Don’t let AWS Re:Invent blind you to your real cloud needs

I went to Amazon’s AWS Re:Invent trade show this week for the first time ever. It’s more of a place to meet people than to learn about what’s latest with Amazon Web Services these days, but AWS does a great job in updating the faithful on what’s new, what’s relevant, and what tech IT will… Continue reading Don’t let AWS Re:Invent blind you to your real cloud needs

AWS adds blockchain and time-series databases

Amazon has spent more than a decade trying to free itself of Oracle’s “one database to rule them all” approach, something Amazon snidely calls “clunky” and “old guard.” Not content to unshackle just itself, Amazon has announced a series of database introductions and improvements to broaden choice for its customers. Yes, with Oracle you can… Continue reading AWS adds blockchain and time-series databases

How to avoid Cyber Monday stress in your cloud systems

Did your cloud application, retail or not, make it through Cyber Monday? Most did fine, but some found that a lack of architecture and the lack of enabling technology led to some stressful hours. Today, cloud-based applications that had had as many as 10,000 users a day are now up to 50,000 users a day—and… Continue reading How to avoid Cyber Monday stress in your cloud systems

Why Google Cloud’s new boss will fail like the old boss

For years, Google Cloud Platform has built more geewizardy-type services than anyone else, leading the other cloud providers in things like AI. It has also done the best job of building impressive open source communities like Kubernetes and TensorFlow. And yet Google Cloud Platform remains a distant third in the public cloud computing contest, with… Continue reading Why Google Cloud’s new boss will fail like the old boss

3 tips for negotiating with your public cloud providers

The last time you renewed or got a new contract in place with a big pubic cloud provider, how did your negotiations go? For most enterprises this past year, such negotiations did not go very far. These days, the amount of money on the table is much larger, and the public cloud providers are starting… Continue reading 3 tips for negotiating with your public cloud providers