Cloud Migration Lessons Learned

Cloud Migration Lessons Learned

Our technology teams have worked with clients of all sizes to plan and migrate their applications to cloud hosting environments. While each client’s challenges are different, we’ve seen some common themes and have developed a suite of best practices to address them. Some of our team’s best practices include: A cloud migration is a set of many smaller migrations Taking a...

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Dealing with Cloud Lock-In

Dealing with Cloud Lock-In

  During our cloud advisory projects, we frequently address concerns of “lock-in” to prospective single cloud providers. Optimizing vendor relationships in a modern IT environment can be challenging, so keep in mind some aspects of this multi-sided problem. Your business has been locked into technologies for years, the challenge is selecting the right ones.…

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What’s Hybrid Cloud, Part 2

What’s Hybrid Cloud, Part 2

We see 6 major aspects of hybrid cloud that IT organizations leveraging cloud technologies need to consider: Connectivity Identity Security Monitoring Automation Workload Mobility In Part 1 of this series we reviewed some considerations for adopting a hybrid cloud hosting model, including aspects of connectivity, identity, and security. This blog will cover additional hybrid cloud...

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Cloud Cost Considerations

Cloud Cost Considerations

Operating a public-cloud based infrastructure requires a careful appreciation of recurring costs and how to minimize them. We work with clients to optimize their cloud environments, and see several reoccurring themes when cloud cost optimization is done successfully. Use cost management tools Organizations that manage their cloud costs well deploy cost management tools and processes very early...

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What’s your Cloud Foundation?

What’s your Cloud Foundation?

Our cloud implementation project teams work with clients to execute their cloud strategies and roadmaps.  A key early step in the deployment process is to establish a solid foundation of cloud technologies and processes. We describe these projects as “Cloud Foundations,” and include the following objectives: Establish cloud provider account and billing frameworks Finalize naming...

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What’s Hybrid Cloud?

What’s Hybrid Cloud?

We regularly address hybrid cloud concepts and architectures as part of our Cloud Advisory projects. We see 6 major aspects of hybrid cloud that IT organizations leveraging cloud technologies need to consider: Connectivity Identity Security Monitoring Automation Workload Mobility In this post, I’ll cover connectivity, identity, and security. Connectivity: Hybrid cloud connectivity can...

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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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