Why moving piece by piece to the cloud will see businesses succeed more

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The conversation around whether it's a good idea for a business to migrate their on-premises legacy infrastructure into the cloud is no longer the focus, according to Bulletproof CEO Anthony Woodward. Rather, many C-level executives are now looking at what are the best ways to use the so-called cornerstone tool to transform their business. Woodward believes there are two key drivers behind the increasing adoption of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The first is that businesses believe cloud will give them the competitive advantage to move faster, and the second motivator is that businesses are being required to transform for fear they may be outmanoeuvred by new entrants to the market. Gartner has predicted the global IaaS market will reach 22.4 billion in 2016, a 38.4 percent increase on last year's market value of 16.2 billion.


Hybrid cloud: Why hybrid IT may be the better choice

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Hybrid cloud: it's a term you've likely heard mentioned, but what exactly does it mean and should your firm be investing in it? In its simplest form, hybrid cloud is a cloud computing infrastructure that incorporates two distinct types of cloud -- usually private and public -- that are linked in a way that allows them to exchange data or applications. But is it worth your company investing in hybrid cloud infrastructure? There is debate over the question, and some interesting arguments as to why you should perhaps keep investment in private -- and, by extension, hybrid -- cloud to a minimum. Since hybrid cloud -- under NIST's definition -- will usually involve hooking private clouds to public clouds, the argument hinges around whether companies should really be spending money building out private cloud platforms in the first place.


Hybrid cloud: Why hybrid IT may be the better choice

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Hybrid cloud: it's a term you've likely heard mentioned, but what exactly does it mean and should your firm be investing in it? In its simplest form, hybrid cloud is a cloud computing infrastructure that incorporates two distinct types of cloud -- usually private and public -- that are linked in a way that allows them to exchange data or applications. But is it worth your company investing in hybrid cloud infrastructure? There is debate over the question, and some interesting arguments as to why you should perhaps keep investment in private -- and, by extension, hybrid -- cloud to a minimum. Since hybrid cloud -- under NIST's definition -- will usually involve hooking private clouds to public clouds, the argument hinges around whether companies should really be spending money building out private cloud platforms in the first place.


Enterprises Put More Data Infrastructure in the Cloud - InformationWeek

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Everyone agrees that data is the new oil. But if you are going to make the most of this fuel that will run the future economy, you need to invest in the infrastructure that supports it: the database and associated applications and analytics. The database market has evolved with more demand for open source and systems that go beyond your standard relational database management system. But perhaps the most sweeping change in the market is not about any of those things. It's about where that technology is deployed, on-premises or in the cloud.


Blockchain and Cloud kissing cousins

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I remember reading an article in the Wall Street Journal last year that predicted how formerly resistant big banks will be adopting the public cloud in 2017. Now I know we're only in March, but it's time to get a move on! And an unlikely accelerant may just come in the form of blockchain. The two technologies have a lot in common, and deploying your blockchain pilot projects in the cloud lets you harness the many benefits of both at once. Both cloud and blockchain have security protection baked into them and the data is fully encrypted.