Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, SmartBear Blog, Pat Romanski, Jason Bloomberg

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Microservices Expo

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

Cloud Hopping Guide for Modern Enterprise By @Accelerite | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Enterprises need to leverage their freedom to choose a provider that can cater to very specific needs

A Cloud Hopping Guide for the Modern Enterprise

Everyone has stayed in a standard hotel room - they all have similar qualities, with similar prices and amenities. You can expect a good night's sleep, HBO movies on the TV, and a free muffin in the morning.  While I may be taking a few liberties with this analogy, I'd argue - the cloud is equivalent to the standard hotel room.

There's nothing wrong with plain, run-of-the-mill accommodations, but you'd be amazed to find Tim Cook shacking up at the Holiday Inn, and he definitely wouldn't sign a contract requiring him to stay every time he lands in New York.

The same goes for enterprises and how they interact with clouds. Sure, they can benefit from the use of a single cloud provider, but why sign a year agreement with so many options at their disposal? An enterprise has ample amounts of data to store, and security requirements that keep their business afloat during disaster. No one cloud can offer the range of functionality needed to secure business-critical data and applications across an entire enterprise, just like no hotel has the ability to cater to every specific need and want you may have throughout your many years of staying in hotels.

While you may be getting points each time you check in, there's nothing holding you back from staying across the street the next time you're in town. The same should go for cloud providers. Testing the waters to find which cloud best suits your needs for that specific functionality is in your best interest. If those needs change down the line (or if your needs require two separate clouds with different functionalities), hop around, stay a night and determine if they're right for your business.

Planning your stay
You work from multiple offices across the globe, which requires frequent hotel check-ins every year. If you plan to spend a considerable amount of time in a hotel, it might be wise to find multiple options for your multiple needs. Los Angeles has heavy traffic, so you'll want a hotel located as close to your office as possible, while London has superb public transport, so you might look to stay somewhere near cheap eating options.

Each plan is specific to the needs of each location. For an enterprise, one cloud solution doesn't always offer the range of functionality required for every cloud computing need. They'll need to mix and match a range of public and private options to better suit their specific requirements.

Checking in
You've booked your stay in Los Angeles and you've just arrived with your bags. You've only booked a few nights, so you've come prepared with the necessities: clothing for your stay, toiletries, and your briefcase of important business materials.

You wouldn't bring every document, laptop, desktop, hard drive, and filing cabinet to a hotel. Enterprises, too, won't put every mission-critical application into one cloud, without the security of on-premise backups and the potential for a third point of recovery. Enterprises shouldn't plan an extensive stay in one cloud, as their needs might require them to pack up and leave on short notice.

Room Service
Your first night in the hotel has been great. A stocked mini-fridge, attentive staff and a shelf-full of towels was exactly what you expected. But as the days go by and you start settling in for your short stay, the staff grows distant, the towel supply is dwindling, and the room service is arriving slower as each day passes. You start to question if you neglected to leave a tip, or if valued customers are only valued after one night's stay.

The same happens with cloud providers, whether you'd like to believe it or not. It's all courting and niceties until you've signed on the dotted line. Now you're locked in, and customer service slowly starts falling to the wayside. If you've steered clear of long-term contracts, providers will work to gain your loyalty and the service stays top of mind. If you're courting two or more clouds, you'll easily see which providers offer which benefits and fit them into your laundry list of necessities.

Checking out
Your boss calls to tell you to get on the next flight to London. An important meeting has been rescheduled and you need to be there to secure a high profile account. Luckily, the hotel has a 24-hour cancellation policy and you only have a few bags of luggage. Checking out shouldn't be a hassle - (don't forget your free muffin on the way out).

Leaving a cloud provider should be like checking out of a hotel, but this currently isn't the case. Migrating data to a second cloud, cleaning up, and leaving your cloud provider seems to be the best approach, but only if no long-term contracts are in place.

