[GRAPH] Why the public cloud could get you fired

first_imgRumours of the public cloud’s cost-efficiency are greatly exaggerated. The title of this post might sound hyperbolic, but many IT pros will have heard stories of their counterparts being marched out the door after maxing out their budgets with public-cloud charges. And when you compare the real, long-term costs of public cloud to private cloud, it becomes pretty obvious why.This isn’t to say the public cloud is bad. In fact, it’s essential for any business that wants to innovate and grow quickly. Nor is this an excuse for IT departments to cling to their brownfields on-premise infrastructure. But wise IT leaders will draw a line in the sand and adopt a blended technology model in which public and private cloud stick to what they do best.Is public or private cloud cheaper?Businesses typically end up in the public cloud because they need IT resources cheap and fast. Most often, this is driven by line-of-business users who need to power a particular project or campaign faster than traditional IT can provide for. After all, a simple credit-card activation is far more palatable than going through reams of process, budget approvals, and waiting times for IT to actually provision what you need.The problem with this is that public clouds lack the rigour that enterprises need. When I say rigour, I mean it in relation to aspects like backup, data recovery, security and compliance – all those things which are essential to not just good corporate governance, but also long-term growth. As a public cloud footprint grows, so do these costs.The costs of public cloud grow in a strictly linear fashion as you add more and more IT resources. Private cloud costs, on the other hand, start out high because of your initial setup expenditure – a mix of both CapEx and OpEx because you’re setting up not just hardware and software, but also the team structures and processes to govern it. How do these compare over time? I’ve pulled together this graph based on the rough average costs across several public cloud providers per new VM, compared to the same costs per new VM on an EMC hybrid cloud:You can see that with hybrid cloud, the initial costs per VM are steep, but they also steeply decline as the business scales up its IT footprint. That’s because the upfront costs – of new backup processes, automation procedures, security coverage for production data, and so on – start generating economies of scale the more units you add on. In other words, OpEx actually goes down for private and hybrid clouds, with the savings more than offsetting the initial CapEx costs that we’re often told are exorbitant and not worth paying.Readers with a mathematical bent will realise quickly that if you graph TCO instead of cost per unit, public cloud actually leads to exponential growth in costs the more you scale:The greater your public cloud footprint, the more risk you’re taking – and the less likely you’ll be able to extricate yourself. If you doubt that, ask yourself: do you know the costs of re-platforming from one public cloud to another infrastructure? IT managers all know the value of an exit strategy from any technology implementation, but we often seem to overlook this when it comes to public cloud – likely because adoption usually happens on a very time-sensitive basis.So what happens when all of your business’ production data is in the public cloud, your costs have ballooned, and you can’t shift providers without massive disruption to business operating models? This is when the lack of an exit strategy often leads to the person responsible making an exit.So what’s the solution?The solution is NOT traditional on-premise infrastructure. Trying to transform brownfields IT is risky because most businesses don’t have visibility into the current costs of operation: even the big banks I’ve talked to often struggle to nail down their actual OpEx spend. In addition, on-premise infrastructure – and that includes private cloud – can never match the agility of public cloud. The solution? IT leaders should draw a line in the sand and define a new platform that gets the best of both worlds.Hybrid cloud makes sense because it gives you access to automated, orchestrated, out-of-the-box cloud at a lower cost than a private cloud deployment. But at the same time, it also allows you to scale efficiently at the speed that the business demands. Public cloud maintains its place as the obvious choice for application and service development, but private cloud gives IT the resilience and rigour to take these apps and services to scale when they’re proven. One rule of thumb is that for anything under 100 units, use public cloud; when you start to hit 1000-plus units, you should already be running on a private cloud environment.At VCE, I’ve seen many customers – banks, retailers, education bodies – succeed by adopting hybrid cloud models that explicitly compete against those offered by IT outsourcers. In a lot of cases, they actually perform better! A hybrid approach, when supported by converged infrastructure and operations, lets you speed up roll-outs with public cloud but support long-term growth with private cloud’s well-defined cost model. If IT powers your business – and for the majority of technology professionals, it does – you’ll want to trust your infrastructural and career performance to more than the swipe of a credit card.last_img read more

