Evaluating and Contracting for Cloud Financials

DANIEL DRUKER | April 26, 2016

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For an increasing number of companies, the tremendous cost and resource requirements of owning and operating on-premises software are a burden they are no longer willing to bear. The headache of licensing, installing and deploying core business applications are only the start. Costs multiply with the ongoing expense of operating the system over time. Add in the challenges of upgrading software, patching operating systems, managing licenses and users, monitoring data security and disaster recovery and you begin to get the magnitude of commitment – and expense – required. Just as daunting is securing approval for such major upfront capital investments for projects which normally have a very high failure rate. To make matters worse, none of this is strategic – for the vast majority of companies, there is simply no economic value added in running your own business applications – it just distracts from your core business objectives.

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How To Derive Data Insights In Hybrid Cloud Model And Drive Innovation

Article | April 10, 2020

If you don’t completely understand hybrid cloud, you’re not alone. Organizations feel the pressure of being competitive by being innovative and adaptive due to changing infrastructure, changing strategies and changing technologies. Many businesses are looking to move their data centers to the cloud for obvious reasons like disaster recovery or increased capacity but importantly to bring in the digital transformation. Cloud has emerged as an enabler of success. Cloud computing has evolved over the recent years to fulfil the varied needs of organizations, even as each organization realizes that it has different cloud requirements. This gave birth to Hybrid Cloud environment with both public and private cloud services. Data is by-far the most important resource for organizations these days. This is where all the business lives. As organizations embark on strategic business initiatives to digital transformation, hybrid cloud model provides a wider data-centric view and seamless access to your data to produce insights by optimizing resource without compromising security. Table of Contents: - What is Hybrid Cloud? - Why Hybrid Cloud over other cloud options? - Gaining data insights in a Hybrid Cloud Environment - Leveraging data to power innovation in a Hybrid Cloud environment - In Conclusion What is Hybrid Cloud? Forrester research describes hybrid cloud as “One or more public clouds connected to something in my data center. That thing could be a private cloud; that thing could just be traditional data center infrastructure.” To put it simply, a hybrid cloud is a mash-up of on-premises and off-premises IT resources. To expand on that, hybrid cloud is a cloud-computing environment that connects a mix of public cloud, private cloud and on-premises infrastructure. A key advantage to this model is that it allows workloads and data to travel between private and public clouds as demands and costs change, providing businesses with the flexibility they need. There is not a single hybrid cloud model that works for every organization and every model should fit the unique needs of each company. By allowing multiple deployment models in a hybrid cloud, organizations are able to benefit from a seamless and secure environment which enables productivity and flexibility. We believe in a world where you integrate public cloud with your on-premises infrastructure, and use each where it makes sense in conjunction with each other. And when we say integration, we mean true integration – across infrastructure, applications, development platforms, identity, and databases. This is what we call hybrid cloud. - Microsoft Azure Jumpstart Why Hybrid Cloud? It is not usually feasible for businesses to go all in and move completely into the cloud straight away, unless they happen to be cloud-native organizations. That doesn’t mean that enterprises with legacy systems have been unable to make any headway with cloud. To get around this, they can try a mixture of public and private clouds, and combine this with hosted, collocated and on-premise infrastructure where necessary. Hybrid cloud allows organizations to experience the advantages of both types of cloud. By spreading computational data across both resources, it is possible to optimize the environment whilst keeping everyday functions as streamlined as possible. Enterprises can make their own minds up on which type of data should be stored in a public cloud, whilst keeping any sensitive data in the private cloud. This is granting them the key element that they need: control. Access to the benefits of private and public clouds is perfect for organizations wanting to grow at the speed they need. Hybrid solutions grant business the key element that they need: control. Control to optimize their IT investment by selecting the best-fit infrastructure for different categories of workload. Control to choose where their most critical data should reside. Control to spread their workloads across multiple platforms to avoid the risk of vendor lock-in from a single platform strategy. Only 40% are currently able to move workloads across cloud types or providers. That means enterprises striving toward flexible use of hybrid clouds face a looming challenge, because 62% are looking to achieve portability within the next 18 months. - CIO Quick Pulse Cloud READ MORE: https://cloud.report/blogs/flexible-building-blocks-for-the-new-cloud-and-data-driven-world/12337 Gaining data insights in a Hybrid Cloud Environment • Maintain the “Right” Data Placement If your organization uses hybrid cloud, IDC highlights the “right” data placement as being critical to comply with regulatory mandates, to meet application response time, and to optimize infrastructure costs. In many cases, you must keep certain datasets within their respective countries of origin, or you must be able to move other datasets from one location to another. In either case, all your customers who access data, regardless of location, need the same seamless customer experience. By dispersing data correctly, your organization can provide faster data access for customers around the world. And with the “right” data placement, hybrid cloud environments can provide data and data insights faster, without violating global regulations or creating content siloes. • Develop a Holistic Picture of All Your Workloads and Data To gain insight into your hybrid cloud environment, you need to have a complete picture of the workloads and the datasets within that environment. IDC suggests building “data maps,” which include your data, key owners, security requirements, sensitivity levels, data sources, and any other key metrics to meet your organization’s needs. When your organization has this holistic picture, you can measure data as part of a whole set. You can also manage workloads and identify data trends that might have been siloed in the past. When all your data has been measured together as part of a larger map, you can discover new insights, identify new opportunities, and make data-driven business decisions. • Understand the Real Costs of Your Service Options Along with your holistic picture of workloads and data, you need to understand the real costs of your service options. What up-front costs are required? What hidden costs might be exposed later? What’s the TCO over time, and does it match the value of your data? Cloud solutions are not one-size-fits-all, and your organization can create an environment that’s based on your needs, without added cost. As you create your hybrid cloud strategy, consider your existing costs and evaluate what options you have as you move data into your cloud environment. • Embrace AI and Machine Learning Forward-thinking organizations recognize that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are the future of cloud data storage and management. A cloud environment with AI learns from the data that it gathers, makes predictions, and troubleshoots potential problems before they occur. IDC predicts that in the future, AI will drive self-configurable and self-healing infrastructures, enabling systems to dramatically reduce—or even eliminate—human errors. You can also use AI and machine learning to seamlessly move data between an on-premises infrastructure and a cloud environment. In a hybrid cloud environment, seamless movement, accessibility, and connectivity are crucial. With AI attached to a hybrid cloud, your organization can manage and control data like never before. READ MORE: https://cloud.report/blogs/how-to-maximise-business-objectives-using-hybrid-cloud-architecture/12360 Leveraging data to power innovation in a Hybrid Cloud environment 1. Control and Secure Your Most Valuable Asset environment It’s impossible to gain insights from information that you don’t know that you have. In a hybrid cloud environment, you can easily keep your data visible and accessible without losing security. You can establish full data visibility across multiple clouds, and you can implement data protection policies that extend beyond your data center boundaries. With a hybrid cloud environment, you can control and secure your data, wherever it lives. 2. Access and Share New Data Insights Infrastructure analytics and machine learning work across hybrid cloud environments to help you better understand your data. These data insights include performance, capacity, and availability of each dataset. With this kind of visibility into your organization’s data, you can: • Decrease troubleshooting time. • Optimize resources and reduce capital expenditures and operational expenditures. • Manage costs. • Implement showback and chargeback reporting. Data visibility and insight go hand in hand. With integrated data management in a hybrid cloud environment, your organization can eliminate data bottlenecks and share insights to drive new business opportunities and growth. 3. Accelerate Application Delivery and Embrace Digital Transformation Many enterprises are turning to DevOps as the best way to deliver new software features, services, and applications more quickly and with higher quality. Hybrid cloud environments facilitate DevOps practices by simplifying data services and by connecting your data, in the cloud or on the premises. By bringing developer and operations teams together, DevOps can reduce friction and put your company on a path to continuous integration and seamless delivery. 4. Empower Employees to Make Data-Driven Decisions In a hybrid cloud environment, your organization can place data where it provides the greatest value, whether it’s a corporate data center, a production facility, a public cloud, or at a cloud service provider. A hybrid cloud also enables you to move data easily as your requirements change. With integrated and accessible data, employees at every level can make data-driven decisions. Working with data in a hybrid cloud environment is all about maximizing the value of the data. That means improving the customer experience, making information more accessible to stakeholders, and identifying opportunities that lead to new markets and new customers. 5. Accelerate Innovation When your data is mapped and accessible in a hybrid cloud environment, your employees can discover new ways of looking at data to improve performance management, gain new business intelligence, and spot potential customers. Your company can move quickly to advance new ideas from concept to production while reacting faster to market changes. With your data connected through the hybrid cloud, you’re strategically positioned to unleash your data and to grow your business. In Conclusion Public and private clouds have certain limitations, which is where Hybrid Cloud model shines. Hybrid Cloud approach allows the power to integrate your current IT Infrastructure with new cloud workloads. This leads to seamless access, wider data view and deriving new data insights for faster innovation while adhering to the ever changing tech scenario.

