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5 Steps to Transform How You Manage Storage and Data Services

The journey to delivering data services anywhere starts with transforming your approach to deploying and managing storage and data technologies. Part of that is the mindset.

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Hybrid cloud strategies should be reimagined as multi-cloud

The tech industry needs to change the way it defines hybrid cloud strategies. A multi-cloud environment is often a more accurate description and worthwhile goal.

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Cross-cloud software development comes to Azure

Cloud-native apps built on Kubernetes can run anywhere. Now, with Open Service Broker, they can also use services hosted in public clouds such as Azure. – Cloud Software Development cloud software development

Back in the early 2000s, while working as an architect in an IT consulting company, I became fascinated by the promise of service-oriented architectures. Taking an API-first approach to application development made a lot of sense to me, as did the idea of using a message- and event-driven approach to application integration.

But that dream was lost in a maze of ever-more complex standards. The relatively simple SOAP’s take on remote procedure calls vanished as a growing family of WS- protocols added more and more features.

It’s not surprising, then, that I find much of what’s happening in the world of cloud-native platforms familiar. Today, we’re using many of the same concepts as part of building microservice architectures, on top of platforms like Kubernetes.

Like SOAP, the underlying concept is an open set of tools that can connect applications and services, working in one public cloud, from on-premises systems to a public cloud, and from cloud to cloud. It’s that cross-cloud option that’s most interesting: Each of the three big public cloud providers does different things well, so why not build your applications around the best of Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform? Continue reading

Private cloud (internal cloud or corporate cloud)

Private cloud is a type of cloud computing that delivers similar advantages to the public cloud, including scalability and self-service, but through a proprietary architecture. Unlike public clouds, which deliver services to multiple organizations, a private cloud is dedicated to the needs and goals of a single organization.Private cloud

As a result, private cloud is best for businesses with dynamic or unpredictable computing needs that require direct control over their environments, typically to meet security, business governance or regulatory compliance requirements.

Private cloud vs. public cloud vs. hybrid cloud

There are three general cloud deployment models: public, private and hybrid.

A public cloud is where an independent, third-party provider, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, owns and maintains computing resources that customers can access the internet. Public cloud users share these resources, a model is known as a multi-tenant environment. Continue reading

Intel expects hard drives to be replaced by SSDs and cloud storage

Intel’s master plan involves replacing local storage with Optane and putting “bulk storage” SSDs into the cloud. Intel plans to hit the hard drive harder with its one-two punch of Optane and NAND SSDs this year: The goal is to knock local storage entirely out of the PC, and into the cloud.

Intel certainly has plans for its SSD business, including adding 1TB and even 2TB capacity points to products like its 760P SSD. But so does everyone else. The more interesting question is what Intel will do with its nearly unique Optane technology, and how it will convince users that it’s worth the investment.

Optane occupies a unique niche between a hard drive and DRAM, and originally served as a caching technology for hard drives or SSDs. The first Optane memory gave way to larger, bootable Optane-powered SSDs like the 900P SSD, at 280GB and 480GB capacities. Quick SSDs have become a preferred upgrade for notebook PCs, but Intel has yet to make Optane mainstream.

Intel hopes to begin changing that with the launch of products like the Optane 800P, a rather small 58GB/118GB M.2 Optane SSD announced at CES. It will begin shipping this month, according to Rob Crooke, who oversees nonvolatile storage products for Intel. In the future, Intel could even combine Optane memory and SSD. This year, Intel will release Optane within a DRAM form factor for the data center, Crooke said, a signal that Optane as a memory technology will eventually make its way into client PCs. Continue reading

Cloud Computing Trends for 2018

Cloud computing trend remains a hot topic in the business world, and the trend is likely to continue according to Cisco’s latest Global Cloud index forecast, which covers 2013 through 2018. Cloud data centers, private cloud solutions,Cloud Computing Trend infrastructure as a service, as well as a platform as a service are all hot, thanks to the numerous advantages of cloud computing.

For this article, the purpose is to explore some of the major trends in cloud computing that you should prepare to adapt to your business in 2018.

Cloud as a Catalyst for Internet of Things (IoT)

The world has undergone a rapid transformation in the last few years as far as communication and business transactions are concerned. Today, people largely use mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access the internet, inquire about businesses, purchase items, and much more. That’s when IoT came into play, rising above the use of mobile devices to accomplish more tasks.

Gartner Research predicts the number of IoT devices in the world to be at least 20 billion by 2020. You know what that means? Continue reading