Hybrid cloud offers the best of both worlds. It combines the benefits of public cloud – agility and low costs – with the control, performance and security of a private cloud. This has huge potential to help businesses, but many still struggle to understand what a true hybrid cloud really is.To help, I’ve debunked the top five myths surrounding hybrid clouds.Myth 1: Private + Public = HybridSimply having both cloud infrastructures in place does not give you a true hybrid cloud. In fact, you could end up having the benefits of neither and the risks of both. When moving secure data to the public cloud it’s easy to go against data protection laws and the migration of apps from public to private clouds can lead to unexpected costs. Having a true hybrid cloud means controlling your workloads, storage and network resources in a way that limits risk and increases productivity.Myth 2: Hybrid Clouds are Complex and Hard to BuildUtilising fully engineered solutions reduces complexity and enables choice – choice in the technology upon which the hybrid cloud is standardised – VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack – and choice in the public clouds companies’ on premise private clouds can interoperate with. An engineered solution speeds three critical elements of development: 1) end-to-end integration and testing to ensure all components work together, 2) use of converged infrastructure to dramatically simplify the delivery and deployment, and 3) pre-defined blueprints for services with workflows to automate provisioning through a self-service portal.Myth 3: Public Cloud is the Most Cost-Effective Option Once you have taken into consideration governance, risk and compliance concerns, a hybrid cloud model actually has a lower total cost of ownership. It’s easy to violate local or global data protection regulation when placing data or workloads in the public cloud. Laws and local requirements vary across markets, and some are so complex that businesses avoid the public cloud all together. Therefore you may want to choose a private cloud for more sensitive workloads. In Germany for example the rules are particularly strict when it comes to how data is stored and processed. The key lies in your public and private cloud working in harmony, delivering the advantages of each to the workloads that need them the most.Myth 4: You Lose All Control of Data in the CloudWhile some aggressive cloud players can make it hard to extract or migrate your data, a properly orchestrated hybrid cloud environment allows you to retain control. A well-run hybrid cloud can rapidly deliver public and private resources, providing control and visibility to IT departments and the on-demand self-service that developers and application users expect.Myth 5: It’s Hard to Determine which Applications are Right for Cloud Organisations are often hindered by complex IT infrastructure interdependencies, as well as an incomplete inventory of their IT assets and their relationships to business applications. With just a spreadsheet and no disciplined methodology, it can be nearly impossible to accurately assess application suitability, much less placement in the correct cloud architecture. Experts who use automated platforms for data collection and analysis can provide a comprehensive view of the application portfolio and determine whether you should migrate, consolidate, modernize, or sunset applications.I hope this has helped clear up some aspects of hybrid cloud that are frequently misunderstood. The opportunity is just too great to ignore. So are you ready to make the most of what hybrid cloud has to offer?Tweet me @dinkoeror
According to the World Bank, women typically reinvest 90 percent of their income back into their families and communities. So, it would seem in the best interest of cities to support female entrepreneurs.Yet, World Bank’s research also shows that only 30 percent of formal small and medium enterprises around the world are owned and run by women.To help governments and policymakers enable more women entrepreneurs, Dell has launched new diagnostic tools built on the findings of our 2017 Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index.Specifically:WE City Blueprints – Measures a cities operating and enabling environments against 72 indicators and provides recommendations on how to better enable women entrepreneurs to succeed.WE City Capital & Technology Deep Dives – Capital and technology are both critical for scaling any business, but women face unique challenges with both. This analysis provides insights, best practices for cities to improve access to both.WE Cities Manifesto – Based on both the quantitative and qualitative Dell WE Cities Index, this is a set of policy and leadership recommendations that will help women entrepreneurs start and scale businesses.WE City BlueprintsWith research partner IHS Markit, we conducted a deep-dive analysis’ on the barriers and opportunities for women entrepreneurs accessing capital and leveraging technology to scale. This allowed us to develop 10 city blueprints designed to spotlight actions a city can take to improve the local ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.Blueprint cities include:AustinBostonMexico CityTorontoLondonAmsterdamSydneyTokyoSao PauloSingaporeDuring her keynote, Dell Chief Customer Officer Karen Quintos told attendees that the 9th annual DWEN Summit was in Canada this year because the country is vocal in its advocacy for gender equality.