• What the ‘versatilist’ trend means for IT staffing
    by David Linthicum on February 20, 2018 at 11:00 am

    According to Gartner, by 2021, 40 percent of IT staff will be “versatilists,” holding multiple roles. Moreover, most of these roles will be business-related, rather than technology-related, it predicts.Furthermore, by 2019, IT technical specialist hires will fall by more than 5 percent. […]

  • Rethinking cloud ROI: Come for cost savings but stay for agility
    by David Linthicum on February 16, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Companies are moving away from the traditional operations-oriented ROI model, and now look toward agility as the core metric to determine value. That’s clear in a new report called “How Enterprises Are Calculating Cloud ROI—And Why Some Enterprises Are Moving Ahead Without […]

  • The evidence is in: The cloud’s advantages are now clear to business
    by David Linthicum on February 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

    One of the likely outcomes of moving to the public cloud is altering how products are designed, a recent Harvard Business Review article shows. With cloud, there is closer collaboration between corporate IT departments and business units—sales, finance, forecasting, and even customer […]

  • SaaS-ifying your enterprise application? A quick-and-dirty guide
    by David Linthicum on February 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Lots of people called it SaaS-enablement, some call it SaaS-ification of software. Whatever you call it, more and more enterprises are looking to turn some enterprise application into a SaaS cloud application.There are several reasons to SaaS-enable an internal application. Enterprises need to […]

  • Capacity alone won't assure good cloud performance
    by David Linthicum on February 6, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Many people believe that workloads in the cloud always perform better because public clouds have access to an almost unlimited amount of resources. Although you can provision the resources you need—and even use serverless computing so the allocation of resources is done for you—the fact […]

  • Don’t worry about selecting the ‘wrong’ public cloud
    by David Linthicum on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    When I speak in public about cloud architecture, I’m often asked a question with no right answer: “Which public cloud should we use?”Not knowing much about what “we” is, there is no right answer. While I can list the top two players, they may be wrong for […]

  • One cloud accounting dilemma will soon be fixed
    by David Linthicum on January 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

    You know cloud computing is here to stay when the accountants take notice. The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Emerging Issues Task Force plans to propose new rules for how to deal with cloud computing service costs.The updated guidance means that a customer under contract with a cloud […]

  • How likely can terrorists, nuclear attacks, or hackers take down the cloud?
    by David Linthicum on January 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

    For all you Chicken Littles out there: A cyber problem that shuts down a top US cloud computing provider for three to six days could trigger a cost to clients of between $5.3 billion and $19 billion in business losses, of which only $1.1 billion to $3.5 billion would be covered by insurance, said […]

  • No, edge computing will not replace cloud computing
    by David Linthicum on January 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    The press is still having a field day with this relatively new tech term edge computing, and how it will soon displace cloud computing. I’ve seen more a half dozen articles in just the last two months that advancing the perception that edge computing will displace, not complement, cloud […]

  • Cloud portability: Why you’ll never really get there
    by David Linthicum on January 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Portability means that you can move an application from one host environment to another, including cloud to cloud such as from Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure. The work needed to complete the porting of an application from one platform to another depends upon the specific […]

  • Why you should not worry about cross-tenant cloud attacks
    by David Linthicum on January 16, 2018 at 11:00 am

    We’ve all heard the concerns: While public clouds do a good job protecting our cloud-based systems from outside attackers, what about attacks that may come from other public cloud users? These are known as cross-tenant attacks (sometimes called side-channel attacks), where other tenants on […]

  • Don’t fall for the ‘pluggable cloud’ siren call
    by David Linthicum on January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

    People once made requests for hybrid cloud because of the perception of flexibility. Now they make multicloud requests, for the same reasons. Multicloud is just part of a cloud architecture that uses more than two clouds, private and/or public. However, most multicloud deployments involve more than […]

  • Lack of cloud skills and training begin to take a toll
    by David Linthicum on January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    According to a recent report by cloud and datcenter vendor Rackspace, “Nearly three quarters of IT decision-makers (71 percent) believe their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. On average, this accounts for 5 percent of total global revenue, or […]

  • Enterprise IoT threatens to undermine cloud and IT security
    by David Linthicum on January 5, 2018 at 11:00 am

    The internet of things, or IoT, is pervasive these days in your personal life. However, this technology is just getting into the Global 2000 companies. Yet most of the Global 2000 companies are unaware of the risks that they are bringing to IT and cloud security with their IoT adoption.How did this […]

  • 4 surprise cloud computing trends for 2018
    by David Linthicum on January 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    First of all, I hate doing yearly predictions. Also, this is the time of year that every PR firm in the country asks me to read the cloud computing predictions of their clients, which are all pretty much wrong and self-serving.So, I’ve put together four cloud predictions for 2018 that you […]

