Essential Guide

The state of the enterprise cloud and prepping for AWS re:Invent 2013

Your guide to the enterprise cloud experience at AWS re:Invent, Nov. 12-15 in Las Vegas.


As more enterprises jump into public cloud, issues such as security, compliance and other major concerns still come up. Where can you look for guidance?

AWS re:Invent, Amazon's industry event for IT pros, looks to tackle some of these issues within the confines of the Amazon cloud. This essential guide will help you prepare for AWS re:Invent and understand the larger issues in enterprise cloud.

Since AWS re:Invent 2012, numerous news stories have brought to light enteprise concerns with public cloud: Shadow IT has not only plagued IT shops, but agencies like NASA as well; enterprise IT has seen the benefits from Platform as a Service, yet security concerns send many to develop private clouds instead; and heavily regulated industries are encountering compliance issues in cloud. In addition, the PRISM scandal brought cloud governance to the forefront, and cloud outages continue to rock major cloud providers, including Amazon.

These issues and more are discussed in this guide to help enterprises weigh the decision of migrating to cloud and managing an existing cloud environment.


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Where are enterprises in cloud computing adoption?

Providers, including AWS, are doing all they can to boost public cloud adoption, while enterprise IT looks to hybrid and private architectures to maintain control. Meanwhile, outages and providers shuttering their doors keep the industry talking -- but users may simply show where they stand in the debate by implementing shadow IT.


The importance of locking down your cloud

In the wake of the NSA's PRISM scandal, cloud data security and governance is at the forefront of the cloud migration discussion. Experts share their best practices for locking down your cloud, and cloud providers give heavily regulated industries compliance reasons to make the migration.


'Hidden' costs, pricing confusion shroud true cost benefits of cloud

Throughout the year, Amazon Web Services and other major cloud providers have been in a race to the bottom in terms of pricing. As enterprise IT struggles to find return on investment (ROI) and true cost benefits from larger-scale cloud migrations, experts debate the idea of "hidden" costs in the cloud. A step in the right direction could be breaking down your bill to see what you're really spending for cloud services.


Learning curve can be costly in the cloud

An often-overlooked factor in cloud computing costs is the experience -- or lack thereof -- of IT pros who manage the environment. What you don't know can cost you. Continue Reading


Unforeseen cloud computing costs cause sticker shock

Cloud computing costs aren't limited to server resources, and IT pros who don't plan ahead for costs can be in for sticker shock. Continue Reading


You're charging me for what?! Picking apart your Amazon cloud bill

Amazon cloud bills are as varied as the provider's services. To minimize bookkeeping headaches, learn how AWS constructs its pricing models and what tools are available. Continue Reading


Amazon cuts dedicated instance pricing, raises competition

AWS cut up to 80% of its EC2 dedicated instance pricing to intrigue new enterprise customers and pull them away from competitors. Continue Reading


Amazon cloud cost-cutting tips and tricks

AWS users shouldn't wait to get their bill before making cost-cutting changes to their cloud environment. There are a number of easy ways to cut costs. Continue Reading


How to make cloud computing costs models work for you

Cloud costs use a different model than IT shops are used to, so pay attention to cost model details and watch the numbers for best results. Continue Reading


Pricing for public cloud nowhere near bottom

The race to the bottom in pricing for public cloud services will continue, as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and other providers undercut one another. Continue Reading


Public cloud ROI takes a hit from app migration snags, subscription fees

IT pros are reluctant to commit to the public cloud amid concerns that cloud ROI may not be high enough to justify a complex migration. Continue Reading


AWS shops save with tools for analyzing cloud costs

AWS makes it easy to provision resources, but doesn't offer much advice on optimal usage. Enter cloud cost analysis tools from Cloudyn, CloudCheckr and others. Continue Reading


Experts refute 'hidden' cloud computing costs

CIOs claim they're seeing high hidden cloud costs, but are costs only hidden to those who weren't looking? Continue Reading


Cloud outages in the headlines creates focus on protection strategies

Well-publicized outages throughout the last few years have led to an increased focus in the area of cloud uptime and protection. Experts have come forward with strategies for outage protection and tools that can assist, as the debate continues over who is at fault.


Big data analysis techniques show value in enterprise IT

Enterprise IT has been gathering big data -- but without proper analysis techniques, the business intelligence value is moot. While cloud did prove its place in the big data world, questions of cost and control remain. Third-party tools have come to the aid of companies looking to gain information from their data collection, and providers are stepping up their cloud storage game to accommodate.

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Terms you need to know to keep up at AWS re:Invent