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How to Painlessly Migrate to the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

So you're a business that needs to keep data about your clients, or you've been thinking about upgrading your internal software tools. You know the cloud is "where it's at" these days, but migrating your entire database and software suite sounds like an absolute nightmare. 

Panic not! Migrating to cloud services doesn't have to hurt, but transitioning without the headache does require some careful planning. A cloud transition is a continuous process, and although it can be made relatively painless, it's still quite difficult. 

All About Cloud Security 

This is one of the first headaches that people think about. Making sure employees are up to date on new accounts and security procedures is a hassle (no one likes coming up with new passwords!), and you might have concerns about the security implications of an off-site service hosting your data or your client's data. 

Egenera Launches New Xterity Partner Program Designed for MSPs and Solutions Providers

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Egenera, a leading provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel today announced the launch of the Xterity Partner Program (XPP), a new program designed to empower the company's fast-growing network of resellers to capitalize on the exploding demand for cloud services in the SMB and mid-market.

Egenera's Xterity Cloud Services are sold 100 percent through the channel and deliver a full range of dedicated, managed, private and public cloud services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS), and cloud migration.

Egenera's channel partners already benefit from a wholesale pricing structure that delivers the margins resellers need to develop a profitable and sustainable cloud services business.

Accenture and Pivotal Launch New Business Group to Help Enterprises Accelerate Cloud Migration and Speed Software Development

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Accenture and Pivotal Software, Inc., have formed a new business group to help Fortune Global 500 companies and other large enterprises accelerate their software development and innovate at startup speed.

The Accenture Pivotal Business Group (APBG) will help enterprises migrate legacy applications to the cloud and accelerate cloud-native application development on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), one of the world's most powerful cloud-native platforms. Operated and managed by Accenture and powered by Pivotal's next-generation software development methodology, the APBG will offer clients new capabilities for developing modern cloud-native products and services that leverage artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies in areas such as the internet of things and connected cars and homes.

Accenture and Pivotal will launch two APBG locations, one in Columbus, Ohio, and another in New York City. The joint facilities will be dedicated spaces where APBG will help large enterprises rapidly migrate their businesses onto PCF and prototype innovative products and services. The group has already begun work with companies in the banking and insurance sectors.

Puppet Collaborates with Amazon Web Services, Delivers New Solution Empowering Enterprises with Agility for Cloud Migration

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Puppet today announced a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which includes the launch of AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise, a new, fully-managed Puppet Master. This new solution empowers customers with a complete automation strategy for operating at scale, while providing them with the agility and flexibility of the cloud.

In order to successfully operate and scale on the cloud, enterprises are increasingly looking for an automation strategy that allows them to focus on driving value for their business. Without an automation strategy in place, consistently managing a large, dynamic environment, and adopting the DevOps practices that enable organizations to operate efficiently on the cloud, can be difficult. AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise enables customers to easily adopt Puppet Enterprise to manage their infrastructure so they can accelerate their cloud migration to AWS, help ensure security and compliance, while enjoying the benefits of a fully managed service and consumption-based pricing.

SoftNAS Software-Defined Cloud Data Platform Delivers on Vision for High-Performance Hybrid Cloud Computing at Petabyte Scale

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SoftNAS®, Inc. today announced three new editions of its flagship Cloud Data Platform product line: SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials, SoftNAS Cloud® Enterprise and SoftNAS Cloud® Platinum. The products make migrating to the cloud ultra fast, flexible and cost effective and are tailored to meet specific solution use cases that address real-world problems including:

  • Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • Migrating and Hosting Business Application and User Data in the Cloud
  • Simplifying Complex, Global Internet of Things and Data Integration Projects

"The SoftNAS Cloud product line is transforming business in the cloud with a scalable, secure and fully integrated platform for data management and control. It simplifies use cases such as backup, archive and disaster recovery, SaaS-enablement of applications and migration of existing business applications to the cloud," commented Jeff Kato, Taneja Group. "SoftNAS is laying the foundation for enhanced agility as businesses implement a variety of cloud data storage infrastructures across a range of needs at the right balance of cost versus workload performance."