USC falls to Texas A&M in battle of top-20 teams as offense sputters

first_imgTwo undefeated teams tipped off at the Galen Center on Sunday: the No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies (5-0) and the No. 10 Trojans (4-0). The matchup was heralded as USC’s biggest non-conference test, a rematch against an Aggies team that returned all its starters from a year ago and added five more scholarship players. Last year, the Trojans won in College Station 65-63 after some last-second De’Anthony Melton heroics. This year, the hero sat out due to eligibility questions (he has yet to play this season), and USC missed him sorely throughout in a 75-59 loss.“It was a little different (without) De’Anthony,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “He played great last year. We just didn’t play as well as they did.”The game was supposed to be a barometer for the two teams, both national championship contenders, but USC, despite being the higher-ranked team, looked like David facing Goliath — if David forgot his slingshot.“I thought our defense was good enough to win,” Enfield said. “Our offense was not.”The Trojans trailed for most of the game, but they managed to square the score at 42 with 14:15 to play in the second half. Then, Texas A&M embarked on a 19-3 run over the next 7:41 that sucked the energy out of the Galen Center. With 8:34 remaining and the Trojans trailing by 16, Enfield called a full timeout. The team initially responded well; junior forward Bennie Boatwright, still scoreless, notched 5 points in under a minute. Then, senior guard Jordan McLaughlin pocketed a 3-pointer to cut the Aggies lead to 10. The score was 63-53 with seven minutes to play with plenty of time for a comeback. But the Trojans could not shoot well enough to overcome another deficit. For the game, USC shot 20-of-71 (28.2 percent) and 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) from 3-point range. Enfield said it was the worst shooting performance a USC team has had in his five years with the program.“It just deflates you,” Enfield said about missing so many shots. “We kept missing easy shots — shots the that we normally make.” McLaughlin, the captain, kept urging his teammates to shoot, but nothing was falling. “We know we have a lot of fight in us,” he said, “(but) it kind of was a little deflating.”Texas A&M’s length interfered with the Trojans’ offense. The Aggies, anchored by reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year center Robert Williams, blocked seven shots and disrupted several more plays at the rim. McLaughlin thought he missed a few floaters he otherwise would have made against a team with shorter players. USC, which has four starters who average double-digit points, is supposed to be built to win these sorts of contests. When one player goes cold, another player is expected to heat up. Against a team with great post-defense, the Trojans are supposed to compensate with more 3-pointer makes. Yet, on Sunday, every starter struggled and the offense was ice cold. Sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic did his best to spark the team off the bench — in 12 minutes in the first half, he had 11 points and six rebounds, but in the second half, he did not score.“Everyone just needs to do their job,” McLaughlin said. “Tonight, Nick did his job.” But, for USC, not enough players did.last_img read more

