Why Switch To The Cloud? 20 Benefits of Cloud Computing

Why Switch To The Cloud? 20 Benefits of Cloud ComputingIn their 2016 State of the Cloud Survey, Right Scale notes that Cloud adoption is up to nearly 95%. Why has using it become such as normal part of all of our lives? The simple response is that it’s better than the alternative. Technology progresses over time and society begins to adopt it. But the cloud in particular has so many benefits over local storage that it seems worthwhile to list them out.
1. Cheap  2. Collaborative  3. Up-To-Date  4. Mobile  5. Reliable  6. Scalable
7. Consistant  8. Eco-Friendly  9. Streamlined 10. Light  11. Supportive
12. Modern  13. Integratable  14. Secure  15. Commitment-free
16. Analytical  17. Immediate  18. Fast  19. Accountable  20. Intuitive

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To Move Fast on Cloud Computing, Go Slow

To Move Fast on Cloud Computing, Go Slow

The mad rush to adopt cloud technology is no secret. In fact, the tsunami of organizations that are racing to implement these solutions clearly reflects the need to have the best new “it” in IT. As TJ McCue wrote, “Instead of a slow-moving, fluffy white cloud image, the cloud computing industry should use a tornado – that might be a better way to visualize how fast cloud computing is growing today.” In fact, the global market for cloud-computing equipment is predicted to reach almost $80 billion by 2018.

The exceptional benefits and transformative power of the cloud are clear – efficiency, productivity, scalability, storage capacity, and better use of analytics, just to name a few. But, as with all revolutionary solutions, the urgency among market leaders to introduce greater agility into their organizations, to “be fast and be first,” can lead to real buyer’s remorse over designing and deploying precisely the wrong set of cloud solutions for their organizations.


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Original Author: Jim Cole

Managing Application Performance in Hybrid Clouds

Managing Application Performance in Hybrid Clouds

Managing Application Performance in Hybrid Clouds: Keeping pace with changes to your networks, systems and applications can feel like a full-time job. As applications support more data types in more distributed environments—often in real time—it becomes imperative to have a clear picture of your end-to-end computing environment.

Just as important is making sure your apps take advantage of the adaptability and efficiency of microservices, document data models and other cloud-focused technologies.

All those much-touted benefits of cloud computing—efficiency, agility, scalability—come to nothing if your applications don’t perform as expected. The growing prevalence of hybrid cloud infrastructures makes managing app performance trickier than ever.

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Original Author: Brian Wheeler

Server and Application Management in the Hybrid IT Era

Nastel Comments: Many companies struggle to maintain the performance and availability required for complex, hybrid IT environments . It doesn’t have to be a challenge.


Server and Application Management in the Hybrid IT Era

As revealed by the results of a recent survey of IT pros, moving some parts of an organization’s infrastructure to the cloud is a priority, but one that presents a challenging management scenario. But server and application management in the cloud doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. IT professionals can better equip themselves to manage—or prepare to manage—servers and applications in a hybrid IT environment by addressing several key considerations as well as leveraging certain best practices for an optimized data center.

So, how do you best manage servers or applications that are hosted in the cloud while simultaneously maintaining your on-premises infrastructure? What is the best way to look at the data from both locations in the same way, and in a way that allows you to optimize your environment and end-user experience? Here are a few best practices you can leverage to help align the management of on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure and applications in the hybrid IT era.

  • Monitor from the ground to the cloud – Similar to establishing a unified view across on-premises hardware, where your infrastructure might be comprised of any number of disparate vendor solutions, IT professionals must implement a tool that provides a view across the entire hybrid IT environment. The data generated by these tools will allow you to make informed decisions about what workloads belong on-premises or in the cloud. For example, with an effective monitoring tool, you might see that some components in the cloud are running slower or are more expensive, so you can bring them back on-premises. The opposite could also be true, where monitoring data reveals you’re running out of space and need to move some items to cloud for quick and easy scalability.

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Five Security Features That Your Next-Gen Cloud Must Have

Nastel Comments: Cloud computing demands a high degree of automation from an application performance management (APM) / business transaction management (BTM) solution in order to deliver the visibility that users require.

An APM / BTM solution must adjust what and where it is monitoring in order to keep pace with the elastic configuration of this ever-changing environment and deliver the promised return on investment that cloud users expect. Manual efforts to specify where the applications are, the dependencies between transactions and the status of services will not be effective.
Five Security Features That Your Next-Gen Cloud Must Have

With cloud computing, virtualization, and a new type of end-user – the security landscape around the modern infrastructure needed to evolve. IT consumerization and a lot more data within the organization has forced security professionals to adopt better ways to protect their environment. The reality is that standard firewalls and UTMs are just no longer enough. New technologies have emerged which can greatly enhance the security of a cloud and virtualization environment – without impacting performance. This is where the concept of next-generation security came from.

