Public Clouds

Cloud computing decision guide: Breaking down 7 top solutions for healthcare

Grazed from HealthcareIT News. Author: Gus Venditto

To help with your planning, this Healthcare IT News Cloud Computing Buyers guide looks at the top four IaaS providers, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. A report from Synergy Research Group found that these platforms have over 60 percent of the public cloud market. (Amazon has the lion’s share with 33 percent share; the other three divide 27 percent of the market.) The market is far from stable, however; Microsoft and Google each achieved an annualized growth rate of 80 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

We also look at services from three companies who specialize in supporting healthcare providers with managed services: ClearData, CDW and VMware.

Shop carefully. “Read the fine print and really make sure you ask a lot of questions,” Snedaker says. “Don’t take a sales rep’s word for anything. Not to disparage sales reps, but if it’s not in the contract, it really doesn’t matter what the salesperson said.”
 

Private vs Public Cloud Computing

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Cynthia Harvey.

Once an organization has chosen to pursue a cloud computing strategy, the next major decision will be whether to use a public cloud service or to set up a private cloud. It's important to note that the private vs. public cloud decision doesn't have to be an either-or choice. Industry analysts say that most enterprises are pursuing a multi-cloud strategy; that is, they use more than cloud. In fact, the 2017 Rightscale State of the Cloud Survey found that, on average, enterprises are running applications in 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds, while experimenting with another 1.8 public clouds and 2.1 private clouds.

In addition, many organizations are pursuing a hybrid cloud approach, which means they use at least one public cloud and at least one private cloud that they manage as a single environment. These hybrid and multi-cloud strategies allow organizations to choose the best type of cloud for particular workloads. Each deployment model — public, private, or hybrid cloud — has its own strengths and weaknesses, making it uniquely suited for particular use cases...

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CloudCheckr and Spotinst Partner to Reduce Public Cloud Costs by up to 80%

Grazed from CloudCheckr and Spotinst

CloudCheckr, the leading cloud management platform today announced a partnership with Spotinst, the leading workload management platform, which provides lifecycle management for AWS EC2 Spot Instances. The partnership enables AWS customers utilizing the CloudCheckr platform to reduce their EC2 costs by up to 80% through highly available, automated Spot Instance management.

"Cloud cost management and optimization are top of mind for all organizations as cloud adoption increases in the enterprise," said Amiram Shachar, CEO & Founder at Spotinst. "The combination of CloudCheckr's cloud management platform with Spotinst's EC2 workload management will enable businesses to seamlessly leverage excess capacity for computing resources at a low cost with high availability."

Key Factors in Choosing On-Premises IT vs. Public Cloud

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Trevor Pott.

Public cloud computing costs more than do-it-yourself datacenters. Except when it doesn't. On a per-VM basis, standing up public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) instances for 24x7 use is egregiously expensive per VM, but the floor cost can't be beat. If I want to stand up a workable small business network, I need several infrastructure components.

I need, at a minimum, a DNS server, a DHCP server, storage and something to run workloads. If I'm planning to expand my business at all before the refresh on that hardware is up, then I'm probably going to want to use virtualization, as it's still the only rational way to spin up and down workloads as needed for on-premises deployments...

Public vs. Private Cloud: 5 Trends to Watch

Grazed from GovTechWorks. Author: Editorial Staff.

Security tops the concerns of federal information technology managers as they look to move data and applications into the cloud – and that’s consistent with other public sector IT executives. But federal managers are substantially more likely to settle on private cloud solutions when compared to those managing state and local or higher education IT services. Five trends that define the differences between how IT chiefs in each sector are approaching cloud migration:

1. Feds Keep it Private

Some 64 percent of federal IT managers said they are most likely to place a majority of their cloud-based applications in a private cloud, according to a recent study by market researcher MeriTalk. That compares with 54 percent of state and local IT managers and only 50 percent of those handling IT services for institutions of higher education. Confining agency data to private clouds does not necessarily mean building a cloud from scratch...

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Apache Spark® Growth Is Pervasive as Users Embrace Public Cloud, Machine Learning, and Streaming Capabilities

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark project, today released the findings of their second annual Apache Spark survey to determine how enterprises and users are utilizing the data analytics and processing engine. The 2016 Databricks Apache Spark Survey collected more than 1,600 responses from 900 organizations.

The results show a rise in deployments of Spark in the public cloud, an increased usage of Spark in industry verticals, and an uptick in Spark streaming and Machine Learning. The survey also reveals that most developers employ two or more Spark components simultaneously to build increasingly sophisticated solutions. Spark remains the most active open-source project in the big data space today, with over 1,000 contributors from more than 250 organizations...

Review: IBM Cloud is built to order

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Peter Wayner.

There was a time long ago when IBM ruled the cloud, although no one used that word back then. The company’s mainframe line in the 1960s and '70s was the original distant and unseen pile of metal and silicon meant to be shared among all users. Each program got a slice of the big machine’s time, and everyone understood they were “time sharing,” which sounds a bit more precise than the amorphous word “cloud.”

That was then. Today, no one should be surprised that IBM is playing in the modern cloud business because it practically invented the idea decades ago. The current clouds generally use the same slicing and dicing as IBM’s original time-sharing 360 architecture, although the modern cloud sales lingo hides this fact behind the metaphor that these are individual “instances” that act like individual machines...

Read more from the source @ http://www.infoworld.com/article/3026459/cloud-computing/review-ibm-cloud-is-built-to-order.html

How manufacturing leaders are falling for the public cloud

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

85% of line of business (LOB) decision makers in the manufacturing industry are using at least one form of public cloud service, according to a new research study. The report, released jointly by EMC, VCE, and VMware – all now part of Dell in some capacity after the whopping $67 billion deal for the former in October – polled more than 600 decision makers overall across six industries, with one sixth each on telecoms, finance, retail, public sector, oil and gas, and manufacturing.

Yet it was the latter which provided the most interesting results. Cutting costs (33%) and driving efficiencies (29%) are the primary use for public cloud services, according to the respondents, with the majority of line of business employees surveyed (87%) saying they consult IT for cloud deployments...

The public cloud is not safe - and it's your fault

Grazed from TechRadar. Author: Jamie Carter.

What has the cloud ever done to you? General enthusiasm for moving huge tranches of private, sensitive company data onto the public cloud seems to wax and wane. It waxes as prices drop, new pay-as-you-go business plans emerge and new SaaS products go online, and it wanes when the media cover an Ashley Madison or a TalkTalk hack – and there have been plenty of those in 2015.

Security concerns remain the most common reason for businesses avoiding public cloud services, but providers like AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM insist that their clouds are safe. That only leaves one weak link – the people who work for the businesses that use them. If the cloud isn't as safe as it should be, it's your fault...

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The Future of IT Infrastructure

Grazed from VMblog.com. Author: Krishna Yeddanapudi, Founder and CTO of Robin Systems

Planning for the future of IT infrastructure is a conundrum faced by every IT manager. The fluid nature of IT infrastructure balances upon the enterprise data center, including massive increase in data volumes; major innovations in open source community with distributed applications such as Hadoop, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, Spark etc.; a large array of file and object storage formats; and a plethora of traditional databases. These, along with an increasingly amorphous data center perimeter that spans public, private and hybrid clouds, make it extremely difficult to make a deterministic long-term IT infrastructure decisions.

It is hard to foresee a future where a single standard infrastructure will serve all applications, data formats and environments. In reality, there will be different applications for different use-cases. IT managers will need to address the requirements for all these applications and the corresponding data formats. It is better to envision the future as a mixture of everything, one that will continue to exist that way.