“As part of its Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, the Canadian government announced just last week that it is now accepting proposals from companies to collect data on how best to support women entrepreneurs,” she noted in a follow-up post here on Direct2Dell. “We couldn’t agree more with this collaborative, data-driven approach to accelerate business opportunities for women-founded entities.”And our hope is that more cities around the globe will follow suit.“Being the only Asian city that made it to the Top 10 of all the cities measured, Singapore holds huge promise and opportunity for women entrepreneurs,” Eric Goh, vice president, Singapore Enterprise Business, Dell EMC, told Enterprise Innovation. “We believe that by highlighting these differences and successes via the WE City Deep Dives and Blueprints, we can collectively improve the landscape for high-potential women entrepreneurs.”WE City Capital & Technology Deep DivesCapital and technology are both critical for scaling any business, but women face unique challenges with both. In 2017, only two percent of venture funding went to female founders.“We estimate there is a $300 billion annual credit deficit for these women-owned businesses,” said Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., president of the World Bank Group.Based on the qualitative analysis of the WE Cities Index and insights from members of the DWEN network, we found that many women entrepreneurs have difficulty talking about technology in general. The WE City Capital and Technology deep dives uncover:How women entrepreneurs are accessing capital, using technologyHow different regions are accessing different sources of capital, using technologyIndustries that women entrepreneurs gravitate towards and how it impacts access to capital and technologyHow access to capital and use of technology differ across leading citiesDWEN Director Ingrid Devin shared with Independent.ie that the vast majority of venture capital funding goes to men and that while Dell cannot ‘fix’ that, we are trying to offer some solutions to female entrepreneurs.“One of the ways women are getting funding is through women investors and we’re trying to highlight the stories of those women investors and encourage more women to get investors – a lot of women don’t know how,” she said.WE Cities ManifestoAt Dell we firmly believe that for each woman entrepreneur we help raise up, perceptions will change and so will actions. It’s why we founded DWEN nearly a decade ago to support and nurture a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to technology, networks and capital.We have further outlined our beliefs in the WE Cities Manifesto which states:We believe that access to and development of financial and human capital is essential to fostering women’s entrepreneurship.We believe that local governments and business leaders can help facilitate connections by increasing access to local and global networks and markets.We see technology-driven implications for both government and business.While the WE Cities Index, Blueprints and Deep Dives highlight the broad differences – both challenges and successes that each city faces, there are some key learnings and individual efforts that can add up to big changes for women-owned businesses.We will leverage these tools in an upcoming roadshow to meet with policy makers, investors, academics, women entrepreneurs, media and advocates from the private sector to share findings, hack solutions on how to improve a city’s ranking and bring together women entrepreneurs with women investors.So watch for more to come, and spend some time diving deeper into the 2018 WE Cities Study here: Dell 2018 Women Entrepreneur Cities Study – Rating Global Cities’ ability to attract and support High Potential Women Entrepreneurs from Dell Technologies
NEW YORK (AP) — Behind GameStop’s stock surge is the grim reality that the video game retailer is floundering even as the industry around it is booming. The Texas-based company has been swept up in a battle between big-moneyed hedge funds betting against it and small investors trying to prop it up. That has caused GameStop’s share price to soar despite the shaky financials underneath. And even though there are some bright spots, like improving holiday sales and the naming of co-founder Chewy to the board, any reinvention will take take time and may not work. Many investors fully understand the contradiction between GameStop’s stock price and its business fundamentals. But for those who imagine it to be the next Tesla or Amazon, the truth is: It’s likely not.