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It's the holiday season, and one IT wish list item may be cloud control and confidence. There's a whole new crop of companies offering cloud management and governance services to ease the adoption and maintenance of cloud. There are a lot of challenges to getting the best value out of ...
We’ve seen the statistics about the continued growth of cloud adoption in the enterprise in 2016 (not surprising). What some people might not realize is the projected growth of hybrid cloud adoption – what experts believe to be the next phase in the evolution of the cloud. The global m...
Being able to ensure a positive experience for your customers and end users is one of the hallmarks of any great company. Yet with all of the different internal and external online systems needed to do that, early detection and rapid response to performance issues becomes harder and mo...
In 2013, Scandinavian research group SINTEF announced that 90 percent of all data ever created was generated during the two previous years. That time frame continues shrink as the rate of data creation increases exponentially. Mobile devices, computers, gaming systems and even your car...
Exceptions in .NET can be very expensive when it comes to CPU cycles. Read how Geeks with Blogs used Stackify APM+ to improve the performance of their application. Thousands of software developers use Geeks with Blogs (GWB) to host their own personal blog. The code base has slowly mor...
Enterprise organizations have long relied on traditional IT service management (ITSM) suites to manage and govern their data environments. However, cloud computing presents new management challenges: disparate data sets; highly volatile and transient data; and pricing complexity. This ...
IT’s role is changing dramatically from working in isolation to operating hand in hand with the business team. Successful IT leaders understand that they need to keep a pulse on the newest technologies and work in unison with their business counterparts in order to remain at the forefr...
At AppZero we spend much of our days advising our customers on how to remediate their risk of running Windows Server 2003 servers after it reaches the end of extended support this summer. To help, we have compiled some of our best thinking into a whitepaper to help you plan your migra...
When moving to cloud or deploying a new application it is important to understand the concept of a cloud enabled and cloud centric application. Cloud computing technologies allow organizations to leverage the cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) and cloud deployment models (Publ...
SaaS and cloud computing continue to gain real traction in the enterprise – and that trend is sure to continue for a long time to come. But the reality is that, to date, those gaining real benefit from cloud at the enterprise level have been limited largely to isolated pockets; e.g., s...
Top cloud innovator AppZero announced that Hexaware Technologies, a leading global provider of IT, BPO and consulting services, has joined the AppZero Partner Program as a Gold Partner and will collaborate with AppZero to help organizations move server applications to and across any cl...
When was the last time you went to your favorite office superstore to buy a piece of packaged software? Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud storage have completely changed the consumer computing market. Other than Microsoft Office and a few resource-intensive applications for phot...
We’re nearing the end of 2014 and most smart CEOs already know their IT transformation game plan for 2015 – more digital differentiation woven into the fabric of their essential operations. Every enterprise is now a digital business, regardless of the industry. That’s why digital servi...
Most IT administrators are painfully aware that Windows Server 2003 will reach the end of extended support in July 2015. This is a big deal because Windows Server 2003 has been a monster success since it was released 11 years ago. From 2003 to 2010 this platform was the workhorse for a...
One would think that small businesses have things easy because fewer employees means a smaller and easier team to manage. In fact, there are a lot of challenges that are unique to small businesses, and one of the big ones if "growing pains." It's difficult for a business owner to lo...
There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read about meditation, and internalize books like "Wherever You Go, There You Are," a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I'm more of a Malcolm Gladwell fan -- Outliers or his newest book “David and Goliat...
“Meanwhile, in Windows XP land, the countdown continues with the April deadline looming” said Jessica Davis in a recent article in MSPmentor. “Reports say that the XP installed base has dipped below 30 percent for the first time, while comments on this same story speculate that the nu...
Enterprise software developers used to count on a level of stability and control over their environment that no longer exists when migrating to cloud platforms. As much hand-wringing is spent over how and what can be run in the cloud at all, little thought is given to the long-run cos...
In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft has announced that the end of life (EOL) for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. If you’re wondering what this means for you, it comes down to this – there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New...
Let’s begin with a leading question: Can’t the hybrid economy model live within the public cloud? From the enormous number of conversations with top cloud thought leaders, CIOs, startups, and the like, it seems that the answer is YES. In this post, I will raise some basic questions and...
