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Cloud Migration: Whatever You Do, Have a Plan

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by

Every company adopting public cloud computing as part of its IT service delivery strategy is faced with the decision of which applications to migrate to the cloud and how. Some common cloud migration options we discuss with customers include:

  • Migrating to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider
  • Rebuilding an existing application in the cloud
  • Migrating an existing application “as is” to the cloud

Determining the right option depends on your business objectives and the application itself. Each option has benefits and drawbacks, but a business will often decide on an approach without adequately researching a comprehensive migration strategy. And without ample planning and consideration, the cost and complexity of migrating these applications can lead to delayed cloud projects that are over budget.

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Migrating to SaaS

For a new business looking for application services at a low up-front cost, a SaaS application is often a “no brainer.” However, when a business decides to migrate from an existing on-premise application to a new SaaS application, things get more complicated. There are data migrations to consider, transition time and labor, lost customizations, training, and “sunk costs” that can’t be recovered to factor in. Many SaaS vendors offer tools and services to help customers migrate data from legacy applications to the new SaaS application, but it’s important to research the migration process thoroughly before making a purchasing decision, especially if you’ve invested a lot of time in customizations or IT service integration.

Depending on the application and the availability of migration tools to assist in the migration, these factors can offset some of the gains of SaaS. Plus, the business risks additional time and expense if unforeseen migration challenges arise along the way. Businesses considering moving to SaaS should also consider what I call “SaaS in a box” or “SaaS-lite” applications. These applications are typically offered by vendors as part of a partner program or ecosystem like the GoGrid Exchange and deliver some SaaS benefits with more customer control. These templates can also be used to simplify the migration of an existing on-premise application to the cloud. (more…) «Cloud Migration: Whatever You Do, Have a Plan»

InformationWeek’s “IaaS Buyer’s Guide” with some Updated Information from GoGrid

Friday, October 19th, 2012 by

This week, InformationWeek published an extremely handy IaaS Buyer’s Guide designed to help companies navigate the complex airspace of cloud computing, specifically the Infrastructure-as-a-Service marketplace. The Guide covers 9 IaaS providers, including GoGrid, that each submitted responses to a questionnaire about their service offerings. InformationWeek then compiled and categorized those responses in this easy-to-understand Guide. You can find the full Guide (behind a registration wall) here.

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Topics covered in the Guide include:

  • CPU & Memory
  • Storage
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Software Needs
  • Redundancy/Data Center Needs
  • Additional VM Features
  • Cost
  • Security & Compliance
  • Support & SLA
  • Additional Services

A few things have changed since GoGrid was originally interviewed, and we wanted to provide updated information for some of these categories.

CPU & Memory

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Business Intelligence in the Cloud – GoGrid CEO John Keagy Speaks at JasperWorld 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by

This week, GoGrid partner, Jaspersoft kicks off JasperWorld 2012 in San Francisco, CA. If you are in the area and are interested in Business Intelligence (BI), learning how to manage and digest large quantities of customer and business data, and how to leverage JasperSoft as your data analytics platform in the cloud, you definitely should consider attending JasperWorld.

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Jaspersoft provides the most flexible and widely deployed open source BI platform in the world, enabling better decision-making through web-based reporting and analysis.

Speaker & Panel Info

GoGrid CEO and founder, John Keagy is a panelist at one of the sessions at JasperWorld. Information on the panel is below (as well as on Jaspersoft.com)

Title: BI Building in the Cloud
Track: Panel Session – Cyrill Magnin I, II, III (Level 4) – Parc 55 Wyndham
Date: 9/25/12
Time: 11:30am – 12:10pm (Pacific)
Moderator: Edd Dumbill
Speakers: Jan Aleman, John Keagy, Roger Sippl, Issac Roth
Abstract: SaaS applications have grown significantly, fueled by the efficiencies of a Cloud-based deployment. The next generation of applications are not only being deployed in the Cloud, they’re being built in the Cloud. Jaspersoft is bringing together respected industry leaders to discuss how BI is being built into applications for the Cloud and in the Cloud. Join us to hear how these development environments are enabling a new breed of data-driven applications in the Cloud.

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Maximize your Business Potential with GoGrid & IBM DB2 Database & Cloud Solutions – Webinar

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 by

A majority of applications running on the web require data and databases. In fact, I’d say 99% of websites are controlled by data-driven applications. And new types of data are being created each and every second from social interaction, transaction, and geolocation data, for example.

With a variety of data management, warehousing, and analysis options available, how do you know which one to choose? Are you working mainly with unstructured data? If so, then a Big Data solution might be what you need. Big Data is relatively new, however, and might not be the best fit for your company. There are plenty of other options, one of these being IBM DB2.

GoGrid and IBM have teamed up to offer a quick and easy way to deploy an IBM DB2 database solution in the cloud. If you’re an IBM Independent Software Vendor (ISV), you can deploy a pre-configured DB2 server and have it up and running on the GoGrid cloud in literally minutes.

So, why would you and other ISVs want to go this route? For starters, you’d get:

  • Faster time-to-market with your DB2 offering
  • Easy and quick proof-of-concepts (POCs) or demoing of your DB2 solution
  • Consolidated cloud infrastructure and DB2 licensing invoices

To help you get started, IBM and GoGrid recently recorded a webinar that explains the benefits of using DB2 as your database solution. If your customers are application developers needing databases to power their application or you, as an ISV, want to provide a solution for your clients to demo—and potentially convert this demo or POC into a full-fledged offering—this webinar is for you.

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Speeding Things Up in the Cloud with NGINX

Monday, March 26th, 2012 by

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It’s been no secret to us in the high-performance, web server in-crowd that NGINX (pronounced “engine-x”) has been taking the webhosting world by storm for the last several years; *sites like WordPress, Facebook, Hulu, Github, SourceForge and more have been offloading some or many functions onto NGINX. I had originally been exposed to NGINX whilst researching for a higher-performance web server that was 64-bit friendlier than Apache, and that was did not use single threads. Apache has an enormous memory footprint on 64-bit systems and is a single-threaded application.

NGINX is a very flexible HTTP server that can also serve as a reverse proxy, load balancer, caching server, and an IMAP/POP3 proxy. Unlike Apache, however, the configuration is a little bit more involved and can be a big change for Apache loyalists.

In this is example, NGINX will be configured as a full webserver with PHP support. My goal when conjuring this project was to make a pre-configured Community GSI on the GoGrid Exchange with as little modification as possible to ensure a “pure” environment. If you’re anything like me, you might tremble at the thought of even using a typical, pre-configured server with a LAMP stack; I personally like setting things up from scratch, but there’ve been plenty of situations where I would’ve preferred a pre-configured solution. Hopefully I can capture the essence of my intentions.

One thing I should note before I get started is that NGINX does not have a module for PHP the way Apache does; PHP must be run using the FastCGI methodology. Much like the way you would pass requests to a Java container or reverse proxy, so must we for PHP.

The first thing I should mention is that I’m using the EPEL and IUS repositories to for the latest versions of NGINX and PHP-FPM. IUS is the official repository for RHEL/CentOS as referenced by PHP.net. Using these 2 repositories will not alter any existing packages on your system.

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