ICYMI: Our Best Posts of 2016

It’s the end of the year, and that always puts us in a reflective mood here at Datapipe. Last week, we shared our major announcements and favorite memories from 2016. This week, we thought we’d add to your holiday reading list by looking back at some of our favorite educational blog posts from the year. We make an effort to use this blog to provide you with information that can help improve your business, not just updates on our exciting news. These posts must have struck a chord, as they are some of our top-read posts of 2016.

Azure Portal vs Azure Classic Portal: A tale of two APIs

When Microsoft announced that its Azure “Preview Portal” for general availability, it was a welcome announcement for those in the Microsoft Azure ecosystem. Azure cloud services management had required access via two portals since the “preview portal” was announced in 2014. This post examines some key differences between the two portals.

Gartner Magic Quadrant changes in 2016: What you need to know

Gartner often makes adjustments to Magic Quadrants in order to make sure our analysis represents evolving buyers’ needs and expectations as closely as possible. Sometimes these adjustments are relatively small tweaks to inclusion criteria and/or scoring elements, but in 2016, Gartner made a number of significant changes to Magic Quadrants related to the hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service markets. What exactly changed? Read this post to find out.

Gartner predicts growth in IaaS and SaaS – We see SaaP as the future

In another Gartner blog, we look at a report put out by the analyst firm and their predictions that the worldwide public cloud services market would grow 16.5 percent in 2016 to total $204 billion. This post dives into the projected growth numbers for cloud infrastructure services (IaaS) and cloud application services, specifically, and how this could affect your approach to your cloud solution.

Guidelines And Best Practices For Using Apache Cassandra On AWS

Apache Cassandra is a massively scalable open source NoSQL database that’s widely deployed in the AWS cloud. It’s ideal for managing large amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data across multiple distributed locations. AWS released a whitepaper with some best practices for using Apache Cassandra, and whether you’ve never touched it or consider yourself a pro, these are great tips to remember. This post gives you the highlights.

Enterprise Agreement vs Cloud Solution Provider: What’s the Right Choice?

If you’re in the market for a cloud solution, chances are you’ve heard of Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement (EA), which has long been a favorite of both Microsoft and resellers. But an EA is not going to be the best fit for every organization. This post compares the well-known EA model with the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, which allows organizations to work through a Managed Service Provider and pay a predictable monthly bill based on their usage of Microsoft cloud services. This post will help you decide which option is right for you.

We hope you’ve found these posts – and all the other information we provide on our blog – helpful throughout the year. We look forward to continuing to explore all things cloud with you in 2017! If there is a certain topic you’d like us to cover, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

Rich Dolan serves as Senior Director of Rackspace Corporate Marketing, which includes analyst relations, public and media relations, blog, customer reference, social marketing, brand and content management. Previously Senior Vice President of Marketing for Datapipe, Rich made the move to Rackspace after it acquired Datapipe in late 2017. Rich spent 16 years at Datapipe, developing and driving its world class marketing team as the company grew into one of the leading global managed service providers, from the early days as a start up to a global enterprise player. He built and oversaw digital marketing and demand generation, event management, content management, internal communications, brand management, partner marketing and web properties. Rich managed the consolidation of marketing resources from five acquisitions, and led Datapipe to thirteen Gartner Magic Quadrant recognitions across the globe, including four placements in the Leaders quadrant. Before Datapipe, Rich spent four years with web design firm RareMedium, where he designed and architected web presences and client facing applications for Madison Square Garden, JP Morgan, Atlantis, XM Radio and Credit Suisse First Boston. Rich graduated summa cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology with a BA in computer graphics. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.