PaaS v2.0 should be more open than the current implementations, and cultivate tools communities. But the focus on open development stacks is ignoring the second aspect of PaaS - the management of live applications after they are built. PaaS providers need to allow for communication of ...
As as kid, my mom would constantly remind me that I was a Hawaiian Prince – a direct descendant of King Kamehameha’s grandparents and the Kekaulike (23rd Moi of Maui) line. I was born in Hawaii but grew up on the East Coast so as a kid, I was embarrassed to be of Hawaiian Royalty sinc...
The transition to managed cloud services is having a trickle-down effect on various stakeholders in the business technology landscape. As an example, in the evolving enterprise communications market, customer premise equipment (CPE) vendors must confront imminent erosion in their insta...
I’m fed up of reading about Cloud outages, largely because all applications are created and managed by the most dangerous species on the planet – the human being. Failure is inevitable in regards to everything the human being creates or touches, and for this reason alone I ...
So let's say you've read our blog about the wonders of cloud computing and you've taken our advice - you're moving to Office 365. What do you do to prepare? The good news is that you'll probably have an expert, or a Microsoft partner like us at Shaping Cloud, guiding you through the m...
APIs for cloud are important. Based on the number of writings, conference sessions, and Twitter blasts endorsing the cloud API movement, I think this is something on which we can all agree. However, I sometimes get the feeling that we just accept the fact that the API movement is impor...
Moving the Cobol programs to Cloud As Is viable than taking lot of effort to re-engineer them in terms of effort and cost and yet not producing a system that does not match the business capability and performance of Cobol programs. This blog provides few of the options from variou...
Yesterday, I read the latest post on James Urquhart’s Wisdom of Clouds blog. As I often do, I found myself nodding my head as I read James’ latest thoughts on cloud. In this particular post, James provided some thoughts on the types of applications for which we would see growing cloud-...
Larry Ellison let it be known at the recent Oracle OpenWorld (an ironic name if I ever heard one) that he saw nothing wrong with companies using just Oracle solutions across the entire enterprise. Of course, he would think that given that he runs Oracle. But these days, more often than...
Cloud is about achieving a steady state where dynamism is the norm but actions and reactions are in perfect balance. It’s called “dynamic equilibrium” and you’ll need to pass Cloud Chemistry 101 to get there.
I cannot help but chuckle when I hear someone say, write, or tweet that because of cloud computing operating systems are fast becoming a commodity. The only thing I can say is that they apparently do not talk to the same users that I do. I can accurately use the word ‘entrenched’ to de...
Nearly everyone who is in this business has big ideas: dreams of the ideal project – the one you would implement if you only had access to unlimited resources with none of the corporate constraints that are part and parcel of working for a large enterprise. Nothing wrong with dreaming ...
I started out writing a blog about the state of cloud computing to review how things have evolved in the cloud space over the last year (2010 was a good year for cloud computing) but I got sidetracked thinking about how clouds are converging, or in reality, not converging. It’s clear ...
Elastic Beanstalk leverages AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon Simple Notification Service, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto-Scaling to deliver the same highly reliable, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure that hundreds of thousands of businesses depend on today...
End users like to live in a comfort zone. For many that means their work applications should resemble the ones they use at home or the ones on their mobile phones. These programs tend to be simple, consistent and easy to use. And more and more, end users are demanding the same simplici...
Over a year ago, I posed a simple question in a post: ‘Should developers care about cloud computing?’ In the post, I went on to assert that developers should indeed care about what was at that point a little more of an emerging trend. Not that this was ever a controversial issue, but i...
This was a topic that I thought I would really be getting into during 2010, but somehow the Cloud never really seemed to become the story. On the whole, I think there were more discussions regarding the definition of Identity and the Federation of those identities between systems. Ho...
If Anonymous has taught us anything it’s that the future of information security is in fending off attacks across the breadth and depth of the network stack – and the data center architecture – at the same time. Traditionally DDoS attacks are so-named because the clients are distribute...
From a conceptual standpoint, consumability through abstraction is arguably one of the most important benefits of cloud computing. The cloud offers up some collection of raw resources (i.e. servers, networks, storage, and applications) as a set of pre-configured, pre-integrated, and re...
Ask someone to associate IBM and cloud computing, and that person will probably come back with something about solutions to help build private clouds. I know because I ask… all the time. On the surface, this is a fair association. After all, it is true that IBM offers quite a few diffe...