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NetFoundry Extends Edge Computing and Private 5G Use Cases via Integration with Azure Edge Zones

Article | April 2, 2020

NetFoundry has announced a new embedded networking solution within Microsoft Azure Edge Zones. According to NetFoundry, the integration will allow businesses to easily and securely tap into the power of edge compute and optional private 5G for use cases, including industrial IoT, near-real time video processing, and analytics.Microsoft Azure Private Edge Zones enable application workloads to span edges and clouds with a common Azure experience, APIs, and security. NetFoundry's integration facilitates direct connections between businesses and Azure Private Edge Zones without deploying extra network gear. This capability is particularly important at edge sites that often lack space, power, and cooling. With the NetFoundry embedded networking solution, all applications, from edge to cloud, can use any Internet connection, instantly joining a NetFoundry-powered zero trust, high-performance network. Zero trust security is an industry-accepted architecture that assumes "zero trust" of actors and protocols both outside and inside an organization.The NetFoundry platform enables businesses to securely and reliably connect distributed compute environments, providing zero trust, high-performance networking as a service (NaaS) from edge to cloud, and everywhere in between.

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Getting Your Users to Buy into the Software Solution You Bought for Them

Article | February 14, 2020

How sad is shelfware? Software that ends up on the shelf (meaning nobody uses it) can be anything from a minor annoyance to a huge and tragically missed opportunity. After all, just think – you invested time, effort, and money into applications that you selected with loving care and attention to provide your team project management solutions to be more productive. And after all that, you’re going to let it end up as shelfware gathering digital dust?

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Google Cloud launches Game Servers, a managed cloud backend for games

Article | March 24, 2020

Google Cloud today announced the beta launch of Game Servers, a managed service that provides game developers with the usual backend services for running their games, including multi-player games, in the company's cloud. It's worth stressing that these are not game streaming servers but solely meant to make it easier for game developers to build, scale and manage the backend services for their games.

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