4 Tips for a Successful Cloud Migration
Guest Post By Rick Blaisdell, CTO ConnectEDU
Perhaps to recap some of the things that I have written about during the year, I would now like to propose a set of best practices for a cloud computing implementation, the ones that I believe are crucial. Here are the 4 most important aspects to determining the success of such an IT project:
- Security: I will start with this, since it still seems to be the most debated about topic when it comes to cloud computing implementation. Keep in mind that the managed enterprise provider you choose has specialists dedicated to the security of your...
Often Missed Considerations when Moving Apps into a Virtual Environment
Moving apps into a virtual environment is a good way to reduce their dependency on the underlying hardware, increasing functionality and portability. In addition, cloud computing can improve your company’s bottom line, enhancing customer service while enabling reduction of costs. These are some of the obvious benefits of virtualization, as is the scalability that allows your workload to grow with grace. However, moving into a virtual environment has other benefits that...
10 steps to success with your distributed monitoring
Setting up distributed monitoring in mission critical production environments is a complex task; configuration can be challenging and mistakes costly. Opsview Enterprise edition gives you powerful functionality to make deploying enterprise monitoring easy and migrating from test to production environments risk free. Here’s how.
1. Get everything done in one place
Opsview’s configuration User Interface makes it quick and easy to get things done. Any configuration you need to make is carried...
Interdepartmental spat highlights US G-Cloud complexities
A substantial incidence of inter-departmental friction within the US government this week has served to demonstrate the complexities surrounding the implementation of the administration’s G-Cloud project to migrate US government departments over to Cloud systems, one by one.
The US General Services Administration (GSA) agreement with a number of cloud vendors to provide cloud services including messaging and productivity solutions found itself at the centre of the argument after complaints were levelled...
GreenPages’ Journey to the Cloud – The Vision Is Complete
Imagine taking the entire core infrastructure of a $100 Million company, loading it into a couple of trucks, and driving it 60 miles down the road to a colocation facility. Add to that the challenge of making sure a 24x7x365 Managed Services organization stays running, even while some of their key systems are bouncing down the highway in the aforementioned convoy. And, for the icing on the cake—throw in the pressure of knowing that, if you screw it all up, odds are you’ll be looking for...
Model Driven DoDAF Architecture: Building for Change
On first glance, the marriage of Dovèl Technologies and ZapThink might appear to be somewhat of a mismatch: boutique Federal contractor acquires iconoclastic architecture thought leadership firm? But look below the surface, and the synergies become apparent, as Dovèl has long had an iconoclastic approach to architecture, since after all, we focus...
The Cloud’s Tipping Point
I always enjoy hearing from those of you who have come to the conclusion that Cloud computing will not work, and decided you will not be developing plans to shift your business to the Cloud.
Sometimes the analysis is sound. More often than not, it omits key variables.
Perhaps you relied too much on vendor input for key variables in your analysis, or on your own in-house staff that may not necessarily have the skills, experience, or vested interest in such analysis. After all, how often do they undertake such...
Securing Your Journey to the Cloud [Infographic]
Market Forecast: The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed
VMworld and The Toughest Cloud Management Question
Last week at VMworld we asked a secret shopper to visit all the major cloud management vendors (BMC, CA, HP, IBM, and CA Nimsoft) and ask the Toughest Cloud Management Question.
VMworld is a great place to do this. Because the attendees are very smart and experienced and the people working the vendor demonstration stations know their products very well.
Zenny’s Weekly Cloud Links #25 – VMworld, Telstra, Cloud Security, Hybrid Cloud
How the Cloud Helped Us Through a Hurricane
As the path of Hurricane Irene became apparent late the week of August 22, GreenPages’ Managed Services operations team realized we had some serious planning to do.
On the morning of Thursday August 25, our Operations Management team reviewed our plan for Hurricane Irene, which was bearing down on our Network Operations Center in Charlestown, MA as well as GreenPages’ Kittery, ME headquarters. The topic of conversation: how would we maintain availability of our critical systems...
Government SaaS Grids – Reinventing Application Solution Delivery
The Canadian Federal Government recently announced...
American Idol, Blockbuster, and Microsoft 365: Innovate or Die
I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference last month in Los Angeles, CA, and there were two major topics during the week. The first was the recent release of Office 365 which is the epicenter of Microsoft’s cloud computing vision. The second was which Hollywood stars we would see, obviously.
However, the only star I saw was an Allison Iraheta performance that Microsoft sponsored at the Staples Center. (Allison, if you were unaware, came in...
Which IaaS Cloud Service today enables Seamless (Virtual) Colocation of Servers?
Today, the Cloud computing model and the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds provide an very interesting and important value proposition for companies seeking to co-locate their servers virtually or to upgrade the existing colocated servers at a lower cost with better services.
For many years now, small to mid size businesses including ISVs have been running colocated servers with the ISPs and hosting vendors. The cloud computing/IaaS model gives them new opportunities and possibilities to enable the...
Study finds firms are ill-prepared for move to the Cloud
Large numbers of companies are switching to the Cloud with the belief that they are reducing costs yet many organsiations are ill-prepared for the move, according to a new report.The study by data centre analytics provider, CirBA, found that of the 94 executives responsible for virtual and cloud infrastructure decisions at organisations with more than 25,000 employees, 77 percent plan to use cloud-vendor supplied tools or spreadsheets to prepare the migration of workloads to the cloud and only 48 percent plan to implement new solutions to manage cloud...