Is your cloud spend out of control? How to rein in your purchasing

If the weather isn't quite up to scratch it is hard to resist the lure of an all-inclusive family holiday. The azure blue sea, pristine white sand, and masses of food and drink - interspersed with a spot of swimming to burn off some of the excesses. 

But fast-forward to check out and you get a nasty surprise: a larger than expected bill. Those extras excluded from your “all-inclusive” deal were too tempting for your teenagers: how did they consume so many snacks between the...

By Andrew Logan, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

You’re not seeing the savings you expected from multi-cloud – so what do you do now?

A recent Gartner report estimated that 80 percent of organisations will overshoot their cloud budgets by 2020 because of a lack of optimisation. Obviously, this frustrates executives. It’s particularly hard to deal with in the case of multi-cloud environments, where each provider’s bill might be a million-plus lines long.

By Josh Quint, 30 April 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Migration, Monitoring, Vendors.

Why the antidote for multi-cloud complexity is a unified management strategy

Start counting off the benefits of multi-cloud and you soon run out of fingers; avoiding vendor lock-in, matching the right tool for the job, democratised access to stakeholders, balancing performance and cost, geographically aligning workloads to name just five.

Yet there’s always a catch. With management of multiple clouds, one of the big gotchas is complexity. A recent MIT Technology Review/VMware study

By Brad Parks, 15 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Monitoring, Public.

Getting past cloud cost confusion: How to avoid the vendors' traps and win

Cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, and Google were created to provide compute resources to save enterprises money on their infrastructure. But cloud services pricing is complicated and difficult to understand, which can often drive up bills and prevent the promised cost savings. Here are just five ways that cloud providers obscure pricing on your monthly bill.

Terminology varies

By Jay Chapel, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Monitoring, Vendors.

Why cloud visibility matters: Gaining insights for performance and compliance

Cloud adoption is growing at a rapid pace because it enables organisations to scale their business models and meet consumer demands faster than ever before. However, with a proliferation of data and an ever-more-complex web of cloud-based business systems to manage comes a lot more user activity. As a result, many businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and more are looking for more ways to monitor how users interact with cloud applications and customer data.

This article will share how organisations are...

By Mike Mason, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

How to make test environment management more efficient than ever

“Software is eating the world”, claimed Marc Andreessen back in 2011; though it may have seemed like an exaggeration when his essay was published, so far he has been proved correct. Now that software exists across every industry, organisations that rely on information need to reimagine themselves as software companies to avoid falling behind competitors.

In today’s society, childhood favourite Blockbuster couldn’t stand...

By Bob Davis, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Monitoring, Platform, Software.

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.

CloudHealth Technologies secures $46 million series D funding with IPO on the horizon

CloudHealth Technologies, a Boston-based cloud service management provider, has announced a $46 million (£35.8m) series D funding round with the company all set to go public.

The funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins, with participation from Meritech Capital Partners, and existing investors .406 Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Scale Venture Partners, taking overall funding to $86m across four rounds.

The company provides a platform that sits on top of other cloud tools, enabling organisations to...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Monitoring, Software.

Why you can’t afford to play Russian roulette with your network

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With the advent of software defined networks (SDN), NFV (network function virtualization), and new network equipment, networks are being upgraded at a faster pace than ever before.  But dropping a new piece of equipment into a live network environment is a lot like playing Russian roulette – you have no way of knowing if a bullet is in the chamber or not. Luckily, network test labs can help you spot network problems before anyone pulls the trigger to go live.

Let’s...

By Joan Wrabetz, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Monitoring, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

Cloud networking on the rise, but can NaaS gain traction?

More than two in five (45%) of respondents to a Spiceworks survey admit they are using cloud networking tools in their business, or are going to push forward with it within 12 months.

The survey results, of 500 IT professionals, were collected in a report entitled “The Cloudification of the Network”, produced in association with cloudy networking solutions provider Pertino.

Of course, the more cynical and world-weary CloudTech readers will have worked out the message in this survey given...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Monitoring, Research, Security.

10 things to think about when moving to the cloud

Moving applications to the cloud can create a more flexible, more responsive IT department, but what about moving application data to the cloud? How secure is that? And are cloud applications truly reliable and less expensive than on-premise applications?

Let’s consider some issues before you take the cloud-migration leap.

1. Goals Are you moving to the cloud to reduce costs, time-to-deployment, or your IT department’s workload? Goals are the foundation of success, so you should...

By Paul Moxon, 07 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Monitoring, Security.

qTrace: A Love Letter to Testers of Cloud apps

As a software QA tester, how do you work? Your mission is to find bugs. That’s when the drudgery starts. Most likely your day looks like this: you start by retracing steps, you grab screen captures, you take notes, open a defect tracking tool, and then finally submit a ticket.

Most likely you missed a few things. Same old story.

The good news is that someone loves you; or rather, someone loves the problem you’re facing enough to develop a work-around.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day,...

By Victor Cruz, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Monitoring.

False Positives and Other Misconceptions in Static Analysis

In ongoing discussions here at the blog and elsewhere, I keep seeing the topic of false positives in static analysis come up. It’s certainly a very important issue when dealing with static analysis, but the strange thing is that people have very different opinions of what a false positive is, and therefore different opinions of what static analysis can do and how to properly use it.

In the simplest sense, a false positives means that the message that a rule was violated is incorrect, or in other words...

By Arthur Hicken, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Monitoring.

10 steps to success with your distributed monitoring

Setting up distributed monitoring in mission critical production environments is a complex task; configuration can be challenging and mistakes costly. Opsview Enterprise edition gives you powerful functionality to make deploying enterprise monitoring easy and migrating from test to production environments risk free. Here’s how.

1. Get everything done in one place

Opsview’s configuration User Interface makes it quick and easy to get things done.  Any configuration you need to make is carried...

By Luke Wotton, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Migration, Monitoring.

When It Comes to Cloud, Which IT Executive Are You? Part 1: “Huh?”

A Special 4 Part Blog by Trevor Williamson

As I spoke last time about my experiences talking to senior management at some of the largest financial, insurance and banking companies about cloud infrastructures and what they thought about the whole space, I broke down my experiences into 4 simple categories:  

  • Huh?
  • Been there, done that
  • I want dessert before dinner, and,
  • Where do I start first?

In this installment, let me talk about the experiences I’ve had...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Monitoring.

Performance Monitoring - A Thirty Day View

I remember when I saw the movie "Super Size Me" by Morgan Spurlock.  I recall thinking about how much can happen in the course of just thirty days, not to mention how gross that food looked.  For people, 30 days seems like a long time at first, until you look back on what happened over the course of those 30 days.  It's easy to forget things that happened a week ago, not to mention a month back.  At CopperEgg, things move so fast that I really have to think hard to recall what we were focused on 30 days...

By CopperEgg, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Monitoring.