Adding cloud to your analytics ecosystem: A guide

It’s a common question: what should a business executive consider when determining the best approach for adding cloud to an analytic ecosystem?

We at Teradata have thought a lot about this topic because our customers have substantial environments with significant amounts of data, many dozens or hundreds of applications, and thousands of users all over the world.

Planning for such...

By Brian Wood, 20 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Software, Vendors.

How the energy industry is embracing cloud computing: Three key areas of success

Cloud technology is helping companies in every industry do more with less. In specific industry verticals, the cloud can play a key role in pushing the industry into successful digital integration. The energy sector, which is my company's expertise, is an example of how the cloud can transform an industry's operating procedures. Adoption isn't yet widespread yet, but the industry's shift to the cloud is picking up speed as we catapult into the next decade.

In energy, legacy systems that rely...

By Vince Dawkins, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Industry, Scalability, Software.

The state of the MSP in 2019: Why flexibility and further moves to the cloud are key

Managed service providers (MSPs) are in a fascinating place right now. They more often than not have plenty of longevity, while the vast majority believe today is as good as ever to be in the industry.

Yet the two points can be conflated. With longevity comes a need to change course, to avoid falling behind competitors. But as organisations continue to move to the cloud, and as their cloudy workloads become increasingly complex, the role of the MSP becomes increasingly vital. It is just about where exactly...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Case Studies, Research, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

A comprehensive guide to selecting SaaS project monitoring tools

Project monitoring is one of the most important aspects of the SaaS development process. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most neglected aspects. Given how complex and problem-prone this process can be, proceeding without careful scrutiny can create a lot of liabilities.

When monitoring is a priority in a SaaS project, system operation engineers are able to identify and address problems before end users even notice. Engineers can conduct workload and performance testing, estimate infrastructure...

By Dennis Turpitka, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Microsoft, Monitoring, SaaS , Software.

Overcoming the skills gap for cloud and digital: Where does security and automation fit in?

Digital transformation initiatives require a distinct technological and cultural change – and the element which binds both together is skills.

Yet getting the right skills remain a near-impossibility. The skills gap shows no sign of lessening, with two recent studies proving this point. In December OpsRamp found the vast majority of businesses

By James Bourne, 25 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Enterprise, Security.

The six pillars of cloud cost optimisation – and how to get them to work for you

Let me start by painting the picture: You’re the CFO, or manager of a department, group, or team, and you’re ultimately responsible for any and all financial costs incurred by your team/group/department. Or maybe you’re in IT and you’ve been told to keep a handle on the costs generated by application use and code development resources.

Your company has moved some or all of your projects and apps to the public cloud, and since things seem to be running pretty smoothly from a...

By Stefana Muller, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors.

The silence of the cloud: What is truly driving growth – and what should be?

Opinion Cloud in various iterations has been around now for approaching 20 years (longer if you go back the concept of compute as a public utility introduced by scientist John McCarthy in the 1960s), many remembering seeing iterations such as the ASP (application service provider) as a failed step along that journey until we matured to the SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and varying other ‘as a service’ offerings now in the market.

By Ian Moyse, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Re-host, re-platform or replace: Which public cloud approach is right for your business?

Digital transformation continues to create opportunities for UK businesses. As uncertainty remains the mood of Britain, companies are prioritising transformation programmes to ensure continued growth. Many see digital transformation as key to becoming more competitive and a necessity to keep up with a rapidly changing business environment, and for many the cloud is critical to its success.

For years, CIOs have been caught in an 80/20 IT spending trap: 80% of the budget going to ongoing support, leaving only...

By Dob Todorov, 03 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Public.

A guide to securing application consistency in multi-cloud environments

Cloud computing. It is like a well-trodden path when it comes to talking about digitalisation. Multi-cloud is another term that has crossed many lips, and something that we are still getting to know now, as efforts continue to ramp up to meet the demand of the digital era. For organisations, the demand to adapt and move with the times is apparent. But the demand for organisations to transform digitally is even more pressing. The whole ecosystem of growth, progression...

By David Moss, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Storage.

The unforgiving cycle of cloud infrastructure costs – and the CAP theorem which drives it

Long read Modern enterprises that need to ship software are constantly caught in a race for optimisation, whether in terms of speed (time to ship/deploy), ease of use or, inevitably, cost. What makes this a never-ending cycle is that these goals are often at odds with each other.

The choices that organisations make usually inform what they’re optimising for. At a fundamental level, these are the factors that drive, for example,...

By Amrish Kapoor, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Containers, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

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.

Operating and maintaining systems at scale with automation: A guide

For the large or midsize MSP, managing numerous customers with unique characteristics and tens of thousands of systems at scale can be challenging. In this article I want to pull back the curtain, so to speak, on some of the automation and tools that I have used to solve these problems. The approach has three main components: collect, model and react.

Collect

By Ken Weinreich, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Practical cloud considerations: Security and the decryption conundrum

Compute in the cloud may be cheap but it isn't free. Most of today’s apps are delivered via secure HTTP. That means TLS or the increasingly frowned upon SSL. It means cryptography, which traditionally has been translated to mean performance problems.

Thanks to advances in technology, CPUs are now incredibly fast and many client (and...

How to simplify and accelerate multi-cloud strategies with SDN

Hybrid cloud is becoming the go-to approach to cloud because it gives enterprises the best of both private and public cloud. They gain the security and reliability of private cloud for mission-critical data and applications, while also benefitting from the cost-efficiency and flexibility of public cloud. According to a 451...

By Jerzy Szlosarek, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Demystifying the multi-cloud strategy: The key steps organisations need to take today

The cloud industry is moving at lightning speed, with enterprise adoption of multi-cloud becoming increasingly mainstream due to the need for faster digital transformation. Gartner predicts that 90% of organisations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities by 2020.

There are, of course, many benefits to deploying a multi-cloud strategy, including mitigating the risk of disaster through a single point of failure, business agility and cost saving. Having said this, multi-cloud should not be used...

By Richard Brown, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Assessing the Gartner Magic Quadrant for cloud management platforms: How CMPs have ‘come of age’

Transitioning to the cloud is not so much taking a fresh plot of land and building up from there, but more trying to renovate an existing property. For larger organisations with sprawling IT outfits, it can be particularly complicated even once the bulk of the work has been done, with on-premise systems here, public cloud workloads there, and private cloud in between.

What’s more, organisations are realising that one size may not fit...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Farewell 2018, hello 2019: The last 12 months in cloud – and what’s on the horizon

2018 was yet another fascinating year when it came to cloud computing, along with the emerging technologies which complement and rely on the cloud.

As the ecosystem has matured and organisations’ confidence has increased, conversations have shifted gear accordingly. RightScale’s

By James Bourne, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Security, Software.

How to backup to the cloud with a WAN data acceleration layer

Software-Defined WANs (SD-WANs) are, along with artificial intelligence, the talk of the town, but they have their limitations for fast cloud back-up and restore. However, before SD-WANs organisations had to cope with conventional wide area networks – just plain old WANs – with all applications, bandwidth congestion and heavy quality of service (QoS) going through one pipe using multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) to connect each branch office to one or more clouds.

The advent of the SD-WAN was...

By David Trossell, 21 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

CEOs are concerned about the cloud skills gap but doing little to remedy it – so plough your own furrow

The majority of top brass at UK organisations say they concerned about the digital skills divide – yet only a small percentage are willing to invest in digital skills training for existing staff.

That’s the key finding from a report by cloudy software firm Domo. The study, titled ‘Leading at the Speed of Data’ and which polled 107 CEOs in total, found a generational gap in some areas. 84% of CEOs aged...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Economy, Research, Trends.