Note: This is the first in a series of posts talking about Shadow IT, why it exists, and how to mitigate it within an organization. Shadow IT has been talked about amongst CIOs, but according to Oracle, we still aren’t paying enough attention. Why is that? There are many factors, but the big one CIOs might not be willing to face is the problem of goal orientation between the IT department and the rest of the business: They just don’t …

Containers and Docker in a nutshell

Posted on September 8, 2016 by

Docker has become quite a popular subject lately, with more and more businesses adopting it across industries. So what is Docker, and why is everyone talking about it? To answer that question, we must first go into containers. They are a type of virtualization technology, with their own CPU, memory and resources like a virtual machine. The difference, though, is that containers share the kernel (the brain) of the host operating system and don’t need a guest operating system. Since …

Virtual private clouds are a hot ticket these days—everyone wants them. We know they aren’t the same as a fully private cloud. But do the differences extend to security, too? Let’s start by reviewing the differences between private and virtual private clouds. If you want your environment completely dedicated to you and to own everything, a private cloud is for you. The equipment will be on a site or data center you own, so you have total control over your infrastructure. …

What is the future of Big Data?

Posted on August 18, 2016 by

Big data has seen big growth during the past few years. But what is it? Google simply says it’s “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But big data can never be that simple. Rather than just providing information about people’s beliefs through something such as an election vote, big data also gives insight about people’s behaviors—who they are, who they associate with, the things they …

You already know that there are three major types of clouds: Public, Private and Hybrid. Now, there’s a newer player in the game: Virtual Private Clouds. What makes these different from public and private clouds, and what is the benefit? Is it just a fancy name for public cloud, or is it a private one? Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) are related to the public cloud, but they are not the same. Instead of sharing resources and space in a public infrastructure, …

There are three basic pillars/tenets of cloud computing: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The first two are popular models of cloud. But what about PaaS? Below are frequently asked questions about this branch of cloud. What is PaaS? Platform as a Service, or PaaS, is a model of cloud computing that allows applications to be delivered through the Internet. A PaaS provider will have all the equipment needed for …

Despite the phenomenal growth of cloud computing and the increase of knowledge that comes with it, there are still many myths about the cloud that persist even to this day. If you’re thinking about moving to the cloud or are already there, there are some beliefs you should know that might cause you to rethink your cloud strategy. Here are 5 common cloud computing myths: Moving to the cloud is a one-man or one-team decision. Contrary to what you might think, adopting …

What is object storage?

Posted on March 22, 2016 by

Even though object storage has been around for a while, it hasn’t grown in awareness and popularity until recently. But what is it? Object storage, also known as object-based storage, is a cloud storage system that views data as objects, rather than a file (file system storage) or blocks within a sector (block storage). It can be implemented at multiple levels, including the system, interface and device level. Unlike block storage, which splits files into, well, blocks of raw data, …

It was not that long ago when the word “cloud” referred only to the visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the sky. In 2016, it is often used to describe almost anything on the internet. However, in the IT world, it refers to the physical and virtual infrastructure to host applications and store data and there is increasing pressure to “move to the cloud” because of the tremendous benefits. But which cloud is right for your business? Well, it depends on what …

With the growing popularity of the cloud, more and more companies are turning to it for their production sites. But what about cloud-based disaster recovery? Does it offer the same kind of benefits? As disaster recovery can be complex, time-consuming and very expensive, it pays to plan ahead to figure out just what your business needs. Putting your disaster recovery plan in the cloud can help alleviate some of the fears that come with setting it up. Here are four big …

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