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Comparing TCO in private and public cloud

This post discusses how the use of Platform as a Service (PaaS) greatly reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of public cloud. When comparing the TCO of a private versus a public cloud implementation of an environment, many enter all CMDB entries into the cost calculator of a hyperscale cloud provider. This approach makes

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The importance of Platform as a Service

This post discusses the value added and the benefits of Platform as a Service (PaaS). It explains how this type of cloud service removes important pain points and how it delivers high quality services at an attractive cost level. PaaS differentiates the public cloud providers from private cloud providers. It is a strategic differentiation, as

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Controlling cloud spend is a process

Controlling cloud spending is a priority as companies shift to the public cloud Managing the cloud bill is a priority as companies shift to cloud services. Because the easy-to-deploy, pay-per-use services introduce unfamiliar variables into the finance equation. Previously, you enjoyed long term commitments with predictable capex, but now you face variable opex.  Furthermore, new cost drivers

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The shift to public cloud is accelerating

Public cloud acceleration due to Covid-19 Covid-19 is accelerating the shift to cloud computing, according to Flexera’s 2021 State of Tech Spend Report. Moreover, this public cloud acceleration will probably continue because in almost half of the organizations the willingness to move to the cloud has further increased. In particular public cloud is benefiting. The majority of

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Covid-19 vaccine & side effects in software — and how to avoid them

Software license audits are up! Already in 2020, several software vendors devised their own medicine to fight the crisis. However their medicine came with side effects. The Register reported in “Apologies for the wait, we’re overwhelmed. Yes, this is the hospital. You need to what?! Do a software license audit?” some of their practices with

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Doubling down on digital: how to speed up!?

Digital transformation is accelerating In 2020, the pandemic triggered a very remarkable acceleration of ‘digital’ and ‘cloud’. In October, McKinsey put this in a telling perspective. It expressed this acceleration in compressed lead times. Changes that used to take several years, suddenly took a few months: In just a few months’ time, the COVID-19 crisis

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Adding 5,000 servers a night on AWS!

Hypergrowth in the public cloud: add 5000 servers a night on AWS We have read about the spectacular growth of several collaboration platforms as we started to work from home in 2020. An example is Zoom; it grew particularly fast as underlined by its quarter 3 2020 results. Revenues were up 370% YOY. For a

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The rise of ARM in end-user devices

In Dial ‘M1’ for Murder Google Ventures partner M.G. Siegler comments on the release of new macs based on Apple Silicon: This shows how important vertical integration has become. Apple on the end-user side and AWS with ARM Graviton chips are encroaching on the Wintel empire. The great news is that if you want to

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Apple is changing the architecture of computing

Steven Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft and currently board partner at Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z) discusses the impact on the computer industry of the launch of ARM based macs in a recent short podcast. “They (Apple) are changing where the boxes are in architectural diagrams of computing” according to Sinofsky.  The impact

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It takes two to tango

Lydia Leong (Distinguished VP and Analyst with Gartner for Technical Professionals) posted this article last week “Beware of vendors bearing transformation Turkish Delight”. In it, she warns customers to be weary of vendors promising the world by helping you undergo digital transformation.  Because the cloud is such a key enabling technology for digital business, I have plenty of discussions

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