• 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 […]

  • Google can read your corporate data. Are you OK with that?
    by David Linthicum on November 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

    On Halloween, Google told its Google G Suite users that “this morning, we made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their […]

  • It’s come down to AWS vs. Microsoft Azure—too bad
    by David Linthicum on October 31, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Have you watched the recent earnings reports lately? Amazon posted total revenue across all segments of $43.7 billion for the quarter. Amazon Web Services contributed just over 10 percent of that at $4.6 billion. If you’re keeping track, AWS’s revenue increased 41 percent from this time […]

  • Moving to the cloud? Don’t make these 3 big mistakes
    by David Linthicum on October 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Most of the success with your cloud deployments comes from avoiding the errors that have cratered several cloud projects. I don’t want those of you reading this blog to repeat the same mistakes. Here are three common mistakes in cloud deployments that you can, and should, avoid […]

  • 3 emerging cloud technologies for enterprise
    by David Linthicum on October 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Enterprises are paying a lot more attention to the cloud these days—particularly to Amazon Web Services, which still leads the thinking in the public cloud. AWS’s Re:Invent conference is next month, and I expect to see three new types of cloud offerings emerge that will be of […]

  • To succeed with the cloud, you need real governance
    by David Linthicum on October 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Most enterprises don’t have a well-developed governance approach for the cloud, not even an idea of a technology solution.Enterprises are overwhelmed these days with other technology changes, including not just the move to cloud but devops, machine learning, and whatever other shiny objects […]

  • Devsecops: Add security to complete your devops process
    by David Linthicum on October 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

    As seen in a recent DigiCert report, an overwhelming majority of companies believe that an integrated security and devops team makes sense. In fact, 98 percent of survey 300 US respondents (a third from IT or security) are either planning to or have already launched such an effort.This is good, if […]

  • Centralized security in the cloud is the best security model
    by David Linthicum on October 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    It’s 6:00 a.m. on a Monday morning. You get an automated text from your security systems that a DDOS attack was attempted, but new security policies downloaded several hours earlier proactively protected the systems from the attacking IP address. All is well. The alternative is not […]

  • Now’s the time to do deep learning in the cloud
    by David Linthicum on October 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    The AWS Re:invent conference is coming up, and predictions are starting to fly around what Amazon Web Services will announce there. A sure bet is that it will announce some sort of deep learning cloud service. Of course, Google, Microsoft, and IBM won’t be far behind; indeed, both IBM and […]

  • The cloud computing wars have forgotten the enterprise
    by David Linthicum on October 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

    At this week’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison announced his company’s new autonomous database product. However, Larry being Larry, he took several minutes to disparage Amazon Web Services, especially its Redshift database technology.AWS dominates the cloud […]

  • Azure Stack: Good private cloud technology that you don’t need
    by David Linthicum on October 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Last week, the hybrid cloud landscape changed significantly. At the Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft and several hardware partners announced availability of the long-awaited Azure Stack. Think of it as a configurable rack of hardware that has a version of the Azure public cloud on it.Azure […]

  • It’s hangover time for enterprise cloud computing
    by David Linthicum on September 29, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Now that enterprises have done serious work in the cloud, they’re a bit unhappy with their cloud technology providers. It turns out that migrations are not so easy, and service levels aren’t what they expect.According to a recent report by 451 Research, three quarters of organizations […]

  • Hybrid cloud? Private cloud? Public cloud? Multicloud? How to choose
    by David Linthicum on September 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    My article “Don’t waste your time with a hybrid cloud” has gotten many people seeing red, and I can understand why. Many enterprise IT shops, and most enterprise technology companies, have pledged allegiance to the hybrid cloud model. The intellectual dishonesty of […]

  • Chatbots and voice assistants: Often overused, ineffective, and annoying
    by David Linthicum on September 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    There’s yet another cloud service from AWS: Amazon Lex, which lets developers build conversational interfaces into applications for voice and text. It uses the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.Lex lets you quickly build natural language […]

  • Safer but not immune: Cloud lessons from the Equifax breach
    by David Linthicum on September 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I’ve stopped covering breaches. First, because clouds are nowhere to be found among them. (The focus of this blog is advice to enterprises that are moving, or have moved, to cloud computing.) Second, because it just seems like piling on a company that’s already in distress.However, […]

  • Admit your mistakes if you want to succeed in the cloud
    by David Linthicum on September 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

    It’s 8:00 a.m. and I get a call from a client. It sounds like the workloads that the CIO had IT move to public cloud are not performing well. The data, by the way, was left on-premises, so all database calls are being made across the open internet.Can you guess what’s wrong here?[ Learn […]

  • How long it takes to move a workload to the cloud
    by David Linthicum on September 12, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I get this question all the time: How long will it take to move a certain number of applications to the cloud? Of course, they get the standard consultant answer: “It depends.” But there are some rules of thumb that you can apply to get a general understanding how much work will be […]

  • Cloud lockin: It’s not as bad you might think
    by David Linthicum on September 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

    “I don’t want to get locked in to any specific cloud” is what I hear from clients on a daily basis. Of course you don’t. Who does? However, these are the realities of cloud services: If you move your applications to a cloud and you use native services on that cloud, […]

  • Are you cloud-savvy? Take this test to find out
    by David Linthicum on September 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

    There are a few people who are truly savvy about cloud computing, but most are just posers.Here is a quick test to see if you’ve got the right stuff.[ What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. | Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how to move into a cloud career […]

  • Doing cloud computing? You need devops, too
    by David Linthicum on September 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I’ve gone from recommending that you should have devops to you must have devops. At least, if a public cloud is in your future.There are two fundamental reasons why cloud computing and devops are necessary complements.[ What is devops? Discover how to transform software development. | […]

  • What to do if your public cloud is hacked
    by David Linthicum on August 29, 2017 at 10:00 am

    It’s never good news when your workloads, data, or both get hacked in a public cloud. Fortunately, it’s something that rarely occurs. But as workloads and data sets on the public clouds become more numerous, such a hack could occur.The best way to recover from an attack, aka a hack, is […]

  • Get what you deserve: What cloud jobs pay
    by David Linthicum on August 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Thanks to compensation consultancy PayScale, we now have salary figures for a variety of cloud jobs, with ranges for roles, company size, and years of experience.So, what’s hot and what’s not? If you want to make the most money from your cloud job, the best-paid positions are:enterprise […]