French Ligue 1 Focus: For Olympique Lyon It’s An All Too Familiar Path

first_imgSeven-time French Ligue 1 champions, Olympique Lyon, appear to be on an all too familiar path to rebuilding, following summer activities which have seen Les Gones sanction the sale of majority of their key first-team players.Prolific forward Alexandre Lacazette, was sold for a club record £52.7million to Arsenal, diminutive attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena was also allowed to join Fenerbahce, Corentin Tolisso moved to Bayern Munich, while long-serving captain and midfield enforcer Maxime Gonalons left in the final year of his contract for a reported £5milion, joining AS Roma.Coach Bruno Genesio certainly wouldn’t lose any sleep, considering Lyon’s age long history of selling their best players and effortlessly replacing them. When erstwhile poster boy, Karim Benzema was sold to Real Madrid in 2009, the club wasted no time in replacing the prolific striker, recruiting two equally deadly centre forwards- Lisandro Lopez and Bafetimbi Gomis.The expected sale of Lacazette has seen the club swing into action, signing the duo of Bertrand Traore and Mariano, from Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively. Both forwards do not match the pedigree and scoring rate of the now-departed Lacazette, but it is hoped they will measure up to standard and improve a club who finished 4th last season in Ligue 1.They appear to be covered in attack following the sale of Lacazette and Valbuena. Maxwell Cornet, who expectedly lost his place in the line-up following the winter arrival of Memphis Depay last season, should earn one of two slots wide, while Depay could potentially enjoy a defining full-debut season occupying the other wide position.Genesio, as a matter of urgency has to recruit smartly and swiftly in midfield, to make up for the loss of Gonalons and Tolisso, to complement the efforts of Clement Grenier, Sergi Darder and Nabil Fekir.In a season where their chief competitors, AS Monaco, PSG, Olympique Marseille are all gearing up for one of the most competitive seasons in French League history, Lyon shouldn’t be left behind themselves as they line-up in a now famed 4-3-3 formation, upon which the glory days were built on.RelatedAlexander Lacazette: Turning Point For Arsenal?August 3, 2017In “England”Alassane Plea Joins Gladbach From NiceJuly 13, 2018In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Stretch Lead With Nice Win As Lyon Edge Battle Of The OlympiquesMarch 19, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Why Nakumatt almost boycotted Chemelil tie

first_imgCapital Sport has learnt that the players felt the management had been getting money behind their backs and the same was not trickling down to them.“It is true they did not want to go into the game because they heard that there is money being given to teams for live TV coverage something that is not true. We had tried to explain to them but they could not believe us. They only agreed to go into the pitch when Ghost (Mulee) came and explained to them,” Nakumatt FC Secretary General Albert Wesonga said.However, head coach Anthony Mwangi speaking after the match had different thoughts and said the team’s struggles were not down to the technical bench or the players but the blame squarely lie on the officials’ hands.“The players had refused to come for the match because there are things happening behind the scenes which are not good and the players are not happy about it. It is not our doing on the pitch but the team’s management which knows what’s happening,” Mwangi said after the match.Mwangi also said the team has not trained since their 1-0 win over Nzoia Sugar on February 17 and have only been meeting during game days.Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi watches proceedings during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Chemelil Sugar on Sunday march 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It is not easy because football is about preparation. If you don’t prepare you can’t win. However, I am even impressed with the results we have picked. We won away to Nzoia, then we drew against Sony and Nzoia Sugar,” the tactician further added.Nakumatt have even struggled to pay player salaries and the team has issued an SOS to potential sponsors to bail them out or they will find it difficult finishing up the season.“We are looking for sponsors and the owner has given us the go ahead. He has been helping us with the away matches but not with the luxury that we were used to. It is better than nothing. We have had talks with various potential partners but so far nothing concrete. Hoping soon we can get something,” Wesonga further claimed.Most clubs in the league especially those without stable sponsorship are struggling to stay afloat especially since the exit of broadcast partners SuperSport with clubs having been assured of at least Sh550,000 every month then.Currently, clubs are not earning anything from the broadcast agreement between the Kenyan premier League management and Spanish company MediaPro which has been producing league matches.o, the exit of headline sponsors SportPesa means the clubs do not get a coin from the league managers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakumatt FC players pose for a group photo before their Kenyan Premier League clash against Chemelil Sugar on Sunday March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11- Albeit going on to lose 4-1, cash-strapped Nakumatt FC were almost dishing away a walk over to Chemelil Sugar FC on Sunday when the players refused to get into the pitch as they felt ‘short-changed’ by the club management.The team sponsored by struggling supermarket chain Nakumatt Holdings only ran out to warm up 25 minutes to kick off after a talking-to from former Harambee Stars head coach, now pundit, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee.last_img read more