Part 2: 2 Questions to Ask When Cloud IaaS Has Stopped Making Sense

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

In part one of this post we looked at startups which had found their AWS costs spiraling out of control and had concluded that self-managed infrastructure was more cost effective.   We discussed the two big reasons that this generally happens—namely lack of accountability on the cloud and lack of understanding of the total cost of ownership of self-managed infrastructure. So, …

8 Federal Agencies that You Didn’t Know Are in the Public Cloud

Ronda Peoples Uncategorized

You probably already know that the U.S. intelligence community relies heavily on Amazon Web Services. In fact, the CIA recently announced an expansion of its use of the AWS cloud. But did you know that the Intelligence community has lots of company? As recently reported in The Federal Times, here are seven other ways the Feds already are using – …

2 Questions to Answer When You Suspect Cloud IaaS Has Stopped Making Financial Sense

Kenneth Johnson Accounting Firms, All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Case Studies, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

Today I came across an old article by Cade Metz on Wired from 2013 chronicling the experience of some well-known start-ups on the public cloud. The companies highlighted, which included Uber, Zynga, MemSQL and others, had started on Amazon Web Services only to find that, as their business scaled, their AWS bills grew to such a size that self-managed infrastructure …

Tried and True: CIA Expands its Reliance on AWS

Ronda Peoples Uncategorized

It’s not breaking news that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is a believer in the cloud. Since 2014, the CIA has trusted its data – even the classified stuff – to Amazon Web Services. The decision to move in the direction of the cloud was based on the desire for “significant cost recovery, increased mission improvement and a boost of …

Is Cloud Computing Re-defining “Disruptive Technology?”

Ronda Peoples Uncategorized

Since the term “disruptive technology” was coined in the mid-1990’s, it has become an increasingly popular way for us to describe innovations that unsettle or replace established technologies or other ways of doing business. The label “disruptive technology,” however, might be an understatement when talking about the cloud. Opinions abound regarding the extent of the cloud’s disruptive potential but, according …

Google Turns Up Heat on AWS with Nearline Storage

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

Yesterday Google announced its new archival storage product, Nearline.  Nearline is one of three classes of object storage on the Google platform which also include Standard and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA).  Nearline is comparable to AWS Glacier in that it is designed for data that is not frequently accessed and is priced at $.01 per gigabyte per month (same as …

5 Capabilities of a Private Cloud That Every Firm Should Focus On

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Security & Compliance

The terms Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are by now very familiar to all of us. We have often heard CTOs of the global enterprise speak in suspicious terms of public cloud and the security thereof, extolling the virtue of their home-built private clouds. But now we see in some recent data the growth of ”private clouds” stagnating …

A Few Takeaways from Gartner’s “Cloud Myths” Webinar

Ronda Peoples Uncategorized

I was fortunate this morning to catch Gartner’s live webinar entitled “The Top 10 Cloud Myths,” hosted by David Mitchell Smith, VP and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research. Smith identified some of the common myths surrounding cloud computing and used those items as a springboard to discuss a variety of relevant and timely cloud topics. The webinar, which would be …

Public Cloud Adoption Rates Skyrocket

Ronda Peoples Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Newsroom

RightScale, Inc.’s, 2015 “State of the Cloud” Report reveals that public cloud adoption is on the rise, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure leading the pack. RightScale surveyed over 900 IT professionals working in companies in a range of sizes and in a variety of industries. Here are some of the key findings from the study: 93% of …

New Elastic Load Balancer Checks for Trusted Advisor

Lee Hylton All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Newsroom

Amazon Web Services announced four new checks to the Trusted Advisor tool in the Management Console. The Trusted Advisor allows an administrator or IAM user with the correct permission to run a series of checks for security, economy and fault tolerance across a wide variety of resources within an AWS account. This latest set of checks focus on Elastic Load …