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 …

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 …

As mentioned previously, server tagging in public cloud offers many benefits, including the ability to better track your cloud resources and get more meaningful KPI metrics for financial and usage reporting. How do you tag your servers though? In this post, we’ll offer tips on how to tag servers in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. No matter how you organize your tags, it’s important to remember that people aren’t perfect. Therefore, you’ll need to have a protective mechanism in place …

For organizations that use public cloud services, the biggest goal is to optimize the usage and spend of those services. It all comes back to cost management and control–it’s all too easy to lose control of your cloud spend, especially when you don’t know who is spinning up more servers or whether they’re being used in the most cost-effective way. CIOs are experimenting with server tagging as a way to overcome this challenge. What is server tagging? Essentially, it’s creating …

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are two of the biggest names in public cloud computing. Which one is right for you? To help you make that decision, let’s talk about what each provider brings to the public cloud table, and key differences between them. Compute power AWS: AWS EC2 users can configure their own VMs or choose pre-configured machine images, or customize MIs. Users choose size, power, memory capacity and number of VMs, and choose from different regions …

While hybrid cloud is rising in adoption, many organizations are struggling to take full advantage of the efficiency it offers because of application portability confinements.  However, there is help at hand: Containers. RightScale’s State of the Cloud report says that Docker is the leading tool for DevOps processes, and overall Docker adoption rose to 35 percent, taking over from configuration management tools Chef and Puppet. So why are businesses so excited about this tool, and why do containers help configure a …

In today’s modern IT world, whether you have a new project, line of business, or a newer version of an existing product line, you’ll need to scale, and scale quickly. More organizations have been turning to hybrid cloud to do that, and the market reflects that–according to RightScale, hybrid cloud is the preferred strategy for enterprises. Why is the hybrid cloud the best way to scale your environment? A public cloud delivers resources over the internet instead of being tied …

According to RightScale, lack of resources/expertise was cited as the No. 1 challenge in enterprise cloud adoption, with 32 percent of those surveyed naming it as their biggest concern. While that number fell in 2017, resources (or lack thereof) still remain a high priority for organizations looking to move to the cloud or who are already using it. If you’re experiencing rapid growth or a need to become more agile, you’re probably looking at the public cloud or already in …

Part of the cloud’s blessing and curse is your monthly cloud bill. It can either be amazingly cheap, or amazingly expensive. For most organizations, it’s hard to truly take advantage of the efficiency of cloud if they don’t know what their bill will be from month to month. According to Rightscale’s State of the Cloud report for 2017, the most cited challenge among mature cloud users was managing cloud costs. So what can you do to control this? The right …

According to a recent Gartner report, nearly half of large enterprises will deploy hybrid cloud environments by the end of this year. That level of growth is super exciting for the cloud, as more organizations take advantage of a digital-based strategy. However, despite the maturity of the cloud, many CIOs still express concerns. There are two major challenges organizations face in a hybrid cloud environment (or any environment, really.) One is security, which we’ve covered. The other? Compliance. We talked about …

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