It was the need to abstract physical security services and create logical components for a powerful infrastructure offering.

With that in mind – let’s look at five great next-gen security features that you should consider.

  1. Virtual security services. What if you need application-level security? What about controlling and protecting inbound, outbound, and intra-VM traffic? New virtual services can give you entire virtual firewalls, optimized anti-virus/anti-malware tools, and even proactive intrusion detection services. Effectively, these services allow for the multi-tenant protection and support of network virtualization and cloud environments.
  2. Going agentless. Clientless security now directly integrates with the underlying hypervisor. This gives your virtual platform the capability to do fast, incremental scans as well as the power to orchestrate scans and set thresholds across VM’s. Here’s the reality – you can do all of this without performance degradation. Now, we’re looking at direct virtual infrastructure optimization while still maintaining optimal cloud resource efficiency. For example, if you’re running on a VMware ecosystem, there are some powerful “agentless” technologies you can leverage. Trend Micro’s Deep Security agentless anti-malware scanning, intrusion prevention and file integrity monitoring capabilities help VMware environments benefit from better resources utilization when it comes to securing VMs. Further, Deep Security has been optimized to support the protection of multitenant environments and cloud-based workloads, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
  3. Integrating network traffic with security components. Not only can you isolate VMs, create multi-tenant protection across your virtual and cloud infrastructure, and allow for application-specific protection – you can now control intra-VM traffic at the networking layer. This type of integration allows the security layer to be “always-on.” That means security continues to be active even during activities likes a live VM migration.
  4. Centralized cloud and virtual infrastructure management/visibility. Whether you have a distributed cloud or virtualization environment – management and direct visibility are critical to the health of your security platform. One of the bestthings about next-generation security is the unified visibility the management is capable of creating. Look for the ability to aggregate, analyze and audit your logs and your entire security infrastructure. Powerful spanning policies allow your virtual infrastructure to be much more proactive when it comes to security. By integrating virtual services (mentioned above) into the management layer – administrators are able to be proactive, stay compliant, and continuously monitor the security of their infrastructure.
  5. Consider next-gen end-point security for your cloud users. There are some truly disruptive technologies out there today. Here’s an example: Cylance. This security firm replaces more traditional, signature-based, technologies with a truly disruptive architecture. Basically, Cylance uses a machine-learning algorithm to inspect millions of file attributes to determine the probability that a particular file is malicious. The algorithmic approach significantly reduces the endpoint and network resource requirement. Because of its signature-less approach, it is capable of detecting both new threats and new variants of known threats that typically are missed by signature-based techniques. Here’s the other really cool part – even when your users disconnect from the cloud, they’re still very well protected. Because the Cylance endpoint agent does not require a database of signatures or daily updates, and is extremely lightweight on network, compute, and data center resources – it can remain effective even when disconnected for long periods.

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Original Author: thewhir

Cloud Chronicles: Why Care.com cares about the cloud

Nastel Comments: Having your business run on cloud can be beneficial but can also be challenging especially with governance. Cloud governance such as AutoPilot’s cloud governance technology provides the automation necessary for businesses that move to cloud to rapidly realize the benefits of monitoring application and transaction performance in a cloud computing environment and ensure application and transaction availability

Cloud Chronicles: Why Care.com cares about the cloud

In the latest edition of Cloud Chronicles, Network World’s Brandon Butler visits the offices of Care.com, which runs almost its entire business via the cloud. Care.com fully embraced using cloud. They have looked at cloud as a strategy for their internal systems as opposed to on premise because of the overall ease of management of those systems.  With that comes a few challenges such as governance and costs that organizations have to be aware of as well and opportunities such as increasing speed and innovation . Hear how they are using the Cloud to run their business.

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You Bought Into the Cloud: Now What?

You Bought Into the Cloud: Now What?

One of the advantages of a cloud infrastructure is that you can scale up easily – as long as you have the right infrastructure. Take the time up front to get your systems working, as you want them, whether they are cloud applications, data, or analytics.


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Original Author: Ellie Fields

Creating a Safer Cloud Infrastructure with Managed Security Solutions – Part 1

Creating a Safer Cloud Infrastructure with Managed Security Solutions – Part 1

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “Why do we need a Managed Security Provider, and how can a third party MSSP manage our applications and infrastructure better than the people who designed and built them?” The same people often go on to ask if the cloud makes managed security solutions less important than it was before, since another third party provider is now in charge of serving up and presumably safeguarding your data.

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Original Author: Bill Billbrough

5 ways to improve cloud application performance

5 ways to improve cloud application performance

Application performance is always a concern. Is the code written well? Is the database optimized? Can the application handle load spikes? When the application is on a public cloud platform, however, developers have unique challenges. The biggest being …

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Original Author: Michelle Davidson