Agility, flexibility and scalability. Many businesses have already begun to enjoy these promised benefits of the cloud. They resonate with any company wanting to successfully navigate digital transformation (DX). Almost two thirds of enterprise workloads now run in the cloud, and this is expected to reach more than four in five over the next two years. Of these, around a quarter will adopt a multi-cloud approach, utilising a mixture of services from different providers for greater efficiencies as well as to avoid vendor lock-in. But with the cloud now underpinning so many critical business functions, assuring services both throughout the migration journey and beyond, has never been more important.Cloud over everythingThe cloud means resources can be quickly and easily added or reduced, without the need for trial-and-error investments in hardware and software; traditional IT resources are no longer needed, helping businesses to be more efficient; and pay-as-you-go models for … [Read more...] about Why visibility is key to reap the benefits of the cloud
Uses of the cloud
What's the best approach to moving to the cloud? According to Rob Howe, IT director at Guinness World Records (GWR), it's to tread very carefully. Rather than rushing into cloud-led digital transformation, he believes CIOs should evaluate workloads, find partners and -- only then -- think about how on-demand IT can help deliver innovative services to customers. "Cherry pick the key elements -- understand the changes you need to make to the infrastructure, and the behaviour of software, when you're moving over," says Howe. "Be aware of the differences and account for them. Not all systems will move easily. The cloud should not be viewed as a one-size-fits-all solution to your business challenges."Howe joined GWR in May 2012, but he didn't alter anything in terms of IT during his first six months at the firm. "In fact, I didn't even plan anything," he says. "I just sat with the teams across the business and understood how they were working. You can't implement changes without … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to make the most of the cloud?
caption Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella source Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Microsoft announced Wednesday it would acquire an Austin-based software product design and development studio called XOXCO. XOXCO is known for Howdy, a bot for the popular Slack work chat app that helps schedule meetings, as well as Botkit, which provides development tools for the GitHub code-sharing service. Microsoft has acquired several other AI startups this year, including Semantic Machines, Bonsai, and Lobe. Microsoft also announced updates to its AI platform, including a new technology called Cognitive Services Containers. Microsoft announced Wednesday that it would acquire XOXCO, the software company behind a friendly chatbot called Howdy, that helps users of the popular Slack work chat app schedule meetings. XOXCO, a nine-year-old Austin based company, also created Botkit, which provides development tools for the software development platform … [Read more...] about Microsoft is acquiring a Texas-based AI startup as it prepares for the next wave of the cloud wars
Beam is based on Nutanix's recently-acquired Minjar Botmetric service, which is already used to manage more than $1B of cloud spend across Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, Nutanix said in a press statement. According to Gartner, "Governance becomes incrementally more challenging as organizations deploy multicloud strategies, because they must govern not only the consumption of cloud by provider, but also consumption across cloud providers. The cloud providers offer on-demand, self-service resources with endless capacity, making it difficult for organizations to gain visibility into what is being consumed. Without visibility into consumption, it is impossible to govern and manage your environment." For businesses adopting hybrid cloud architectures, this creates an unenviable scenario, managing IT costs and security across third-party cloud deployments. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software helps companies reduce complexity of their … [Read more...] about Nutanix Beam gives enterprises control of the cloud
Enterprises and large organisations in particular need the scale and flexibility that cloud provides if they are to grow their businesses and remain competitive. With the cloud becoming such a significant part of business today, it is little wonder that 85 percent of IT and business decision makers believe the technology will be an essential part of their digital transformation (DX) strategy in the coming years. Such momentum has caused the cloud computing market to soar, and it is now expected to grow to $162 billion by 2020. However, the myriad of technologies and solutions available for the hybrid cloud environments has led to service delivery infrastructure becoming increasingly complex, giving rise to new challenges alongside the opportunities. While implementing a cloud migration strategy is crucial to business velocity, introducing new DX technologies while simultaneously accelerating the delivery of new applications and services to customer can be fraught with … [Read more...] about The smart way to unleash the power of the cloud