While many organizations have acknowledged the importance of digitally transforming their businesses and processes to deliver speed and agility, most are just starting their cloud journey.
Cloud-in-a-Box delivers an enterprise cloud platform with a mix of on- and off-premises private cloud and public cloud, with orchestration between them. This will provide the organization with the ability to avoid vendor lock-in, find the optimal cloud services for a particular business or technical need, and increase redundancy.
Download IDC Infobrief on “Cloud-in-a-Box” to understand:
• How you can deliver the different functions of a data center and meet business requirements by deploying a “Cloud-in-a-Box.”
• Understand how industries such as financial services, manufacturing and healthcare can benefit from “Cloud-in-a-Box” technology.
• Self-discovery questions and focus areas that every organization needs to go through for successful cloud deployment.
Published By: Rackspace
Published Date: Apr 17, 2018
Controlling cloud costs is a leading challenge for enterprises at each stage of their cloud journey.
Fortunately, companies utilizing a public cloud can benefit from the strategic partnership between Google and Rackspace. Google Cloud Platform is a state-of-the-art, cost-friendly public cloud, and Google has selected Rackspace as its first managed services provider for GCP, based on Rackspace’s vast cloud expertise and dedication to a fanatical customer experience.
With Managed GCP by Rackspace, companies can maximize their cost savings on Google Cloud while also saving on hiring, training and retaining top talent to operate their cloud operations. In this post we will focus on the ten most significant cost-saving opportunities.
Published By: Cohesity
Published Date: Oct 02, 2018
Public cloud expansion will continue to see double digit growth over the next five years according to IDC. Making the public cloud interoperable with on-premises solutions needs to be part of your hybrid cloud strategy for secondary data workloads. Legacy solutions, however weren’t architected with the cloud in mind. They require use of cloud gateways and don’t scale well in the cloud. Cohesity integrates with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform to extend your on-premises data protection solution to these public cloud services. Our built-in cloud capabilities give you flexibility to use the cloud for multiple use cases. Download the solution brief for more details.
Published By: Turbonomic
Published Date: Oct 02, 2018
Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform featuring powerful on-demand infrastructure and solutions for building and deploying applications workloads as well as a wide variety of IT and application services. You can use Azure as a public cloud provider and as a hybrid extension to existing on-premises infrastructure. Organizations that use Microsoft solutions on-premises are able to extend their infrastructure and operational processes to Azure.
With the growing popularity of Azure, today’s systems administrators need to acquire and strengthen their skills on this fast-growing public cloud platform. In this guide we explore the Azure public cloud platform with a focus on the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features. We cover general architectural features of the Azure cloud including geographic regions, availability zones, and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) attached to the core Azure IaaS infrastructure.
Clearly, data centre modernisation can achieve a wide variety of business benefits for an equally wide variety of organisations. Data centre modernisation programmes are also far reaching. They reach way beyond the desire to merely reduce costs. They add significant business value, and often become the essential cornerstone of digital transformation.
When starting on your own path towards modernisation, it’s vital to recognise that your success depends on making use of advanced public cloud services that sit at the vanguard of enterprise technology’s capabilities. If they don’t, you risk not being able to gain access to a world of new possibilities.
IDC’s research shows enterprises around the world are using multicloud strategies
to optimize the performance of modern and existing legacy applications running
on-premises, in public cloud services, and on legacy systems. In the early days of
enterprise cloud adoption, many organizations focused their cloud strategies on
enabling net-new cloud-native applications written to take advantage of dynamic cloud
infrastructure and pay-as-you-go consumption-based cost models. Early success with
these implementations is convincing more and more enterprises to expand their cloud
footprint and to migrate existing applications to cloud in order to enhance end-user
experiences, optimize cloud resource utilization and costs, and create a more flexible
and agile business environment.
IBM Compose Enterprise delivers a fully managed cloud data platform on the public cloud of your choice - including IBM SoftLayer or Amazon Web Services (AWS) - so you can run MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, RethinkDB, RabbitMQ and etcd in dedicated data clusters.
A multi-cloud world is quickly becoming the new normal for many enterprises. But embarking on a cloud journey and managing cloud-based services across multiple providers can seem overwhelming.
Even the term multi-cloud can be confusing. Multi-cloud is not the same as hybrid cloud. The technical definition of hybrid cloud is an environment that includes traditional data centers with physical servers, private cloud with virtualized servers as well as public cloud provisioned by service providers. Quite often, multi-cloud simply means that an organization uses multiple public clouds from many vendors to deliver its IT services. In other words, organizations can have a multi-cloud without having a hybrid cloud, or they can have a multi-cloud as part of a hybrid cloud.
