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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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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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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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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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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