What Is the Cloud?

The cloud is basically servers that are accessed over the internet. But there are now three "clouds":

Public cloud—A public cloud provides access to IT services over the public internet on infrastructure owned and operated by the public cloud provider. Access to these resources is shared across customers and while there can be a rich set of configuration and monitoring tools for each individual customer’s virtualized environments, there is little to no visibility into the underlying physical infrastructure.

Private cloud—A private cloud provides access to IT services on dedicated infrastructure and is used exclusively by a single organization. There is full visibility into any virtualization or containerization within the private cloud as well as visibility into the underlying physical infrastructure. This infrastructure can be in an on-premise datacenter or colocation facility managed by the organization’s IT team or it can be outsourced and managed by a private cloud provider.

Hybrid cloud—A hybrid cloud is the joining of at least one public cloud and one private cloud providing an organization the ability to deploy workloads to whichever cloud makes more sense based on the IT service requirements.

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[eBook] 5 Things CIOs/CTOs Should Consider When Building a Cloud Environment

Many new organizations developing their IT strategies from scratch are naturally drawn to public clouds by the lure of pay-as-you-go operating costs, seemingly limitless elasticity, significantly less upfront capital costs, reduced operational complexity, and most importantly, levels of security that are exceedingly difficult to achieve in most self-managed on-premise deployments. Despite these major trends, not all IT services are appropriate to move to the public cloud. This eBook dives into key factors you should consider when building your cloud environment.

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[Webinar] "The Death of the Data Center" : Was It Premature?

Many organizations have already adapted many of their IT services to be run in the public cloud by using office products such as Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace—which promise productivity increases and low operating costs. However, if you have an established IT system, it is not always easy to completely adapt to a public cloud, and despite the appeal, not all IT services are right for the shift.

This webinar will covered:

  • When a hybrid cloud is the right choice for your organization
  • Which workloads should move to a public cloud and which shouldn’t
  • How to properly and easily manage the applications in your hybrid cloud

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Why Hybrid Cloud Matters in 2021

Public cloud spending continues to accelerate with organizations embracing SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and almost all "as-a-Service” new offerings as they become available. Depending upon the type of workloads that make up your organization’s IT services, it may make sense to embrace a hybrid cloud as an alternative to following the trend to shift all your workloads to a public cloud.

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The Digital Campus Starts with Cloud Communications

The transformation of higher education is underway. With the need for faster and more socially collaborative interaction for students, staff, and faculty, higher education has embarked, albeit slowly, into the digital transformation age. By retiring outdated communication modalities and introducing the capabilities and benefits of cloud-based communications and collaboration platforms, higher education has the opportunity to transform disconnected groups and siloed communications and create truly innovative digital campuses.

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[Aragon Live] Why Your Supply Chain and Cloud Aren't As Secure As You'd Think

This week a federal court judge ruled that Amazon’s lawsuit claiming interference in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract awarded last year to Microsoft can proceed. This is a huge government deal valued at $10 billion over ten years. While many remain hopeful that Amazon may prevail our take is slightly different.

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CSNF – One Less Hurdle to Multi-Cloud

A new standard in cloud security notification is being introduced that will vastly simplify the integration of security telemetry from public cloud providers. This will enable the seamless consumption of public cloud security logs, events, and notifications into existing enterprise security frameworks, assuming all public cloud providers buy in (and most are). This blog addresses the impact on enterprises and technology providers of this exciting initiative and which of the leading cloud service providers are embracing it.

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Government Cloud Wars: Project JEDI – May the Force Be With You

This week a federal court judge ruled that Amazon’s lawsuit claiming interference in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract awarded last year to Microsoft can proceed. This is a huge government deal valued at $10 billion over ten years. While many remain hopeful that Amazon may prevail our take is slightly different.

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Should You Support a Digital Business Platform in the Cloud?

Over the last several months, I have been developing and delivering research focused on the digital business platform market. My work has included several blogs, as well as a note on redefining the digital business platform (DBP) market (see Market Definition for Digital Business Platforms in 2020). In addition, I am excited to be in the final stages of releasing an Aragon Globe on the DBP market that highlights the features and capabilities needed to support this market, the trends impacting the market, and an evaluation of several major DBP providers.

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