SmugMug recently announced the acquisition of Flickr. The acquisition brings with it new ToS, calls into question the future of its free tier, and illustrates why building a workflow or organization on something you don’t own can be problematic.
In this week’s Gestalt News:
– Sonia Cuff sits down for an IT Origins interview
– The On-Premise IT Roundtable discusses if it matters where your SaaS lives
– Tom Hollingsworth looks at the novel approach Vectra Cognito takes to detect cryptocurrency mining on your infrastructure
On this roundtable, we’re getting cloudy. The panelists discuss why it matters where your SaaS apps live, and not just depend on an SLA. This can impact not just business continuity and customer experience, but security and compliance as well.
As organizations move to a SaaS model for end-user applications, how will your network respond to the increased complexity of needing support for those applications and their requirements? Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at how Viptela is leading the way with Cloud On-Ramp and how it can increase your user’s happiness with SaaS.
The network is down again. Or maybe the cloud is running slow today. How many times have we heard these phrases used in our environments? How many times have we said them to users in the hope that they will stop bugging us about problems that we have no visibility into or method of troubleshooting? Enter Viavi ObserverLive. This new product gives you the visibility that you’ve been missing in your hybrid IT environment.
Do your SaaS-based applications currently get steered in the most optimal way possible? If they do, is this a time consuming and manual effort? Or is there currently an automation expert who is crafting all of the components together to optimally direct the traffic? Chances are that the answer to these previous questions is “NO”. And if your answer is “YES” then are you already utilizing SD-WAN? If the answer is again “NO” then I encourage you to read on.
Sometimes a company’s code name for projects in development can give you some insight into how they view it. The one that always stick in my mind is “Revolution”, Nintendo’s code name for what ultimately became the Wii. It showed how different the console was than anything in the company’s past, and reflected the impact Nintendo expected of it.
In the same way, Cisco’s Project Starship has now been launched as Intersight. The name loses some geek factor, but is probably much better for IP. Much like the codename implies, this is a project that is clearly linked to how Cisco sees the future of their business. Cisco has been working on this for a while, and it’s a natural extension of their Unified Computing Systems that they’ve had for almost a decade.
There are a lot of interesting takeaways from the report, assuming they hold up. But the one I found most impressive was the overall cloud growth compared to data center workloads as a whole. After all, it’s not that hard to expect both to go up dramatically over the ensuing years, but Cisco is bullish on cloud growth in particular. Data center workloads are forecasted to double in the next four years, but cloud workloads are thought to triple.
Although I will resist the obvious and hackneyed cloud metaphors and similies, it is painfully clear that the field of cloud computing remains ill-defined. As we (hopefully) near the apex of hype, just about every IT company is clamoring to be part of the cloud market. From data center build-out to storage arrays to server […]