Hybrid Cloud

Announcing Legacy Application Modernization Live Workshops

It is an exciting (and stressful) time to work in IT. The IT organization is challenged to maintain the existing applications and infrastructure that power the business, and is pressured to adopt modern, cloud-based technologies to deliver scale and agility, or cut costs.

The journey to the cloud (and cloud-native technologies, like containers) is the biggest transformation in IT since virtualization—and is far greater in scope and magnitude. Migrating existing workloads to the cloud is complex and can disrupt the business if not treated carefully. This is where Apcera comes in.

The AWS Outage Means You Need More Cloud, Not Less

Unless you were off the grid this past Tuesday, you were likely affected by Amazon’s massive S3 outage. Thousands of websites and applications lost functionality or went completely offline. Even with a 99.99% availability, Amazon can cost its customers millions in lost revenue and productivity during an outage.

The outage isn’t a sign that companies are foolish to use public cloud services. In fact, it’s a sign of the opposite. You’re only a victim of a cloud outage if you don’t have enough cloud.

Hybrid Cloud — Welcome Back, “Heterogeneous” IT

Since the dawn of the client server age we’ve been working on finding ways to treat the rack mounted server the same way we used to treat a mainframe, with some caveats; Like a mainframe we’re trying to make the server useful for more than one application, so that we’re more efficient with costs and resources. The caveat vs a mainframe is that if you were running a mainframe from Tandem, you weren’t going to be sharing applications between it and an IBM.

Mark Thiele States Don't Forget to Invest in Your IT

Quick! Which is cheaper? The public cloud or on-premises infrastructure?

Not so fast. Before you scoff and say “Public cloud, naturally,” you might want to hear what Mark Thiele, Apcera’s Chief Strategy Officer, recently had to say on the subject.

Why Apcera & Why Now?

You might be wondering, "what is Apcera doing that Mark found so interesting?” Those of you who have been participating in the industry with me, following my twitter feed or reading my blogs will know that I’ve had a fascination with the strategic business value of cloud for many years now. Some of you who were paying closer attention might have noticed that I was a very early adopter of the idea that enterprises would end up needing to manage a heterogeneous application delivery environment (aka hybrid). In fact, I’ve been thinking hybrid since 2009.

Why Hybrid Cloud is Tough to Manage

An article I penned recently outlined why Hybrid Cloud is tough to manage for enterprises. While you can check out the article in Cloud Computing Journal, let me explain here about how the Apcera Hybrid Cloud Operating System (HCOS) can address these problems:

OpenStack and the Apcera Hybrid Cloud OS – Discover More at Next Week's OpenStack Summit

Ever wondered how to leverage OpenStack in public or hybrid cloud environments? If you're curious, we invite you to join us next week in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the OpenStack Summit. During the event – which runs from May 18 to May 22 – we will be doing presentations about how our hybrid cloud operating system (HCOS) can be used to bring seamless and secure cross-cloud functionality.

Apcera Debuts Hybrid Cloud Operating System

In my most recent blogs, I explained what the hybrid cloud is, and why, despite its popularity, many enterprises are feeling frustrated about their deployments. The problem, I noted, is that hybrid cloud rarely lives up to the promise of improving agility and reducing costs because you need more people to manage the various clouds and manual processes to tie those together.

But what if there was some way to tie all these various layers of IT resources – both on premise and in various public clouds – together, so that enterprises could get the benefits they’re expecting?

Taking Control with a Hybrid Cloud Operating System

2015 is being billed by many in the industry as the "Year of the Hybrid Cloud". If your company isn’t already implementing a hybrid cloud strategy, you’re probably considering how you can best leverage your on-premise infrastructure and public cloud offerings to cut costs and improve agility.