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The margins of cloud products like virtual machines are still in the 50% range. In essence, price drops are going to be a regular feature for the foreseeable future. This begets the question - are hosted solutions becoming irrelevant today? Boston-based market research firm, 451 Research, has been publishing their ‘Cloud Price Index' for a few years now. The quarterly study looks into the pricing of various offerings in the cloud market to understand the shifting dynamics in the public, private and hybrid cloud market. According to Dr. Owen Rogers from 451 Research, the approach here is similar to how inflation is calculated - the price of a distributed sample of products from the market are analyzed periodically to ascertain the rise or drop in the prices of the various cloud offerings. One big takeaway from the various reports published over the years is how muc... (more)

[video] Welcome to the Era of Open Analytics | @CloudExpo @ProgressSW #AI #ML #DX #BigData #Analytics

View General Session Here: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here View General Session Here: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Welcome to the Era of Open Analytics Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. "Open analytics" is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark. Cloud APIs are commonly designed to support application integration representing a disconnect with the analytics ecosystem. These combined trends create significant demand for a "bring-your-own-analytics" (BYOA) ca... (more)

IT-Cloud Services Providers | @CloudExpo @SolarWinds #API #CloudNative #AI #DX #Analytics

Who Do You Trust? Thoughts on the IT-Cloud Services Provider Relationship Trust is a fickle thing, and making the leap to fully trust someone or something isn't always easy, especially in new or unfamiliar circumstances. Take for example hybrid IT, where new cloud-based IT infrastructure has introduced a level of uncertainty, or at least less-proven technologies and processes, for IT professionals. In fact, the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization explored this notion of trust in the hybrid IT era, particularly as it pertains to the IT professional and cloud services provider (CSP) relationship. The survey found that on the spectrum of trust, the majority of IT professionals (62 percent) say they only somewhat trust CSPs. To contextualize this, SolarWinds also polled its THWACK® online community of IT professionals and found where e... (more)

[session] SAP in the Public Cloud | @CloudExpo @Ocean9inc #Cloud #Analytics #Security

SAP in the Public Cloud - Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Managing mission-critical SAP systems and landscapes has never been easy. Add public cloud with its myriad of powerful cloud native services and this may not change any time soon. Public cloud offers exciting new possibilities for enterprise workloads. But to make use of these possibilities and capabilities, IT teams need to re-think everything they have done before. Otherwise, they will just end up using public cloud as a hosting platform for their workloads, aka known as "lift and shift." In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Swen Conrad, CEO of Ocean9, will discuss the amazing possibilities public cloud brings to enterprise workloads like SAP. You will learn how to correctly size systems in the cloud, how to adjust for critical business seasons and how to achieve high availability and disaster recovery with... (more)

Make Sense of Your Data with Analytics | @BigDataExpo #BI #BigData #Analytics

Make Sense of Your Data with Analytics By Pritika Ramani, Product Analyst, ManageEngine The reality of data ubiquity is here-data is buried in operational statistics, machine logs, stacks of overflowing tickets and customer details, among other things. How can any user get valuable information amid this rapid influx of data? Imagine a situation where your firm's revenue takes a hit owing to an unexpected failure in some business process. It would be a nightmare for IT admins to sift through the interminable piles of data to deduce exactly why and where the problem occurred. To save time and their sanity, they need a solution that instantly analyzes data and detects the problem for them. Enter IT analytics. Analytics tools unify data from different IT functions and transform it into actionable information that can improve process efficiencies. By providing visibility ... (more)

What Type of File System? | @CloudExpo @CompuverdeSDS #SDS #SDN #DataCenter

What Type of File System Are You Really Getting? The cloud's massive success and the growing desire for Big Data analytics are just two of the factors that are making traditional storage architectures obsolete. Organizations cannot afford to scale bygone storage appliances. Even if they could, the time it would take is unacceptable in the digital world. Adding multiple servers could not accommodate storage demands, either. Vertical storage architecture contains bottlenecks that slow performance to a crawl. Along with cloud and analytics, another technological advancement has emerged in the data center: software-defined storage (SDS). Because SDS decouples the programming that controls storage-related tasks from the physical storage hardware, it dramatically reduces costs associated with hardware. Fewer, less-expensive servers can be used to improve both capacity an... (more)

