you will take advice from those who tried public cloud and have since moved to hybrid IT.In this article, I’ve complied a few quotes from a variety of organizations of all sizes and industries. Each has experienced public cloud and now has moved to hybrid IT. So here you go – advice that is straight from the horse’s … [Read more...] about From Public Cloud to Hybrid IT – Straight From the Horse’s Mouth
By Paul Miller, Vice President of Marketing, HPE Software-defined and Cloud Group“Oh baby, baby, it’s a cloud world...it’s hard to get by just upon a public cloud…”OK, so I’ve mangled Cat Stevens’ 1971 classic song, Wild World, but you get the point. It’s a cloud world out there today — with enterprise IT departments moving to the cloud in record numbers. But is it just public cloud? No, not by a long shot.To address the needs of various workloads, enterprises are turning to hybrid IT solutions. A 2017 cloud computing trends survey found that 85% of enterprises are pursuing a multi-cloud strategy with each running workloads in an average of 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds.Another report by 451 Research revealed that Microsoft® Azure® was the fastest growing cloud platform in 2016 with 116% growth in revenues — compared to just 55% for Amazon Web Services (AWS). So why is Azure so popular? Because it … [Read more...] about Oh Baby, Baby, It’s a Cloud World … It’s Hard To Get By Just Upon a Public Cloud
By Gary Thome, VP and Chief Engineer, HPE Software-Defined and Cloud GroupTechnology continues to move forward at a rapid pace. What seems innovative and exciting today can quickly become obsolete tomorrow. For CIOs and those who select and implement IT infrastructure, these technologic advances create a myriad of opportunities.One innovation area that is receiving lots of attention is public cloud—with many believing that it is the best thing since sliced bread. Yet, as I’ve discussed in previous articles, it has its limitations such as high profile cloud outages, latency issues, high costs, financial risks, and questions regarding control, security, and compliance. So is public cloud still delivering all the IT advantages it had promised?Many businesses have already started to move beyond the public cloud into a new era of hybrid IT that combines public cloud, private cloud, and traditional IT. Is it possible that innovations such as … [Read more...] about Is Hybrid IT Replacing Public Cloud as the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?
By Gary Thome, VP and Chief Engineer, HPE Software-Defined and Cloud GroupWe make thousands of decisions every day – 35,000+, if you believe internet sources. Some are small and insignificant; others make a big impact. If you are a corporate executive or an IT manager, one of the bigger decisions you may be struggling with is whether public cloud is right for your business. And if it is, which applications should you deploy in the public cloud? Which ones should stay on-premises?And what about private cloud and newer technologies you’ve been hearing so much about -- hyperconverged and composable infrastructure?Considerations when choosing a cloud-based solutionDetermining a cloud strategy is a complex decision, one that takes a great deal of research and planning. Public cloud is extremely popular right now due to low upfront costs and the increased speed and flexibility it provides. Yet, as I’ve mentioned in previous articles, public cloud isn’t perfect … [Read more...] about How to Make Hybrid IT Simple: The Best of Both Worlds With On-Premises IT and Public Cloud
By Gary Thome, VP and Chief Engineer, HPE Software-Defined and Cloud Group"Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight."First used to encourage people to leave Elvis Presley concerts after all encores concluded, this popular idiom is often used when something has come to an end — often in a dramatic way. When I first started hearing about companies that were born in the public cloud and were now leaving, this phrase came to mind. I wondered how prevalent this migration was becoming.According to an article in Forbes published last year, a study conducted by 451 Research found that 20% of cloud users had moved at least one or more of their workloads from the public cloud to a private cloud. They even have a name for this migration – cloud repatriation.The study also found that an additional 10% of public cloud users were planning to do the same thing in the future—move some workloads from public to private cloud. In total, those who were … [Read more...] about Elvis Has Left the Building. Why Some Are Exiting the Public Cloud
By Gary Thome, VP and Chief Engineer, HPE Software-Defined and Cloud GroupInvestors, shareholders, and creditors are all familiar with financial risk – the potential for uncontrolled financial loss and the uncertainty it brings. When it comes to public cloud computing, financial risk also needs to be considered. Because cloudcomputing shifts IT spending to a pay-as-you-go model (OpEx) instead of paying up front (CapEx), the OpEx models sounds perfect. You get to use what you need when you need it. What could possibly go wrong?When does it make sense to spend OpEx versus CapEx?Below I’ve described four business models for deploying different workloads. I’ve also analyzed the financial risk of each, describing deploying with a pay-per-use OpEx model, as is used in the public cloud, and compared it to paying with CapEx, as is commonly used in traditional on-premises or private cloud.1. Revenue generating app in the public cloud Your developers have written a new app for … [Read more...] about Turn the Tables on Your Financial Risk by Moving Out of the Public Cloud
By Gary Thome, VP and chief engineering at HPE, Software-defined and Cloud Group In today's digital world, data is the new oil. And like oil, data must be gathered and refined in order to extract value from it. Your business is probably doing just that -- gaining a treasure trove of information that helps you become more competitive. If data is indeed that valuable, it makes sense to be vigilant in protecting it. Yet, when you put your data in the public cloud, have you considered that you may be giving up a fair amount of control? To investigate this claim, consider three key concerns in the public cloud: protection, compliance/data sovereignty, and legal issues. Protecting your data - Implicitly trusting your cloud provider Because data is critical to running a businesses, it is logical to be actively involved in protecting it. Yet, according to a recent press release by CTERA, two out of three companies using the public cloud are not focused on backing up their applications at all. … [Read more...] about Are You Burying Your Head in the Sand? Its Your Data in that Public Cloud!
