IT - Cloud

Is It Time To Consider A Cloud Exit Strategy?
SearchCloudComputing, February 4th, 2020
Cloud repatriation -- or a cloud exit, as it is sometimes called -- is probably not a good choice in most situations. Sometimes, however, it's exactly the right thing to do

"The move to cloud computing continues its steady growth, but sometimes an organization decides to retreat from the cloud or to move certain workloads back on premises. While not a widespread phenomenon, a cloud exit is a way for businesses to regain control over spending and better manage workloads they believe are struggling in a public cloud environment..."

With its mixed fourth quarter financial results, Google's parent company Alphabet began disclosing revenue on a more granular basis, including for Google Cloud

"Google Cloud has hit a $10 billion annual revenue run rate, Google said Monday as its parent company Alphabet reported fourth quarter fiscal 2019 results. The growth in Cloud, up 53 percent year-over-year, was driven by significant growth in the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

"The growth rate of GCP was meaningfully higher than that of Cloud overall, and GCP's growth rate acclerated from 2018 to 2019," Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, said on Monday's conference call..."

7 Cloud Cost Management Tips
CIO, February 4th, 2020
As cloud budgets rocket skyward, a growing number of enterprises are looking for ways to cap costs. Check out these tips designed to bring cloud expenditures back to earth

"Many enterprises that once looked to the cloud as a way to curb data center expenditures are now beginning to wonder why they're not saving as much money as they expected.

"There are no guarantees that cloud computing in any form will save you money," observes David Linthicum, chief cloud strategy officer at professional services firm Deloitte. Bringing cloud cost goals back on track is relatively simple, however. "It's a matter of advanced planning and setting realistic expectations," he notes..."

4 Strategies For Simplifying Your Cloud Bill
Data Center Knowledge, February 4th, 2020
Making sense of your cloud bill will help you manage cloud costs more effectively

"Cloud computing can be costly. And while there are a variety of techniques available for optimizing cloud spend, any company with a sizeable cloud footprint should also be working to make their cloud bill easier to understand. If you struggle to figure out what you actually paid for when reviewing a cloud bill, it's hard to know where resources are being wasted or how you can make your cloud more cost-effective..."

The Hybrid Cloud Challenge CIOs Need To Address
Search Cloud Applications, February 6th, 2020
Your IT team needs a standardized approach to application development to truly benefit from a hybrid cloud. Containers and Kubernetes may be the key to making that happen

"CIOs are confronted with a real challenge when they seek to deploy hybrid clouds. They need to create an application model that addresses their data center, security and compliance rules but also takes full advantage of the elasticity of the public cloud.

The biggest benefit of cloud computing is agility -- the ability to replace broken components or scale overloaded ones. But CIOs are finding that cloud front ends are less resilient than expected when incorporated into hybrid cloud architectures. That's because the back-end data center portions of these applications can't respond to problems with the same agility. In fact, scalable cloud front ends can overload on-premises, legacy applications and negate the public cloud benefits..."

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