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Disaster recovery in the cloud – better and cheaper

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Adoption, Disaster Recovery

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One area of cloud computing that still causes some fear and trepidation in even the most stout-hearted IT professionals is disaster recovery (DR). While many are perfectly happy to move daily IT operations to the cloud and eagerly adopt infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) as a computing model that can save them money and headaches, the idea of trusting everything to the cloud still gives them pause.

After all, there’s something profoundly comforting about having a complete off-site, hard-wired, back-up data center and mirrored physical servers.

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How to Get Your CEO to Say Yes to Cloud Migration

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2018 7:03:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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Are you one of those IT professionals attempting to get their companies to migrate to the cloud but having trouble getting whole-hearted C-suite support? The reason is often the “analysis paralysis” that comes from trying to figure out exactly what kind of cloud service is needed. SaaS, IaaS, PaaS – it’s all so confusing.

To demystify all of this and help you get your CEO to say “yes” to cloud migration, we’re going to take a closer look at these three different levels of cloud service and how they can benefit your organization based on your needs and resources.

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Microsoft Azure Webinar Series

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2018 7:23:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Adoption

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Boston Data Group works with all of the leading public cloud providers including Microsoft Azure. We just became aware of a series of in depth Azure technical webinars offered by Microsoft during the month of March. We recommend checking them out as a way to learn more about Azure's capabilities.

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7 Step Rationalization Process: Which Internal Applications Should Be Migrated to the Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 7:03:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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In our last post we began discussing cloud migration strategies and how to determine whether to migrate a legacy software application, or to replace it with a new SaaS offering.

Fortunately, there is a proven methodology to help you make that determination -- application rationalization. Here are the 7 steps of the rationalization process that can provide the information to help choose between migrating your legacy app or jettisoning it in favor of a SaaS alternative.

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself in Developing a Cloud-Migration Strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2018 7:27:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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While almost every business professional agrees that the cloud should play some role in enterprise IT, determining what that role is and how to implement it can prove to be a little sticky. Often at the heart of the issue is what to do with proprietary software and whether it’s better to simply replace it with cloud-based software rather than try to refactor it for the cloud.

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IaaS vs. SaaS: Getting Smart with Cloud Service Models

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 7:03:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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The decision to “move to the cloud” is not as simple as it used to be. Now enterprises large and small have another decision to make: what kind of cloud computing service model do we need?

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The Economics of Migrating to the Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2017 7:27:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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Now that the cloud has established itself as a safe, viable, and reliable IT infrastructure alternative, one of the fundamental questions from the early days – “can we save money by migrating to the cloud?” – has morphed into “what are the economics of migrating to the cloud?”

Unfortunately, that’s where things get, well...cloudy. That’s because so many IT departments and other stakeholders make the same cloud-vs.-premise cost-comparison mistakes repeatedly. Often the comparison is limited to a simplistic, premise-based hardware/software vs. infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) analysis.

To get to the real numbers for a true comparison of premise- and cloud-based infrastructures, you need to dig a little deeper. Start with things such as software licenses, organizational efficiencies, redundancy and disaster recovery, human resources, and other not-so-obvious costs that can affect IT operations and are necessary to enable your IT ecosystem to hum along smoothly.

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3 Rules to Follow When Considering “Lift-and-Shift” Migration to the Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2017 8:17:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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One of the most alluring approaches to cloud migration these days is something known as “lift-and-shift.” What makes it so attractive for many enterprises is the deceptive simplicity of it – replicating in-house apps in the cloud without redesign. You “lift” your on-premise apps from the server they reside on and “shift” them to the cloud, essentially as-is. Done! Right?

Well….maybe.

There are a number of potential issues bubbling beneath the surface that could come back to bite you if you implement a wholesale lift-and-shift migration strategy without some careful consideration first. A major one is the possibility of less-than-optimal software performance caused by simply shifting a legacy, premise-based app to the cloud with all its limitations instead of refactoring the application and taking full advantage of all the benefits associated with the cloud. Cloud-native platforms typically provide much more agility and flexibility than lifted premise ones. But refactoring apps can be costly and time consuming, so some organizations prefer the lift-and-shift approach.

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The 411 on DevOps and How It Fits Hand-in-Hand with the Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2017 7:37:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Development

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It is almost impossible to go to any IT conference today that has anything to do with enterprise resource planning (ERP) or product development in general and not hear someone talking about DevOps. It is the topic-du-jour and can make any self-respecting business professional nervous if, for some unlikely reason, they’ve never encountered it before. So what exactly is DevOps and what makes it so darn popular?

Like many business processes and strategies, DevOps is not exactly new. In fact, it is in many ways related to other recently coined methodologies including Agile and Lean and can even be seen as a sort of mash-up of those two.

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The Biggest Mistakes Companies Make When Migrating to the Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2017 7:13:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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Perhaps the biggest mistake organizations make when considering moving IT infrastructure to the cloud is overestimating the cloud’s abilities to streamline and simplify. For many, the disappointing reality is that the cloud, like any IT ecosystem, requires some accommodation – not everything can simply “move to the cloud.” It takes some amount of tweaking.

This is especially true for big legacy applications, and particularly those that have been significantly customized and modified over their lifetimes in response to business and operational process evolution. This then raises the question for IT managers, “do we lift and shift our legacy app to the cloud or re-architect the software and then move it?” 

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