IDG Contributor Network: Dawn of intelligent applications

Data remains a foundational element of computing. Recently, Hadoop and big data have been a central part of data progression, allowing you to capture data at scale. But companies now look to the expanding use of cloud computing and machine learning to create more intelligent applications. This new generation of applications use all the data… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Dawn of intelligent applications

Don’t fall for the ‘pluggable cloud’ siren call

People once made requests for hybrid cloud because of the perception of flexibility. Now they make multicloud requests, for the same reasons. Multicloud is just part of a cloud architecture that uses more than two clouds, private and/or public. However, most multicloud deployments involve more than two public clouds, typically AWS, Microsoft, and sometimes one… Continue reading Don’t fall for the ‘pluggable cloud’ siren call

IDG Contributor Network: Why we’re still talking about TCO, but for the cloud

In the late 1980s, Gartner popularized the term “total cost of ownership” (TCO) to define the long-term cost of maintenance in addition to the upfront price of an enterprise technology. Microsoft began using TCO as a key metric to show that although an open-source alternative, Linux, was free to adopt, it could lead to higher… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Why we’re still talking about TCO, but for the cloud

IDG Contributor Network: Dataops: agile infrastructure for data-driven organizations

About a decade ago, the software engineering industry reinvented itself with the development and codification of so-called devops practices. Devops, a compound of “development” and “operations,” refers to a set of core practices and processes that aim to decrease time to market by thoughtfully orchestrating the tight integration between software developers and IT operations, emphasizing… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Dataops: agile infrastructure for data-driven organizations

Better cloud management through cloud resource tagging

Kim Weins is vice president of cloud cost strategy at RightScale.  Enterprises are now, more than ever, managing multi-cloud environments, trying to come to grips with highly complex pricing structures and an onslaught of new cloud services. The key to success is implementing enterprise-grade governance platforms that enable you to efficiently optimize costs across all cloud… Continue reading Better cloud management through cloud resource tagging

Lack of cloud skills and training begin to take a toll

According to a recent report by cloud and datcenter vendor Rackspace, “Nearly three quarters of IT decision-makers (71 percent) believe their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. On average, this accounts for 5 percent of total global revenue, or $258,188,279 per organization.” That’s a pretty good hunk of cheddar! This is a real… Continue reading Lack of cloud skills and training begin to take a toll