Tag Archives: cloud

Using Azure For Backup and Disaster Recovery: Built-In Features Make It Easy

By | October 6, 2016

Backup and redundancy continue to be two of the most common usage scenarios for public cloud — and the reason is simple economics. Renting or building space in a secondary facility for backup is expensive, particularly when there’s a thriving, competitive industry devoted to providing rentable IT infrastructure. Due to its integration with Windows Server, and flexible licensing… Read More »

Modernizing Business Applications, Part 1: Overview and Rationale

By | October 1, 2016

In IT, each generational transition has called for modernizing and redesigning applications, business processes and IT infrastructure to exploit new capabilities and efficiencies. This occurred when PCs and LANs usurped the mainframe and drove client-server computing, eliminating expensive hardware and the issue of data scarcity. Innovation happened again when the internet and WANs disrupted client-server computing, and then… Read More »

Azure PaaS: A Closer Look At Microsoft’s Application Platform

By | March 17, 2016

The following article was originally published on Diginomica as Azure Is More Than Cloud Infrastructure: A Look At Microsoft’s Application Platform Despite its seeming maturity and inclusion in the general lexicon, the cloud remains maddeningly hard to define, much less circumscribe. Like its atmospheric analog, cloud services are dynamic, indistinct and ephemeral and although accepted definitions and product categories… Read More »

Azure In Your Data Center: Understanding And Positioning Azure Stack

By | February 29, 2016

AWS is undeniably the big kahuna in cloud services, however Microsoft has emerged as a strong number two with the Azure IaaS/PaaS combination, which it is now extending into private clouds via Azure Stack, a packaged version of Azure services that can be deployed in private data centers. The goal is to deliver a completely consistent hybrid cloud platform… Read More »

Replacing your Data Center with IaaS: Opportune Scenarios

By | February 16, 2016

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchDataCenter as These IaaS examples show data centers can share the load You might not be ready to go all in on AWS like GE and Netflix, however it’s both feasible and advisable to start moving some applications online The emergence of rentable, online software and infrastructure, aka The Cloud,… Read More »

In Azure Stack, Microsoft Sees the Foundation for Enterprise Clouds

By | January 31, 2016

The following post originally appeared in Diginomica as Microsoft tilts at enterprise cloud domination with Azure Stack  There was an old rule about Microsoft software: never use it until version 3. The generalized axiom is that it takes Microsoft a while to get things right, however once the company sets its mind to something, you can expect big results.… Read More »

Cutting Costs in AWS: Look beyond the obvious to Tame your AWS budget

By | January 25, 2016

A version of the following article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Four principles of AWS cost management The cost calculus of moving applications from on-premise infrastructure to cloud services like AWS is akin to going from a fixed-price, all-you-can-eat buffet to an à la carte cafeteria. Gone is the incentive to consume as much as possible in order to… Read More »

AWS Security Management: In Need of Automation

By | December 27, 2015

A verson of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Rely on cloud security policy — not tools — to protect AWS Managing security policies and incidents on IaaS can be complex and challenging. Here’s what vendors are doing about it Once enterprises move workloads to cloud infrastructure, they soon realize that the tools for enforcing security policy… Read More »

AWS Operations Management: Improvements Needed

By | December 17, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Where AWS monitoring tools fall short  AWS has a rich set of management APIs, automation tools and a central management console, but it can’t yet provide end-to-end performance and troubleshooting data AWS has an overwhelming list of services, but piecing together a multi-tier application design and then… Read More »