What is serverless computing?

Posted on November 1, 2017 by

What is serverless computing? The idea is growing in popularity, but the term honestly sounds like an oxymoron. How does it work, and why should you consider it for your IT organization? Well, the name is a false promise–there are actually servers involved with serverless computing. They just aren’t managed by the organization. A serverless computing model means your cloud provider takes care of adding, removing, and/or adjusting your server resources based upon demand. You end up with a more …

Setting budgets has become a key weapon in the ongoing struggle of organizations to understand and control their cloud spend. Public cloud providers have responded by offering their users services such as budget alerts and server tagging. Users, however, still struggle to see the costs associated with the resources they’ve tagged. In this post, we’ll talk about the challenge of viewing your costs in Azure and how you can solve it. Azure offers a few different methods of grouping services: …

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, explain why it matters today, and 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 …

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 …

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