Using multiple cloud storage providers can affect more than just how and where your data is stored. Discover the areas you need to consider to improve performance and costs
"Before implementing a multi-cloud storage strategy, it's crucial to determine what data will be stored, how it will be stored, the amount of data to be stored and how the data will be moved and transformed along the way. Doing all of this entails a number of challenges.
For instance, how do issues such as security, privacy and management come into play? Privacy and security are a particular concern for any aspects of cloud management that involve data, such as storage. Other areas that can raise potential issues include cloud services integration, slow or unreliable data networks, application delivery and workflow management, costs and a shortage of cloud skills..."
For all of a cloud service's benefits, there are limitations, such as restricted access to infrastructure, that cause IT teams to be leery of adoption
"Cloud computing is IT's future, and the future is happening today. Evangelists and vendors alike tout cloud adoption as the answer to all IT-related problems, while it enriches a business's ability to outperform its competitors. And there is truth to these claims, but as with all things IT, there's no universal solution.
What do you do when the cloud adoption path is dictated by upper management to the IT department? Ask a lot of questions. While cloud adoption benefits, such as decreased infrastructure management and responsibility, sound like no-brainers to some, the IT industry has seen this type of transition many times, and it rarely goes smoothly..."
Although healthcare's initial foray into the cloud was rocky, to say the least, the industry has now had time to adjust to the technology and its benefits
"Not only does the cloud offer more flexible pricing than on-premises systems, but it can also provide healthcare organizations with greater storage options, improved cybersecurity and advanced analytics for health data.
Cloud for healthcare also relieves the pain of managing and upgrading multiple systems by relinquishing some of the maintenance to the service provider while allowing hospitals and clinics to continue their daily operations..."
The use of multiple clouds is taking off in the enterprise. A recent Gartner survey of public cloud users found 81% of respondents were working with two or more providers
"And recent research from the Enterprise Strategy Group revealed an increasing number of organizations putting production applications in the public cloud, compared with a few years ago when most used it only for backups and archives.
The ramifications of these changes for multi-cloud data storage are huge. Using multiple clouds for storage has several advantages, including flexibility, reliability, lower costs and better security. But along with all the benefits come significant challenges..."
How widely are organizations using multiple cloud services? How will that trend evolve? How do containers and Kubernetes fit in?
"Let's dig into the data about multi-cloud....
If you boil our recent dive into interesting stats about Kubernetes down to its bottom line, it looks something like this: Kubernetes' popularity will continue for the foreseeable future.
Spoiler alert: When you dig up recent numbers about multi-cloud usage, they tell a similar story: Adoption is soaring..."
Price, ease of management and use cases should determine if you use hyper-converged, converged infrastructure or on-premises public cloud stacks. There are differences, however
"The difference between converged and hyper-converged is becoming less clear cut. My advice is to beware of hyper-converged infrastructure products with 'HCI' in their names. They may not be hyper-converged.
NetApp HCI is a converged infrastructure that combines separate servers and SolidFire flash storage. Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Nimble Storage dHCI is a similar setup, except it uses HPE Nimble arrays and ProLiant DL servers. Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) rebranded..."
You will face skeptics as you move more applications and workloads into the cloud model. Three award-winning CIOs share advice on how to shift mindsets
"Unlocking the value and promise of cloud computing is rarely easy. CIOs regularly encounter skeptics, naysayers, and plenty of other tricky dynamics when introducing the cloud model into their organizations.
We caught up with three of the CIOs who recently won the 2019 Twin Cities CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards to find out how they are leading their organizations through cloud adoption. The awards were presented by the Twin Cities CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership..."
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