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Five Network Metrics for a Cloud World By Christine Cignoli As the network has moved from a physical entity to a more abstract one, IT has valiantly kept pace by researching and deploying new network devices and functionality. IT teams have had to shift workloads and mindsets to the cloud and to SaaS providers, while remaining responsible for end-user experience-which is ever more important. It's a tangled web in the networking world today, but all is not lost. We recommend these five metrics as the building blocks to measuring end-user experience and network performance in the cloud. They'll likely look pretty familiar: They're the same old metrics as were useful in the pre-cloud world, and can offer valuable insights now, too (though you'll need to be able to see into the cloud to get them - AppNeta can help with this). 1. Latency. This metric measures the time it ... (more)

Is Your IT Career Ready for the Cloud? | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Azure

Is Your IT Career Ready for the Cloud? By Bree Brouwer The IT industry is undergoing a significant evolution to keep up with cloud application demand. We see this happening as a mindset shift, from traditional IT teams to more well-rounded, cloud-focused job roles. The IT industry has become so cloud-minded that Gartner predicts that by 2020, this cloud shift will impact more than $1 trillion of global IT spending. This shift, however, has left some IT professionals feeling a little anxious about what lies ahead. The good news is that cloud computing is relatively new by IT's st... (more)

What Are Containers? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Kubernetes

What Are Containers and What Do They Have to Do with End-User Experience? By Joe Michalowski End-user experience is everything when it comes to facilitating workplace productivity. You could deploy or develop the most powerful applications anyone has ever seen-but they won't do any good if they offer a poor experience. This is a major reason why applications are moving to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS cloud computing models. The cloud simplifies applications on the back end, which translates to smoother end-user experiences. But as cloud apps integrate more services and user bases diversify... (more)

SaaS Apps and Feature Gaps | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #AI #API #SaaS

SaaS Apps and Feature Gaps By Christine Cignoli We're slowly getting used to cloud and SaaS applications in every area of our lives-including at work. Even huge enterprises are starting to move important business apps to the cloud, like Office 365 and Google Docs. That shift affects IT and end users a lot, as both adjust to using and supporting new, cloud-based tools. Sometimes those SaaS applications lack the features of their in-house counterparts. Evaluating SaaS apps against their previous in-house versions isn't so simple, and neither is figuring out which cloud application ... (more)

Cloud Computing Tips to Put Time (and Money) on Your Side | @CloudExpo #Cloud #APM #Monitoring

Five Cloud Computing Tips to Put Time (and Money) on Your Side By Kristen Ramos As your business grows, your technology requirements - and likely your physical footprint - will grow along with it. Improving infrastructure often means increased expenses due to additional physical data centers, expanded network capacity and improved server efficiency. Many organizations turn to the cloud as a less costly way to get better technology. Whether you've already made the leap to the cloud or you're still considering your options, you're probably wondering how to control cloud-related costs... (more)