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Steven Vaughan-Nichols blogs about all things cloud.

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Why some cloud vendors are shifting to the managed cloud

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When it comes to cloud market share, Amazon Web Services (AWS) (surprise!) leads the pack with 40%, according to Synergy Research’s February 2017 cloud market share report. It’s followed also to no great surprise by Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and the IBM Cloud. At the same time, the smaller cloud services providers’ (CSP) market share is […]

Evaluating price and performance in the public cloud

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Time to ask yourself, “Are you getting your money’s worth from your public cloud?” Take Snapchat, the popular mobile app that enables users to send videos and pictures that self destruct after a few seconds after viewing. Its parent company, Snap, is filing for its Intial Public Opening (IPO). In the filing, Snap revealed that it spends $400 […]

Gartner looks into its public cloud crystal ball

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Things are looking rosy for the public cloud from where IT research giant Gartner sits. Others, however, see the private cloud doing just fine. Gartner expects the worldwide public cloud service market to grow 18% in 2017 to total $246.8 billion. That’s up from $209.2 billion in 2016. IaaS is expected to grow 36.8% in 2017 […]

Municipal drones are coming — and cloud leaders are getting prepared

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Like it or hate it, government drones are coming to your block. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a leading organization dedicated to ensuring a secure cloud computing environment is working with Securing Smart Cities, a nonprofit global initiative focused on smart city cybersecurity, to set up drone guidelines. Their report, co-authored by the CSA Internet of Things (IoT) […]

5 cloud deployment blunders to avoid

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I’ve been consulting on cloud migrations and deployments for a while now. Along the way, I’ve seen lots of mistakes made. Mea culpa: I’ve made some of them myself. Don’t be like me, or a lot of companies. Avoid these five blunders and you’ll be much better off. 1 Hurry up and fail. Do not, I […]

The 5 biggest cloud developments to watch in 2017

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It’s going to be another big year for the cloud in 2017. Let me count the ways. 1) Clouds will grow and grow. Forrester Research forecasts that public cloud spending will rise 29% this year to $146 billion, up from $114 billion in in 2016. That’s real money, and it doesn’t even take private clouds into […]

Red Hat’s cloud triple play

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Yes, Red Hat is The Linux Company. But, what it wants to become is The Business Cloud Company. Don’t believe me? Just consider the news of the last few weeks. First, the Linux giant released Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOP) 10. This long-term support release is built on top of OpenStack Newton. This is the […]

OpenStack’s wins and losses

The good news is that OpenStack is doing really well on private clouds and telecoms. On the public cloud, however, it’s a different story. First, the good stuff. According to a Forrester Research report titled, OpenStack’s Global Traction Expands For Its Newton Release, OpenStack has “grown into a de facto standard platform for the private […]

Docker comes to Microsoft Azure

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Even now, it sounds unlikely. Docker, the company that took Linux containers mainstream partnering with Microsoft to bring Docker containers to Azure? Really? Really. In June 2016, Docker announced it would bring Docker to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure. The goal was to deploy a standard Docker platform to ensure teams can seamlessly move […]

DevOps certifications appear in the nick of time

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If you really want to get the most from your cloud, you need people who know DevOps. There’s only one little problem with that. How the heck do you know if someone really gets DevOps? Good question, and there didn’t used to be any good answers — other than, hire them and hope for the […]