[session] AI-Enabled Enterprise | @CloudExpo @ReneBuest #AI #ML #DX #SmartCities

Live and Let Die: The Need for an AI-Enabled Enterprise The Internet giants are fully embracing AI. All the services they offer to their customers are aimed at drawing a map of the world with the data they get. The AIs from these companies are used to build disruptive approaches that cannot be used by established enterprises, which are threatened by these disruptions. However, most leaders underestimate the effect this will have on their businesses. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rene Buest, Director Market Research & Technology Evangelism at Arago, will discuss: The digital enterprise evolution in the context of artificial intelligence The threats of the Internet giants towards the established economy The importance to become an AI-r The steps during this necessary AI-journey Speaker Bio Rene Buest is Director Market Research & Technology Evangelism at Arago. P... (more)

Six Ways CIOs Can Drive #DigitalTransformation | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Analytics

Six Ways CIOs Can Drive Digital Transformation and Lead Their Companies Toward Revenue By Megan Van Vlack Growing a digital business is essential for virtually every enterprise across every industry. Large enterprises and small businesses alike are digitizing their internal and customer-facing processes and services to increase efficiency, scale their businesses, and collect meaningful data. Yet, while many companies have launched digital services to collect data, we haven’t fully tapped into the potential of data analytics—even though studies suggest that digital will be a top differentiator in years to come.  Curious how you can get a better handle on digital transformation? Read on to learn why it’s so crucial, plus discover six key ways to digitize your business. Why Digital Transformation Is Such a Big Deal A recent survey of 573 senior executives from North and... (more)

The #IoT and #Analytics | @ThingsExpo #BigData #BI #AI #DX #MachineLearning

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Analytics at The Edge The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to change everything by enabling “smart” environments (homes, cities, hospitals, schools, stores, etc.) and smart products (cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, wind turbines, lawnmowers, etc.). I recently wrote about the importance of moving beyond “connected” to “smart” in a blog titled “Internet of Things: Connected Does Not Equal Smart”. The article discusses the importance of moving beyond just collecting the data, to transitioning to leveraging this new wealth of IoT data to improve the decisions that these smart environments and products need to make: to help these environments and products to self-monitor, self-diagnose and eventually, self-direct. But one of the key concepts in enabling this transition from connected to smart is the ability to perform “analytics at the ... (more)

Golden State Warriors Analytics Exercise | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Analytics

For a recent University of San Francisco MBA class, I wanted to put my students in a challenging situation where they would be forced to make difficult data science trade-offs between gathering data, preparing the data and performing the actual analysis. The purpose of the exercise was to test their ability to “think like a data scientist” with respect to identifying and quantifying variables that might be better predictors of performance. The exercise would require them to: Set up a basic analytic environment Gather and organize different data sources Explore the data using different visualization techniques Create and test composite metrics by grouping and transforming base metrics Create a score or analytic model that supports their recommendations I gave them the links to 10 Warrior games (5 regulation wins, 3 overtime losses and 2 regulation losses) as their star... (more)

[session] Consumer #IoT Growth | @ThingsExpo #M2M #AI #DX #SmartCities

Consumer IoT Growth: Increasing at a Record High The consumer IoT market is growing at an astounding rate - device ownership increased 259% from 2015 to 2016. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Noelani McGadden, Vice President of IoT at PlumChoice, will present thought-provoking insights from a recent survey, while exploring the opportunities and challenges as the market continues to grow. The data highlights which types of devices consumers currently own and are planning to purchase, the reasons why they're purchasing these devices and their preferred method for help (phone call, chat, etc.). She will also discuss drivers of consumer behavior - including rate of adoption - of homeowners compared to renters, along with comparisons between age, gender and current IoT device owners. Speaker Bio Noelani McGadden is a high-energy speaker with over 25 years of experience t... (more)