Cloud Computing For Peak Demand Periods

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

No matter what industry you are in, operations has slow and busy time periods. Using cloud computing in peak demand periods is proving to be an easy alternative to renting temporary servers or even permanent data center expansions.

One example of this is in the making of movies. In post-production environments, demand for rendering nodes can fluctuate greatly. Projects come in spurts and these studios must ramp up quickly to meet deadlines and keep artists working. When the project is over, the ability to ramp down is almost as important. They can avoid not only the cost of the nodes, but also free up space and eliminate overhead costs associated with IT systems.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute

Animation & VFX in France

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Specialty VFX Shops Bring Stories to Life Using Cloud Infrastructure

When it comes to animation and VFX, Europe’s powerhouse is the United Kingdom. But in 2016, France, as well as other countries like Belgium and Spain, have been making strides to become more competitive. The threat in the UK has been attributed to “severe skill shortage” and “insufficient government support” as far back as 2012 as noted in this Wired article.

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Topics: Media & Entertainment, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute

FinServ IT: Increase Alpha Throughput & Scalability

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 03:05 PM

Hedge fund and investment managers seek better returns by analyzing many external datasets impacting the market. These analytics are driving decisions; however, most often the key resources on which the analysis depends are provided by the IT department — computing, networking, and data storage access.

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Topics: HPC, Cloud Compute, Financial Analysis

Five Cloud Computing Cost Savings You May Be Missing

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Once you understand the ease of adopting cloud computing connected to your on-prem storage (cloud bursting), most people ask about the cost and begin to compare service charges with either renting or buying the equivalent capacity in order to get the same quantity of work done in the same amount of time. Determining how to approach cost justifications seems straight forward, but crucial considerations are easily missed.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute

Real-World Cloud Bursting Examples

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

With so much information out there about the cloud and ways to use it, it is difficult to decipher theory from proven use cases. Many doubt the viability of cloud bursting due to the issue of network latency between the compute cloud, which could be quite far away, and on-premises data that the applications need to process. However, while these doubts have merit, companies demanding instant access to cloud computing have overcome cloud latency and have successfully expanded their compute capacity beyond the data center without needing to move large data sets.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute

Cloud Inertia is Overcome from the Top

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 08:35 AM

"And it sounds a little bit simple, but the reality is that there's so much inertia all over these organizations in continuing to do things the same way they've been done for the last number of years, for a variety of different reasons," Andy Jassy said from the stage AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Speaking in his keynote, the head of Amazon Web Services (AWS) spoke not only about cloud inertia, but how the retailer got into the cloud services business, the shifting market from servers to services, and the facilitation of innovation to support public sector missions.

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Topics: Cloud Storage, Technology Community, Cloud Compute

When Cloud and On-Prem Get Along: the Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Computing

Posted by Rebecca Thompson on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

A version of this article originally appeared in Digitalisation World.

With so much hype about enterprises migrating data to the cloud, a mix of fear, uncertainty and doubt, can be cause for inaction. Security (both in terms of data and jobs), the amount of work it takes to move large datasets to the cloud, and potentially stifling latency top the list of concerns around cloud.

In reality, very few organizations can go “all-in” the cloud. After making large investments in building an on-prem IT infrastructure, it simply isn’t economical or even possible for this degree of transformation in the short-term. Most organizations will transition to the cloud over time, taking a hybrid cloud approach to gain the immediate benefits of cloud services while still supporting their existing infrastructure investments.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute

Curing Cloud Fears with Cloud Bursting

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

A version of this article originally appeared in @CloudExpo Journal.

Sometime over the last 10 years, the term "cloud" transformed from a big, fluffy collection of water droplets in the sky to the (somewhat daunting) future of IT and a fundamental part of some of the most innovative technologies in the world today. Cloud adoption rates have been increasing steadily over the years due to its compelling economic and technical advantages, allowing organizations to fulfill user requests instantaneously and only for a needed period of time. But for every organization that is fearlessly embracing cloud computing and the many benefits it offers, another organization fearfully hesitates repeatedly weighing infrastructure options.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute

Three Non-Negotiable Rules for a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Every day our inboxes are flooded with digests and articles about the changing world of compute and storage because of the cloud. As cloud moves beyond hype and into the mainstream, companies offering both new solutions as well as just more of the same emerge, creating a myriad of options and constant pressure to evaluate yet one more technology.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute

Preparing Post Production for Cloud Rendering

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

With peaks and valleys in a workflow as the norm in many post-production studios, using cloud resources to offset overcapacity IT infrastructure can seem very attractive. Not only can you pay as you need it and avoid large capital expenses, but it can also provide smaller studios the ability to go after projects they once could not due to limited compute capacity. The cloud lets these smaller shops work like big shops and deliver top quality in tight timelines.

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Topics: Media & Entertainment, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute