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Windows workloads leap to cloud
Regardless of hype, there are quite a few areas where cloud remains very much a work in progress. Take cloud bursting. This has long been IT's holy grail for cloud -- the ability to seamlessly expand capacity constrained workloads to outside of your data center to meet unexpected demand. But while it sounds good on paper, it's not as easy as it sounds.
Running Windows rather than Linux in the cloud also hasn't been easy, but things are getting better. Technically, any infrastructure-as-a-service provider whose hypervisor exposes x86-based VMs should be able to run Windows.
Speaking of Windows, you'd think that Microsoft Azure would be a shoe-in with developers looking for an easy-to-use cloud platform. Based off our recent #Hashtag feature, however, it seems Azure has its fair share of discontented developers.
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As enterprise IT teams cozy up to the idea of public cloud, they're moving more core, Windows workloads off premises -- but first, they face a number of tough decisions.
Microsoft Azure has made big strides in the cloud market over the past year, but some users still seek answers about how to best manage the public cloud platform.
It sounds good in theory, but there are a lot of holes in the idea of bursting compute to the cloud.
We've reached a point where it's easy to justify equipping servers with SSDs: the performance gains they offer enable new workloads, and improve end-user satisfaction with response time and run time. In many cases, SSDs pay for themselves by avoiding new server purchases. There is simply no reason not to migrate from HDD to SSD in servers anymore.
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What are the next big things for the data center in 2016? Applications will pilot the course to better data protection and demand more resources from scale-out architecture.
The Dell-EMC merger matters to a lot of enterprise IT organizations, whether it's the storage they buy, their plan for SDN, management software integration or even converged infrastructure choices.