Tag Archives: cloud

AWS re:Invent 2016 announcements – Dec. 1, 2016

By | December 1, 2016

Highlights from day two of AWS reInvent courtesy the AWS analyst relations department. AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate A fully managed Chef Automate environment, available through AWS OpsWorks, to fuel even more automation and reduce the heavy lifting associated with continuous deployment. For more info, please see the blog and product page. Amazon EC2 Systems Manager A collection… Read More »

A Closer Look At Google Cloud: Don’t Dismiss It

By | November 11, 2016

Google Cloud services have evolved significantly over the past year, with an eye toward the enterprise. But there’s still room for improvement in 2017. The popularity of Amazon Web Services’ public cloud makes it easy to overlook other large, competitive infrastructure as a service options, such as Google Cloud Platform. Most people are familiar with Google’s cloud offerings… Read More »

Using Azure For Backup and Disaster Recovery: Built-In Features Make It Easy

By | October 6, 2016

Backup and redundancy continue to be two of the most common usage scenarios for public cloud — and the reason is simple economics. Renting or building space in a secondary facility for backup is expensive, particularly when there’s a thriving, competitive industry devoted to providing rentable IT infrastructure. Due to its integration with Windows Server, and flexible licensing… Read More »

Modernizing Business Applications, Part 1: Overview and Rationale

By | October 1, 2016

In IT, each generational transition has called for modernizing and redesigning applications, business processes and IT infrastructure to exploit new capabilities and efficiencies. This occurred when PCs and LANs usurped the mainframe and drove client-server computing, eliminating expensive hardware and the issue of data scarcity. Innovation happened again when the internet and WANs disrupted client-server computing, and then… Read More »

Azure PaaS: A Closer Look At Microsoft’s Application Platform

By | March 17, 2016

The following article was originally published on Diginomica as Azure Is More Than Cloud Infrastructure: A Look At Microsoft’s Application Platform Despite its seeming maturity and inclusion in the general lexicon, the cloud remains maddeningly hard to define, much less circumscribe. Like its atmospheric analog, cloud services are dynamic, indistinct and ephemeral and although accepted definitions and product categories… Read More »

Azure In Your Data Center: Understanding And Positioning Azure Stack

By | February 29, 2016

AWS is undeniably the big kahuna in cloud services, however Microsoft has emerged as a strong number two with the Azure IaaS/PaaS combination, which it is now extending into private clouds via Azure Stack, a packaged version of Azure services that can be deployed in private data centers. The goal is to deliver a completely consistent hybrid cloud platform… Read More »

Replacing your Data Center with IaaS: Opportune Scenarios

By | February 16, 2016

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchDataCenter as These IaaS examples show data centers can share the load You might not be ready to go all in on AWS like GE and Netflix, however it’s both feasible and advisable to start moving some applications online The emergence of rentable, online software and infrastructure, aka The Cloud,… Read More »

In Azure Stack, Microsoft Sees the Foundation for Enterprise Clouds

By | January 31, 2016

The following post originally appeared in Diginomica as Microsoft tilts at enterprise cloud domination with Azure Stack  There was an old rule about Microsoft software: never use it until version 3. The generalized axiom is that it takes Microsoft a while to get things right, however once the company sets its mind to something, you can expect big results.… Read More »