Tallying the benefits of moving cloud apps – Gigaom

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GigaOm last week updated a benchmark report we published in August titled “The costs and benefits of migrating .NET applications to the cloud,” by GigaOm Analyst Ned Bellavance. write. That report details some of the driving forces and decision-making behind the cloud application migration efforts, and helps determine the costs and value IT organizations can expect from an investment. .

In terms of the benefits of the equation, Bellavance in the report points out a trio of benefits:

  • Increase productivity: Reduced administration costs, improved operational efficiency, and faster application and feature delivery are all cited here, because of the only extended and service aspects of transformative operating requirements. cloud.
  • Advanced features: Deployment sites provide discreet application sourcing and versioning, integrating with GitHub, BitBucket, and Azure Repos to enable continuous deployment (CD) and backup, recovery, and mirroring services distribution described.
  • Access to innovation: The ability to continually test and leverage new platform and application features is a core value of cloud approaches.

Of course, the cost of achieving these benefits is questionable. To answer that, Bellavance designed a series of benchmark tests to run on three on-premises and cloud-based PaaS infrastructures, largely equivalent:

  • Site premises: Windows virtual machine running on VMware
  • Cloud: Microsoft Azure uses Azure App Service and Azure SQL Database
  • Cloud: AWS uses Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, and Amazon RDS

His discovery? With the efficient performance of the three options roughly equal, it is clear that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the on-premises infrastructure is significantly higher than that of either cloud option. Bellavance found that the three-year cost of an on-premises application infrastructure is $ 69,300. The cost of server hardware ($ 20,000), Windows SQL license ($ 10,800), and VMware and SnS license ($ 10,500 each) are among the bigger costs for building on-site .

In contrast, Amazon AWS costs $ 44,237 over three years, with the RDS Version ($ 22,921) and the EC2 Version ($ 15,542) taking the bulk of the cost. Microsoft Azure is still cheaper: a total of $ 41,888, with Application Services ($ 20,288) and Azure SQL ($ 18,000) accounting for nearly the entire cost.

But this cost breakout bypasses a key advantage for Microsoft stores to move apps from on-premises to the cloud. Specifically, the Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB) licensing reduces the cost of an Azure migration by allowing customers to apply their existing, on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses to Azure virtual machines and editions. Azure SQL database. The impact could be big. Bellavance in her study found that the AHB cut more than $ 10,000 in its three-year budget, reducing the total cost from $ 41,888 to $ 31,088.

Migration advice

The numbers are sure to add up, and for existing on-premises licensed Microsoft stores, the savings on switching to AWS can be substantial. Of course, a well-thought-out and well-thought-out migration plan is required to ensure that such savings can be achieved. Bellavance in its report provides guidance for IT organizations looking to move away. He urged a four-stage approach:

  • Appraisal, quantification, evaluation: Categorize existing applications by revenue generation and cost to maintain. While there may be hundreds or thousands of applications to process, consider working on apps in a specific category – for example, by department, application, or data type.
  • Prioritize: Identify applications that generate good mobility candidates, according to criteria such as existing maintenance costs, migration risks, and opportunities created – for example, to unlock new functionality.
  • Evaluate: You can map application dependencies on data sources, services, and infrastructure to help identify team migration candidates.
  • Expertise: Perform test moves to validate functionality and performance, and to build experiences around target environments, such as what is available in the operations management console.

The attempt to migrate cloud apps can be very profitable, both in terms of cost savings and operational benefits. See Bellavance in-depth benchmarks report, “Costs and benefits of migrating .NET applications to the cloud” for opportunity details.

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Yes, much of the world may have moved from email to social media and culturally dubious TikTok dances, but traditional email remains the cornerstone of business communication. And sadly, it’s still a key vector for malware, data leaks, and phishing attacks can undermine the protection of a business. It doesn’t have to be that way.

In a recently published report titled “GigaOm Radar for Fraud Prevention and Detection”, GigaOm Analyst Simon Gibson surveyed more than a dozen enterprise-focused email security solutions. He found a wide range of approaches to ensure communications can often be combined together to provide critical, in-depth protection against identified attackers.

