Logicalis chief technologist defines the new ideology of hybrid IT
The next BriefingsDirect thought leader interview explores how digital
disruption demands that businesses develop a new ideology of hybrid IT.
We'll hear how such trends as Internet of things (IoT), distributed IT, data
sovereignty requirements, and pervasive security concerns are combining to
challenge how IT operates. And we'll learn how IT organizations are shifting
to become strategists and internal service providers, and how that supports
adoption of hybrid IT. We will also delve into how converged and
hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) provide an on-ramp to hybrid cloud
strategies and adoption.
To help us define a new ideology for hybrid IT, we're joined by Neil
Thurston, Chief Technologist for the Hybrid IT Practice at Logicalis Group in
the UK. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, P... (more)
What Is a Cloud Broker, Anyway?
By Joe Michalowski
We've all had that feeling before: The feeling that you're missing something
that everyone else is in on. For today's IT leaders, that feeling might come
up when you hear talk about cloud brokers.
Meanwhile, you head back into your office and deal with your ever-growing
shadow IT problem. But the cloud-broker whispers and your shadow IT issues
If you're wondering "what the heck is a cloud broker?" we've got you covered.
Cloud Brokers – Like Stockbrokers for SaaS Apps
If you've ever invested in the stock market, you know the traditional
approach is to work with a stockbroker to invest on your behalf. Your
stockbroker is a middleman who can provide key advice as you make decisions
on where to invest your money.
The same is true of cloud brokers.
These third-party companies and consultants mediate between you... (more)
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure
platform with Rancher Labs' container management platform, Rancher. This
approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and
Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented "Enterprises developing and building
apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital
ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster. The
integration of Rancher software with Interoute Digital Platform gives
developers access to a managed container platform that sits on a global
privately networked cloud, enabling true distributed computing."
The advent of containers has revolutionized the way enterprises can build,
and deploy software applications, bringing greater agility, quicker
deployment times and lower operational costs. I... (more)
What Is Containerization and Will It Spell the End for Virtualization?
By Ron Gidron
Containerization is popularly viewed as the ‘virtualization of
virtualization' or ‘next generation virtualization.' However, containers
have existed long before virtualization or the advent of modern container
technology like Docker and Linux Containers. Similar tech was built into
mainframe systems that pervaded the IT landscape for the preceding decades.
However, the implication, as the name suggests, is that modern software
containerization will have the same seismic impact on the IT industry as
shipping containers have had on maritime freight transport. Indeed, it is
quite common now for many major online companies to run their entire
infrastructure on containers.
The reason behind the analogy, which is even alluded to by Docker in their
logo, is that in the same way shipping con... (more)
When discussing disruptive technologies, the topic of blockchain inevitably
enters the conversation. Gartner recently listed blockchain as one of the
‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.' Approximately $1.4B has been
invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus
Cushley. IBM announced this week a Blockchain-as-a-Service Enterprise
offering at their Interconnect Conference. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs
reality' discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being
taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored.
In simple terms, blockchain is a digital ledger. You can think of it as a
spreadsheet. The blockchain ledger comprises a constantly growing list of
transactions called "blocks" - all of which are sequentially connected. Each
block has a link to the previous one in the list. Once a block is in th... (more)
In the first article of this three-part series on hybrid cloud security, we
discussed the Shared Responsibility Model, and examined how the most common
attack strategies persist, are amplified, or are mitigated as assets move
from data centers to the cloud. In part two, we talked about the unique
security challenges that are introduced by public cloud environments. In this
third and final installment, we'll review why it's essential to approach
hybrid cloud security with different methods, tools and best practices than
those used in the data center.
Bridging the Silo Between On-Premises and Cloud Environments
For today's resource-constrained IT teams, the explosion of public cloud
services has only increased the complexity of securing critical
infrastructure. Until recently, it has been a challenge for IT professionals
to find security tools that are specifically de... (more)
Technologies help us deliver on a business strategy. Without a strategy,
there is no rationale for deploying technologies. In addition, there is no
rationale for digital transformation, unless there is a need for business
transformation. If you believe this as we do, then strategy development
will be a priority. Strategies, however, are developed under the guidance
of a doctrine. The purpose of a doctrine is to create a high level
understanding of what we we want to achieve with our strategy, and the
concepts that must be employed to achieve it. An organization's doctrine will
guide strategy development, and the tactics needed to achieve a goal.
An example of a doctrine is, "We will be a fast follower, and excel at
quickly manufacturing and delivering popular fashions." With this doctrine,
the company can now develop strategies that align with the doctrine.
Five of the Best Programming Languages and Frameworks for a Small Business
Choosing a programming framework for a small business can be overwhelming-
there are so many. Here are a few of the best choices, to help you get
Ask a room of ten developers which programming framework is the ‘best on
the market,' and you're liable to receive ten different answers. Each
developer will sing the praises of a different language, and each one will
very probably feel that theirs is the only logical choice. The most confusing
thing, though? Each and every one of those developers will be correct.
I'll be blunt: there is no universal programming framework. The language your
organization should work with - whether it's for web development, mobile
development, or traditional development - depends entirely on your unique
situation. The perfect choice for one busine... (more)
Is Your IT Career Ready for the Cloud?
By Bree Brouwer
The IT industry is undergoing a significant evolution to keep up with cloud
application demand. We see this happening as a mindset shift, from
traditional IT teams to more well-rounded, cloud-focused job roles. The IT
industry has become so cloud-minded that Gartner predicts that by 2020, this
cloud shift will impact more than $1 trillion of global IT spending. This
shift, however, has left some IT professionals feeling a little anxious about
what lies ahead. The good news is that cloud computing is relatively new by
IT's standards, which means it's constantly expanding to encompass new career
Despite the Cloud Shift, Traditional IT Skills Aren't Dead
With the increased use of cloud computing and AI, some traditional IT roles
are being phased out as machines and tech systems take their place. However,
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What to Look for When Choosing a Serverless Architecture
By Sunil Mavadia
Information Technology has advanced in different areas at different speeds.
This has always been true, as people found workable solutions to the problems
that faced them today, most often before there was a market for those
solutions. While things like virtualization and eventually cloud computing
grew slowly, programming languages sat at the same point for around a decade
before the current round of new languages and approaches—Python, Ruby,
Node, Swift—came about. These things seem unrelated, but there is a union
of the two sets of changes that we are about to see blossom.
That union is serverless computing. The joining of easily deployable
instances–ultimately in the form of containers–with the ubiquity of
REST-based APIs and the new programming languages that made REST-based APIs
an easy a... (more)