It seems that cloud computing needs governance to succeed. However, few out there understand what the heck governance is, what it does, and how it fits. Perhaps it’s time you master this approach and technology, and become a Cloud Governance Ninja. Keep in mind that a service is simply something you use to gain access to some resource in a cloud, such as storage, server provisioning, request for compute cycles, etc.. Clouds leverage services … [Read more...]
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I came across an interesting article last week entitled “Tassie retailer rejects cloud for mainframe.” It described how an Australian supermarket chain was bucking the “cloud computing” trend by upgrading to the latest Unisys mainframe technology to run its core business, including a 20+ year-old application suite. The article highlights the common perception among a surprising number of commentators that mainframes and cloud computing … [Read more...]
Much has already been written about how Cloud will level the IT playing field for SMBs who are trying to compete with larger Enterprises. It allows them to utilize enterprise-grade IT (salesforce automation, customer relationship management, supply chain management, disaster recovery etc) without the enterprise-grade price tags that used to go with it. The resulting increase in flexibility, agility, and time-to-market puts them on a par with … [Read more...]
Thinking cloud is thinking application-centric. Organizations utilize public cloud offerings because they want to focus on their revenue-generating applications rather than managing infrastructure. And from there we already can draw the significance of Application Performance Management (APM) in public cloud environments. Significance of APM in public clouds—let’s focus on our application and measure its performance directly rather than … [Read more...]
[VIDEO] After the cloud outages from major providers like Facebook, Amazon Web Services and O2, I kept seeing article headlines like “Is the Cloud Ready For Prime Time?” My view is that we are asking the wrong questions. … [Read more...]
Distributing stored data across different geographical regions is not uncommon. Due to regional laws you might even be forced to store your application data in a certain geographical region. Windows Azure PaaS therefore offers storage services, i.e. BLOB, Table or Queue distributed across their data centers. Distributing data however raises the question if you also need to distribute your application that accesses this data in order to not run … [Read more...]
Today’s dynamic IT environments are experiencing constant changes. Virtualization and agile development driven by ever-changing business requirements are driving frequent application and infrastructure changes. This persistent change presents challenges to those charged with ensuring end-user experience. One of the downsides to virtualization is the impact it has on application performance management (APM) solutions. As new hardware and … [Read more...]
Today, many decision makers tend to favor public cloud environments over their own data centers. Often, the reason is easier and quicker scaling to cover daily or seasonal peaks and it sounds promising to be the cheaper way. However, it’s just different means of paying the bill, which is at first glance financially attractive. If we have a closer look, it turns out to be quite an issue, especially for financially responsible folks: it becomes … [Read more...]
Are you the one to decide on implementing your next project based on public cloud platforms such as Windows Azure? Is it going to be HTML5, Flash or Silverlight for your rich end user interface? Have you thought about the costs running on cloud services that seem cheaper than hosting on your own hardware? What other open questions and second thoughts do you have that keep you from making a decision? Getting End-to-End Visibility in Windows … [Read more...]