The IoT revolution is here. Connected devices are reaching every part of our lives, from wearables, to the smart home, to the industrial internet. (This infograph created by First Mark Capital does a great job of showing the breadth and reach of the internet of everything).
Recently, I visited a few conferences and I noticed a somewhat hidden theme. While a lot of attention was being paid to moving to a (hybrid) cloud-based architecture and what you need for that (such as cloud management platforms), a few presentations showed an interesting overall development that everybody acknowledges but that does not get a lot of close attention: the enormous growth of the amount of digital data stored in the world.
Back when Microsoft first launched Azure?s virtual machines, there were only a handful of default server sizes you could use. The question you had to ask yourself then was a simple one: Is there a server that can support my workload? But now there?s an ever-growing list of different server sizes and server types, all targeted at different use cases. That?s changed the question. Now you must ask: Which one is the right one for me?
We're not all going to the public cloud overnight. That?s why the hybrid cloud is a critical concept for enterprises. The idea of a hybrid cloud is that you keep your server farm and massive investment in VMware, Oracle, and whatever else you bought over the last 20 years or so and relocate some workloads to the public cloud. You?ll also create a private cloud with many of the same features of a public cloud. Meanwhile, you may have some apps that aren't going to make it to either a private cloud or public cloud.
I?m always interested in datacenters because I live in Northern Virginia, where a new one opens about once a month, leveraging a huge bundle of fiber coming out of the ground near Dulles Airport and cheap power sources. Indeed, they now call my region ?Datacenter Alley.?
The supply chain sits at the center of the health care industry?s ongoing transformation. A recent study by Navigant found that U.S. hospitals could reduce annual supply expenses by approximately $23 billion in aggregate through improvements in supply chain operations, processes and product use. The cloud offers a cost-effective model, along with massive computing power, to support the most innovative supply chain initiatives.
If you are currently using the cloud to back up your datacenter, great. If not, perhaps now is a good time to a look at the costs and benefits of this service. Data is doubling every two years, with some projecting that it will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, by 2020.
While the public cloud continues to grow at the expense of on-premises data centers, not everything that moves to the cloud stays there. Some data comes back, for a variety of reasons. And while apps are moving to the cloud at a rapid clip, data is not.
With all the gleeful finger-pointing over which cloud provider is the least (or most) generous with open source code, it?s worth remembering that all cloud providers essentially fail when it comes to open source. Why? Because the very nature of their platforms means that their best code remains closed even when openly licensed.
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd claims he doesn?t ?really worry so much about? Amazon Web Services. That statement is either profoundly disingenuous or utterly ridiculous. Or perhaps Hurd and Oracle chairman Larry Ellison, who launched this week?s Oracle OpenWorld by fixating on AWS, trying mightily to convince attendees that AWS?s cloud pales in comparison to Oracle?s cloud.
At the heart of Microsoft?s Azure adoption strategy is the idea of the hybrid cloud, bridging on-premises datacenters and cloud computing. You don?t need to get rid of your old servers; instead, you connect them to the public cloud to take advantage of its scale and services, treating it as an extension of your existing datacenter.
Last week, the hybrid cloud landscape changed significantly. At the Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft and several hardware partners announced availability of the long-awaited Azure Stack. Think of it as a configurable rack of hardware that has a version of the Azure public cloud on it.
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 to job security.