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"I focus on what we are calling CAST Highlight, which is our SaaS application portfolio analysis tool. It is an extremely lightweight tool that can integrate with pretty much any build process right now," explained Andrew Siegmund, Application Migration Specialist for CAST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CloudExpo | DXWorldEXPO have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018, introducing DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO, colocated with Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorld Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven an... (more)

[video] @Interoute's Cloud | @CloudExpo #DevOps #SaaS #AI #DX #DigitalTransformation

"When we talk about cloud without compromise what we're talking about is that when people think about 'I need the flexibility of the cloud' - it's the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that's far more flexible," explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. Track 1. Enterprise Cloud | Cloud-Native Track 2. Big Data | A... (more)

ARM Server to Transform #BigData to #IoT | @CloudExpo #IIoT #AI #ML #DX

A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

[slides] Is SaaS Dead? | @CloudExpo @stackArmor #SaaS #Cloud #DevOps #DX

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Is SaaS Dead? Both SaaS vendors and SaaS buyers are going "all-in" to hyperscale IaaS platforms such as AWS, which is disrupting the SaaS value proposition. Why should the enterprise SaaS consumer pay for the SaaS service if their data is resident in adjacent AWS S3 buckets? If both SaaS sellers and buyers are using the same cloud tools, automation and pay-per-transaction model offered by IaaS platforms, then why not host the "shrink-wrapped" software in the customers' cloud? Further, serverless computing, cloud marketplaces and DevOps are changing the economics of hosting and delivering software. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Will we see Application Server Providers (ASP2) that focus on delivering great software hosted within "dedicated" cloud environments or within the clients' cloud environment? Will the S... (more)

Everything as a Service | @CloudExpo @Catchpoint #SaaS #PaaS #Serverless

Everything as a Service By Dawn Parzych Whenever I write about the cloud, I tend to break it down into three categories: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). As I was working on a cloud performance management ebook, a coworker suggested that I also include function as a service (FaaS) and containers as a service (CaaS) in the definitions. I’ll admit, I had never heard of these categories so after these suggestions were made, I went to do some research. SaaS was one of the first cloud solutions to hit the market. It provides the ability to consume information through a browser or API. IT teams don’t have to manage applications, hardware, security, or storage; everything is managed by the vendor. Users subscribe to a SaaS service on a recurring basis and can easily scale. The uses of SaaS include business p... (more)

[slides] Million Dollar #SaaS with #Kubernetes | @CloudExpo #CloudNative #DevOps #Serverless

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Keeping Users and Your Bottom Line Happy: Setting up a Multi-Million Dollar SaaS Service with Kubernetes In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, discussed how to use Kubernetes to set up a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here His expertise is in automating deployment, management, and problem resolution in these environments, allowing his teams to run large transactiona... (more)

Subscription Services | @CloudExpo #DaaS #XaaS #CloudNative #AI #ML #DX

What's Driving Subscription Services? From personal care products to groceries and movies on demand, cloud-based subscriptions are fulfilling the needs of consumers across an array of market sectors. Nowhere is this shift to subscription services more evident than in the technology sector. By adopting an Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) delivery model, companies are able to tailor their computing environments to shape the experiences they want for customers as well as their workforce. While the need to customize computing and technology services is a major driver, there are a number of other factors fueling the growing global corporate demand for XaaS. By securing utility-based offerings on a per-seat, per-month model based on usage, companies have more control over costs and can free up capital and resources to pursue new product and services initiatives. XaaS elim... (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 to choose. Comparing Office 365 vs. G Suite, for example, isn't an apples-to-apples choice. They each comprise a lot of applications with a lot of features, but there will be differences in how the apps look and how users experience them. They each have areas of strength and weakness. And bo... (more)

Serverless Computing | @CloudExpo #DevOps #Kubernetes #AI #Serverless

Serverless Computing - The Latest "as a Service" Offering By Joe Michalowski We'd all like to fulfill that "find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life" cliché. But in reality, every job (even if it's our dream job) comes with its downsides. For you, the constant fight against shadow IT might get on your last nerves. For your developer co-workers, infrastructure management is the roadblock that stands in the way of focusing on coding. As you watch more and more applications and processes move to the cloud, technology is coming to developers' rescue - most recently, in the form of serverless computing. What Is Serverless Computing? We recently talked about how containers are making life easier for application developers. However, serverless computing (also known as Function as a Service) is poised to take development simplification to another level. ... (more)

[session] DNS, #DevOps and #DigitalTransformation | @CloudExpo #DX #SaaS

Intelligent DNS as the Cornerstone of Digital Transformation In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Speaker Bio Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and increase revenue across diverse sales channels. Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here DevOps at Cloud Expo taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, ... (more)

Scorecard for #SaaS | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #SaaS #FinTech #DataCenter

Updating the Balanced Scorecard for the Saas World: Subscription Scorecard The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a tool that organizations have used for many years to measure strategic, operational and financial performance. The concept behind the BSC is simple: a company and/or business unit prioritizes a set of 15 to 20 financial and non-financial metrics across four quadrants linked to the company's market and operations strategy in order to measure and manage performance. While the BSC is a good organizing framework and remains relevant today, it needs a major shift to be effective in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) world where traditional BSC measures don't adequately gauge and predict performance. SaaS companies have a constant window into how customers use their products as well as an opportunity to gain insight and add value at continuous customer touch points. Whe... (more)