Lee Sustar

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The CISA Promotes Cloud Visibility And Security With Its SCuBA TRA

Andras Cser April 22, 2022
Get ready for the semi-nationalization of public cloud security in the US. The Secure Cloud Business Applications Technical Reference Architecture (SCuBA TRA) from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provides a wide-ranging set of cloud security requirements for civilian agencies that have thus far been outside the boundaries of the FedRAMP program. The proposed […]

Continuous Evolution: In Acquiring Linode, Akamai Looks To Transform Again

Janet Worthington March 16, 2022
Akamai’s announcement last month that it had acquired infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider Linode addresses a gap in Akamai’s offering and presents an opportunity to disrupt traditional cloud service providers. Akamai’s edge function-as-a-service (FaaS) technology gives companies the ability to manipulate content close to the user with very low latency, but organizations still need to go back […]

Our List Of Kubernetes Best Practices — From The Real World

Lee Sustar February 8, 2022
Kubernetes is conquering IT infrastructure. But despite its notorious complexity, some people are doing it right. Get examples of some best practices here.

Presenting The First Forrester Wave™ Evaluation On Public Cloud Container Platforms

Lee Sustar January 24, 2022
The Forrester Public Cloud Container Platform Wave results are in -- the standouts offer the broadest automation and ecosystems while embracing open source software.

Your Cloud Is A Platform For … Platforms

Lee Sustar November 1, 2021
As a cloud analyst, I follow the latest cloud-native tech that’s transforming IT infrastructure everywhere. Today, core cloud infrastructure is more or less equivalent across the cloud service providers (CSPs). That’s why the big players now compete to see who can provide their customers with the widest array of tools with which to create their […]

Predictions 2022: Cloud Computing Reloaded

Lee Sustar October 27, 2021


Stormy Times For Cloud Compliance?

Lee Sustar September 20, 2021
Find out why enterprise risk management (ERM) professionals are taking a hard look at compliance in the cloud.

Kubernetes Is Going To Cost You — But Nobody Knows How Much

Lee Sustar August 27, 2021
The biggest barrier to wider Kubernetes (K8s) adoption in the enterprise may not a cumbersome customer resource definition or an incomprehensible service mesh but rather a skeptical CFO waiting for someone to provide them with a price tag for that cloud-native infrastructure. A recent FinOps Foundation survey with 195 respondents — 75% of whom reported […]

Can Kubernetes Navigate Disaster?

Lee Sustar July 12, 2021
Once you have Kubernetes in production, how does that impact your disaster recovery and business continuity planning?

Got Kubernetes In Production? Let’s Talk

Lee Sustar June 11, 2021
Kubernetes is going mainstream — at least, that’s what we were told at the KubeCon conferences, in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)’s case studies, and via various vendor success stories. But those high-profile use cases are dominated by cloud hyperscalers, software and software-as-a-service providers, tech equipment makers, and telcos. Big banks and other financial […]

KubeCon And The (Partial) Emergence Of Enterprise Kubernetes

Lee Sustar May 18, 2021
KubeCon events can be hard to assess. Whether live or virtual, they’ve become a sprawling mix of old-school tech trade show, open source project maintainer meetup, and independent user group. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 was no different. My colleague Brent Ellis led Forrester’s initial appraisal of the online event, noting greater maturity in Kubernetes […]

Reflecting On KubeCon 2021

Brent Ellis May 7, 2021
Kubernetes has made a huge impact on how businesses deploy applications and how they adopt cloud. This year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 virtual agenda was very broad, touching almost every aspect of both developer and operations journeys. As Lee Sustar noted in his blog earlier this week, Kubernetes is being used in a variety […]

What Matters Most For Kubernetes? It Depends

Lee Sustar May 4, 2021
As KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 unfolds in a virtual setting during the first week of May, users will be sorting through the usual blizzard of announcements to determine just what matters to them — and when and how they could incorporate it into their environments. The conference schedule is packed with Kubernetes at the […]

Kubernetes (K8s): From Orchestration War To Platform Showdown To OS Standard?

Lee Sustar April 28, 2021
The once-hot Mesos open source project had a recent brush with oblivion. How did Kubernetes (K8s) win the orchestration war? And where did Mesos go wrong?

Meet Your New Public Cloud, Container, And App Modernization Analyst

Lee Sustar April 16, 2021
As of March, I joined Forrester’s infrastructure and operations (I&O) team, covering cloud, containers, and modernization and the wider transition to cloud-native computing and practices. It’s a fascinating time to take on this assignment alongside Forrester analysts whom I’ve long admired. I’m eager to get started. By way of introduction, I’ll start with my current […]