Cloud availability News
April 15, 2016
A massive Google cloud outage this week went largely unnoticed compared to the type of outcry that accompanies downtime for its competitors -- and that's not a good thing.
August 31, 2015
ClearSky Data takes advantage of the scalability, redundancy and price of Simple Storage Service with its newly launched storage as a service platform.
February 17, 2015
There's a confluence between cloud and mobile testing and support for it in the cloud because of the ability to create production environments without the need and configuration costs of on-premises infrastructure.
January 28, 2015
Google expanded its storage offerings this month with the general availability of local SSD -- a feature pegged for high-demand apps and supplementing RAM.
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Native Amazon Web Services tools can help optimize performance, but they don't always give cloud developers and administrators the entire picture. Often, third-party cloud management tools can fill in the gaps to help with AWS performance monitoring, as well as troubleshoot and repair performance issues. So what’s the right mix of AWS monitoring tools? Many AWS shops use third-party products to help with cloud monitoring, while others prefer native tools.
This guide highlights what you want to accomplish with those tools, including managing logs, tracking analytics and doing routine health checks, and gives a rundown of some preferred tools. Having an understanding of what AWS monitoring software to use and why you're using it is part of AWS monitoring best practices.
In addition, AWS premier partners produce tools that have been well received, which further complicates matters. This three-part guide describes the various products available from AWS itself and from third-party suppliers. It also features advice for determining which tools might be right for particular types of AWS users.
Readers can also expect insight from AWS users about AWS monitoring best practices -- specifically, what an admin should be looking for and how to get the most bang for your buck. It can be as simple as entering your AWS environment with a plan for what you want to use there.
There's also advice in this guide for startup companies using AWS, including a look at when a company is paying for more cloud computing than it needs.Continue Reading
Our business is migrating from an on-premises server to Office 365. What third-party monitoring tools can we use to make sure it is running at optimal performance? Continue Reading
Now that we're moving applications into AWS, how should our cloud disaster recovery plan differ from a traditional on-premises DR strategy? Continue Reading
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Encryption is just one important element of backup data security in the cloud. Ask the right questions of your organization and your cloud provider to make sure your data is safe. Continue Reading
Desktop as a service (DaaS) lets businesses deliver desktops and applications to users from the cloud. The advantages include less management for IT and a steady, predictable subscription-based cost model. But companies that have to meet security and compliance requirements must think carefully about whether DaaS is the right delivery method for them. Shops with very strict requirements may find that it won't. If that's the case, they can turn to on-premises virtualization or stick with physical desktops. They could even choose to use DaaS to deliver only some users' desktops based on their departments or job roles.
DaaS came of age in the Internet era, so providers build isolation and protection against hackers into their infrastructure. They can do it better, faster and on a bigger scale than most IT shops can on premises. Still, the concerns around multi-tenancy and meeting specialized needs should be top of mind for companies considering cloud-based desktops.Continue Reading
Containers and cloud security remain two of the hottest topics in IT. Here's a look at what could be on the horizon for both. Continue Reading
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Cloud computing can bring a multitude of unexpected costs. To stay within budget, evaluate the costs associated with regions and availability zones. Continue Reading
One battleground of the public cloud provider war is the number of data centers that AWS and Azure have. But it is not an apples-to-apples comparison between respective regions. Continue Reading
Mission-critical workloads require a disaster recovery (DR) plan, regardless of whether they are kept on premises or in a public cloud. In AWS disaster recovery, though, IT teams must make specific decisions and follow best practices so IT functions can continue with little noticeable interruption.
This three-part guide explores the best ways to devise and test a disaster recovery plan in AWS. IT planners must think carefully about AWS-specific considerations, such as how to take advantage of availability zones, regions and load balancing. These capabilities for AWS backup and disaster recovery are impressive. In fact, many people see the public cloud as ideally suited for these purposes. How well an organization averts trouble -- or recovers from it -- when something fails will depend largely on whether it has done the planning and testing necessary to activate an effective DR strategy. If that strategy includes conducting backup and DR in AWS, the building blocks are there, ready to be assembled.Continue Reading
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Availability and security are essential for cloud services. Use third-party tools that encrypt data and offer backup support to secure Office 365 backup and recovery efforts. Continue Reading
Disruptions occur in the cloud, and developers need to be ready for them. Using AWS tools and geographic routing can keep services available. Continue Reading
Virtualization and automation software has enabled faster response to outages, but high-profile companies are still plagued by downtime. Continue Reading