IT - Cloud

Here's 10 edge computing devices - from AWS and Eaton to Dell Technologies and Cisco - who are making waves in the growing edge market.

"The worldwide edge computing market is exploding, expected to grow over 12 percent annually to $250 billion by 2024, according to IT research firm IDC.

The goal of edge computing is to reduce latency and network congestion, while boosting data security by putting storage, networking, software, security and servers where the data resides to be collected and processed locally. By deploying tailormade edge devices where the data is generated, edge computing environments can manage devices over a smaller and more efficient local network where bandwidth is used by local data-generating devices, thus making latency and congestion no longer an issue for businesses..."

Cloud is becoming the norm, but enterprises shouldn't assume that it's the best solution for long term, even if they've already made the shift

"Dropbox saved nearly $75 million by repatriating workloads from the public cloud and building its own tech infrastructure, the company detailed in its S-1. That such a large company would move largely off public cloud, where startups often begin and established companies shed legacy systems to get to, seemed an anomaly.

But as cloud computing continues to mature, the costs of running such infrastructure is catching up creating a "trillion dollar paradox," according to a recent report from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), coauthored by Sarah Wang, a partner at a16z, and Martin Casado, general partner at a16z..."

Briefing: Cloud Storage Performance Metrics
ComputerWeekly, July 16th, 2021
We look at some of the key storage performance metrics that determine what your applications will get from cloud storage, plus cloud essentials that are beyond simple measurement

"About 50% of business data is now stored in the cloud - and the volume stored using cloud technologies is higher still when private and hybrid clouds are factored in.

Cloud storage is flexible and potentially cost-effective. Organisations can pick from the hyperscalers - Amazon Web Services, Google's GCP and Microsoft Azure - as well as local or more specialist cloud providers..

But how do we measure the performance of cloud storage services? When storage is on-prem, there are numerous well-established metrics to allow us to keep track of storage performance. In the cloud, things can be less clear..."

Enterprises pursuing digital transformation initiatives may need to reexamine their infrastructure architecture to bring compute and storage closer to data generated at the edge

"The future is edge to cloud" resonated like a politician's oft-repeated campaign slogan throughout the keynotes and customer presentations at the recent HPE Discover 2021 conference.

Antonio Neri, HPE president and CEO, said an edge-to-cloud architecture would be a "strategic imperative" for every enterprise that is exiting the "data-rich but insight-poor" information era and moving into the "age of insight" to extract greater business value from its ever-growing volumes of data...."

Businesses are struggling to migrate legacy apps to the cloud safely.

"Businesses are increasingly turning towards multi-cloud to distribute risk, take advantage of differences in vendor pricing and support applications that require specific providers. However, as the number of providers grows, so do cybersecurity risks and challenges.

These are the conclusions of a new paper, recently published by cybersecurity company Tripwire. Polling 314 security professionals for the report, Tripwire found that while most (59 percent) of them have configuration standards and best-practice security frameworks (78 percent), less than two in five apply them with consistency..."

By truly understanding the economics of an organization's cloud deployment upfront, IT leaders can right-size their cloud investment and avoid falling for these common myths.

"As organizations have adapted to the new normal of increased remote workforces, cloud and digital transformation journeys have accelerated over the past year. With it, cost reduction initiatives have been put in the limelight and increased in importance.

According to research from Deloitte, cost reduction initiatives have increased 74% since pre-COVID, with two of three (66%) organizations globally currently pursuing cost reduction strategies. To achieve cost reduction, it has been a common assumption that migration to the cloud translates to reduced costs, when in fact that's not always the case. Without the right evaluation process in place, the true costs of cloud computing can add up fast..."

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