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Tony Iams
Research Vice President
20 years at Gartner
25 years IT Industry

Tony Iams is Research Vice President for the Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure team in the Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) research organization. He is responsible for research in the areas of system software for cloud and on-premises infrastructure, including operating systems and containers.Read Full Bio

Containers and Serverless Computing Pave the Way to Cloud-Native Infrastructure

by Tony Iams  |  May 30, 2019

As cloud computing principles become embedded in application development and infrastructure operations, new forms of virtualization are taking hold that can abstract compute resources at increasingly fine granularity. These approaches include containers and serverless platforms, which are based on runtime mechanisms that work at higher levels of abstraction than virtual machines. At these levels of […]

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Navigating the Choices for Persistent Storage in Containers

by Tony Iams  |  April 18, 2019

When Docker containers were first introduced, they were mainly used for running stateless applications. Now, as containers are increasingly used to host production workloads, interest is growing in using containers to deploy stateful applications, which can persist data that is accessible beyond the lifetime of a container. This interest is being driven by several factors, […]

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Choose the Right Level of Abstraction with Public Cloud Container Services

by Tony Iams  |  December 20, 2018

Many organizations lack the technical expertise to take on the significant engineering effort of deploying and maintaining container orchestration platforms in production. These organizations can choose from a variety of managed Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platforms to offload some responsibilities of deploying and managing container clusters to a public cloud service provider. The leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud […]

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Using Serverless Computing To Automate Cloud Operations

by Tony Iams  |  November 19, 2018

Just as serverless computing can dramatically improve the productivity of application developers, it can also be used to improve the¬†productivity of infrastructure and operations (I&O) administrators¬†responsible for managing¬†public cloud services. Currently, the most common form of serverless computing is function Platform-as-a-Service (fPaaS), in which fine-grained units of custom application logic are packaged as functions that […]

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Get Ready to Integrate Kubernetes with Your Infrastructure

by Tony Iams  |  April 24, 2018

As containers are increasingly used to deploy new microservices, and to virtualize some existing workloads, much of the control over system operations will shift up the stack to container management platforms, which orchestrate the placement of containers across multiple container hosts based on business-driven policies. A container management platform automates the creation and placement of […]

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How To Adopt A Cloud Operating Model for Your Infrastructure

by Tony Iams  |  October 12, 2017

Cloud computing has become established as a major enabler for pursuing new business opportunities, and many organizations are adopting cloud-first strategies for deploying new workloads. While cloud services are clearly becoming more central to IT, private infrastructure remains highly relevant, even as its operation takes on increasingly cloud-like attributes. Infrastructure plays a critical role in […]

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When a Security Breach Becomes a Disaster Recovery Event

by Tony Iams  |  January 30, 2015

Sony recently announced that it filed an application to delay its third-quarter earnings announcement as a result of the highly publicized cyberattack on its Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) division in November. As a result of the cyberattack, which forced SPE to shut down its entire network, the company will not be able to meet the […]

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