afCompanies who intend to procure and deploy IT infrastructure have to decide whether they want to outsource their deployment to the cloud or handle it in-house with on-premise hardware. A decade ago, that decision wasn’t available and options were limited to collocation or an in-house data center. But the maturity and flexibility of cloud platforms means that every responsible business should give serious consideration to the cloud as part of their due diligence.
The cloud has come a long way, both in terms of technology and acceptance in the business world. It’s widely understood that the cloud offers game-changing advantages, and the majority of large companies have jumped on board with both feet.
Public cloud platforms have often been marketed as the cheaper option. In many cases the cloud is cheaper than the alternatives, but I think it was a mistake for the cloud industry to focus on price as the leading benefit. In an apples-to-apples comparison, the cost benefits of the cloud aren't always as clear-cut as many have assumed.
A hybrid cloud combines two of the fundamental cloud modalities: private clouds and public clouds. Hybrid clouds are becoming increasingly popular among medium and large companies because of an intuitive understanding that hybrid clouds combine the best of both worlds: the security of a private cloud and the convenience of the public cloud. Although that line of thinking makes sense theoretically, real world scenarios rarely match the theory.
If you read the articles on this blog, you’ll see “business agility” mentioned many times. That the cloud increases business agility is a claim underlying much of what is written on the web about the cloud. But what exactly is business agility and how does the cloud help businesses cultivate agility?
A substantial proportion of the developed world lives a multi-device life. At a minimum, they make daily use of a desktop or laptop computer and a phone. Many also use tablets, and as wearables become more popular, we’ll see a rise in the number of people using more intimate form factors. Providing a cohesive experience across all devices is crucial if developers and businesses are to provide an optimal user experience.
The cloud is no more or less secure than any other infrastructure deployment method. An IaaS platform can be secure or it can be insecure; the devil is in the implementation details. But the cloud does differ from traditional in-house deployment scenarios in that less information is directly available to clients. The physical infrastructure layer is opaque, logs are not usually available, and other details that IT departments take for granted when they manage physical hardware are not accessible.
High-performance computing (HPC) is an indispensable tool of modern scientific research. Applications of HPC to scientific data have resulted in insights that would have been beyond the grasp of researchers just a few years ago. Genome sequencing, bioinformatics, protein folding analysis, drug discovery, particle physics simulations and the analysis of astronomical data are just a few of the areas to which HPC has made contributions of importance.
In an era where rapidly evolving and changing technology creates new opportunities at a breakneck pace, using the right technology can mean the difference between seizing or missing those opportunities. One such technology is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). In fact, with IaaS spending estimated to increase by $90 billion between 2018 and 2026 — and improved security, efficiency, flexibility and scalability being touted as the top benefits — IaaS is quickly becoming one of the most important technology investments for companies large and small.