Over the past decade or so, cloud computing has evolved significantly. Ten years ago the landscape was far different as the cloud was mainly a platform limited to preserving technology-based sectors and allowing computer enthusiasts to develop and experiment with new ideas. Now however, it is a far different prospect. No longer kept behind closed doors and reserved for the few, the cloud is absolutely open for business. The platform has risen in popularity amongst more businesses for multiple reasons and to serve a huge range of sectors. So much so that Forrester research estimates that the global market for cloud computing will exceed $241 billion in 2020. Businesses embarking on a journey into the cloud however can feel overwhelmed by the vast array of options at their disposal, and it can be challenging to establish which options work best. In light of this, almost all these businesses would have asked themselves the same question: which is really better, and where does … [Read more...] about What’s next for the private cloud?
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The press is still having a field day with this relatively new tech term edge computing, and how it will soon displace cloud computing. I’ve seen more a half dozen articles in just the last two months that advancing the perception that edge computing will displace, not complement, cloud computing.It’s sad to see such naive discussions continue around edge computing, which I’ve previously tried to debunk in my posts “Make sense of edge computing vs. cloud computing” and “Edge computing: What you need to know before you deploy.” But let me try again!Any extreme positions on technology never come true. Even the predictions that cloud computing would replace all on-premises computing was far-fetched. Although a good deal of on-premises systems can be moved to the public cloud, a good portion of those systems cannot due to the fact that they have no platform analogs on the public cloud or, more likely, are just too expensive to relocate to the … [Read more...] about No, edge computing will not replace cloud computing
One of the most common use cases for public IaaS cloud computing is storage and that's for good reason: Instead of buying hardware and managing it, users upload data to the cloud and pay for how much they put there.+MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: Battle of the clouds: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform | Interactive map of public cloud regions around the world +It sounds simple. But in reality, the world of cloud storage has many facets to consider. Each of the three major public IaaS cloud vendors -- Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform -- have a variety of storage options and in some cases complicated schemes for how much it costs.According to Brian Adler, director of enterprise architecture at cloud management provider RightScale, who recently ran a webinar comparing cloud storage options, there is no one vendor that is clearly better than the others. "Is anyone in the lead? It really depends on what you're using (the cloud) for," he says. Each provider has … [Read more...] about AWS vs. Azure vs. Google: Cloud storage compared
The amount of new technologies in 2017 has been overwhelming: The cloud was adopted faster than analysts projected and brought several new tools with it; AI was introduced into just about all areas of our lives; IoT and edge computing emerged; and a slew of cloud-native technologies came into fruition, such as Kubernetes, serverless, and cloud databases, to name a few. I covered some of these a year ago in my 2017 predictions and it’s now time to analyze the trends and anticipate what will likely happen in the tech arena next year.While we love new tech, the average business owner, IT buyer, and software developer glaze over this massive innovation and don’t know how to start turning it into business value. We will see several trends emerge in 2018, and their key focus will be on making new technology easy and consumable.Integrated platforms and everything becomes serverlessAmazon and the other cloud providers are in a race to gain and maintain market share, so they keep on … [Read more...] about In 2018, can cloud, big data, and AI stand more turmoil?
Rackspace has partnered with HP Enterprise to offer pay-as-you-go private cloud services based on OpenStack.The new service will be available on 28 November.“We believe very much in a multi-cloud future where particularly medium and large companies are going to be using some public cloud, some private cloud, some on-premises, some off-premises,” Rackspace ANZ senior director and general manager Angus Dorney told Computerworld.“What we’re announcing today with HPE is a new model in the private cloud space in terms of adopting a very much public-cloud-like pricing model that we think gives customers more choice and removes some potential barriers to customers choosing that private cloud pathway.”The service will be available in customers’ data centres, within colocation facilities and within Rackspace’s data centres.The pricing model for the service will be “much more simplified” compared to public cloud services … [Read more...] about Rackspace and HPE offer public cloud-style pricing for private cloud