CloudVelox Extends Automated Mass Migrations To Datacenter Environments Enabling Three New Use Cases

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced release 5.0 of its One Hybrid Cloud software with new capabilities to enable automated mass migrations to datacenters with VMware virtualized environments. With this new release, One Hybrid Cloud now enables 3 new use cases for enterprise customers with the flexibility to migrate workloads from any source to datacenter environments including between data centers (DC to DC), rack to rack (intra-datacenter) as well as migrate or repatriate workloads from the cloud to the data center (Cloud to DC). Previously, CloudVelox had delivered several innovations including automated Application Blueprinting and automated network customization to enable automated migration and recovery from the data center to the cloud. These new use cases deliver on our vision to provide IT Executives and Partners the ability to manage a boundary-less data center by enabling a seamless dynamic pool of resources without boundaries and without fear of lock-in.

Independent Research Firm Study Cites Cloud Migration Challenges, Says Migration Should Be a 'Continuous Process'

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Cloud migration should not be thought of as a one-time project but as a continuous process that requires thoughtful reassessment and re-alignment to maximize the potential value of cloud, an independent research firm concluded in a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of CloudHealth Technologies.

The research from Forrester Consulting, "Due Diligence is the Cornerstone of Public Cloud Migration Success," is a Technology Adoption Profile (TAP), a format in which Forrester summarizes market surveys and custom research questionnaires to show how IT organizations are using and benefiting from emerging technology and industry trends. The study polled 108 U.S. decision makers responsible for public cloud (IaaS) strategy at firms migrating workloads to public cloud.

The study reached the following conclusions:

Engility launches Cloud ASCEND to transform cloud migration for government agencies

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Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EGL) has announced today the launch of Cloud ASCENDTM, an end-to-end solution for enterprise cloud architecture, migration and optimization. Developed for the unique requirements of highly secure government enterprises, particularly within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, Cloud ASCEND brings a data-driven approach to customers that helps realize the benefits of cloud computing and enterprise modernization.

"Cloud ASCEND is another example of the innovative engineering that Engility is driving to support the federal government, for whom cloud migration is a huge priority," said Amanda Brownfield, Senior Vice President for Engility's Intelligence Solutions Group. "We look forward to working together with our customers and partners to tackle this critical step in advancing the government's digital transformation."

Cloud ASCEND combines state-of the-art commercial cloud tools with Engility's proprietary methodology and team of certified cloud experts to help customers realize a seamless and secure digital transformation.

ExtraHop Introduces New Professional Services for Data-Driven Enterprise IT Transformations

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Today at Interop ITX, ExtraHop, the leader in real-time IT analytics, announced new professional services for cloud migration, datacenter migration, and microsegmentation. These fully-customizable offerings bring together the deep domain expertise of ExtraHop solutions architects with the real-time, multi-tier visibility delivered by the ExtraHop platform to help organizations streamline major IT transformation and security initiatives.

When embarking on major IT transformation projects, a comprehensive understanding of the environment is critical; however, today's IT environments are complex, dynamic, and distributed, making it extraordinarily difficult to stay on top of all of the systems and their dependencies. Legacy approaches rely on active discovery through device polling-which puts incredible strain on infrastructure-and consultants interviewing people to create spreadsheet inventories of the environment.

With ExtraHop, enterprises now have both the real-time insight and the expert guidance they need to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure performance and security during complex infrastructure projects. New professional services now offered by ExtraHop include:

Telos Corporation to Provide the U.S. Army with Cloud Migration Support under $247.7 Million Contract

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Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world's most security-conscious organizations, today announced it is one of the awardees of the $247.7 million Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation (ACCENT) basic ordering agreement (BOA).

As the U.S. Army moves designated applications, systems and data to the commercial cloud, Telos will provide critical transition support, including guiding the service through the security and compliance efforts to obtain authority to operate (ATO). ACCENT is the Army's preferred contractual source used by all Army commands and organizations requiring commercial cloud services.