Cloud Computing

Apache Pulsar Demonstrates Best-in-Class Cloud-Native Price-Performance

We are seeing increasing numbers of enterprise projects where data is produced, consumed, analyzed, and reacted to in real-time. In this way, the technology becomes aware of what’s going on inside and around it—making pragmatic, tactical decisions on its own. We see this being played out in transportation, telephony, healthcare, security and law enforcement, finance, manufacturing, and in most sectors of every industry.

Prior to this evolution, the analytical ramifications inherent in the data were derived long after the event that produced or created the data had passed. Now we can use technology to capture, analyze, and take action based on what is going on in the moment.

This category of data is known by several names: streaming, messaging, live feeds, real-time, and event-driven. In the streaming data and message queuing technology space, there are a number of popular technologies in use, … Read More »

Becoming a Learning Company: Why Boosting Training is Just as Important as Operations

In the highly competitive and skilled world of enterprise IT, continued technology training has always been a huge part of career development. The recent massive shift to remote work combined with the continued democratization of learning platforms is enabling a whole generation to find the training it needs online, anytime, and from anywhere.

What does this fundamental shift from training a lucky few within the company to a distributed world with self-taught developers and engineers mean for business and the skills IT workers need to succeed?

To answer this question, I spoke to Don Gannon-Jones, Head of Software Developers Skills for technology training platform Pluralsight. We spoke of the evolving use of the platform, how the pandemic has affected attitudes toward training, and how enterprises can become ‘learning companies’ with ongoing training at the heart of business and IT strategy.

Jon Collins: Hi … Read More »

Citizen Code: The Promise of Low-Code and No-Code Platforms

There’s a lot of buzz lately around platforms designed to make building, designing, and launching applications easier and more accessible for people with little or no expertise in coding. These low-code and no-code platforms are being heralded as a way for professional developers to deliver apps with less constraints and with a quicker turnaround time. They are also lauded as a way to enable the so-called “citizen developer”—business and other non-technical users with deep domain knowledge but limited technical skill who are able to create applications to suit their needs.

In their new research, Key Criteria for Evaluating Low-Code/No-Code Solutions, GigaOm analysts Michael Delzer and Jon Collins examine the vendors in this space. Collins says the buzz around low-code and no-code tools is warranted, but in many use cases, a collaboration between citizen developers and professional developers is appropriate when using … Read More »

Cloud Backup

All enterprises were already using cloud computing in one way or the other when the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly accelerated the migration of additional workloads to the public cloud. There are multiple reasons for this. From the technical point of view the flexibility and agility provided by the cloud can’t be matched by an on-premises infrastructure, while the OpEx model enables organizations to tune budgeting in real time to adapt to the real demands of the business.

At the beginning, most organizations that tried lift-and-shift migrations have come to understand that this approach is particularly inefficient, causing them to rely more on services directly available in the public cloud. In fact, to take full advantage of the public cloud and its TCO, you have to embrace the ecosystem fully.

If you are on AWS and need a database service, for instance, you can … Read More »

GigaOm CEO: Cloud’s Hidden Complexity

While the CEO or CTO often drives the digital transformation effort at most companies, last year it was COVID-19, not the executive suite, that effectively called the shots in making it happen. But even as the impacts of the pandemic wane—at least in the United States and more slowly in Europe—the transformation is ongoing, and there remains plenty of work to be done. Companies fresh off the lessons of 2020 are now investing in transformative technology that will move them into the future. But what do IT leaders have their eyes on? What’s next as transformation continues to take shape in the enterprise?

GigaOm co-founder and CEO Ben Book recently appeared on an episode of the 7investing podcast with 7investing founder and CEO Simon Erickson to answer some of those questions.

Comparing digital transformation efforts across American enterprises to a nine-inning baseball … Read More »

A Question for Kubernetes: Enabling Data Storage

In a rapidly changing and unpredictable enterprise technology landscape, flexibility rules the day. That’s why businesses of all sizes are embracing hybrid cloud strategies for data and application mobility and agility. Enter Kubernetes, a portable, extensible, open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services. In the latest GigaOm research report, Key Criteria for Evaluating Kubernetes Data Storage, analysts Enrico Signoretti, Max Mortillaro, Arjan Timmerman examine the ongoing storage questions around Kubernetes adoption.

Kubernetes has been gaining popularity for several years, but the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 put that movement into overdrive, forcing many organizations to come up with contingency plans to support their transformed activities, business processes, and users. The agility, flexibility, and efficiency offered by the Kubernetes platform meant that demand for scalable and enterprise-ready Kubernetes storage solutions spiked.

“Every organization accelerated their digital transformation initiatives during the pandemic, and moved … Read More »