Capital One Fallout: Should Business Leaders Expect More Security From Their Cloud Providers? Yes.

Capital One Fallout: Should Business Leaders Expect More Security From Their Cloud Providers? Yes.

This week brought another set of headlines about a large data breach—this time at Capital One. In this case, the alleged attacker is domestic and the federal indictment provided some details of how the breach occurred. In this case, a misconfigured firewall allegedly allowed Paige Thompson to remotely execute commands against an Amazon Web Services (AWS) server.…

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Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

One of our clients, a major biopharmaceutical company, struggled to distribute content across more than fifty countries and thousands of people around the globe. They were using 18 disparate content management systems – each with its own processes. As they looked to digitize the back office to create efficiency and standardization globally, they selected a new, consolidated platform in Veeva...

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Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

There are several compelling reasons to move to the cloud.  Speed of innovation.  The ability to scale quickly.  Production ready services to leverage AI, IoT, natural language processing, etc.  However, for most businesses, it all comes down to costs. In a previous blog post Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality, I touched on some misconceptions regarding moving to the cloud, including the...

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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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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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Serverless Architecture with AWS Lambda

Serverless Architecture with AWS Lambda

It’s been an exciting past few years watching cloud services evolve into what they are current day. Starting from the early years, companies were only looking to utilize unused computing resources; to now, where you can run platforms such as SQL Server as a service (PaaS) or use Salesforce in the cloud (SaaS).…

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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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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 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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