Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Zakia Bouachraoui, Pat Romanski

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Microsoft Cloud, Containers Expo Blog, Machine Learning , Agile Computing, @DXWorldExpo, SDN Journal, @ThingsExpo

@CloudExpo: Article

Azure Is King of the Hill | @CloudExpo @Azure #BigData #IoT #DataCenter

The company snatched the stack crown by releasing its Azure stack to the public

As I wrote earlier this year over at InfoWorld, Microsoft took another step toward being king of the cloud hill when it announced in January that it was releasing its Azure stack to the public. There are many technical reasons why this is cool, but more importantly, it's the psychological advantage this gives Microsoft.

Google has always had the ability for developers using its stack to develop locally on the same tools that run in Google App Engine. It recently forked its environments, so now the local and cloud environments are slightly different for some of the configurations -- I can't tell you how many nights I have lost sleep because of environments being slightly different! Development and hosting are two completely different things. What Microsoft did is one-upped Google and Amazon.

The psychological advantage comes into play for companies that aren't 100 percent sure about moving into the cloud or companies that don't want to be trapped in a proprietary ecosystem. Ten years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine Microsoft doing such a thing, but now their decision to release the Azure Stack is in line with their newfound love for open systems.

The truth of the matter is that we are all trapped by proprietary ecosystems, even if you are a big open source user. Everywhere you look, companies are using proprietary chat, storage, workflow, CRM, on and on, but one of the biggest blocks for companies adopting a cloud strategy is the fear of being trapped in an ecosystem that you can't get out of. Problem solved! Now if something goes wrong, just download the Azure stack, and you can run locally.

Truthfully, moving from the cloud to a local environment is going to be rare. Although it will now be possible, many of the advantages would be lost. Advantages like infinitely scalable storage, no need for IT support, offloading compliance issues. It would just be a lot of work, and unless you have the will and the staff, a move from the cloud locally would be beyond most organizations.

But I could see some companies that aren't yet ready to move up to the cloud but thinking about it seriously. In these cases, it would be great to design for the cloud, run locally, and then move the whole stack when you're ready. Sure, it would be extra work, but a whole lot less work then attempting to code in a "normal" on-premises environment and then attempting a move. Running the Azure stack locally first would be a smart first steps for companies that plan on moving to Azure but not for a couple of years.

Another option would be to run some of the stack locally and some in Azure. There are numerous reasons why people may think this is a good idea. However, the only two that resonate with me are performance or applications that for some reason won't run in Azure but could be cajoled to be running on a local Azure stack. Even with these two reasons, I would have to be convinced it to mix and match local and remote Azure environments. My general experience has not been good on this front. I really believe in all in or all out when possible.

I have talked about this before, but the truth is you shouldn't move your system to the cloud - you should instead re-architect it for the cloud. Since Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are all very different in their PaaS offerings, to be successful you have to code specifically for any environment you are in. So even though the chances of moving a company from hosted Azure to local Azure are close to zero, it will make moving to the cloud an easier decision for those in charge. Being one of those people, I really enjoy one less tough decision to make in my day.

More Stories By John Basso

John Basso is an experienced technology executive with a unique ability to help businesses win through strategic roles both inside and across multiple organizations. He has been leading technical teams and implementing leading-edge business processes and custom technology solutions for over 20 years.

John’s versatile skill-set across all major business functions has made him an integral part of the success for Amadeus Consulting - where he is the CIO. As a dynamic executive, John is inserted into critical phases of the business lifecycle for Amadeus Consulting and works closely with its business partners to ensure their success.

John's demonstrated ability to manage complex custom software development programs across US and international teams has led to senior executive positions, including Chief Strategy Officer, CTO, and VP of Marketing, with several Amadeus Consulting clients and partners. Additionally, he has extensive experience with venture capital funding and was a key contributor to equity investment deals for three different promising startup companies of over $20 million each. Boards: Left Hand Design Corporation, Business Information & Analytics Advisory Board, University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business

Awards: "Forty Under 40 Business Leader" by the Denver Business Journal in 2005, Eco Hero by the Boulder County Business Report.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
We are seeing a major migration of enterprises applications to the cloud. As cloud and business use of real time applications accelerate, legacy networks are no longer able to architecturally support cloud adoption and deliver the performance and security required by highly distributed enterprises. These outdated solutions have become more costly and complicated to implement, install, manage, and maintain.SD-WAN offers unlimited capabilities for accessing the benefits of the cloud and Internet. ...
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and G...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "IoT Now" was named media sponsor of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...