Organizations everywhere are moving forward with digital transformation plans and projects. Consequently, almost all of them (94 percent) are now “cloudified” – in other words, they all use the cloud in one way or another, a phenomenon described in RightScale’s 2019 State of the Cloud Report (now part of Flexera).As organizations become more familiar with a more digital way of doing business, many of them choose to work in a broader-based, more diverse IT landscape founded on a multi-cloud environment. In fact, multi-cloud is becoming the de facto standard. A solid 84 percent of the respondents in the RightScale report use more than four cloud providers, including both the public and private clouds. However, the public cloud is the top priority, cited by 31 percent of the respondents. Organizations say they plan to spend 24 percent more on the public cloud in 2019 than they did last year. It’s another sign that public cloud adoption keeps soaring … [Read more...] about CIO trends 2019: Multi-cloud is becoming the norm
Public vs private cloud
While leveraging the cloud for real time communications – voice, messaging, video, collaboration and other human interactive modalities – may not be the last bastion of cloud computing, it is certainly positioned to be the next big breakthrough for enterprises and the service providers providing connectivity and related applications. Adoption of Cloud Communications as a Service, better known to some as Cloud Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS), is still very early in the adoption curve. While microbusinesses, start-ups and some medium-sized businesses jumped on subscription based RTC years ago, leveraging free or very inexpensive services like FreeConference, UberConference, Google Hangouts, and too many others to list here, large enterprises have been more conservative. In part, this is likely due to what we refer to as “technical debt” – meaning phone systems including handsets, PBX (News - Alert) and hosted PBX, video conferencing rooms, … [Read more...] about Cloud Communications Many Benefits: Less Cost, More Security, Long-Term Advantages
As companies look ahead to 2019 and where they should be investing in IT, cloud is bound to be on the agenda. But what do the latest cloud cost comparisons look like and who should be investing in cloud? How does cloud stack up against on-premise?Ultima has recently researched the cost of cloud vs on-premise computing and found some interesting comparisons. Importantly, because of advancements in software that can be deployed, the functionality of on-premise platforms has increased drastically allowing organisations to consume on-premise IT in a similar manner to public cloud.To allow us to compare the two offerings we looked at a similar sizing for the infrastructure (for both on-premise and cloud) as follows:600 virtual machines4 vCPUs (virtual central processing units) per virtual machine16GB RAM per virtual machine256GB storage per virtual machineThere are five different platforms that have been considered for this, each with their own benefits and pitfalls:Public cloud platform … [Read more...] about Cost comparison – cloud vs on-premise 2018/19
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?
One of the most widely discussed topics in IT today is making the move to the Cloud. Most organizations that consider the journey into cloud computing seek gaining quick access to new services, platforms and toolsets – while stabilizing sprawling IT costs. Cloud may solve many objectives for the right workloads, but I’m hard pressed even as a cloud service provider - and most analysts would agree - to say that every single workload type should move to the cloud. So, what’s the CIO-level roadmap to determine which workloads move when?Executing a migration to the Cloud requires meticulous upfront planning and a thorough understanding of which workloads make sense to move (why), which cloud(s), how and when? Enterprises must determine when and how they will migrate, and strike a balance between what will be managed internally and what will be managed externally through a trusted managed services partner. Each company’s ability to … [Read more...] about CIO’s roadmap to a successful cloud migration