Starting Small with Network Automation: Ansible for Full Device Configurations

Starting Small with Network Automation: Ansible for Full Device Configurations

Our Cloud & Infrastructure team is often involved with designing, building, and deploying new networks, which includes writing configuration text files for network devices for QA purposes before they are deployed to the device. While that method was sufficient for projects that only required 2-3 site configurations be written, projects in the last few years have involved development...

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The New Azure Data Factory – Now with SSIS Compatibility

The New Azure Data Factory – Now with SSIS Compatibility

Recently, Microsoft released to General Availability, the newest version of Azure Data Factory (which you will see referred to as V2 in Azure). This is a major release that is a huge step up from the previous version of Azure Data Factory (read about the new features here). One of the most interesting new features is support for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages.…

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Driving Business Value and Efficiency Using Kafka and Docker

Driving Business Value and Efficiency Using Kafka and Docker

Tracking user behavior is a must for all consumer facing applications. You want to know how the user is interacting with your user interface (UI) and how they feel about the user experience (UX). Let’s say an e-commerce site user is having difficulty navigating to the checkout page. Having immediate knowledge of this troubled user allows you to offer assistance in real time, perhaps in the...

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Mid-market Cloud Adoption: More Reliable than the Weatherman

Mid-market Cloud Adoption: More Reliable than the Weatherman

As more enterprise scale organizations shift to using cloud technology providers, like Amazon Web Services, mid-market organizations are working to determine if moving some of their workloads to the cloud delivers the return that larger organizations are recognizing.  When we meet with clients, often we’re educating leaders on how cloud infrastructure and services differ from on premise...

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Network Appliances in the Cloud

Network Appliances in the Cloud

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Native Functionality As more organizations adopt cloud platforms such as AWS and Azure, they are forced to consider how they want to manage their cloud networks. When every device is virtual, how will network teams deliver traditional network functionality that they are used to delivering with physical appliances like firewalls and load balancers?…

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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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Move Aside Cloud, Blockchain is the Newest ERP Trend

Move Aside Cloud, Blockchain is the Newest ERP Trend

On January 10, 2018, Geoprise Technologies Corporation, the maker of GM-X ERP, announced that it has partnered with Coin Sciences Ltd, maker of the MultiChain blockchain platform, to launch an ERP application leveraging blockchain technology to enable secure business-to-business collaboration and others are quickly following suit. Let’s take a step back to understand what blockchain is and...

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VMware’s Velocloud Acquisition: Legitimizing Enterprise SD-WAN

VMware’s Velocloud Acquisition: Legitimizing Enterprise SD-WAN

The software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) market is consolidating, via some moves from well-established vendors. Earlier this month, VMware acquired one the largest SD-WAN providers, Velocloud.  Cisco has also done a similar acquisition of Viptela. Prior to these acquisitions, SD-WAN could have been regarded as hype, but these transactions indicate a shift in the market focus and a longer-term...

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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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Moving to the Cloud:  Myth Versus Reality

Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality

Cloud computing solutions have been available for well over a decade. Software as a Service (SaaS) came to prominence first, followed closely by Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, then advanced Platform-as-a-Service offerings (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service, or “serverless” cloud hosting models, where the application requests compute resources without visibility or knowledge...

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