Category: Cloud

Are you overengineering your cloud apps?

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Those of us who owned motorcycles over the years know that a “bone stock” bike won’t be stock for long. It’s common to replace the exhaust system with aftermarket, much louder pipes. Also, the seat is often swapped out for something more comfortable and stylish. Don’t forget a windshield, fuel management systems, and upgraded handlebars.

With that you’ve spent about one-fourth of the cost of the motorcycle on a bunch of stuff that does not add anything to the core functionality of the motorcycle. We do it because we can, not because we should.

The same can be said about cloud applications for many enterprises. Much like the motorcycle, apps are being tricked out with all kinds of features that really don’t do anything for the core purpose of the applications except make things more complex.

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Get ready for the post-pandemic run on cloud

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“Cloud-computing providers are emerging as among the few corporate winners in the coronavirus pandemic as office and store closures across the U.S. have pushed more activity online,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Those who pick stocks are betting on cloud growth due to the crisis, thus we’re seeing this first reported in business journals. Most likely, after the crisis has gone and business hopefully returns to normal, there will be a mad rush to move to public cloud-based resources.  Here’s why.

Business seems to change around pain. In the past weeks companies that had already migrated to public cloud had a strategic advantage over those still operating mostly in traditional data centers. 

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Can public clouds keep up with the pandemic surge?

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As more and more businesses switch to virtual work from home “offices,” cloud computing and cloud-based systems suddenly have new credibility. Cloud computing makes it much easier to manage daily operations when a company’s workforce becomes largely distributed, and enterprises are fast realizing the value that cloud computing can bring in this dimension.

That said, public cloud providers only have so much capacity because even clouds have finite limits based on existing physical inventory. Providers do a good job of resource sharing using advanced tenant management capabilities, and it’s assumed they will expand their capacity during this crisis, but there is an upward limit. If a provider hits that limit, rationing mechanisms will need to be employed.

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Enhance your cloud career during lockdown

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It’s on. The COVID-19 pandemic is, and will continue to be, the biggest disruption to our society’s way of life for 2020. While we’re still trying to figure things out, most of us are working from home, or, worse, have lost our jobs. 

Truth be told, I’m a big fan of working at home. Even with a manageable commute, going into an office can mean about three hours of unproductive time every workday. You contribute more to carbon emissions in numerous ways and miss out on things happening at home. 

So, when life give you lemons…

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3 things I bet you didn’t know about multicloud security

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Those of you who built a security plan and physical security technology stack for a single public cloud provider just a few years ago hopefully don’t also believe that you can replicate that to many cloud brands or multicloud. It just won’t work.

The security mistakes I see today with multicloud deployment and operations are around selecting and deploying security architecture and enabling technology. That being said, I’ve compiled three pieces of advice for deploying multicloud security.

First, traditional approaches to security won’t work. Those of you who have had success in enterprises using traditional security approaches, such as role-based, won’t find the same results in multicloud. Multicloud requires that you deal with the complexity it brings and leverage security that’s able to configure around that complexity. IAM (identity access management) married with a good encryption system for both at rest and in flight are much better options.

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Cloud computing finally getting green cred

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A new study found that the computing output of data centers jumped six fold from 2010 to 2018, but their energy consumption rose only six percent. The findings refute concerns that the rise of mammoth data centers would generate a surge in electricity demand, and thus carbon output has been greatly overstated.

I think back to many panel debates on the green-ness of cloud computing. Those arguing that cloud computing would warm the planet were legion compared to others, like myself, who argued the contrary.

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Raspberry Pi is your new private cloud

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The running joke is that raspberry Pis are cheaper than an actual raspberry pie. Although I wouldn’t pay $50 to $100 for a pie to eat, the idea is to provide a very capable computer, with a small footprint, with built-in networking, running open source software, at a price that hobbyists, as well as professionals, can afford.

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