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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

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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 […]

Who should be making your cloud decisions?

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The advent of the cloud has brought new life to old IT battles. Who should be making the call? The techies? IT management? The CIO and top executives? Here are my thoughts. The guys and gals with their hands on the server keyboards are the ones most likely to know what’s what with the tech. […]

40% of businesses have public cloud buyer’s remorse

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Businesses are moving to the cloud. That’s not news. What is interesting, according to a new IDG survey, is “nearly 40% of organizations with public cloud experience report having moved public cloud workloads back to on premises, mostly due to security and cost concerns.” The survey, “Data Centers in Flux: The IT Optimization Challenge,’ commissioned […]

Microsoft open sources Project Olympus, a hyperscale cloud hardware design

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For decades, Microsoft warred with open-source software. Then, under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft finally woke up and saw how it could win with open source. But even as Microsoft embraced Linux and became an avid open-source follower, it was never a leader. That’s changing. Microsoft has just announced Project Olympus, a hyperscale cloud hardware design and new model […]