Is cloud computing ready for the Olympics?

With the Olympic Games just around the corner, one wonders whether, in a time where cloud computing is coming on leaps and bounds and gaining popularity by the day, it will be ready to service the Olympics.

Now the Olympics will of course be taking place in London this summer, one of the financial and...

By VI, 12 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Migration.

Dating site dumps Amazon EC2: “100% uptime a required SLA”

The storm which accounted for Amazon’s cloud outage over the weekend has resulted in one company ditching the AWS system over fears of further unavailability.

From 2300 EST on June 30 users of several high profile sites such as Pinterest, Netflix and Instagram were unable to access content, with AWS “investigating connectivity issues”. The issue was resolved by 0054 EST on June 31 but updates on power restoration appeared...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Industry, Migration, SLA.

Google bigs the green cloud up, but is it attainable?

A recent post on the Google Green Blog has revealed that the US General Services Administration saved $285,000 in energy consumption after switching to cloud based apps.

Even though most IT decision makers would freely want to admit they’re doing their bit for the environment by migrating to the cloud, the most prominent reason companies migrate would be convenience and, above all, money.

But Google claims the cloud is more energy efficient...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration.

UK’s G-Cloud may struggle to hit targets, says report

A report from VMware has revealed the adoption of G-Cloud is not progressing as expected with many senior public sector IT staff sceptical about the process.

VMware interviewed nearly 200 IT heavyweights about G-Cloud, the UK government’s cloud service which will attempt to reduce IT costs by £200m per year and have 50% of IT spending coming through public cloud services.

Yet there wasn’t universal agreement on whether these targets will be hit, with only 30% saying the £200m...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Research.

Unicorns more likely than cloud migration, says survey

Many IT decision makers feel they are more likely to have a close encounter with a flying saucer than see the completion of their company’s cloud migration in the next six months.

This was one of a number of alarming findings contained within Cisco’s 2012 Global Cloud Networking survey this week.

The company polled 1300 IT decision makers in 13 countries spanning five continents, and revealed a lack of universal confidence in the cloud among IT professionals unless a proper cloud migration...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Migration, Private, Public, Research.

Measure Twice…Cut Once: How to Avoid the Cloud Factory Default Button

This is one of those old woodworking adages that really applies when you are starting the process to build out your own private cloud. What does this mean and how does it apply today? Well, I can remember all too well my junior high school shop teacher repeating this over and over again to us as students. I think he told us measure twice, cut once almost as many times as he told us to remember to take the key out of the chuck in the drill press or to stop drag racing with the belt sanders. I can also remember...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 05 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Migration.

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...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Migration.

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...

By NEI, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Migration.

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...

By Luke Wotton, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Migration, Monitoring.

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...

By Matt Henkes, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Migration, PublicSector.

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...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Migration, SaaS .

Model Driven DoDAF Architecture: Building for Change

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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...

By ZapThink, 28 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Developers, ERP, Government, IaaS, Industry, Migration, Monitoring, PaaS, PublicSector, SaaS .

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...

By Ray DePena, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure, Migration, SaaS .

Market Forecast: The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

The prescient quote by William Gibson aptly describes the worldwide Software as a Service (SaaS) market today, especially in the enterprise.

Global adoption and growth of SaaS within enterprises is unevenly distributed yet growing rapidly.  One...

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

Zenny, Zenoss, ZebraEvery Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, DevOps, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of August 29th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!

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...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Infrastructure, Migration, Security, Storage.