Are Blockchain and Decentralized Cloud Making Much Headway?

There is some debate about potential benefits of hosting cloud computing on a centralized or decentralized network, and whether the blockchain might pose some relevance on such a front. The answer seems to be a definite maybe — under certain circumstances. Avivah Litan, vice president and analyst with Gartner, says blockchain enables decentralized cloud computing, … Read more

California Association of Realtors Discusses Its Cloud Migration

The cloud migration of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) led to deeper reassessment of how the organization handled its workloads. That was one of the takeaways recalled by Josh Sharfman, chief technology and innovation officer with the organization when discussing migrated resources from on-prem to the cloud via cloud service provider OVHcloud. Sharfman says … Read more

No, the Cloud Is Not a Green Technology

There is a myth surrounding the cloud regarding it as a green technology. Though we love cloud computing, people tend to think that if they bring their technology to the cloud, they’re being green. Much of this misconception comes from the cloud providers themselves, but a lot is from general misunderstandings of what the cloud … Read more

Why to Keep a Data Center Mentality

Scalability, agility, ability to avoid capitalization of hardware and software over the long term, and efficiency have been reasons why companies are moving more information technology to the cloud. This has led industry analysts like Tracey Wu of Forrester to say, “It is well understood that using the cloud is essential to staying competitive. The … Read more

Nvidia, Others Hammer Out Tomorrow’s Cloud-Native Supercomputers

As organizations clamor for ways to maximize and leverage compute power, they might look to cloud-based offerings that chain together multiple resources to deliver on such needs. Chipmaker Nvidia, for example, is developing data processing units (DPUs) to tackle infrastructure chores for cloud-based supercomputers, which handle some of the most complicated workloads and simulations for … Read more

Fender’s CIO Talks Tuning Up SAP with a Migration to AWS

The rise in business has prompted the global guitar maker Fender to think of more efficient ways to use its SAP resources. Moving from company-controlled computing resources to the public cloud can be a challenge. Although Fender has already embraced the cloud for other aspects of its operations, there has been some reluctance to make … Read more

How to Repurpose an Obsolete On-Premises Data Center

There comes a time in the life of every data center when its owner is faced with a stark choice: update the facility, reset its purpose, or empty it. In 2019, Gartner predicted that by 2025, 80% of companies will close their traditional data centers. Today, the trend shows no sign of slowing. A “cloud … Read more

Reliance on Cloud Requires Greater Resilience Among Providers

The final weeks of 2021 brought a reminder that with the transition to a cloud-driven world, the future the likes of Gartner had predicted, it also came with the risk of accidental service loss and the need for backup plans. A few days before Christmas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dealt with another outage, this time … Read more

AWS CTO Vogels on Cloud Eliminating Constraints on Innovation

In previous years, Werner Vogels CTO at AWS said somewhat jokingly that it would “fix the speed of light” as the new world of the cloud removed the limitations in computing. During his keynote address at the 2021 re: Invent Conference, he said that this task remained on his to-do list, but that there were … Read more

What Comes Next After AWS Disruption

On Tuesday, which was supposed to be AWS Innovation Day in Re:Invent 2021, Amazon Web Services was instead facing yet another outage in the region that affected large segments of the internet. Analysts at Forrester and Gartner say that while the problem was significant, it was neither a reason, nor a realistic one, to roll … Read more