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2 common cloud computing predictions for 2021 are wrong

For some reason I’m on the list of every PR firm with a client that needs to have its predictions for the upcoming year heard. Mostly their guesses are obvious and unhelpful, such as “cloud computing will continue to grow” or “cloud security will continue to be a concern.” People are really going out on a limb.

However, I see a few predictions over and over again. I suspect that many out there in the cloud computing market are beginning to believe them, so I need to point out some realities that are often overlooked or misunderstood.

The rise of

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The shape of edge computing in 2021

In 2019 and 2020, edge computing received a lot of attention because most centralized cloud computing challenges involve latency issues that are difficult to mediate. You can tell the cloud providers to build points of presence closer to your users—and new points of presence continue to show up all the time and all over the world—but latency continues to be a common problem. Why?

A better question is, what’s not happening? New edge computing projects tend to stick processing and data collection closer to the sources and users of the data. However, architects need to do so in a way

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The shape of edge computing in 2021

In 2019 and 2020, edge computing received a lot of attention because most centralized cloud computing challenges involve latency issues that are difficult to mediate. You can tell the cloud providers to build points of presence closer to your users—and new points of presence continue to show up all the time and all over the world—but latency continues to be a common problem. Why?

A better question is, what’s not happening? New edge computing projects tend to stick processing and data collection closer to the sources and users of the data. However, architects need to do so in a way

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Jumping into Azure Arc Data Services

Microsoft may have promised multiple future releases of on-premises Windows Server, but that doesn’t mean you continue to manage and use those servers the way you always have. Key to Windows Server’s future is Microsoft’s hybrid cloud strategy which gives equal weight to on-premises hardware and its Azure hyperscale cloud. Technologies such as Windows Admin Center and Azure Arc bring Web-based monitoring and administration to your servers, providing a bridge between the Azure Portal and Windows.

Using Azure Arc with databases

Azure Arc is an important piece of that puzzle, allowing you to separate physical infrastructure from virtual,

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11 reasons to hate the cloud

When the first price list arrived from the cloud companies, everyone reacted like a kid in a penny candy shop with a $100 bill. There’s no reason to devote hours to pondering the advantages and disadvantages when you can just grab a shovel and fill a big laundry bag. Many cloud prices are much less than a penny. How can you go wrong if the price rounds off to zero?

Those days are long gone. Many of us have already survived dozens of difficult meetings with the bean counters who received the monthly cloud invoice and hit the DEFCON alarm

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My 2021 cloud computing New Year’s resolutions

Typical New Year’s resolutions focus on personal and professional development—ways to improve. Although I certainly have personal goals of no interest to anyone but myself, I also have some related to the cloud computing profession. I’ll share them in hopes that a few of you will adopt these efforts as well. 

Teach more people about cloud computing. If you have followed me for some time, you understand that I have a passion for education. However, rather than focus on a traditional educational path where most of what you learn is useless, concentrate on specific cloud skills that are very marketable

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