Assessing the growing need for robust project management in cloud deployments

According to a PwC study, 97% of organisations believe project management is critical to business performance and organisational success, and in my opinion there are good reasons for that. Project management methodologies provide a proven framework to break down complexity, and bring together people, processes, technology, organisational structure and tools.

Typically, project management techniques are used for large IT infrastructure and large technology led change programmes. But, as we move more and more...

By Andrean Georgiev, 24 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS aims at enterprise data migration with Migration Hub and Glue launches

At the AWS Summit in New York, Amazon Web Services focused predominantly around enterprise migration – and launched two new products aimed at taking the difficulty out of data analysis and transfer.

The cloud infrastructure giant announced the launch of AWS Migration Hub, a tool which aims to help organisations migrate their assets from on-prem data centres to Amazon’s cloud, as well as the general availability of AWS Glue, a product first announced in December last year which eases the process of...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Assessing the key reasons behind a multi-cloud strategy

Everyone who follows cloud computing agrees that we are starting to see more businesses utilise a multi-cloud strategy. The question this raises is: why is a multi-cloud strategy important from a functional standpoint, and why are enterprises deploying this strategy?

To answer this, let’s define “multi-cloud” since it means different things to different people. I personally like this one, as seen on TechTarget:

“the...

By Jay Chapel, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Seven key network metrics for a cloud-driven world

Today’s IT teams aren’t so different from the IT teams of days gone by. They’re still committed to running businesses smoothly by testing technology, measuring the results, and re-calibrating. But much of the technology they’re using and managing has changed dramatically. Enterprises are much more distributed than they used to be, with more remote offices and users accessing resources...

By Christine Cignoli, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration, Monitoring, Software.

Getting the balance right in microservices development

Choices, choices, choices. User requirements and non-functional requirements are just the beginning of the balancing act of services development. New development paradigms usually take a few years before their practitioners get a handle of the factors that they need to balance.

In the case of microservices, this balancing act comes down to three things: granularity, data consistency, and performance. The most usable and best-performing services built on the microservices architecture will find a balance of...

By David Auslander, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, Microservices, Platform.

How cloud robotics will generate new value chains and business models – with 5G the enabler

Cloud robotics is set to generate new value chains, technologies, architectures and business models, according to a new paper.

The report, put together by GTI, a body focusing on the TD-LTE (time division long term evolution) ecosystem alongside SoftBank, CloudMinds, China Mobile, Huawei and Skymind, argues the advantages of cloud robots, with the same common network, are threefold; information sharing, offloaded computation, and collaboration.

One of the examples the report looks at – or gives an image of...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Collaboration, Infrastructure.

The changing face of security in the age of the cloud

The computing world just keeps on progressing but as we all know with progress comes additional challenges. This is especially true of challenges around security. Every advance in computing has given rise to the same question: “how do we secure this new toy?”

When client/server architecture was all the rage in the late 1990s there was great excitement about the advantages it brought about but also a concern for the security implications of distributed clients and centralised servers. When server...

By David Auslander, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Security, Vulnerabilities.

How Travis Perkins put cloud at the heart of its five-year roadmap – and reaped dividends

In 2013, building and construction firm Travis Perkins developed a five-year roadmap for its IT. Technology would be seen as a ‘key enabler of strategic change’ rather than a support function, with investments amounting to more than double the IT budget, enhancing infrastructure and getting to grips with open source and cloud architecture in the process.

Four years into the plan, things seem to be going swimmingly. The IT budget has been duly doubled, and the company’s self-service portal...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Case Studies, Infrastructure.

Do you have the data agility your business needs?

Data is the new battleground. For companies, the situation is clear – their future depends on how quickly and efficiently they can turn data into accurate insights. This challenge has put immense pressure on CIOs to not only manage ever-growing data volumes, sources, and types, but to also support more and more data users as well as new and increasingly complex use cases.

Fortunately, CIOs can look for support in their plight from unprecedented levels of technological innovation. New cloud platforms,...

By Mike Tuchen, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

A comparison of Azure and AWS microservices solutions

Updated Amazon Web Services introduced their Lambda microservices engine in 2014; and since that time AWS Lambda has been the standard microservices engine for the public cloud. As Microsoft’s Azure cloud has gained in popularity the question on my mind was: will Microsoft also create a Microservices solution?

I recently attended a Town Hall hosted by Microsoft presenting their solution for microservices in the Azure cloud. The session provided a view into Microsoft’s...

By David Auslander, 15 June 2017, 3 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, DevOps, Microservices.