What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

As part of our Cloud Advisory engagements, we partner with clients to determine the strategic reasons and goals for adopting cloud technologies.  It’s important to have goals to develop an actionable roadmap, detailing the series of actions required. This blog outlines several categories of strategic recommendations as part of Cloud Advisory services.…

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What’s Your Cloud Security Foundation?

What’s Your Cloud Security Foundation?

Cloud implementation and migration projects create ample opportunity for mistakes when it comes to the management of security controls in the new environment. This was demonstrated in dramatic fashion recently with the news that Viacom cloud configuration secrets had been exposed on the public internet due to misconfigured S3 bucket permissions.…

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Exchange 2013 Sizing — Tips and Tricks Part 2

In our previous episode, we discussed the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator, and provided some tips on setting it up to do your Exchange 2013 sizing. Let’s continue the discussion with discussing what drives Exchange server resource requirements. Activity Levels Drive the Gear Train… Key inputs for an Exchange 2013 sizing include the quantities of mailbox data the system will...

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Perspective on Public Cloud Costs

Costs can frequently be the deciding factor for IT decisions rather than pure functionality or performance. Cloud IaaS and PaaS solutions are relatively new and it is sometimes difficult for IT leaders to understand what the costs are for these newer solutions as they begin to catch on. First, some brief IT history: Let’s deploy a mainframe, and have many users share it. …

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Office 365: Balancing Costs and Benefits

Many of the discussions revolving around moving e-mail, instant messaging, and Share Point workloads to Office 365 revolve around issues of functionality, reliability, and licensing costs.  A key part of your Office 365 planning effort should also be a full evaluation of not just hard costs, but full measures of new feature benefits, and cost avoidance to see the true return of your Office 365...

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Microsoft Ignite 2015 – Infrastructure and Operations Team Perspective

We recently attended the Microsoft Ignite conference, held at McCormick Place in Chicago.  A combination of various Microsoft technical conferences, Ignite was billed as “the largest and most comprehensive Microsoft technology event.”  Over the course of a busy week of interacting with clients, multiple keynote addresses, and 24+ hours of technical breakout sessions, we saw several...

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Notes from the CRONET team: Provider Selection

Selecting a cloud IaaS/PaaS provider reminds me of the “good old days” of server deployments, with many vendors offering diverse hardware and software solutions, and tangible differences between them. Our client’s cloud provider choices have run the gamut of offerings, including: Large cloud-only offerings by Internet-based companies = Amazon, Google Systems tied to their...

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Notes from the CRONET Team

The evolution of massively scalable, multi-faceted, cloud based infrastructure solutions (think Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and others), has enabled an unprecedented amount of functionality to our clients. Even better, these solutions come at a cost structure unheard of even just a few years ago. Their ease of provisioning and deployment and their extremely low barrier to entry...

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Considerations for building reliable IaaS solutions

As our clients migrate applications and services to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms, they are facing some fundamental questions related to ensuring that their applications and data are both available and protected. The West Monroe Cloud Operations Reliability Engineering (CORE) practice has assembled a number of methodologies and best practices regarding the selection...

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