Barry Bolding, chief strategy officer at Cray, said large companies are increasingly utilizing scientific computing and workloads that are consistent are often more cost effective on-premise. The cloud provides an HPC option for smaller and midsized companies. "There are a lot of great uses for the cloud and it's more flexible," explained Bolding. "But when you have continuous work the cloud can be more expensive because there's so much volume. You can't afford to do spot pricing all the time and have to reserve instances at a premium. If you're doing weather forecasting 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year on-prem is less expensive." Instead, Bolding said high-end Cray systems are more complementary to the cloud, which is used for bursting.
A look at the technology environment today will show that the tables have totally turned. Even in large, conservative organizations, we see the desire for open-source software over even the tried-and-true commercial, closed-source options. After emerging from their bubble, organizations have begun objectively questioning whether licensing and suppor costs are providing true ROI. They are becoming increasingly concerned about vendor lock and see the strategic limitations of the inability to fix bugs or enhance these commercial fferings. If companies want to change something in an open-source project, or accelerate a bug fix, they now have the opportunity simply to do it themselves.
For years, CIOs have struggled to avoid duplicating IT services, or creating silos of data that cannot be shared. A potential downside of a shift to the cloud, especially when you have business units autonomously introducing cloud solutions, is that it might perpetuate that same problem of isolated services and information. The CIO ends up with a patchwork of cloud solutions, over which he or she has little control. One emerging solution is for the CIO to combine all the organisation’s cloud services into a single cloud — a cloud of clouds — that can be managed and secured centrally. With such a strategy, the CIO has more visibility and control, and is better able to identify risky services, tighten up security and ensure a fair allocation of corporate resources.
Life in the Digital Vortex is challenging—especially for retailers. In an environment where averaged across industries four of the top 10 incumbents will be displaced by digital disruption in the next five years, retail ranks as the third most vulnerable out of 12. Retailers are also being squeezed between online-only retailers and traditional competitors that are further along with their digital transformations. But with the threat also comes opportunity. Cisco’s most recent Digital Value at Stake research highlights specific digital use cases that industries can implement now to drive new sources of value. According to the research, six industries—manufacturing, financial services, retail, service provider, healthcare, and oil and gas—will account for 71 percent of the total private sector Digital Value at Stake over the next decade.
Outsourcing is an integral part of today’s work culture. Companies across a wide range of sizes and industries are choosing to outsource some or all of their software development. As David Berry, CIO of Daymon says, outsourcing is no longer about saving money, but primarily about flexibility and getting to scale.While outsourcing has many benefits, it also brings some operational challenges. To get a better sense of the roadblocks that could derail an outsourced project, I interviewed people who take responsibility for outsourcing software projects - CIOs.
Like many of you, I saw Star Wars this past month and thought, "Man, it's good to be back among the lightsabers, Tie fighters, droids, and of course, the Millennium Falcon!" It didn't feel anachronistic to return to the Star Warsuniverse, even though it had the same elements as when I was six years old. Some old-school technology (both on and off the big screen) will always remain fun and interesting. But other technological elements have worn out their welcome and need a swift kick to the curb. This article looks at 10 examples. Now, this list is subjective and I can't promise all these things are headed for the dustbin of history.
The race to connect the unconnected will continue as well, whether we speak about connecting the next 4 billion people, introducing more wearables, creating body implants or enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), where billions of sensors are changing the way we live our lives. In the coming year, we will continue to march toward IoT with more than 11.5 billion mobile-ready devices and connections – 4 billion more than there were in 2014. As in years past, we’ve leaned on the Cisco Technology Radar to spot the next innovations that could benefit our customers, challenge the status quo of existing product portfolios or even address technology gaps.
Quote for the day:
"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." -- John Buchan