The top five upcoming cloud developments

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Strap yourself in. We’ll be going to some interesting places with the cloud in the near future. 1. Hybrid Cloud Takes Off For the longest time, the hybrid cloud didn’t really go much of anywhere. That’s because it wasn’t easy to integrate private and public clouds. Then, along came Kubernetes and everything changed. With Kubernetes, […]

Four recent trends pointing to big things ahead for the hybrid cloud

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The cloud has fundamentally changed. We had been focusing on the rise of the public cloud, but these last several months have showed us that the hybrid cloud may yet prove to be the real cloud IT model moving forward. As evidence, consider these four recent developments: The Rise of Kubernetes Kubernetes took over as […]

The five reasons Kubernetes won the container orchestration wars

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When I first looked at Kubernetes and the other cloud container orchestration programs, I knew Kubernetes would be the winner. No, ifs, ands or buts about it. The program was clearly so much better than its competition. Today, even its rivals support it. Why? Kubernetes enables you to run clusters of containers at scale on […]

OpenStack–uh Open Infrastructure? OpenDev?–remains popular

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If you read the OpenStack User Survey Report you’ll find OpenStack, the open-source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud, is growing ever more popular. But at the same time OpenStack‘s branding is getting a little confusing. While the IaaS cloud name remains the same, its branding is pivoting to Open Infrastructure, or is it OpenDev? Let’s start with the good […]

The virtuous circle of cloud adoption

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It just turned 2019 and people are still saying the cloud is “just someone else’s computers.” Excuse me, I lost sight of my keyboard because my eyes were rolling too hard. Fortunately, that antediluvian attitude is disappearing from IT departments.  What’s bringing that about, according to a recent survey (pdf) from open-source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) foundation Cloud […]

What CloudStack really is and why it matters to you

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If you’re looking for a new open-source cloud and you search for CloudStack on Google’s first page, you’ll find CloudStack compared to OpenStack. It should not be compared to OpenStack! Yes, both started as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds, but they quickly took very different paths. Today, OpenStack is a complex ecosystem of IaaS […]

Cloud Foundry: Do-it-yourself platform as a service

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You can certainly run a platform as a service (PaaS) cloud on one of the major public clouds. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has Elastic Beanstalk, Microsoft Azure has the self-explanatory Azure PaaS, Google Cloud has Google App Engine, etc., etc. But did you know you can also run your own private — or hybrid or […]

Azure Stack: The bridge between private and public clouds

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Azure Stack, Microsoft’s private cloud appliance, has been out for a year now. Microsoft isn’t saying how sales have been going, but the promise of Azure Stack has always been strong. This Azure cloud-in-a-box has three main use cases: Edge and disconnected solutions: Customers can address latency and connectivity requirements by processing data locally in […]

Cloud native computing grows by 200 percent

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Over the last few years the way you moved applications from your data center to the cloud was lift-and-shift, refactor, or migrate to containers. The latter has gotten a kick in the pants as cloud-native techniques such as serverless computing and microservices have joined forces with containers. Still unsure what I’m talking about? Chris Aniszczyk, […]

Practical container security issues

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If you ask people what their biggest concern is about containers, it’s always security. Some 94 percent of IT professionals in the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)‘s 2017 Cloud Security Report worry about container security. Specifically, they’re concerned that we don’t have mature container security programs. There’s truth to those concerns. After talking with people at […]