Weekly CloudNews – Migrations, Multi-Cloud Environments and DataStax/VMware

Welcome to Weekly CloudNews, CloudBolt’s roundup of the latest industry news and happenings. This will be a new feature running every Thursday on our blog. We hope you find the content insightful as you embark on your hybrid cloud journey.

In case you missed our previous blog this week, Patrick Campbell explored the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Framework in an in-depth post that went up on Tuesday.

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With that, onto this week’s news:

Cloud migration a longer, harder journey than most organizations expect

David Weldon, Information Management, Aug. 13, 2019

“A majority of organizations now have some presence in the cloud, although how satisfied each organization is with their cloud computing experiences is all over the map.

Security issues remain a top concern for many, and those concerns are often cited as the primary reason that many firms have adopted a go-slow approach to cloud migration.

Like other emerging technologies, it takes time to capture the benefits of the cloud. In fact, a recent Accenture survey found that nearly two thirds of organizations are failing to realize the full benefits of their cloud migration journeys, with top barriers being security and the complexity of business and operational change.”

InfiniteIO Partners with Cloudian to Optimize Economics of Private Cloud Storage

David Marshall, VMBlog, Aug. 12, 2019

“Enterprises and organizations across industries can improve storage economics without making changes to existing IT operations, using a new joint solution introduced today by InfiniteIO, the leader in making hybrid cloud storage simple and fast, and Cloudian, a global leader in enterprise object storage systems. The validated solution combining Cloudian HyperStore object storage with InfiniteIO Hybrid Cloud Tiering offers customers and channel partners a simple-to-use and powerful solution that optimizes storage cost and performance with no changes to users, applications or systems.”

85% of companies now operating in a multi-cloud environment

Esther Kezia Thorpe, IT Pro, Aug. 7, 2019

“The use of multiple clouds for businesses is growing in popularity and according to a survey from IBM, 85% of organisations are now using multiple clouds in their business.

To complicate things, the majority of these environments are made up of multiple hybrid clouds. 76% of the organisations surveyed reported that they were already using from two to 15 hybrid clouds.”

A Cloud Smart Strategy

Christina Cardoza, SD Times, Aug. 6, 2019

“Last year, the Office of Management and Budget announced a Cloud Smart Strategy proposal in order to help agencies migrate to the cloud safely and securely. At the end of June, the White House Office of Management and Budget’s final version of the plan was published. 

The strategy focuses on three main areas of cloud adoption: security, procurement and workforce. While the strategy was developed for the federal government, there are a number of things enterprises can gain from the strategy in their own migration and adoption initiatives, according to Sash Sunkara, CEO and co-founder of RackWare, a hybrid cloud management platform provider.”

“To be Cloud Smart, agencies must consider how to use their current resources to maximize value: reskilling and retraining staff, enhancing security postures, and using best practices and shared knowledge in acquisitions. Cloud Smart is about equipping agencies with the tools and knowledge they need to make these decisions for themselves, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach,” the Cloud Smart Strategy stated.”

DataStax expands partnership with VMware to support hybrid cloud

Stephanie Condon, ZDNet, Aug. 6, 2019

“The expanded partnership will help enterprises that want to develop and run databases uniformly across the hybrid cloud.

‘For enterprises with a progressive cloud strategy, our expanded collaboration enables them to prevent cloud vendor lock-in, improve developer productivity by being able to easily test use cases in minutes, and ultimately, rely on DataStax for enterprise data management and VMware as the platform for modern applications,” Kathryn Erickson, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at DataStax, said in a statement. “We are focused on making it easy for developers to use and manage DataStax by expanding VMware vSAN’s footprint to show that distributed systems do not need special treatment in their software stack.’”

Google VM, microservices tools advance cloud migration strategy

Chris Kanaracus, SearchCloudComputing, July 31, 2019

Google hopes to advance its third-place standing in the public cloud market with additional cloud migration tools and enterprise-friendly features to entice more workloads onto the platform.

Migrate for Compute Engine can now move virtual machines from Microsoft Azure to Google Cloud, although the feature is in beta. Previously, Migrate for Compute Engine supported only migrations from AWS.

Google has also expanded support for service mesh, which provides a communication layer for application components to talk to one another. It’s favored for microservices-based application architectures and relieves the burden on developers to inject and maintain networking code in their apps.”

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