Where You Build and Run Your Applications Matters

Where You Build and Run Your Applications Matters


We often hear the term “the cloud” used generically when people discuss public cloud infrastructure. That implies all public clouds consist of similar if not identical hardware, technologies, and architectures. But the reality is that the largest public cloud providers, the hyperscalers, have unique ways of building out their infrastructure and services to address the plethora of requirements of enterprises and startups alike. Over the past few years, hyperscalers have also developed their own ways to provide specialized capabilities – such as AI and machine learning (ML) – that have become priorities across all types of businesses. 

Customers have many options to choose from when seeking a cloud provider that best meets their unique needs. Instead of offering commodity services, public clouds can stand out in the way they differentiate with their innovations across the technology stack.   

Enterprise architects and business owners must find the best fit for their workload needs, whether they host it themselves in a private cloud or use a public cloud service. Fortunately, they have a choice, and they need to make the best of that situation through an evolved approach when deciding where to place their workloads. Modern technology is not a one-size-fits-all situation – public cloud services approach areas such as AI and data gravity with differentiated infrastructure, services, systems, and procedures. Organizations should, therefore, seek the best full-stack provider for their specific workload needs – whether those are mission-critical databases, the low-latency requirements of a streaming service or financial trading system, privacy and security needs for electronic health records, or the scalability demands of media and entertainment content creation systems.

In our latest research brief, Where You Build and Run Your Applications Matters, done in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), we analyze how hyperscalers’ infrastructure should be a key consideration for organizations placing applications in public clouds.

This brief provides details about:

  • Customer requirements of public clouds: security, performance, availability, and scalability 
  • AI gets real in public clouds
  • Global infrastructure: what about data and apps outside a public cloud
  • Customer stories
  • Where AWS shines

AWS stands out among public cloud service providers because of its leadership in areas such as silicon innovation, serverless computing, security and reliability, and a wide range of capabilities for running any type of application anywhere. Innovations such as Graviton customer silicon and Nitro virtual infrastructure provide AWS with a full software stack, robust set of generative AI and ML services, and hardened security. If you are interested in learning more, download your copy of Where You Build and Run Your Applications Matters, today.

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Author Information

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

Dave’s focus within The Futurum Group is concentrated in the rapidly evolving integrated infrastructure and cloud storage markets. Before joining the Evaluator Group, Dave spent 25 years as a technology journalist and covered enterprise storage for more than 15 years. He most recently worked for 13 years at TechTarget as Editorial Director and Executive News Editor for storage, data protection and converged infrastructure. In 2020, Dave won an American Society of Business Professional Editors (ASBPE) national award for column writing.

His previous jobs covering technology include news editor at Byte and Switch, managing editor of EdTech Magazine, and features and new products editor at Windows Magazine. Before turning to technology, he was an editor and sports reporter for United Press International in New York for 12 years. A New Jersey native, Dave currently lives in northern Virginia.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from William Patterson University.