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Cloud computing spending is growing again and there's more to come


Businesses around the world spent $21.1 billion on cloud infrastructure services in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021, signaling a rebound in spending on cloud storage and compute power. Spending on cloud infrastructure was up 13.5% in the quarter year on year to $21.1 billion, according to tech research firm, IDC. The previous quarter saw spending on cloud infrastructure reach $18.6 billion after a remarkable year-on-year decline of 1.9% in Q2 2021, which was the first time in seven quarters that spending on cloud decreased. Cloud spending rose as businesses and governments across the world embarked on major digital transformation projects over the last two years. The big winners are the big three cloud players: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft with Azure and its other cloud services, like Office 365.

5 Steps for a Successful On-premises to Cloud Migration


Cloud migration is the movement of data, applications, and other IT services into the cloud. In this piece, we're mainly discussing on-premises to cloud migration -- i.e., the transfer of the data hosted in your in-house data center and other infrastructure to an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud deployment. But "cloud migration" is sometimes used to describe moving data from one cloud to another, either within the context of a multi-cloud system or, in some cases, to an entirely different deployment. During a migration, on-premises data will typically be transferred either to a single public cloud, a multi-cloud service, or a hybrid cloud solution that leverages public cloud resources alongside private on-premises data infrastructure. There are several approaches to cloud migration strategy, and the choice you make will be contingent on your specific business needs.

Google's Hölzle on why customers shouldn't have to care about cloud infrastructure - TechRepublic


Google's senior vice president for technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, spoke at the Structure Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday about the future of Google's cloud strategy, and why he thinks that customers shouldn't have to care about their cloud infrastructure. There are a surprising number of Google Cloud customers who have large scale computations where infrastructure is increasingly important, Hölzle said.Things like big data are becoming relevant for almost every industry, which has implications for infrastructure as the scale of data continues to increase. However, despite the increased pressure that these new technologies place on infrastructure, customers shouldn't have to care about that infrastructure, he said. It should be on the cloud provider to take care of that, so the end user doesn't have to even consider it when they begin new projects. "You shouldn't have to worry about shouldn't care about this," Hölzle said.

Finding your right mix of infrastructure with on-premises IT & public cloud


We make thousands of decisions every day -- 35,000, if you believe internet sources. If you are a corporate executive or an IT manager, one of the bigger decisions you may be struggling with is whether public cloud is right for your business. And if it is, which applications should you deploy in the public cloud? Which ones should stay on premises?

Cloud computing spend grows again after slight dip


Global spending on cloud infrastructure returned to growth in Q3 2021 after the first quarterly decline since the pandemic triggered a massive increase in spending. According to researcher IDC, spending on cloud infrastructure across dedicated and shared environments increased 6.6% year on year to $18.6 billion in Q3 2021. The growth put spending back on track with the seven consecutive quarters of growth since Q3 2019, with the exception of the 1.9% decline in Q2 2021. Free and cheap personal and small business cloud storage services are everywhere. But, which one is best for you?