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Google Cloud Next conference and where Google Cloud is heading

Google Cloud Next is where Google customers, partners, developers and anyone else who is interested in cloud computing get ideas and get inspired.

Even though I have never attended a Google Next event previously, I’ve been to plenty of AWS Summits and AWS re:Invent, so I thought I knew what to expect.

AWS cloud migration tools your business can use

Even with complex and large-scale setups, cloud migration doesn’t have to mean major headaches. Instead, Amazon Web Services (AWS) makes it as easy as possible with a range of different tools and applications that can help you along the way. These tools for example, can help you easily transfer large amounts of data and information, automate certain process and give you oversight of your migration and how it’s tracking. 

Here are a few tools you can take advantage of if migrating to AWS. You can also check out more AWS cloud migration tools in our Cloud Migration Guide.

Don’t get caught out by these cloud migration mistakes

Cloud migration for businesses isn’t just an easy click of a button and off you go.

With projects of varying scale and complexity needing detailed strategies and differing implementation methods, there are plenty of pitfalls and mistakes that can be made along the way by even the best of us.

So, based off my experience, I’ve compiled a list of tenants businesses ignore when migrating to the cloud. Don’t get caught out!

Monitoring 101: Investigating performance issues

This post is part of a series on effective monitoring. Be sure to check out the rest of the series: Collecting the right data and Alerting on what matters. All three parts originally appeared on the Datadog blog.

The responsibilities of a monitoring system do not end with symptom detection. Once your monitoring system has notified you of a real symptom that requires attention, its next job is to help you diagnose the root cause by making your systems observable via the monitoring data you have collected. Often this is the least structured aspect of monitoring, driven largely by hunches and guess-and-check. This post describes a more directed approach that can help you to find and correct root causes more efficiently.

Monitoring 101: Alerting on what matters

This post is part of a series on effective monitoring. Be sure to check out the rest of the series: Collecting the right data and Investigating performance issues. All three parts originally appeared on the Datadog blog.

Automated alerts are essential to monitoring. They allow you to spot problems anywhere in your infrastructure, so that you can rapidly identify their causes and minimise service degradation and disruption. 

Are you ready for the cloud?

Generally, they say timing is key. And moving to the cloud is no different. Yes, it presents great benefits, but it still has to be right for your business, and your business has to be ready for it. But how do you know you are ready? How do you know you’ve outgrown your current situation, or that cloud-based solutions are for you? Here, we list a few telltale signs that mean your business is ready for change and the cloud is the answer.

Monitoring 101: Collecting the right data

This post is part of a series on effective monitoring. Be sure to check out the rest of the series: Alerting on what matters and Investigating performance issues. All three parts originally appeared on the Datadog blog.

Monitoring data comes in a variety of forms - some systems pour out data continuously and others only produce data when rare events occur. Some data is most useful for identifying problems; some is primarily valuable for investigating problems. More broadly, having monitoring data is a necessary condition for observability - being able to infer the inner workings of your systems.

How the cloud can benefit your IT team

Many people talk about the cloud, outlining all the major benefits for a business if they decide to migrate their operations. And, these are all valid points. But what about the people essentially on the front line of it all, the IT team that are behind the everyday operations that are making it happen for the rest of the organisation? What do they get out of it? Isn’t it just a painstaking migration followed by business as usual?

Here, we will look at some of the key benefits the cloud can bring to your IT team, giving you even more reason to look at the cloud as a viable option for your business.

How to pitch cloud adoption into your business

Cloud adoption may seem like the next logical step for your business, but while it may seem the obvious and that you are ready for the cloud, others in the business may have their reservations. To help you out, we’ve come up with some of the key things you need to mention when trying to pitch cloud computing into your business - the stuff that will affect all teams, and get even the biggest of cynics onboard.

The rise of serverless compute!

Serverless computing is a cloud computing execution model in which the cloud provider acts as the server, dynamically managing the allocation of machine resources. Pricing is based on the actual amount of resources consumed by an application, rather than on pre-purchased units of capacity. 

It is a form of utility computing.