Enterprises need to leverage their freedom to choose a provider that can cater to very specific needs, and using multiple clouds to do so is in everyone's best interest. One cloud provider might work wonders for a small or medium-sized business, but when you're looking to store data, applications and a plethora of other business critical information from thousands of nodes across a large enterprise, there are too many security risks to be reliant on one sole provider. You may look to migrate all data to multiple clouds, split data between clouds, or a combination of on-premise and cloud backup, but that decision can only be determined by your business. Whichever path you choose to take, the cloud is here to help and is constantly refining its role in the future of business to ensure you enjoy your stay.

More Stories By Fredrik Schmidt

A 25-year veteran in the IT industry, Fredrik Schmidt is responsible for driving the development of innovative cloud products and solutions at Accelerite.

Prior to joining Accelerite, he served as Technical Director at Symantec, Senior IT/IS Director at Technicolor by Thomson, and CIO and Co-Founder of Kryptonite Security.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@CloudExpo Stories
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Kevin Jackson joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning "Cloud Musings" blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a "Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand" by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post "Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter" (2013) and a "Top 50 C...
Evan Kirstel is an internationally recognized thought leader and social media influencer in IoT (#1 in 2017), Cloud, Data Security (2016), Health Tech (#9 in 2017), Digital Health (#6 in 2016), B2B Marketing (#5 in 2015), AI, Smart Home, Digital (2017), IIoT (#1 in 2017) and Telecom/Wireless/5G. His connections are a "Who's Who" in these technologies, He is in the top 10 most mentioned/re-tweeted by CMOs and CIOs (2016) and have been recently named 5th most influential B2B marketeer in the US. H...
In a world where the internet rules all, where 94% of business buyers conduct online research, and where e-commerce sales are poised to fall between $427 billion and $443 billion by the end of this year, we think it's safe to say that your website is a vital part of your business strategy. Whether you're a B2B company, a local business, or an e-commerce site, digital presence is key to maintain in your drive towards success. Digital Performance will take priority in 2018 for the following reason...
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, provided a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services with...
"This week we're really focusing on scalability, asset preservation and how do you back up to the cloud and in the cloud with object storage, which is really a new way of attacking dealing with your file, your blocked data, where you put it and how you access it," stated Jeff Greenwald, Senior Director of Market Development at HGST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discussed how a new approach is neces...
What's the role of an IT self-service portal when you get to continuous delivery and Infrastructure as Code? This general session showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud ...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
"With Digital Experience Monitoring what used to be a simple visit to a web page has exploded into app on phones, data from social media feeds, competitive benchmarking - these are all components that are only available because of some type of digital asset," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I focus on what we are calling CAST Highlight, which is our SaaS application portfolio analysis tool. It is an extremely lightweight tool that can integrate with pretty much any build process right now," explained Andrew Siegmund, Application Migration Specialist for CAST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"We view the cloud not as a specific technology but as a way of doing business and that way of doing business is transforming the way software, infrastructure and services are being delivered to business," explained Matthew Rosen, CEO and Director at Fusion, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), held June 7-9 at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We were founded in 2003 and the way we were founded was about good backup and good disaster recovery for our clients, and for the last 20 years we've been pretty consistent with that," noted Marc Malafronte, Territory Manager at StorageCraft, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The Founder of NostaLab and a member of the Google Health Advisory Board, John is a unique combination of strategic thinker, marketer and entrepreneur. His career was built on the "science of advertising" combining strategy, creativity and marketing for industry-leading results. Combined with his ability to communicate complicated scientific concepts in a way that consumers and scientists alike can appreciate, John is a sought-after speaker for conferences on the forefront of healthcare science,...
WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, introduced two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a multip...
"Software-defined storage is a big problem in this industry because so many people have different definitions as they see fit to use it," stated Peter McCallum, VP of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: implemen...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, presented a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to maximize project result...
"DivvyCloud as a company set out to help customers automate solutions to the most common cloud problems," noted Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
CI/CD is conceptually straightforward, yet often technically intricate to implement since it requires time and opportunities to develop intimate understanding on not only DevOps processes and operations, but likely product integrations with multiple platforms. This session intends to bridge the gap by offering an intense learning experience while witnessing the processes and operations to build from zero to a simple, yet functional CI/CD pipeline integrated with Jenkins, Github, Docker and Azure...