Understanding cloud sprawl

Posted on September 19, 2017 by

As the public cloud continues to explode in popularity, the problem of cloud sprawl, or cloud waste, also rises. Sprawl is nothing new, so why has it become a top concern for organizations? We’ll go through a brief history of sprawl and explain why it matters today, discuss the correlation between cloud sprawl and shadow IT. Then we’ll give examples of sprawl you might find in your environment, and tell you how you can eliminate it to make your systems …

The credit bureau agency Equifax publicly reported a data breach affecting about 143 million Americans on September 7, although the company was attacked months before then. According to Equifax, the breach was caused by a vulnerability in a website application, but no further details were provided. What does this mean for the security of your personal data? The Equifax hack has some serious consequences, because the credit bureau keeps a trove of personal digital information for millions of people. Information …

What is business intelligence?

Posted on September 5, 2017 by

According to Gartner, global revenue in the business intelligence market is forecast to reach 18.3 billion in 2017, and grow to 22.8 billion by the end of 2020. Let’s review what business intelligence is and why it’s important. Business intelligence is defined as analyzing data using a technology-driven process to help companies make more actionable decisions. Some people use business analytics to mean the same idea as BI, while others think of business analytics as part of a larger family, …

In multiple studies, the top concerns for executives around the cloud are security, migration strategies (which apps are moving to the cloud and which aren’t), and cost management. In the public cloud such as Microsoft Azure, cost control is an especially desirable outcome. According to Cloudamize, a cloud analytics company, 34 percent of the instances they analyzed had cost saving opportunities greater than 30 percent, and 76 percent of the analyzed instances weren’t provisioned optimally for their workloads. It appears …

Machine learning FAQ

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

Machine learning is a powerful tool that can help businesses, the technology departments that power them, and ordinary people provide better services or create better experiences. In this post, we’ll review what machine learning is and why it’s so important to businesses. What is machine learning? Basically, it’s a type of artificial intelligence (AI), where computers take data and “teach” themselves through algorithms and statistical analysis to be more accurate in their analysis of that data and any pattern predictions …

Containers continue to grow in popularity, with Docker and Kubernetes adoption doubling from 2016. Microsoft is also making moves within the container industry, recently releasing a preview of its Azure Container Instances (ACI) service that has generated some buzz. What’s causing all the excitement? Microsoft has offered a container service for a couple of years now with Azure Container Services (ACS), but the impending arrival of its container instance service is different. Whereas ACS is designed for complex, long-running applications, ACI …

What is cloud sprawl?

Posted on August 8, 2017 by

Cloud sprawl is a major issue for many IT organizations, and leads to many problems such as rising costs, security vulnerabilities and threats to data integrity. It’s become such a concern that optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative for 53 percent of organizations, according to RightScale’s 2017 state of the cloud report. But what is cloud sprawl, why did it come about and how can you keep it in check? What is cloud sprawl? In a nutshell, cloud sprawl …

What is Azure Stack?

Posted on August 3, 2017 by

After introducing it in 2015, Microsoft recently announced its Azure Stack platform is ready for customer purchase. Why is there so much buzz around this platform, and what does it mean for the enterprise customer? There is a lot of interest around Azure Stack, and for good reason. Essentially, it offers the same functionality, performance and security that they offer in the public cloud, but with the added bonus of running it in your own data center. This gives you …

“Multi-cloud” is a term that’s cropped up quite a bit in IT circles lately, with a lot of buzz generated about “multi-cloud strategies.” Is this another new term the IT industry needs to learn, or just another way of referring to hybrid cloud? Well, these terms may be used interchangeably by some, but they are not the same. To explain, we’ll first define what hybrid and multi-cloud are. Then we’ll explain the differences, which are subtle but very distinct, between …

Microsoft’s Azure cloud offers many benefits for organizations, most notably more efficiency, agility, and lower costs. But getting to the cloud can present a huge challenge and often seems overwhelming. There are many issues that can crop up before, during and after the migration process. We’ll talk about some common issues around moving to Microsoft Azure and how to overcome them. Common issues include: Application compatibility: Not all applications are meant for the cloud, especially public cloud. It’s a good …

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