As a result of recent events and new technologies, more enterprises are investing in edge computing.
"If you look back at the history of computing, you'll notice a cycle where computing becomes more centralized, then it becomes more distributed, then back to centralized again, and so on.
Over the past 10 to 15 years, the centralized model, in the form of cloud computing, was the dominant trend. But now the trend seems to be swinging back toward a distributed model again as edge computing becomes more prevalent..."
Navigating even just a single cloud environment can be complicated enough for any startup
"Between understanding the range of features on offer, planning for expenditure and ensuring you have the right expertise to leverage the tool to its full potential, the thought of managing multiple clouds can seem daunting.
However, whether your company is just starting out or has been around for years, the rewards to be reaped from a multi-cloud approach make it a worthy investment. Adopting a multi-cloud strategy offers a whole host of benefits and can allow you to optimize costs when implemented correctly. In fact, a recent Gartner survey of public cloud users found that 81% of respondents are working with two or more providers. In addition, the amount of business applications, services and workloads is set to double over the next two years.
Here's what companies of all sizes can gain from going multi-cloud, and how they can do so..."
Vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud environments, including public and private cloud, increased 34.4% year over year in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20), according to IDC. Investments in traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure declined 8.7% year over year in 2Q20
"These growth rates show the market response to major adjustments in business, educational, and societal activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the role IT infrastructure plays in these adjustments.
Across the world, there were massive shifts to online tools in all aspects of human life, including collaboration, virtual business events, entertainment, shopping, telemedicine, and education. Cloud environments, and particularly public cloud, were a key enabler of this shift..."
Running workloads in the cloud gives an organization access to unlimited resources. That's a good thing, but only if the IT team adopts good capacity management practices
"One of the cloud computing model's biggest benefits is that it supports highly flexible and dynamic resource usage. Cloud users consume as many or as few resources as needed, and they have the freedom to adjust their consumption as needs fluctuate.
That does not mean that cloud platforms automatically optimize resource allocation. For most types of cloud services, it's left to the user to determine how many resources cloud workloads will require at any given moment. AWS Aurora is one attempt to solve this problem; it automatically allocates resources based on workload need.
Cloud capacity management is critical to an effective IT strategy. It gives developers, IT teams and DevOps engineers the insights they need to ensure that their workloads have the required resources. At the same time, it lessens the risk that workloads will become overprovisioned in ways that waste money and add unnecessary management overhead..."
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