  • 3 New Year’s resolutions for the cloud in 2018
    by David Linthicum on December 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I’m one of those people who takes time at the new year to define personal objectives for the forthcoming year, some of which I actually achieve. Enterprise IT should be doing the same thing for cloud computing.Here are my three suggestions for IT’s cloud resolutions for 2018.[ Learn all […]

  • Cloudops automation is the only answer to cloud complexity
    by David Linthicum on December 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Let’s face facts: We often look at cloud computing as a single place to put our workloads and our data, where magic pixy dust takes care of what’s needed. But today we increasingly understand that the reality of the cloud—like the datacenter before it—is complexity, labor […]

  • Don’t leave your Amazon S3 buckets exposed
    by David Linthicum on December 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    As long as you know the right URL, anyone with access to the internet could retrieve all the data that was left online by marketing analytics company Alteryx. This is the second major exposure of data stored and improperly managed in the Amazon Web Services S3 storage service.In the Alteryx case, […]

  • How the end of net neutrality will affect enterprise cloud computing
    by David Linthicum on December 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I hate writing about politics because the topic is so polarizing. However, I’ve had enough questions about the net neutrality issue that I felt InfoWorld readers needed some preliminary guidance about its effect on enterprise-grade cloud computing.The U.S. Federal Communications Commission […]

  • Cloud migration: How to know if you’re going too fast or too slow
    by David Linthicum on December 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Companies have decreased their spending on traditional system deployments to fund their cloud migration activities. Indeed, the IaaS market—including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google—has been exploding with growth over 40 percent in revenue per year since 2011, according to […]

  • Data integration is one thing the cloud makes worse
    by David Linthicum on December 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

    One, enterprises have too many decisions to make. Two, it’s difficult to find success with complex data integration. Those are the two main excuses I hear these days, as enterprises move to the cloud. Whatever the justification, the lack of attention to data integration is beginning to cause […]

  • Colleges don’t teach cloud skills, so AWS will do it in high school
    by David Linthicum on December 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    AWS Educate serves as a path for younger students to understand and get excited about the capabilities of the cloud, namely Amazon’s own AWS cloud. At AWS’s Re:Invent conference in last week, AWS announced the company is expanding its cloud education initiative to students ages […]

  • AWS’s Kubernetes support is a step in the right direction
    by David Linthicum on December 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Kubernetes is open source technology originally built by a Google team that has received support from several enterprises, including Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM. This containers orchestration layer has many advantages, including the ability to process an application on any public cloud. This makes […]

  • AWS and Azure dominate the cloud. Neither should win
    by David Linthicum on December 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

    As we close out another AWS Re:Invent conference, it’s become apparent that we have the AWS ecosystem and the Azure ecosystem. Although there are a few others in the marketplace, Google and IBM to name two, most investment and interest have been focused at the Amazon Web Services and […]

  • When it comes to the cloud, don’t start with technology
    by David Linthicum on November 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

    It’s easy to get caught up in the technology of cloud computing. We’ll certainly see that occur at the annual AWS Re:Invent show this week, where hundreds of providers  will show off new and shiny technology.   But don’t get stuck in the weeds.[ What is cloud […]

  • How to diagnose cloud performance issues
    by David Linthicum on November 21, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Is your public cloud-based workload too slow? You don’t know where to look first?  Here are some quick guidelines for diagnosing the root cause of most performance issues.I’ve found that many people in IT who can quickly diagnose issues with traditional systems have trouble […]

  • Why cloud adoption isn’t slowing datacenter growth
    by David Linthicum on November 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I’m always interested in datacenters because I live in Northern Virginia, where a new one opens about once a month, leveraging a huge bundle of fiber coming out of the ground near Dulles Airport and cheap power sources. Indeed, they now call my region “Datacenter Alley.” A […]

  • You want innovation? You’ll have to go to the cloud
    by David Linthicum on November 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Are we at the tipping point with cloud computing? As more technology comes out on public clouds, cloud technology seems to be pushing the limits of innovation. It’s still an emerging approach, yet the degree of innovation in the public cloud seems to have surpassed the innovation of […]

  • How enterprises should use the cloud in China
    by David Linthicum on November 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

    By 2020, which is not that far away, the aggregate market size of China’s cloud computing industry is expected to hit 686.6 billion yuan (about $103.6 billion), according to Forward Intelligence. China’s cloud computing industry has experienced strong growth since 2010, with a […]

  • How to shift cloud metrics to measuring agility
    by David Linthicum on November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    It’s a constantly evolving science, the ability to understand the exact business benefit of cloud computing. A few years ago, the benefit was largely conceived as “capex vs. opex,” the ability to shift to an on-demand consumption model and thus avoid the capital expenses of […]