cloud migrations

RiverMeadow and WSM Announce Agreement to Facilitate Cloud Migrations

Grazed from RiverMeadow Software and WSM

RiverMeadow Software Inc., a leading provider of server migration automation technology, and WSM International, the leader in cloud and server migration services, have partnered to deliver a new service that helps mid-market and large enterprise companies move computing workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud and other hosting platforms. Now, companies looking for trusted expertise and execution when moving to the public or private cloud can easily avail themselves of the tools and services and years of experience offered by RiverMeadow and WSM.

The new service is available immediately to customers that are thinking about or already engaged in a move to the cloud.

 

Hidden cloud migration gotchas - and how to avoid them

Grazed from CIO. Author: Esther Shein.

Building a technology stack from scratch in the cloud can be a dream -- if you’re a startup. But if you’re an established company steeped in on-premises solutions, shifting to the cloud can mean unexpected hurdles and headaches beyond belief. Companies looking to make good on the benefits of moving to the cloud need to go in with eyes wide open.

To be sure, the much discussed benefits of the cloud -- in terms of time to market, cost savings, the ability to scale resources as needed, and so on -- are real. But enterprise cloud adopters say they have been surprised by some of the lesser-documented challenges migrating to the cloud brings, such as the difficulty in changing traditional mindsets, the lack of visibility into the new infrastructure, the cost of data transfers, governance issues and how licensing agreements need to be revised or new ones negotiated...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cio.com/article/3202697/cloud-computing/hidden-cloud-migration-gotchas-and-how-to-avoid-them.html

DOD, Service Branches Say Cloud Migrations Will Depend on Missions, Interoperability

Grazed from FedTech. Author: Phil Goldstein.

The Defense Department is going all-in on the cloud, according to DOD and service branch IT leaders, but how — and how quickly — the services and commands move applications to the cloud will depend on a variety of factors. The migrations will depend on their missions, how apps relate to each other, and the security requirements for the data, they say.

Speaking Wednesday morning at an AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Va., DOD officials argued that they are working to shift their agencies to a new cloud-based world, but acknowledged that it is a major cultural change for many IT workers. The event, moderated by Matt Goodrich, director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), offered a deep dive into how the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) are approaching cloud migrations...

Read more from the source @ http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2016/09/dod-service-branches-say-cloud-migrations-will-depend-missions-interoperability

6 Tips to Ensure Successful Migration to the Cloud

Grazed from DZone. Author: Nirav Sanghavi.

As cloud computing is growing at a rapid pace, enterprises and IT organizations are increasing adopting the cloud with a focus on infrastructure-as-a-service. As per the recent report by RightScale, 95% of respondents agree to using cloud with 77% private cloud adoption and 71% hybrid cloud adoption in 2016.

Considering these figures, it is apparent that more and more organizations are keen to migrate their mission-critical applications and systems to cloud to leverage the benefits of storage optimization, security, capacity and performance. However, migrating to the cloud is not easy as it may seem...

Decisions, decisions: Choosing a cloud migration tool

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Kristin Knapp.

Hoping to reap benefits such as greater flexibility, cost-efficiency and scale, organizations of all sizes are migrating applications to the cloud – but many times, they can't go at it alone. Fortunately, there are a range of cloud provider and third-party tools designed to help organizations migrate applications to the cloud, and then manage and optimize those apps post-migration. In some cases, these tools also help organizations track their cloud computing resources, costs and performance.

For many IT pros, cloud migration tools are a saving grace – and it seems more organizations are choosing to adopt them. According to research group IDC, the worldwide cloud systems management software market is expected to exceed $8 billion by 2019. Tools for cloud performance and event management -- including those that provide monitoring and resource optimization capabilities -- represent the fastest-growing segment of that market...

Read more from the source @ http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/feature/Decisions-decisions-Choosing-a-cloud-migration-tool

7 warnings to heed before a cloud migration

Grazed from MIS-Asia. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

If a cloud migration is in your company's future, some IT cloud veterans are warning you to avoid the technology pitfalls that could be lurking in the dark. Migrating to the cloud is becoming more common, especially for sizable enterprises. Certainly, most CIOs and IT managers are aware that they need to size up their security needs and ask about critical points, like reliability and scalability, before taking such a big step.

There are, however, those pesky missteps that are easy to make and that can lead to major headaches if you don't plan around them. At the annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, veterans of cloud deployments laid out some warnings for enterprise teams preparing to make such a move...

DISA Releases "Best Practices" Guide For Cloud Migration

Grazed from BusinessSolutions.  Author: Christine Kern.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released a best practices guide designed to help Defense Department (DoD) “cloud mission owners” migrate to the cloud. The guide follows the release of three other documents in July regarding cloud computing security requirements.

The “Best Practices Guide for Department of Defense Cloud Mission Owners” is intended to smooth the way for cloud migration among the Department of Defense’s many layers, in response to changes last winter...

Cloud Computing: LA County Scraps Exchange Upgrade for Office 365

Grazed from CloudWedge.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The County of Los Angeles has nearly 100,000 employees on its payroll. When Richard Sanchez, CIO of LA County, saw an opportunity to begin evaluating a more matured Exchange Online Office 365 offering, he halted the onsite Exchange implementation and began testing out the cloud email service with some of his end users. Although Sanchez’s onsite Exchange migration was nearly 40% complete, Sanchez decided to put the project on hold.

What caused Sanchez to change the direction of Los Angeles County’s entire email system? Sanchez mentioned, “There were considerable costs we were incurring on for migration services, as well as for storage, computing facilities and the like.” While Sanchez’s crew hustled along with the traditional build out of on premises exchange server, Sanchez’s research showed him that his end users would get more functionality at a smaller price tag by choosing the cloud alternative. Once fully migrated to Office 365, LA County’s end users will receive full-fledged access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite including extras such as Sharepoint, Exchange and OneNote...

Virtustream takes aim at complex cloud migrations

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Virtustream is one of the most successful - yet least well known - public, private and hybrid cloud computing vendors in the market. While it doesn’t have the brand name recognition of the giants of this industry, such as the Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s and Google’s of the world, it does have the accolades.

In Gartner’s recent Magic Quadrant report it named the company, which began in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington D.C., one of the top 15 revenue-producing IaaS vendors. It received the highest marks out of the vendors analyzed for security and compliance. While it doesn’t release revenue figures, it is growing by triple digits annually and was positioned overall mid-pack among its competitors by Gartner. For a 6-year old venture-backed company to be rubbing elbows with some of the big wigs of the industry isn’t bad...

Which Applications Fit for Cloud Migration - and Which Don't

Grazed from BizTechMagazine. Author: Lenny Leibmann.

As they consider ways to take advantage of the many benefits of cloud computing, IT managers should consider the suitability of specific types of applications for the cloud. Here are different type of apps and how they may fit in the cloud.

Software Development, Testing and Quality Assurance

Entities with active internal software development teams can benefit substantially from the cloud. Developers and quality assurance testers often need significant computing capacity for relatively short periods of time. Internal IT operations teams may not be able to provide this capacity quickly or cost-efficiently, which can delay important development projects and consume developers’ time...