Data storage in Azure: Everything you need to know

Choosing the right cloud storage option is never as straightforward as you think it might be. You end up having to juggle prices, for both saving and reading your data, for bandwidth, and even for the class of server that’s hosting your bits. And there are different storage technology options as well. The first question… Continue reading Data storage in Azure: Everything you need to know

Hybrid cloud? Private cloud? Public cloud? Multicloud? How to choose

My article “Don’t waste your time with a hybrid cloud” has gotten many people seeing red, and I can understand why. Many enterprise IT shops, and most enterprise technology companies, have pledged allegiance to the hybrid cloud model.  The intellectual dishonesty of cloud-architecture purists Their reasons are self-serving: Large enterprise software and hardware vendors have… Continue reading Hybrid cloud? Private cloud? Public cloud? Multicloud? How to choose

IDG Contributor Network: How to recognize (and avoid) ‘AI washing’

Artificial intelligence (AI) is permeating enterprise technology at a faster rate than ever before, yet it is still just the beginning of the adoption curve. From self-driving cars to intelligent assistants to cybersecurity to creating more personalized search results and recommendations, AI and its subsets, machine learning and deep-learning technology, are already making an impact… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: How to recognize (and avoid) ‘AI washing’

What is multicloud? The next step in cloud computing

We live in a world where we like to name things. In the case of cloud computing, the names revolve around patterns of use: public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. Now there’s a new term, multicloud, for an emerging pattern of use for cloud computing. Terms and definitions “Multicloud” means using more than a… Continue reading What is multicloud? The next step in cloud computing

IDG Contributor Network: Preventing a (cloud) mutiny

One of the greatest reservations about the cloud is whether it’s wise, or even beneficial, to relinquish control of the infrastructure to a third party. This is a question you’ve likely asked yourself, and have heard repeatedly from your team members. In some cases, the move to the cloud may be viewed as a threat… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Preventing a (cloud) mutiny

How to set up Zeppelin for analytics and visualization

Maybe you want to avoid burning up a bunch of cash on Databricks, the cloud-based Spark machine learning and analytics platform. Or maybe you need a data source or language it doesn’t support. Or maybe you’re just more of an open source or roll-your-own kinda person? Enter Apache Zeppelin. It won InfoWorld Bossie awards in… Continue reading How to set up Zeppelin for analytics and visualization

What is SaaS? The modern way to run software

One of the most popular forms of cloud computing is software-as-a-service (SaaS), defined as a software distribution model in which a service provider hosts applications for customers and makes them available to these customers via the internet. SaaS is one of the three major categories of cloud services, along with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).… Continue reading What is SaaS? The modern way to run software

Chatbots and voice assistants: Often overused, ineffective, and annoying

There’s yet another cloud service from AWS: Amazon Lex, which lets developers build conversational interfaces into applications for voice and text. It uses the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Lex lets you quickly build natural language conversational bots, aka chatbots. Microsoft has a similar technology, called the Microsoft Bot Framework. This seems… Continue reading Chatbots and voice assistants: Often overused, ineffective, and annoying

IDG Contributor Network: Visual automated CI/CD is essential for great devops

Units of space are everywhere. We can see them all around us. When we package a unit of space distinctly, we call it a container. Whether on ships in the sea, or in a storage closet, we use containers to organize things into isolated and distinct units of space. In the computing world, containers have… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Visual automated CI/CD is essential for great devops

IDG Contributor Network: How cloud serves as the foundation of AI

As companies migrate to and run operations in the cloud, leaders are looking to the next horizon: innovating from the cloud with artificial intelligence (AI). Cloud is the underlying platform with the data storage capacity and massive processing capability that will help enable AI innovation at the speed demanded. Companies are already starting to integrate… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: How cloud serves as the foundation of AI