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5G is coming, but the cloud is not going away (yet)

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The pixels had barely dried on my recent blog post about all the high-paying cloud jobs available now and in the future when I stumbled across a Forbes column speculating that 5G “could kill the cloud.” Investment advisor Jon Markham argues in his Forbes piece that “5G is so fast that it changes what is […]

When your cloud migration plans should move away from ‘lift and shift’

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The easy approach to transitioning applications to the cloud is the simple “lift and shift” method, in which existing applications are simply migrated, as is, to a cloud-based infrastructure. And in some cases, this is a practical first step in a cloud journey. But in many cases, the smarter approach is to re-write and re-envision […]

Bridging the gap between AWS Lambda and other clouds: TriggerMesh

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If you want to do serverless computing today chances are you’re using Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda. Which is fine if you’re wedded to AWS, but if you’d rather use another cloud or run a hybrid cloud, AWS-specific Lambda may not be ideal. Enter TriggerMesh Knative Lambda Sources (KLASS), which offers a way to bridge […]

Financial services are embracing multi-cloud

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Multi-clouds — environments made up of multiple public and private clouds typically used for different purposes — may well be the cloud of choice for banks. That’s according to an independent report by 451 Research, ‘Multi-Cloud Fundamental to Financial Services Transformation.’ I’m not here to argue. This report, which was sponsored by Canonical — the […]

Five cutting edge technologies available to SMBs through cloud-automated IT

As SaaS applications have come of age, adopting newer technologies has become easier for smaller organizations. However, the subsequent challenge of supporting these technology components remains for organizations with limited budget and resources available. Continuously monitored networks and servers, rapid response times for user support, and advanced security features – these capabilities have traditionally only […]

5 questions to ask before migrating Windows and SQL Server 2008 to the cloud

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Most midsized companies have relied on Windows and SQL Server 2008 for the past decade to run essential business applications. Now that these long-trusted products are coming to end-of-life (EOL) status, businesses still running these systems face hard decisions. It’s a major challenge for many organizations, and a full-blown crisis for some.  But I’ve always […]

Hybrid IT tactics and techniques

As companies embrace hybrid IT, they must address both technology and the human side of change. There are several key actions to take: Staff and train differently: As applications move from traditional platforms to the cloud, current IT staff needs to be trained and re-skilled. Companies should recruit developers adept in Agile methodologies. Siloes should […]

What’s the difference between containers and virtual machines?

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I was at a conference recently when I realized the person I was talking with thought that containers were just smaller versions of virtual machines (VM). Ah, no. No, they’re not. Yes, they can function in the same ways from a practical viewpoint. For example, they’re both commonly used to run server applications. How they […]

Let the cloud lift your tech career

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When you write about the workplace of the future, it’s easy to focus on the jobs of the future — that is, jobs involving technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain, that have yet to become common across most enterprises. Still, make no mistake: There are and will be plenty of jobs opportunities and […]

CoreDNS: The DNS for cloud-native computing

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I have a t-shirt which reads, from top to bottom: “It’s not DNS. There’s no way it’s DNS. It was DNS!” As every sysadmin knows, all too many network problems boil down to a Domain Name System (DNS) blunder. That’s already annoying, but when you have to deal with a DNS headache with fast-moving containers […]