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 threatens 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 is …

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 …

Note: This is a guest post by David Barton, of UHY Advisors, one of the largest professional services and accounting firms.  The AICPA has replaced the audit standard known as SSAE 16 with a new standard effective for report dates on or after May 1, 2017. This new standard, known as SSAE 18, is designed to address and clarify concerns over the clarity, length and complexity of the many other AICPA standards. Before we get into the details around the …

Last week, Online Tech’s very own Nick Lumsden was on the Lucy Ann Lance Show on WLBY AM 1290 to chat about hybrid cloud! The show was partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK to chat with winners of this year’s Fast Track Awards–an honor Online Tech is no stranger to, having won seven previously. During his time on air, Nick talked about Online Tech’s latest product offering, Managed Microsoft Azure with SprawlGuard™.  Nick explained that this allows clients who use Microsoft …

According to Rightscale, cost management is the No. 1 challenge for mature cloud users in 2017. That makes sense–after all, what’s the point of adopting hybrid cloud if it ends up being too cost prohibitive? Different from managing your bill, this post talks about how to manage your costs within public cloud, such as Microsoft Azure. So, why is public cloud so expensive? Well, on paper, paying pennies per minute sounds cheap, but costs quickly rise when you factor in every minute …

Hybrid cloud, also known as multi-cloud, continues to grow at a rapid pace. Eighty-five percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, increasing from 82 percent in 2016. And according to Rightscale’s 2017 state of the cloud report, companies run 41 percent of workloads in public cloud and 38 percent in private cloud. However, the biggest challenge for cloud users is cost management, and that is because of significant cloud waste that organizations were unaware of. Rightscale also found that cloud …

Sprawl has been the lingering problem in IT since the dawn of the client-server model. In the pre-cloud era, sprawl’s impact was only barely felt, as the ongoing cost of support for a workload was rarely as visible or scrutinized as the upfront cost of acquiring infrastructure to run that workload. In the age of private cloud, sprawl was an annoyance, but hardly a driver of noticeable operational cost. Until performance was impacted, sprawl was ignored. When a performance or capacity …

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