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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»

Are These Really Mysteries? Solving Forbes’ “7 Great Unsolved Mysteries of Cloud Computing”

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by

From time to time, I come across an article that I feel compelled to respond to. Yesterday, I read “7 Great Unsolved Mysteries of Cloud Computing” written by Joe McKendrick (an author and independent researcher covering IT trends and markets) in Forbes.com. Although McKendrick definitely offers some thought-provoking questions in the form of “cloud mysteries,” part of me feels these mysteries were already solved a long time ago.

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What follows are the questions that McKendrick asks, my interpretation of his descriptions, and my responses to these mysteries. I’d love to hear your feedback on these mysteries and my responses, so be sure to leave a comment.

7 Great “Unsolved” Mysteries of Cloud Computing

McKendrick alludes to the 2010s as a “cloud computing migration.” A “migration” connotes a feeling of evolution, and I do believe that cloud computing is evolving through a natural progression (see “Riding the Gartner Hype Cycle Roller Coaster: Hang on to your Magic Quadrants!”) toward mainstream adoption.

But let’s take a look at the “unsolved” mysteries.

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Architecting in the Cloud & Hadoop as A Service – GoGrid CEO Panels – CloudCon Expo 2012

Monday, October 1st, 2012 by

This week, despite the unseasonably hot and sunny weather in San Francisco, there are plenty of clouds, specifically at the 2012 CloudCon Expo & Conference. CloudCon is billed as the “platform to learn, collaborate & network. Find out why Cloud Computing is necessary for your enterprise and what businesses and financial implications will it have on your day-to-day operations.” Register here.

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For those looking to learn more about Cloud Computing, this conference is tailored for you. Learn how to leverage the various cloud models available and how to outsource SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). GoGrid is a pure-play cloud infrastructure provider. We have a variety of cloud infrastructure solutions available for large and small businesses alike including:

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GoGrid CEO in 2 CloudCon Panels

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2012 Cloud Computing Predictions from GoGrid Executives, Customers & Partners (Part 2)

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by

A few days ago, I published some 2012 Cloud Computing predictions from Warren Heffelfinger (CEO – GoGrid), James Urquhart (Cloud Writer for GigaOm & VP of Product Strategies at enStratus) and Larry Warnock (CEO of Gazzang). The beginning of any year is critical to not only reflect back on what transpired, but also to gaze into the future to see what is to come. With Cloud Computing, to quote an over-used phrase, “the sky’s the limit” and while there are some similarity within these and the previous predictions, there are also some distinct opinions as to where we are all headed in the cloud.

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In this article, I have compiled more insightful predictions from another stellar list of cloud experts, namely:

  • John Keagy (Chairman & Founder – GoGrid)
  • Carson Sweet (CEO – CloudPassage)
  • Antonio Piraino (CTO – ScienceLogic)

Below are their predictions so read on to see how they stack up!

John Keagy (Chairman & Founder – GoGrid)

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2012 Cloud Computing Predictions from GoGrid Executives, Customers & Partners (Part 1)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by

As is customary with the passing of an old year and the exciting entrance into a new one, people try to make their best predictions as to what the future holds within their area of expertise. For GoGrid, this is obviously around Cloud Computing. This year, instead of making my own prediction list (as I have done in the past), I thought it would be important to get some other expert voices from the GoGrid and cloud community to do this task.

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The important thing to always remember here, especially when dealing with the cloud, is that it changes quickly. It’s similar to buying the latest technology, the moment you buy it (or make the prediction, in this case), it’s instantly outdated. But still, the process is fun if not, educational.

Below is a compilation of 2012 cloud computing predictions from a variety of subject matter experts and thought-leaders in the field of cloud infrastructure, security and services. The contributors are:

  • Warren Heffelfinger (CEO – GoGrid)
  • James Urquhart (Cloud Writer – GigaOm/VP of Product Strategies – enStratus/GoGrid Partner)
  • Larry Warnock (CEO – Gazzang/GoGrid Partner)
  • John Keagy (Chairman & Founder – GoGrid)
  • Carson Sweet (CEO – CloudPassage/GoGrid Partner)
  • Antonio Piraino (CTO – ScienceLogic/GoGrid Customer)

Because of the wealth of knowledge coming from this group, I have actually broken this article out into a series of 2 posts. Without further ado, onto the first set of predictions!

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