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29 Nov 2016
How to Compare Cloud Costs Between Amazon, Microsoft and Google
Network World, November 29th, 2016

"Comparing prices among the major IaaS cloud vendors is not as easy as simply checking the cost of one virtual machine versus another. Myriad factors influence price: Size of the virtual machine, type of VM and contract length, to name a few.

So how are you supposed to know which vendor offers the best deal? The key is to understand the different offers from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform and then determine which is best for your use case..."
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29 Nov 2016
Is the Cloud Really Just Someone Else's Computer?
TechRepublic, November 29th, 2016

"Lately I've seen a lot of tech memes stating that the cloud is nothing more than someone else's computer. I get where that sentiment is coming from.

People see the cloud as just a place for saving files (and not much more) on a remote machine, owned by someone else. At one point, that may have been the case. We were saving our files to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other 'cloud' services, and it seemed those services really were nothing more than glorified servers.

However, the cloud has greatly evolved to the point that sentiment is dead wrong..."
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28 Nov 2016
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Pricing: Compute Instances
RightScale, November 28th, 2016

"Comparing cloud pricing is complicated. It can be difficult to make apples-to-apples comparisons because cloud providers offer different pricing models, unique discounting options, and frequent price cuts. This article dives down into the details to show you which providers have the lowest-cost options for cloud compute instances and under which circumstances.

Note: This blog was updated to include December 1, 2016, price cuts on AWS m4 and c4 instances as well as the introduction of new AWS r4 instances..."
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28 Nov 2016
Do You Really Have To Migrate To The Cloud?
SmartDataCollective, November 28th, 2016

"You will still always have some on-premise software (at least until internet access is free, instantly fast, and 100% ubiquitous - i.e. never.) But the bulk of your important business process are going to happen in the cloud. It's inevitable, so you might as well get used to the idea, and get over your (increasingly irrational) fears.

Don't believe me? Even Gartner was fed up with your stalling years ago:..."
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30 Nov 2016
Cloud Procurement Guide 2.0 Tackles Security, Encryption
Government Technology, November 30th, 2016

"After two years of heavy use in government circles, the Center for Digital Government has released updates to its Best Practices Guide for Cloud and As-a-Service Procurements...

Ask your local IT shop to explain exactly what cloud services are, and you'll be met with more information than you had ever hoped to get. Ask the same shop to explain how they purchased it, and you'll likely be met with a blank, slightly terrified stare..."
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    1 Dec 2016
    AWS re:Invent 2016 - 5 biggest takeaways
    jaxenter, December 1st, 2016

    "It's that time of the year again. Amazon kicked off its 2016 AWS re:Invent developer conference with a handful of announcements, including three new AI products, AWS Snowmobile, AWS Greengrass and more. Let's take a look at the most important news.

    The audience couldn't catch a break at this year's AWS re:Invent developer conference as they were bombarded with one piece of news after another. Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist for the Amazon Web Services, gathered all the announcements under one roof and explained what they are all about in a blog post..."
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    1 Dec 2016
    Amazon Lightsail: The private server killer
    ZDNet, December 1st, 2016

    "Amazon is going after hosting and virtual private server companies with its latest low-end cloud offering.

    Hosting companies, and their virtualized descendants -- virtual private server companies such as Bluehost, Digital Ocean, and Linode -- provide remote servers for developers, websites, and businesses needing other internet services. They continue to be very popular with small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that can't afford or don't need a data center or public cloud services..."
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    30 Nov 2016
    The Mission Critical Cloud: Designing an Enterprise Cloud
    Data Center Knowledge, November 30th, 2016

    "Today, many organizations are taking a look at cloud from a new lens. Specifically, organizations are looking to cloud to enable a service-driven architecture capable of keeping up with enterprise demands. With that in mind, we're seeing businesses leverage more cloud services to help them stay agile and very competitive. However, the challenge revolves around uptime and resiliency. This is compounded by often complex enterprise environments..."
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      28 Nov 2016
      7 Simple Truths You Should Know About the Hybrid Cloud
      Network World, November 28th, 2016

      "I'm about to tell you something that may shatter what you think about the cloud: The hybrid cloud does not exist.

      The enterprise cloud adoption manual puts hybrid cloud at the top of the list. But you cannot buy one off the shelf. It's not one-size-fits-all.

      Rather, the hybrid cloud is made up of models, processes, and multiple providers. The moment you start paying for a public cloud service, no matter how small or simple the service might be, you are in a hybrid cloud model..."
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        29 Nov 2016
        The Metrics that Matter for Your Private/Hybrid Cloud
        Network World, November 29th, 2016

        "So you want a private/hybrid cloud strategy for your company. Great idea. Now, how do you ensure that your cloud strategy will be successful? Well, this requires understanding how to measure success. Let me suggest the following criteria:

        1. Your constituents (generally the business and applications owners) can voluntarily decide to adopt your cloud or not.

        2. You need to be able to prove to them that it is to their advantage to run their applications in your cloud. ..."
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          29 Nov 2016
          The need the think seriously about how you use cloud file sharing services
          ITProPortal, November 29th, 2016

          "How do you know that the files you share via these tools are safe?

          If you're like most people, you use file sharing services to send and share your files via the cloud. But how do you know that the files you share via these tools are safe? Do you trust the cloud service provider and the security measures they've put in place? How sure are you that these security measures are foolproof?..."
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          30 Nov 2016
          Cool Tech at AWS re:Invent (Slideshow)
          Network World, November 30th, 2016

          "Amazon Web Service's re:Invent conference is one of the premier showcases for new cloud technology spanning across the infrastructure, platform and software as a service markets. Check out some of the hottest products being announced or displayed at the show, from new tools for managing big data to products that help optimize your cloud use to ones that help secure your environment..."
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