Worldwide spending on public cloud services is set to reach USD 122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4 percent over 20161. In fact, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of spending on public cloud services is almost seven times that of overall IT spending growth and IDC predicts that by 2020, it will top USD 203.4 billion worldwide2. The size of the opportunity for cloud service providers (CSPs) is huge but fierce competition, accelerating innovation and the need to keep prices low continue to create enormous pressure.
This paper outlines some of the primary challenges faced by CSPs in making and keeping their business profitable and suggests strategies and innovations that can help cloud businesses to take a greater share of the market opportunity.
Juniper Networks hybrid cloud architecture enables enterprises to build secure, high performance environments across private and public cloud data centers. The easy-tomanage, scalable architecture keeps operational costs down, allowing users to do more with fewer resources. Security is optimized by the space-efficient Juniper Networks® SRX Series Services Gateways, which are next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) with fully integrated, cloud-informed threat intelligence that offers outstanding performance, scalability, and integrated security services. Designed for high-performance security environments and seamless integration of networking, along with advanced malware detection with Juniper Sky™ Advanced Threat Prevention (ATP), application visibility and control, and intrusion prevention on a single platform, the SRX Series firewalls are best suited for enterprise hybrid cloud deployments.
Innovative data-driven strategies are enabling organizations to connect with customers and increase operational efficiency as never before. These new initiatives are built on a multitude of applications, such as big-data analytics, supply chain, and factory automation. On average, organizations are now 53% digital as they create new ways of operating and growing their businesses, according to the Computerworld 2017 Forecast Study.
As part of this transformation, enterprises rely increasingly on multivendor, multicloud environments that mix on-premise, private, and public cloud services and workloads. This shift is causing enterprises to increase network capacity; 55% of enterprises in the Computerworld study expect to add network bandwidth in the next 12 months.
If your company operates in the cloud, you’ve probably thought about investing in a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) — a group of integrated products that manage public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. That combination is what AHEAD calls an Enterprise Cloud. For an enterprise with a heavy private cloud emphasis, the right CMP can transform your VM provisioning, reducing a potentially weeks-long manual process to an automated one that finishes in a matter of minutes. And if you run one or more public clouds, the right CMP can help you take better control of your cloud services, manage your cloud spending, and architect your app platforms to run seamlessly in the cloud.
So Which CMP Will Work Best For You?
The first thing to consider is compatibility with your existing environment. For many enterprises, that’s going to put a premium on CMPs that integrate natively with VMware. For other businesses, compatibility with ServiceNow or support for multiple private and public clouds wi
If your business is like many other
organizations that are in the process of
enabling a Microsoft Azure public cloud
platform, then you might be struggling
with the guardrails needed to secure
and manage cost, while at the same
time enabling flexibility for the teams
consuming cloud services.
While the Azure platform is already
very secure, it also allows a great deal
of flexibility in configuration. In order
to avoid accidentally creating security
holes and out-of-control spend, a
Governance Framework is required. We
created the AHEAD Azure Governance
framework to allow enterprises to
develop and maintain a fully optimized,
and secure environment. The resulting
framework will be tailored to your
organization’s specific business and
compliance needs, as every enterprise
is different. This guide will introduce you
to the components of this necessary
Azure Foundational Governance Design.
"With so many organizations looking to find ways to embrace the public cloud without compromising the security of their data and applications, a hybrid cloud strategy is rapidly becoming the preferred method of efficiently delivering IT services.
This guide aims to provide you with an understanding of the driving factors behind why the cloud is being adopted en-masse, as well as advice on how to begin building your own cloud strategy.
Topics discussed include:
Getting There Safely
IT Resilience in the Hybrid Cloud
The Power of Microsoft Azure and Zerto
You’ll find out how, by embracing the cloud, organizations can achieve true IT Resilience – the ability to withstand any disruption, confidently embrace change and focus on business.
Download the guide today to begin your journey to the cloud!"
The container revolution is under way today as companies seek to move faster and build digital assets
to support growth. IDC forecasts that there will be over 1.8 billion enterprise container instances
deployed by 2021. Container platforms will be key to managing the ever-expanding diversity of
IT environments (multiple operating systems, hypervisors, private clouds, and public clouds).
While containers are the perfect vehicle to underpin cloud-native, microservices applications,
containers are also well suited to many existing applications. These applications can reap immediate
benefits from being modernized and prepare for possible refactoring over time. To successfully
leverage containers in these diverse scenarios and do it at scale, enterprises will need a robust,
integrated, and holistic container platform.
