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Bet on the Cloud That's Right for You By Christine Cignoli This week's news brings us further reminders that if you're betting on cloud, you're headed in the right direction. The cloud is growing seven times faster than the rest of IT, according to IDC, with a 25% spending increase just from 2016 to 2017. SaaS still leads the pack, with an estimated two-thirds of public cloud spending going that way. Large enterprises, with more than 1,000 employees, are predicted to account for more than half of cloud spending and have the fastest annual growth rate. One caveat, though, is that your cloud deployment should be tailored for your business. Cloud isn't one-size-fits-all, and charging ahead with a cloud-first approach won't work, says Cloud Technology Partners. When cloud-first is the mandate, it's too easy to adopt cloud just because there's pressure to do so. Instead,... (more)

Announcing @AISolutions_Inc Named “Bronze Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | #API #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that A&I Solutions has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 1999, A&I Solutions is a leading information technology (IT) software and services provider focusing on best-in-class enterprise solutions. By partnering with industry leaders in technology, A&I assures customers high performance levels across all IT environments including: mainframe, distributed, virtual, and cloud platforms. With expertise in the entire application lifecycle -Plan, Build, Test, Deploy, Operate, and Secure- A&I enables customers to transform their businesses by driving consistency and maximizing efficiency. Built on a strong foundation of dependable products, superior services, and extraordinary teamwork, A&I is driven to contin... (more)

Understanding #Serverless at @CloudExpo | #DevOps #NoCode #LowCode #AI

Understanding Serverless Cloud and Clear By Martijn van Dongen Serverless is considered the successor to containers. And while it’s heavily promoted as the next great thing, it’s not the best fit for every use case. Understanding the pitfalls and disadvantages of serverless will make it much easier to identify use cases that are a good fit. This post offers some technology perspectives on the maturity of serverless today. First, note how we use the word serverless here. Serverless is a combination of “Function as a Service” (FaaS) and “Platform as a Service” (PaaS). Namely, those categories of cloud services where you don’t know what the servers look like. For example, RDS or Beanstalk are “servers managed by AWS,” where you still see the context of server(s). DynamoDB and S3 are just some kind of NoSQL and storage solution with an API, where you do not see the ser... (more)

API Virtualization: A Strategy for Uniting Teams | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Virtualization

API Virtualization: A Strategy for Uniting Teams By Harsh Upreti Recently an analysis was completed by SmartBear to gauge the sense of what software professionals believe is the core value provided by API virtualization. It was concluded that software professionals, including developers, testers, managers and architects believe that the biggest benefit of virtualization is that it brings teams together by allowing them to collaborate. In total, 18% more respondents indicated that virtualization has more value in uniting teams than it has in adding speed to delivery or reducing costs. Background We ran our test via email to a broad sample of our customer base - about 36,000 email addresses in total. This involved randomly sending one of three different subject lines to each address. The topics of these subject lines positioned API virtualization as a strategy for doi... (more)

[session] APIs and #FinTech | @CloudExpo @IBMcloud #API #AI #Blockchain

APIs and Financial Services Innovation IBM helps FinTechs and financial services companies build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale. Hosted on IBM Bluemix, IBM's platform builds in customer insights, regulatory compliance analytics and security to help reduce development time and testing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Tom Eck, Industry Platforms CTO at IBM Cloud, will discuss how these tools simplify the time-consuming tasks of selection, mapping and data integration, allowing developers to use IBM services or combine them with their own data. Speaker Bio As IBM's Industry Platforms CTO, Tom Eck gets to work with incredible people and killer tools that are shaping the future of financial services technology. His mission is to help developers create the next generation of financial services applications rapidly and secure... (more)

Ocean9 to Exhibit at @CloudExpo New York | @Ocean9Inc #SAP #AWS #DRaaS

SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads. Available on AWS and Azure, Ocean9 solutions de-risk and accelerate digital transformation initiatives with instant provisioning, full elasticity, strict security, right sized systems and high availability of up to 99.99%. Ocean9 is also first to market with heavy state container technology: Our customers can therefore deploy the heavy state SAP HANA in-memory database in a production grade container environment with the ability to seamlessly fall back to a virtualized enviro... (more)

On-Premises Infrastructure | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #API #Cloud #Storage

Is On-Premises Infrastructure Obsolete? By Joe Michalowski Have you ever had the feeling of Silicon Valley envy? Think of a company like Airbnb experiencing exponential growth by making the most of AWS cloud computing. It would be nice if we could all just leave our legacy-laden on-premises data centers behind and go all-in on the cloud. Traditional businesses are moving more and more workloads to the cloud, but there's one important distinction to keep in mind when comparing yourself to companies that have avoided on-premises infrastructure. You're merely adopting the cloud-these new companies were born in it. We want to think on-premises is obsolete, but it's not going anywhere. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison once said that the "coexistence of cloud and on-premises computing is going to be a decades-long process, if not forever." So if we're stuck with on-premises,... (more)

Incident Management for IoT | @ThingsExpo @PagerDuty #AI #IoT #M2M #API

Incident Management for IoT Today By Twain Taylor The Internet of Things (IoT) is starting to become very popular in the lives of people, and in enterprises globally. While it began as a novelty, more innovative and mission-critical use cases have been popping up lately. With the sheer variety of IoT devices available, the large amount of data that’s generated, and the various security vulnerabilities, companies that make IoT devices face a host of challenges that an incident resolution platform can help with. If you’re building an IoT system today, or have plans to build one in the future, it’s crucial to make your IoT system resilient and safe by investing in a solution for best practice incident resolution. IoT Systems Need Integration Because of the inherent complexity in IoT systems, end-to-end monitoring and integration are vital. With the existence of so many d... (more)

Reducing Development Scoping Costs | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Virtualization

A common development challenge is accurately scoping the amount of effort required when creating new applications. This can occur when an application's requirements are first being designed, or even before. Since one of the most frequently-overlooked capabilities of service virtualization is the ability to rapidly prototype and test the impact of new services directly from initial user stories, I'm going to address that today. At the very beginning of an application's lifecycle, there comes a time when the team meets to discuss what the code should do. Often, there are many questions surrounding the feasibility of a new application, and the burden falls on the developer to indicate whether something is possible and to scope the level of effort required. When dealing with new technology or a completely new idea, this can be very difficult or nearly impossible. The de... (more)

Which #Serverless Platform? | @CloudExpo @LinuxAcademyCOM #DevOps

Serverless - The Next Major Shift in Cloud Computing In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Doug Vanderweide, an instructor at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers with heavy investments in serverless computing, when most of the industry has its eyes on Docker and containers. Speaker Bio Doug Vanderweide has developed software and conducted DevOps for more than 20 years. He's a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, who has built real-world serverless an... (more)

Hybrid Cloud Security: Part 3 | @CloudExpo #SDN #API #SaaS #Cybersecurity

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)