Figure 1. GigaOm radar to prevent and detect email phishing

“When evaluating these vendors and their solutions, it is important to consider your own business and business processes,” wrote Gibson in the report, emphasizing the need to implement The solution that best addresses your organization’s business processes and email traffic. “For some it may be preferable to settle with a comprehensive solution, while for others it may be more appropriate to build a best-breed architecture from multiple vendors. “

In an area of ​​authoritative solutions, Gibson found that Forcepoint, recently purchased by Raytheon, stands out thanks to the layers of protection provided by its Advanced Classification Engine. Meanwhile, Region 1 and Zimperium are both leaders showing considerable momentum, with Region 1 driven by a recent solution partnership with Virtru and Zimperium excelling in deep commitment. about mobile message security.

Gibson said in a video interview for GigaOm it was timely to focus on mobile devices. Companies are “throttling growth” and allowing unprecedented access and dependence on mobile devices, he said, creating an urgent need to overcome threats.

Gibson’s conclusion in the report? He points to three things: Intensive defense, an awareness of existing models and infrastructure, and a healthy respect for the ‘human factor’ that can make security difficult to lock.

Who is NetApp? – Gigaom

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At Cloud Field Day 9 Netapp presented some of its cloud solutions. This comes after the NetApp Insight event, the annual corporate event that will provide the user base not only with new products, but also an overview of the company’s strategy for the future. NetApp presented a lot of interesting news and projects revolving around multi-cloud data and systems management.

Conversion to data structure

This is not the first time that NetApp has changed its strategy completely. Remember when NetApp was a boring ONTAP-only company? Of course, there’s nothing wrong with ONTAP (the storage operating system originally designed by NetApp is still the core of many of its storage devices). It can’t be the solution for everything, even if it works quite well.

When ONTAP was the only answer to every question (even with the systems StorageGrid and EF were part of the portfolio), the company started looking boring and to be honest, not very reliable. .

The day the Data Fabric vision was announced, I was skeptical, but this is a big change for this company, and if they could do it, I would be really impressed. The company started developing products like StorageGrid, acquiring companies like Solidifre, integrating different product lines to make things work together, and adding additional tools to simplify life. of cutomer. In the end, ONTAP is no longer the answer to every question, and the company has gotten cool again.

Cloud, built on top of data

Don’t get me wrong, the vision around Data Fabric already includes the cloud, but it’s incomplete in some respects. Data Fabric, for example, was developed before the success of Kubernetes and multi-cloud is still a very distant future. But still, it needs an update type.

Now, after Insight and CFD, I think this strategy update is complete and NetApp is one of the most hybrid savvy providers in the market scene. The new Astra project or even the new VDS (Virtual Desktop Service) takes advantage of the Data Fabric platform, then builds on it.

This isn’t a hosting provider anymore, at least not a traditional one. it is diversifying and becoming a more reliable player on the cloud table. Interestingly, it is doing so in a way that doesn’t compete with cloud providers or their traditional counterparts. In fact, they are presenting themselves as a platform layer that enables the continuous migration of data from on-premises to the cloud and then consistently managing it, with similar user experience, across Different cloud backgrounds. CSPs really like the first part of this, while the latter helps their partners find the same environment in which to operate their solutions. From a user perspective, NetApp gives them additional options, increasing their freedom of choice. Can say a win-win-win script.

From the outside, NetApp is building an interesting set of solutions on top of a consistent and reliable data management layer. From a certain point of view, this strategy is similar to what you might get from VMware, with their stacks now available on all clouds and additional solutions built on top of it (for example as DRaaS comes from the acquisition of Datrium).

Close the circle

I don’t know if NetApp is still classified as a traditional hosting provider. Yes, the revenue coming from the sale of storage boxes is still a large share of their income (so they’re still “traditional” in a point of view), but the change in strategy is pretty obvious here. and cloud revenue is becoming more relevant, quarter after quarter.

Most businesses are changing the way they think about IT infrastructure, hybrid and multi-cloud strategies are now the norm with a strong impact on how budgets are allocated. Users want to be free and run their applications as the business requires and traditional hosting providers are not part of the conversation. It is important to note that from this point of view NetApp is not alone, I mentioned VMware earlier in this post but others like RedHat also have the same strategy in my opinion. They all want to build the same user experience no matter where you deploy your application (and data).

Can NetApp be changed again? Will it be a reliable cloud provider? Will they become a true hybrid cloud storage provider? I think they’ve done a great job with Data Fabric and they’re on the right track to repeat themselves. Of course only time will tell, but if you compare them with some of the other traditional hosting providers, you can say that they are really well positioned to do very well.