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Bet on the Cloud That's Right for You By Christine Cignoli This week's news brings us further reminders that if you're betting on cloud, you're headed in the right direction. The cloud is growing seven times faster than the rest of IT, according to IDC, with a 25% spending increase just from 2016 to 2017. SaaS still leads the pack, with an estimated two-thirds of public cloud spending going that way. Large enterprises, with more than 1,000 employees, are predicted to account for more than half of cloud spending and have the fastest annual growth rate. One caveat, though, is that your cloud deployment should be tailored for your business. Cloud isn't one-size-fits-all, and charging ahead with a cloud-first approach won't work, says Cloud Technology Partners. When cloud-first is the mandate, it's too easy to adopt cloud just because there's pressure to do so. Instead,... (more)

Get Schooled in SaaS | @CloudExpo #IaaS #SaaS #Cloud

Get Schooled in SaaS By Christine Cignoli SaaS use is growing in enterprises all the time, with the ease of consumer apps meeting the full-featured nature of typical business software. Google added new tools earlier this week to G Suite that are designed for enterprise IT. The announced features include additions to security and archiving capabilities, plus more big data analytics for Gmail. As we transition into a SaaS- and cloud-driven model of IT, traditional software licensing has been turned on its head. Now, businesses are adjusting to the pay-per-use way of thinking about ... (more)

Store It, Secure It, Share It | @CloudExpo @Appneta #Security #DataCenter

Store It, Secure It, Share It By Christine Cignoli At this point in the hybrid cloud evolution, data is accumulating quickly in the cloud and in data centers, not to mention moving from place to place. So it's natural that storage concerns are rising. This recent survey from Wikibon found that software services are the most popular use of cloud technology, followed by infrastructure and platform services. All these applications' data need storage that can scale up and down as needed, as another survey found: Cloud storage elasticity was respondents' top cloud challenge. And on ... (more)

The Right #Cloud Migration | @CloudExpo @Appneta #SaaS #IaaS #PaaS

SaaS, IaaS or PaaS: Which Cloud Migration Option Is Right for You? By Joe Michalowski Can you believe it's only been four years since cloud computing really went mainstream? It feels like our businesses have been relying on the cloud for so much longer. However, companies still aren't 100% in the cloud, and hybrid and multicloud deployments are becoming popular, so choosing the right cloud technology is a constant consideration for IT. When you look at your migration options, you're bombarded with all kinds of "as a service" offerings. You have to know the basics of SaaS, IaaS, and... (more)

Stop Fighting Shadow IT | @CloudExpo #Cloud #APM #Monitoring

Stop Fighting Shadow IT By Joe Michalowski In just the past ten or so years, consumer devices have swamped enterprises. Along with those devices have come apps and services and the expectation of ease and convenience from technology. The consumerization of IT is more than just the need to support and monitor personal devices on the enterprise network. It's a mindset shift among your employees that's silently impacted the IT department. Employees expect the freedom to find their own solutions to problems in the workplace, so they hear about a new cloud service and they quickly sig... (more)