By Jack M. Germain Aug 12, 2013 5:00 AM PT Cloud storage technology options, along with developing trends such as Big Data, are driving rapid industry growth. Cloud storage developed around three model options: Infrastructure as a Service; Platform as a Service; and Software as a Service. Merging with these cloud service models are technologies providing cloud computing space and cloud backup services. Don't forget to factor in options such as public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. Coraid Senior Director of Product Marketing Suda Srinivasan One of the biggest tripping points in managing cloud computing is selecting a solution that avoids vendor lock-in. That is where open source technologies have pushed the envelope as an alternative to proprietary, or closed source, solutions. "Most if not all of the really big public clouds, as well as some of the more successful private clouds, are based on Linux or some flavor of an open source operating system," Suda Srinivasan, senior … [Read more...] about Coraid’s Suda Srinivasan: Public Cloud vs. Private vs. Having It All
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act directs the DoD (Department of Defense) to transition from private clouds controlled by the DoD to public, commercial clouds. The idea is that commercial clouds can provide better service at a lower cost to the taxpayers. But critics say that through this law "Congress has now increased costs, delays, and security risks for the DoD." Having watched this work progress over the last several years, I believe Congress is right on this decision. [ InfoWorld's Paul Venezia argues why politicans shouldn't do tech policy. | Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] [ Download InfoWorld's quick guide and get started with Azure Mobile Services for building apps today. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ]The act's … [Read more...] about The Defense Department’s forced march to the public cloud
Casa and Video is a Brazilian ecommerce site that sells a variety of household goods from air-conditioners to cameras, from bed and bath products to outdoor furniture. The company runs its entire operations on the Amazon Web Services public cloud, computing to storage and running multiple instances with load balancing. Meanwhile, Netflix streams movies and TV programs to members across the Americas, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company uses Amazon cloud services from many of its data centers and regions. [ Stay on top of the current state of the cloud with InfoWorld's special report, "Cloud computing in 2012." Download it today! | Also check out our "Private Cloud Deep Dive," our "Cloud Security Deep Dive," our "Cloud Storage Deep Dive," and our "Cloud Services Deep Dive." ] [ Get the most out of Google with InfoWorld's quick guide "25 tips and tricks for Google Drive power users." Download the PDF today! | Also check out our Cloud Security Digital Spotlight PDF special report. … [Read more...] about Top 10 enterprise applications for public clouds
Private clouds were the right solution for many enterprises that wanted to realize the value of cloud services without actually moving to a public cloud. However, from what I can see, the trend now appears to moving to deployments on public or hybrid cloud models. Gartner seems to agree. Michael Warrilow, a research director at Gartner, says more enterprises will look to use public and hybrid cloud models in 2014 as they realize "it's impossible to private-cloud everything." [ From Amazon Web Services to Windows Azure, see how the elite 8 public clouds compare in the InfoWorld Test Center's review. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]Although a private cloud is indeed a solid and viable architectural option, it's typically overused. Enterprises that … [Read more...] about The private cloud is giving way to the public cloud
Big data analytics are driving rapid growth of public cloud computing. Why? It solves real problems, delivers real value, and is pretty easy to implement on public clouds. Don't take my word for it. Revenues for the top 50 public cloud providers shot up 47 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, to $6.2 billion, according to Technology Business Research. [ Download InfoWorld's "Big Data Analytics Deep Dive" PDF special report. | From Amazon Web Services to Windows Azure, see how the elite 8 public clouds compare in the InfoWorld Test Center's review. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] [ Download InfoWorld's quick guide and get started with Azure Mobile Services for building apps today. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ]TBR's latest figures reveal the extent to which public cloud providers are using big data to drive their own operations, get new customers, and expand features and functions. Although public … [Read more...] about Big data is the killer app for the public cloud
