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A very brief history of cloud computing

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You can argue over when cloud computing really began, but one good starting point is 2006 when then Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at a conference: “I don’t think people have really understood how big this opportunity really is. It starts with the premise that the data services and architecture should be on servers. We call […]

Why you don’t want to run a roll-your-own cloud

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Thanks to my job, I have accounts on many public clouds. I also have production private clouds — open-source OpenStack and NextCloud spring to mind. But, but, as someone who cut his teeth on Unix system administration back in the 80s, I also run my own smaller private clouds using a homebrew of programs. Self-hosting […]

DreamWorks Animation embraces “transformation as lifestyle”

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By Neil Ward-Dutton, IDC As the CG animation studio responsible for the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Trolls and How to Train Your Dragon franchises, DreamWorks Animation (DWA) is an enormously respected business. In part it has achieved this status by wholeheartedly embracing the need to transform its core processes and operations – over and over […]

What is AWS Outposts? AWS in your house.

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The public cloud is great, but there are still some jobs you need to keep close to home. That’s why hybrid clouds, where you use both the public and private clouds to get your work done, are so popular. Lately, most of our attention has been focused on using Kubernetes container orchestration. But, for all […]

Bringing a bang to your serverless processes: Firecracker

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda‘s growing popularity is proof positive that serverless computing is for real. But wouldn’t it be nice if you had a better view of how Lamba’s function-as-a-service actually works? Or, better still, if Lambda’s inner workers were open-sourced so you could use them in your own serverless projects? Guess what? AWS […]

Things to consider before spending on multi-cloud

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The concept of multi-cloud is simple. You’re running multiple business processes using more than one cloud. This isn’t the same thing as hybrid cloud. With that model, you’re coordinating business processes across multiple clouds.  So, for example, if your office program is Office 365, but you’re running line of business programs on Amazon Web Services, […]

Understanding Azure Databricks and resource groups

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Azure Databricks, an Apache Spark-based analytics platform optimized for the Microsoft Azure cloud, is a highly effective open-source tool, but it automatically creates resource groups and workspaces and protects them with a system-level lock, all of which can be confusing and frustrating unless you understand how and why. The Databricks platform provides an interactive workspace […]

2019’s top five cloud stories

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The cloud keeps getting bigger and ever more important to IT — from the smallest business operating out of a closet powered by Office 365 or Google Docs to Fortune 500 companies running international, multi-cloud operations. Here’s what that growth looked like in 2019: 1. The public cloud continues to grow larger The public cloud […]

Common problems using next-generation firewalls in Azure

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Recently I had to stand up a Next Generation Firewall (NGF) in an Azure Subscription as part of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). This was a Palo Alto NGF with a number of templates that can help with the implementation (see this Github repository: https://github.com/PaloAltoNetworks/azure-applicationgateway). I had to alter the template so the Application Gateway […]

Untangling the service mesh

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You may have noticed that, as you run more and more applications in containers it’s not easy to get them to talk and play well with each other. That’s because instead of monolithic applications using APIs to talk to components on one machine, we now have one app here, another there and they use networking […]