Weekly Packet: Ask the Right Cloud Questions
How should your organization prepare for the cloud? Have CIOs stopped fighting cloud computing? Is vendor lock-in so bad? The answers to these cloud questions lie below.
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When you’re making a cloud move, ask the right questions before you spend the money. This list is a good rundown of what to ask internally, including business function priorities, which applications to move to the cloud and when, and what type of integrations you might choose. Plus, asking the hard questions before moving apps off-site will lead you to consider the business benefits of a cloud move.
In related good news, a recent study found that CIOs have largely stopped fighting the idea of cloud computing. This may be in large part because the idea of cloud risk has changed dramatically in just a few years. Cloud computing is a lot more secure, and CIOs know that. The study found that public-sector CIOs in the U.S. are a lot farther behind in cloud adoption than private-sector ones—perhaps no surprise to those of you in government or nonprofits.
Applications and services in the cloud can easily spin out of IT’s control, and so can the actual IT assets that users need. IT asset tracking has gained some notice so enterprises don’t lose track of what they own, whether hardware or software. Configuration monitoring usually uses agents to keep track of the laptops IT owns, and can look at software too.
Here’s a take on why vendor lock-in isn’t so bad for SDN. Included is a realistic discussion of the idealism that drives the idea of avoiding vendor lock-in. The concept of depending on one IT vendor for too much of your business needs may sound scary at first glance, but the point here is that the best SDN solutions are vendor-specific. Plus, IT infrastructure is becoming more complex all the time, and for SDN, disparate technology is coming together in one box. It should be stable and useful out of the box.
We checked in with IPv6 a few months back, and a few years back, and found nothing too exciting to report. Not much has changed. Packet Pushers says that it doesn’t make sense to allocate budget to IPv6, since it hasn’t proved to be important to the enterprise in any way. The addresses are hard to type, there are too many address types, it’s not more secure and compatibility tools from IPv4 are confusing. The only place it makes any sense is for internet public gateways if it’s needed for your clients. Otherwise, stick with IPv4.
Till next week, make good IT choices.
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