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Category Archive for: Hybrid Cloud

Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker

At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT. While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016,…

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Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last 9 months. “The…

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Why Are 50% of Enterprises Choosing Hybrid Cloud? Real Use-Cases

Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017. Why are enterprises going hybrid?…

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Cloud Management Tools Lag Behind, Gartner Reports

While IaaS platforms have reached maturity, the tools that manage and monitor public cloud deployments are lagging behind, according to Gartner Research Director Mindy Cancila. In a live webinar this week, Cancila expressed that a lack of robust cloud management tools may slow the adoption of the public cloud and could potentially expose enterprises to…

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Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation

What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes. In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination…

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Oracle RAC and AWS: A Hybrid Cloud Solution

Amazon has developed many services to facilitate the migration of enterprise database systems to the AWS cloud. This includes services that allow for the relatively simple migration of both Oracle licenses and databases into AWS. However, AWS has yet to develop the shared block storage required to run Oracle RAC, a popular clustered database service.…

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3 Key Issues in Managing Hybrid Clouds for Legacy Applications

Hybrid clouds often present a significant challenge to enterprise IT teams. This is not because the technology is inherently difficult, but because the integration between bare metal, private and public environments frequently results in complex, attenuated lines of dependency, partially rebuilt legacy applications, and multiple monitoring interfaces that have the potential to lead to inefficient…

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Managing Hybrid Clouds: What Team Do IT Leaders Need?

As most enterprise IT leaders know, transitioning IT staff to a cloud-based service delivery model is often more challenging than transitioning the infrastructure itself. A collaborative, vertically-oriented IT organizational structure is crucial to the success of any cloud infrastructure, and yet the advice enterprises receive—usually some variation of “break down silos”—is not especially useful in…

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Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service

When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps staff to monitor their infrastructure. This solution may…

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How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting

As more healthcare organizations and software applications move to the cloud, each must discover the right use of resources, networking features, and security protections to protect ePHI and address HIPAA compliant hosting requirements. However, the HIPAA Security Rule is not specific about the exact set of best practices and tools to protect data at rest;…

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