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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2Cloud computing today-
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.
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3CLOUD SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE-
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.
4CLOUD COSTS AND BILLING-
'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.
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
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
AWS cut up to 80% of its EC2 dedicated instance pricing to intrigue new enterprise customers and pull them away from competitors. Continue Reading
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
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 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
5CLOUD OUTAGE PROTECTION-
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.
6BIG DATA ANALYTICS AND CLOUD-
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.
7An AWS re:Invent glossary-
Terms you need to know to keep up at AWS re:Invent
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
- Amazon ElastiCache
- Chaos Monkey
- Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
- Glacier (Amazon Glacier)