A Survey Reveals What Makes Cloud Efforts Successful Enterprises might be interested in this new study, which examines what makes cloud deployments successful. CloudHealth Technologies Inc. conducted a survey of 388 senior executives and managers in IT, security, and infrastructure operations to determine the characteristics and best practices that distinguish cloud pioneers from cloud failures. The new Secrets of the Cloud Leaders report is available for free PDF download after registering. CloudHealth identified cloud leaders who achieve a higher ROI from their cloud deployments. It found that these leaders had significant differences in terms their vision, governance, and discipline. CloudHealth’s survey report stated that respondents were asked about the transition from a traditional build approach, where apps are run on datacenter infrastructure, and to a cloud first philosophy, where they deploy production applications to the cloud. “The trailblazers or ‘cloud leaders’ were 10 times more likely to claim that they had a crystal-clear vision of how they would make the transition. One in five companies that did not realize their full cloud potential said they had no idea or only a vague idea of how to do it. To make that vision a reality, you need to have the discipline to create a role for cloud management. Another form of discipline is the commitment to optimize cloud workloads as an ongoing process, rather than a one-time event. CloudHealth stated that trailblazers who follow this model are more likely:

Cloud computing service-level agreements (SLAs), 87-91 percent versus 56-62 percent Monitor and alert for unusual cloud behavior (92 percent versus 63%). A comprehensive and clearly defined strategy to manage cloud …

Survey: Not all organizations are all-in on public cloud Contrary to expectations most organizations surveyed in a recent survey are moving some workloads off-site and back to the public cloud. IDG, a research firm, recently published the results of its online survey “The State of IT Modernization 2020”, which was conducted in late last year. The report highlights that cloud strategy changes last year included adopting multicloud strategies (49%) and initiating cloud-native initiatives (50%). 84% of respondents also reported that they had moved selected workloads from a cloud provider to a non-cloud or alternative location. Database, Web site/Web applications, dev/test, BI/data warehouse/data analysis are the most popular workloads that were moved from public clouds. IDG stated that this is due to the challenges of “determining optimal workload placement within today’s multicloud or hybrid cloud landscapes.” According to IDG, hybrid cloud is again strong in this report. IDG reports that 64 percent of organizations who have completed their initial IT modernization initiatives have changed from an all-private or public cloud strategy to a mixed cloud approach. This highlights the trial-and error that many companies go through to find the best cloud path for them. The report also includes:

In 2020, the top three IT modernization challenges will be establishing governance strategies and procedures, optimizing IT operating models, integrating data centers, and defining and optimizing IT operating model. Public …

Google Challenges AWS with Nearline Storage Google Inc. has launched a challenge for established cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS). It recently introduced a beta Nearline Storage service to store data that is often not accessed but needs to be kept accessible by enterprises. AWS is under threat from the search giant. Google, IBM, and Microsoft have been threatening AWS’s position as the leader in cloud services. A blog post by Avtandil Garakanidze, Google program manager, stated that many of you use a tiered storage and archival system in which data moves from expensive online storage into offline cold storage. Nearline allows you to store unlimited amounts of data and back them up in seconds. We know how important it is to have access to your data whenever you need it. Google could win a competitive advantage with the “matter-of-seconds” reference. Garakanidze stated that Nearline has a 3-second response time for data retrieval, which is comparable to its competitors. It also improves SLAs. AWS and its Amazon Glacier storage services could be one of those “competitors”. Both services advertise storage pricing starting from 1 cent per gigabyte. However, AWS states on its product website that Amazon Glacier is optimized for infrequently used data where retrieval times of several hours are suitable. Google claimed that Nearline Storage is suitable for situations where storage with lower availability and greater latency is acceptable in order to save storage costs. The following are some examples.

Cold data storage — Data that is not frequently accessed, such as data stored for legal or regulatory purposes, and should be kept at a low cost, but still be …