Research and Education (R&E) networks are experiencing a surge in capacity demand as a result of the massive growth of streaming media (Netflix, Facebook, YouTube), growing utilization of public cloud services, and the continued need to support large scientific data file transfers for researchers collaborating around the globe. This increase in traffic is driving many operators to evaluate network backbone upgrades to 100G. Upgrading is necessary but costly. But what if operators could upgrade their R&E networks to 100G for 50 percent less CAPEX investment and extend the life of the existing routers, while actually simplifying the architecture to enable lower operational costs? Download our app note to learn how.
Published By: Tenable
Published Date: Nov 06, 2018
"What steps should you take to enable the effective and secure use of public cloud services?
According to Gartner, “CIOs need to ensure their security teams are not holding back cloud initiatives with unsubstantiated cloud security worries. Instead, they should encourage their teams to apply imagination and energy to develop new approaches to securely and reliably leverage the benefits of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.”
By reading, “Clouds Are Secure: Are You Using Them Securely?,” you will gain insight into Gartner’s recommended practices for effective and secure adoption of public cloud services, including:
Develop an enterprise cloud strategy, including guidance on what data can be placed into which clouds and under what circumstances.
Implement and enforce policies on cloud ownership, responsibility and risk acceptance by outlining expectations for form, significance and control of public cloud use.
Follow a life cycle approach to cloud governance that emphasizes the operational control of
Hybrid cloud security is a hot topic, especially with the massive growth of public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft® Azure™ and Google Cloud. With the emergence of the hybrid cloud, where workloads are deployed across physical, virtual, and cloud, security professionals are constantly being challenged to evolve their security practices to adapt to this new architecture.
Trend Micro Hybrid Cloud Security, powered by XGen™, takes a blended approach. It combines multiple cross-generational threat defense techniques for protecting hybrid environments. When one technique isn’t effective against a given threat, another will step in to eliminate the threat.
Published By: Riverbed
Published Date: Feb 26, 2015
Riverbed® SteelHeadTM SaaS addresses cloud services/software as a service (SaaS) performance challenges by providing an easy-to-deploy optimization solution that meets customer needs for application performance over WAN and Internet connections.
Combining private wide area network (WAN) and public internet optimization, the SteelHead SaaS is a first-of-its-kind solution, which optimizes traffic across the public Internet with Riverbed’s award-winning SteelHead optimization system (formerly RiOS or Riverbed Optimization System) technology to accelerate data and application protocols. SteelHead SaaS delivers optimized performance up to 30x for cloud services/SaaS applications, such as Microsoft Office 365 or Salesforce.com, regardless of where the end user is located.
Published By: Riverbed
Published Date: Apr 24, 2015
Read this white paper to learn how to:
• Architect an integrated WAN to support evolving application deployment models using the Internet in concert with MPLS.
• Create a WAN solution that can optimize traffic flows between the Internet and the MPLS for all applications and between both internal and external users.
• Deploy a solution across all independent network services that can monitor, report, control and optimize end-to-end path forwarding for all endpoints.
Organizations considering moving enterprise applications to the public cloud should ensure that they also move the application delivery services their applications rely on in the data center. In addition, cloud migration presents an opportunity to organize and rationalize security and access, gain visibility into cloud-based application traffic, and architect a strong disaster recovery plan. Download to read the 5 rules to follow when lifting and shifting apps to the the cloud.
Building out a dedicated infrastructure with the agility, scalability, and effciency of a public cloud—while enjoying increased levels of control and security—can help enterprises boost agility and improve operational ef?ciency. However, while most private cloud networking services provide basic load balancing functionality, they lack important application delivery features, putting the performance, availability, and security of applications at risk.
As private clouds increasingly host mission-critical production applications, advanced application delivery services for layers 4 through 7 are becoming essential. End-to-end integration, orchestration, and automation of the needed application delivery networking and security services are also critical to improve application time-to-market and operational ef?ciency.
Published By: Veeam '18
Published Date: Mar 13, 2018
In today’s digital economy, IT organizations are increasingly using public cloud technologies and services to meet their needs for increased agility and innovation, as well as cost management. This use of public cloud technologies is further complicated when companies use multiple cloud service providers, a concept also known as multi-cloud, and attempt to integrate on- and off-premises environments, known as hybrid cloud. IT organizations now must manage systems that span across both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments, which presents new challenges for data protection. The Veeam Availability Platform offers solutions that can provide data protection to, from, and within multi-cloud environments, ensuring companies can fully leverage their public cloud providers and existing on-premises systems.
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