The cloud is here – but managing its costs and optimizing benefits is up to you

A decade ago, early adapters enthusiastically embraced cloud computing, but the larger business world waited skeptically with questions such as ‘how safe is this?’ ‘How much will it cost?’ ‘Will it really improve productivity?’ ‘Will it give me a competitive edge?’

Today, there is still some hesitation around migrating to the cloud. Because the cloud is still considered fairly new technology, there hasn’t been an established trust in it yet. Some...

By Amanda Vernazza, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

The end of an era: Why it’s time to ditch the big four in ITOM – and what it means for IT leaders

In July 2018, Broadcom announced its plan to acquire CA Technologies for almost $19 billion. While analysts have furiously debated the merits of a chip manufacturer buying an enterprise software company, the CA acquisition heralds a momentous shift in the $25 billion IT operations management (ITOM)...

By Deepak Jannu, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Migration, Software, Vendors.

How SD-WAN can help in meeting increasing cloud-based demands

The traditional corporate WAN (wide area network) architecture became prolific in the client/server architecture era. We designed and built WANs to largely support branch-to-datacentre.  On paper, these often looked like Clouds, but they are in effect hub and spoke networks – the hub being the data centre.  This worked reasonably well when most of our applications were hosted in one or two datacentres, and access to the Internet was centralised and only available through the Data centre...

By Calum Lamont, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Migration.

If you’re adopting the cloud in your organisation, you don’t have to start from scratch

Your organisation recently launched its cloud adoption journey. Executives are supportive, and grassroots enthusiasts add energy to your effort. The whole initiative launched with proper planning and focus, and your task force is working well together.

Despite the strong start, many days feel like a slog. Progress is slow, and teams regularly surface new hurdles that they must overcome before the organisation can bring its first critical workloads online in the public cloud. Pressure is mounting for a quick...

By Jeff Townes and Sean Beard, 06 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

10 signs your clients need to deploy Azure

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of services to help an organisation meet business challenges. Azure is a cloud platform for building, deploying and managing services and applications, allowing you and your clients to meet all your needs through all their services, within one platform.

Their on-premise servers are out-of-date

Operating on out-of-date servers is like driving a rusty old car. First you lose a wing mirror, then a door panel until you’re left in the street clutching nothing more...

By Craig Joseph, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

Organisations continue to hit cost pitfalls with cloud migration, says Rackspace

The cloud journey is costing a bit more than organisations realise, according to new research from Rackspace.

The findings appear in a new report, titled ‘Maintaining Momentum: Cloud Migration Learnings’. The study, conducted by Forrester and polling more than 300 organisations in the UK, France, Germany and the US, argued that while half of business and IT decision makers polled saw cost reduction as a key driver for cloud adoption, two in five (40%) said their migration costs were still higher...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, SaaS .

Journey to the cloud: The most common challenges and how to overcome them

Cloud has firmly secured its place on IT professionals’ agenda, with 95% citing it as one of the top five most important IT strategies today, according to the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2018: The Intersection of Hype and Performance. However, migrating a database to the cloud is not a straightforward process. There will be challenges along the way. So, what do today’s IT professionals need to consider before embarking on their journey to the cloud?

Prepare for a new era of work

While...

By Thomas La Rock, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

How to botch a cloud migration in three easy steps – and how to remedy it

Today, the cloud is where everyone wants to be; there is no place like it, and nothing makes your clients happier. Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch – but it’s also fair to say that not everyone can dive into the cloud with their current architecture. Many times, it takes a complete re-engineering process in order to carry a company – or even a simple product – into any cloud.

Here are three areas to think about to ensure you do not carry out a disastrous cloud migration.

Rush it and think...

By Nazareno Feito, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Verizon moves to AWS as preferred public cloud provider

Verizon is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred public cloud provider – migrating more than 1,000 business critical applications and backend systems in the process.

The announcement, made by AWS, notes that Verizon first started working with the cloud infrastructure behemoth in 2015, with the latest wave of migrations ‘part of a corporate-wide initiative at Verizon to increase agility and reduce costs through the use of cloud computing.’ Among the migrations are a series of...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Migration.

Google Cloud aims squarely at enterprise with Velostrata acquisition

Google is set to acquire enterprise cloud migration provider Velostrata, citing the Israel-based company’s ‘technical strength’ as key alongside potential capabilities for their customers around advanced data analytics and machine learning.

Velostrata’s primary goal is to speed up enterprise’s cloud transitions through what it calls ‘real-time agentless workload streaming’ – in other words, decoupling compute from storage without an effect on performance....