Almost every big company has at least a toe in the cloud -- a little Amazon here, a little NetSuite there, maybe a VMware private cloud in development. But few companies declare they plan to go all-in with the public cloud, let alone a Goliath the size of GE. That's precisely where GE is headed, says Chris Drumgoole, COO of IT for GE. In terms of the actual usage today, GE’s public cloud footprint may or may not be much bigger than that of other big corporations. Drumgoole won’t talk specific numbers, but he claims that “north of 90 percent” of the apps deployed by GE this year have been in a public cloud environment. [ From Amazon to Windows Azure, InfoWorld puts IaaS clouds to the test to find out which is best for you. | Stay up on cloud discussions and developments with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ] Before arriving at GE in April 2014, Drumgoole was senior vice president of global operations for Terremark, Verizon’s public cloud … [Read more...] about GE: We’re going all-in with the public cloud
It's not a question of if, but of when: Most of enterprise computing will eventually be sucked up into the public cloud, kind of like the rapture in slow motion. This is not exactly a radical notion, but signs of a great skyward event keep multiplying. Last week, Salesforce sent up a flare with the announcement of Wave, its new cloud analytics platform. Although it's far from the first public cloud analytics play -- Birst along with such startups as Adatao, Platfora, Tidemark, and many others rolled out first -- the announcement of Wave is a seminal event. [ Salesforce's Wave pounds the analytics competition | Get the scoop on the Internet of things at its most fundamental level and find out where it's headed, in InfoWorld's downloadable PDF and ePub. | Pick up the latest insight on the tech news that matters from InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. ]Wave's introduction is important because it sets up shop atop repositories of existing customer data already stored in the public cloud by … [Read more...] about Why your future is in the public cloud
Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about so-called repatriation. That is, a company launches an application in the public cloud, and it takes off -- so much so that the cost of public cloud services become painful, and the company reels the application back to its own, private cloud to save money. This sounds a little suspect to me. For one thing, moving an application is never as easy as it seems. For another, what sort of private cloud are we talking about and how easily can it scale if you need it to? [ From Amazon to Azure, InfoWorld puts IaaS clouds to the test to find out which is best for you. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ]Private clouds are not easy to set up. In fact, very few companies have done it at scale, if you define a private cloud as local infrastructure that behaves more or less like a public cloud. True, it’s getting easier. Microsoft, for example, has its Azure Pack, and Windows Server 2016 promises a big leap toward a … [Read more...] about Public cloud pullback: Real or imagined?
Earlier this year HP let slip that the public cloud may not be a place it wants to compete, and on Wednesday it followed through on that suggestion with an announcement that it will shutter its Helion Public Cloud for good. "We have made the decision to double down on our private and managed cloud capabilities," wrote Bill Hilf, senior vice president and general manager for HP Cloud, in a blog post announcing the news. [ Learn all about the private cloud — a key trend in IT -- with InfoWorld's Private Cloud Digital Spotlight. Download it today! | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing blog. ] Hybrid infrastructures are "the future of enterprise IT," Hilf wrote, and HP will continue to invest in its Helion OpenStack platform, which powers its Helion CloudSystem private cloud offering. Its Helion Public Cloud, however, will close its doors on Jan. 31, 2016. It's a significant retreat for HP and comes just two weeks before the company will split itself in two … [Read more...] about HP’s Helion Public Cloud will soon ride into the sunset
With little fanfare and a few months' warning, HP is pulling the plug on its Helion Public Cloud platform. HP says it'll "double-down on our private and managed cloud capabilities" by way of Helion CloudSystem and Helion OpenStack. For a company that was vocal about making a public cloud with enterprise appeal, the move is a major concession of the public-cloud field to its established players. But it's also a sign HP has wised up about the real opportunities in building clouds for enterprises. [ From Amazon to Azure, InfoWorld puts IaaS clouds to the test to find out which is best for you. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ]Here are the five most significant insights we've gleaned from HP canning Helion Public Cloud and turning to a hybrid-cloud product instead. 1. HP's public cloud never had a chance In truth, it would have been brutally hard for HP to make a public cloud that competed in a meaningful way. By the time HP got into the game, the public … [Read more...] about Bye-bye, HP public cloud: 5 no-bull takeaways