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Which applications should move to the cloud?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013 by

As the business world shifts attitudes to adopt cloud computing, decision-makers need to understand the potential benefits associated with migrating applications to the hosted environment. While the majority of solutions will experience at least some level of performance improvements from being deployed in a cloud-based environment, the degree to which services are enhanced varies between providers. For this reason, companies need to map out their cloud projects, ensuring that applications which will experience the most dramatic upgrades are the ones that are being moved to the cloud.

Which applications should move to the cloud?

Which applications should move to the cloud?

In the past, executives embraced the “everything cloud” philosophy, which encouraged them to move every possible solution to the cloud. After a short time, companies began to realize this wasn’t the most cost-effective or efficient way to operate, forcing decision-makers to develop new cloud adoption and deployment strategies.

Today’s biggest cloud challenge is simply finding which tools will operate the most efficiently in the cloud without introducing any unnecessary complications throughout the rest of the infrastructure. A recent TechTarget report highlighted how organizations should look at three separate points when assessing which solutions should move to the cloud: the labor benefits associated with moving those applications, the optimistic financial opportunities and the agility improvements associated with the migration.

Understanding the cost of labor
If using a cloud-based application saves workers’ time, the cost of labor is generally equivalent to the value of the time that is saved, TechTarget stated. If specific solutions enable organizations to be more productive, for example, those tools are more likely to provide a significant return on investment, strengthening the long-term success of enterprises.

At the same time, however, decision-makers also need to consider how many employees certain applications need to support, as reinforcing the operations of too many individuals can put a strain on the overall performance and availability of that service. In other words, businesses should assess their IT landscape to determine the solutions that will save time after being moved to the cloud, but are not jeopardized by increased attention and use.

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How Software Defined Networking Delivers Next-Generation Success

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 by

Software defined networking (SDN) is today where the cloud was a few years ago, and their paths are quite similar. As cloud providers innovate, they incorporate new, cutting-edge technology to let users do more with their architectures and enable solutions that were previously impossible. Just as the cloud moved people away from physical boxes and bare metal devices, SDN is allowing developers and architects to divorce themselves from proprietary hardware appliances like load balancers and firewalls.

So, what are the similarities between SDN and cloud? How about abstraction or the movement from physical to virtual?

To get a bit more scientific, I jumped over to Google Trends (which looks at search term volume over time) and did a search for “cloud,” “SDN,” “cloud computing,” and “software defined networking.”

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The results shown here make it pretty obvious that “cloud” continues to grow and overshadow the other terms. Removing “cloud” shows “SDN” making the same upward trajectory as “cloud” does in the graphic below. (Because people have been shortening the term “cloud computing” to simply “cloud,” it’s logical that the term’s search volume is decreasing.)

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Cloud opportunities, benefits exceed global expectations

Friday, May 31st, 2013 by

When cloud computing first emerged, IT analysts had mixed feelings about the hosted services, unsure if they would be embraced or disregarded in the enterprise. Today, experts understand that the cloud now plays a central role in the ongoing development of the business world, providing decision-makers and employees with innovative solutions for growth and performance improvements.

Cloud opportunities, benefits exceed global expectations

Cloud opportunities, benefits exceed global expectations

Companies are using a mix of different cloud models, including Platform, Software and Infrastructure as a Service, all with positive results. In fact, a recent CA Technologies survey of IT decision-makers who have been using the cloud for at least a year found that the benefits of using the hosted solutions are exceeding many respondents’ expectations.

Many executives highlighted the cost-saving advantages of the cloud. This is because the ongoing use of the cloud is allowing decision-makers to become more familiar with the technology and, as a result, establish new goals and objectives. ”Cost is often considered an early benefit – or even a required result – in order for IT teams to justify moving in the direction of the cloud,” said John Michelsen, chief technology officer of CA Technologies. “Once they show that cloud computing improves the bottom line, they can shift their focus to innovation and other objectives, such as increased performance and enhanced security.”

Who is using the cloud?
CA Technologies found several unique distinctions between organizations planning to invest more in cloud servers and other solutions within the next year and firms that are still on the fence. First, businesses that have been using the cloud for four or more years are roughly six times as likely to spend more money on the hosted services in 2013 than their counterparts that are relatively newer to the environment. This suggests that companies that have done more than just tested the water are more comfortable with the cloud and are experiencing greater results.

Second, the study found that organizations in the United States are more likely to invest in the cloud this year than businesses in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Benelux. In fact, 48 percent of U.S. respondents stated they plan to up cloud spending by up to 30 percent, while another 17 percent will invest even more. This is a stark contrast between the 42 percent and 4 percent, respectively, of European IT decision-makers.

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Access your servers with GoGrid’s new Console service

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by

At GoGrid we are always looking for ways to improve our product and add value for our customers. We have recently released some new services built on our new Software-Defined Networking (SDN) architecture that customers are already adopting: the Dynamic Load Balancer and Firewall Service. We have recently released a Console access feature on our management console for all our customers.

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The new console service allows customers to directly access their cloud servers through the management console without using a third party client. Customers have been asking for this feature as it allows for emergency access in the case where they have locked themselves out with a bad host firewall configuration or if they need to do further diagnostics. Accessing the service is easy.

  1. First, login to the GoGrid management console.
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James Gosling to Speak on Innovation at GoGrid Cloud Meetup on 5/22

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by

GoGrid, BEAR Data Solutions, NetApp, and ScaleArc have an exciting cloud meetup planned for next week (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) in San Francisco. In addition to intelligent conversation, free food and drink, and demos from a variety of companies whose products make cloud computing even better, we also have a fantastic featured speaker – James Gosling. (Register for the GoGrid Cloud Meetup here.)

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Known affectionately as the “Father of Java,” one of the most popular and widely used programming languages in the world, James Gosling is currently the Chief Software Architect at Liquid Robotics (a GoGrid customer). He frequently shares his thoughts on creativity and innovation with everyone from university students to technology thought leaders, and is particularly interested in what makes a good idea successful. His impressive list of accomplishments and credentials include a BSc in computer science from the University of Calgary as well as a PhD in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University. He was a Sun Fellow at Sun Microsystems where he was a lead engineer and did the original design of Java as well as implemented Java’s original compiler and virtual machine. In 2002, he was awarded The Economist Innovation Award, and in 2007, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honors.

James’s company, Liquid Robotics, is an early adopter of cloud computing and its technology gathers all types of oceanic data via a wave-powered, autonomous marine robot, the Wave Glider®.

About the GoGrid Cloud Meetup

We hope you can join us and the other hosts at this meetup celebrating innovation in the cloud. The agenda is designed to let you to chat, mingle, and learn about a variety of cloud computing topics.

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