By James Bourne, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Migration.

How to pick a cloud your CIO will love: Three questions to ask

It will come as no surprise to those of you already leveraging cloud services that Forrester Research predicted that in 2018, cloud computing will become a must-have business technology. The scalability, agility and cost model allow IT teams to redirect their energy toward accelerating business initiatives without worrying about costly infrastructure investments.

As many have learned, however, it’s...

By Monica Brink, 11 May 2018, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

Cloud migration best practices: Preparing for change

When the moment comes that you decide it’s time to move your business to the cloud: rejoice! As my favorite Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “You’ve just taken your first step into a larger world.”

Your deciding factor to make the move might have been any number of things:

  • Cost
  • Need for growth
  • Flexibility
  • Keeping up the competition
  • Security
  • Productivity

But adapting your business for success in the cloud isn’t the easiest nut to crack. Some might think of it the way they would about moving from an old house to a new one: cram everything into a box, make the move, unload in your...

By Marty Puranik, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

Microsoft Azure pricing 101: Tips and tricks

Microsoft Azure, like many other cloud service providers, have built their billing and subscription models on a pay-per-use basis, i.e., if you use one hour of CPU time you pay for the hour you have consumed. No more, no less.

This basic economic principle forms the foundation of most public cloud services. However, the implementation of this simple concept can be quite complex and intricate. This is especially true if the...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

Many European organisations lacking fully fledged multi-cloud strategy, says IDC

Multi-cloud is certainly a compelling trend – but according to new data from IDC, fewer than 10% of European organisations are fully on-board with a multi-cloud strategy.

The analyst firm argues that multiple cloud service usage will be an inevitability – but understanding and strategy from European firms varies wildly.

More than a third of firms polled overall (34%) said they had no plans to move workloads from current cloud providers in the coming 12 months. Yet for the UK market, 29% of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Trends.

The key challenges of migrating databases to the cloud: Planning and performance

As enterprises continue to embark on their digital transformation journeys part of this change may involve migrating in-house applications, databases and data to the cloud.  But while all the benefits of cloud are widely understood, migrating a database or an application to the cloud is not always smooth sailing and there can be challenges to overcome when transitioning.  Here I wanted to highlight some of the steps enterprises should take to ensure their database migration is successful.

Why migrate to the...

By Roberto Mircoli, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong to become strongest Asia Pacific cloud nation

Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to be the number one cloud-ready Asia Pacific nation, according to the latest report from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

The two regions have swapped places since the previous analysis two years ago, with New Zealand retaining bronze medal position, and Japan and Taiwan overtaking Australia. While the latter has slipped a couple of places in the rankings, ACCA said it was still a ‘strong regional contender’ which performed well in most areas but was...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

HPE acquires RedPixie to add Azure skills to its cloud consulting arm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the acquisition of London-based RedPixie to further bolster its cloud consulting expertise.

RedPixie’s vision, in the company’s own words, is ‘to go beyond technology, building and managing Azure hybrid solutions for clients in financial services.’ The company was founded in 2010 and comprises a team of business consultants, cloud architects and data scientists.

The acquisition will fall under the remit of HPE Pointnext, the...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft, Migration.

Eight steps for a pain-free cloud migration: Assessment, migration and support

Cloud adoption by UK companies has now neared 90%, according to Cloud Industry Forum, and it won’t be long before all organisations are benefiting to some degree from the flexibility, efficiency and cost-savings of the cloud. Moving past the first wave of adoption we’re seeing businesses ramp up the complexity of the workloads and applications that they’re migrating to the cloud. Perhaps...

By Monica Brink, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

The clouds are rolling in: Three reasons to take the cloud plunge in 2018

In the past year, cloud technologies have dominated the headlines; not just the major players, but new and emerging platforms that promise to become mainstream in the very near future.

As more and more enterprises seek out the capabilities a cloud solution can provide, including data distribution, improved performance and controlled costs, we can anticipate this trend will only continue into the new year. This is apparent by the thousands of companies who already have a fully-baked cloud strategy in place or have one in the works....

By Jeff Klaus, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration.

Why standard web hosting is not suitable for protected health information

Web and mobile applications are a key differentiator between healthcare providers in a highly competitive industry — customers want to be able to access their healthcare records, prescriptions, and associated data in the way that is most convenient to them. Healthcare providers who aren’t online are falling behind.

In the rush to build online services, it may be tempting to take shortcuts where protected health information (PHI) hosting is concerned. After all, a standard web hosting provider is...

By Melanie Purkis, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Migration.