Computing

The cloud is now mission-critical

A new study from Cloudreach and IDC entitled “Cloud Trends 2021” (registration required) surveyed more than 200 CIOs. Questions focused on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the use of cloud computing and digital transformation. Keep in mind that the sponsor has a dog in the hunt in that they sell technology.

Of course, it’s the usual “cloud is good,” “cloud is important” stuff you find in most other analyst reports. However, the number that I found interesting is that 27.5 percent stated that large-scale migration to the public cloud was “essential for survival.” Hop in a time machine and just

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Prepare for the work-from-anywhere revolution

Traditional in-person physical offices have been disappearing from our work lives for many years. With pandemic-wracked 2020 receding into history, many sectors of the global economy now have experienced the pleasures and frustrations of working from home.

Emergence of hybrid physical-virtual work environments

We’ve now seen practically every big technology company from Google to VMware give up trying to bring employees back to traditional offices for the indefinite future. According to a recent enterprise survey by 451 Research, the emerging technology research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence, 80 percent of companies have implemented or expanded universal work-from-home policies,

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The most important new features in CockroachDB

CockroachDB was architected from the ground up to be cloud-native, so that it can scale elastically and survive any failure, natively, without any additional setup or configuration. Since its inception, the Cockroach Labs team has made regular updates and improvements to the distributed database. Today, this database helps thousands of developers more efficiently build data driven applications in the cloud and is the foundation of many of the game-changing applications that are driving the modern, digital economy.

The latest release, CockroachDB 20.2, includes support for spatial data and introduces a custom Kubernetes Operator. All the while, the team continues

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Containers require good architecture | InfoWorld

Gartner is predicting growing container adoption by 2023, believe it or not. Are you sitting down? Data from its survey shows a surge in containerization of applications (and data). The percentage of organizations that have containerized more than half of their applications increased from 23 percent to 29 percent. Also, the number of organizations that have containerized fewer than 10 percent of their apps fell from 32 percent to 21 percent.

Containers are becoming systemic to cloud-based applications, and while it’s helpful to cite analysts’ surveys, all you need to do is to join a cloud development team to understand

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Working with Azure Image Builder

Virtual machines have been part of cloud infrastructures since the early days of AWS and Azure. They’re key to bringing familiar workloads to the cloud, allowing existing applications and skill sets to lift and shift from on-premises to a global-scale platform. The resulting virtual infrastructures are now coming back to our data centers, running on hyperconverged hardware where dense compute and virtual storage act as a bridge between traditional architectures and cloud-native environments. Even as cloud platforms move to providing serverless functions and offering more effective PaaS, the familiar IaaS business model remains important.

Managing virtual infrastructures by managing VM

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Review: Microsoft Azure AI and Machine Learning aims for the enterprise

Microsoft has a presence in most enterprise development and IT shops, so it’s not a surprise that the Azure AI and Machine Learning platform has a presence in most enterprise development, data analysis, and data science shops. Enterprise AI often has demanding requirements, and the Azure offerings do their best to meet them.

Azure AI and Machine Learning includes 17 cognitive services, a machine learning platform pitched at three different skill levels, cognitive search, bot services, and Azure Databricks, an Apache Spark product optimized for the Azure platform and integrated with other Azure services.

Rather than force companies to run

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