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September 22, 2017  8:13 PM

In cloud migration services, what’s old is new again

Trevor Jones Trevor Jones Profile: Trevor Jones

Despite all the promise that the cloud will usher in the next wave of technical innovations, a very traditional distribution model has taken a central role for cloud providers. With IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration, Big Blue is the latest large-scale vendor to lean on shipping companies to help get...

May 8, 2017  2:39 PM

A customer success story, with a twist

James Montgomery Profile: James Montgomery

One packed session at last week's Red Hat Summit in Boston was a case study on an internally built integration of Ansible with Red Hat CloudForms, to orchestrate a hybrid cloud environment with VMware and AWS. Ansible is an especially useful tool to deploy Puppet agents into the environment, noted...


March 20, 2017  2:48 PM

Awareness of shared-responsibility model is critical to cloud success

Trevor Jones Trevor Jones Profile: Trevor Jones

When companies move to the cloud, it's paramount that they know where the provider's security role ends and where the customer's begins. The shared-responsibility model is one of the fundamental underpinnings of a successful public cloud deployment. It requires vigilance by the cloud provider...


December 16, 2016  7:01 PM

Plan to kill Cisco public cloud highlights the investment needed to compete

Trevor Jones Trevor Jones Profile: Trevor Jones

The graveyard of public clouds is littered with traditional IT vendors, and it's about to get a bit more crowded. Cisco has confirmed a report by The Register that it will shut down its Cisco Intercloud Services public cloud early next year. The company rolled out Intercloud in 2014...


November 15, 2016  4:30 PM

Google cloud consulting service a two-way street

Trevor Jones Trevor Jones Profile: Trevor Jones

Google received plenty of attention when it reshuffled its various cloud services under one business-friendly umbrella, but tucked within that news was a move that also could pay big dividends down the road. The rebranded Google Cloud pulls together various business units, including Google Cloud...


October 31, 2016  8:03 PM

Google’s Stackdriver taps into growing multicloud trend

Kristin Knapp Kristin Knapp Profile: Kristin Knapp

A clear trend has emerged around public cloud adoption in the enterprise: organizations increasingly employ a mix of different cloud services, rather than go all in with one. As that movement continues, cloud providers who support integration with platforms outside their own – and especially with...


October 28, 2016  4:17 PM

Three IT nightmares that haunted cloud admins in 2016

Kathleen Casey Kathleen Casey Profile: Kathleen Casey

Cloud doesn't treat enterprise IT teams all the time; in fact, it occasionally throws out a few tricks. While there are many benefits to cloud, sometimes a cloud deployment can go terribly awry, prompting real-life IT nightmares -- ranging from spooky security breaches to pesky platform as a...


October 21, 2016  6:05 PM

Another week, another sign of VMware adapting to a multicloud world

Trevor Jones Trevor Jones Profile: Trevor Jones

VMware made waves last week by partnering with Amazon, but another big-name public cloud integration that flew under the radar this week also highlights where the company is headed as enterprises move to a multicloud strategy. VMware rolled out a number of updates at VMworld Europe around...


October 3, 2016  12:48 PM

Cloud computing employment trends shift from generalists to specialists

Kathleen Casey Kathleen Casey Profile: Kathleen Casey

Cloud computing has created a plethora of new jobs in the IT industry and shows no signs of slowing down. But what are companies looking for in a potential cloud employee? Job hunters face the difficult choice of zeroing in on a certain cloud service or vendor, or becoming a jack of all...


September 9, 2016  6:43 PM

Can Virtustream succeed as a niche public cloud?

Trevor Jones Trevor Jones Profile: Trevor Jones

Virtustream – not VMware – is the lead public cloud infrastructure provider for the new Dell Technologies, but is its narrow focus enough to sway IT pros? The company, which officially became part of Dell this week with the close of the protracted EMC acquisition, is taking a markedly...


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