The End Goal is Public Cloud

Published on Mar 22, 2016 at 5:19 PM MST

Current state of IT? Cloudy The Enterprise IT environment in most companies today typically looks like this. Multiple private data centers (i.e private facilities), a few colocations, mostly virtualized with Private-like Clouds (almost always out of capacity), sprinkled with Public Cloud and some curiosity around how to make it all work (integration?). » read more

Cloud Use Cases

Published on Feb 24, 2016 at 1:13 PM MST

The use cases for cloud-based services are as varied as traditional IT demands and can include, in order of the value to customers: Software Development & Testing NEW Applications that are Cloud aware Web Hosting Horizontal Application Scale-out Content Creation Big Data/Analytics Research & Development Data Archiving & Backups Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity While there are well-known Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) that provide a robust portfolio of cloud-based services, there also are numerous niche CSPs that can offer best-of-breed cloud services. These high level use cases have one very important requirement in common, network connectivity.. » read more

The Traditional IT Lifecycle is Inefficient $$$

Published on Jan 11, 2016 at 1:13 PM MST

As Enterprise IT leaders seek more efficient ways to spend their ever shrinking IT budgets. They soon realize the life span of aging an infrastructure is an ongoing race for operations teams to maintain and stay in front of the technology, maintenance and customer demands.  "These disruptions directly impact the business because of these ongoing migrations with poor execution and unforeseen issues. » read more

Cloud Integration: Extending On-Premise Applications into the Cloud

Published on Jan 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM MST

The public cloud market has substantially blurred the way we think about enterprise architecture and security. Data residing outside the data center needs to be protected and managed; an issue further irritated by BYOD. When employees demand access to data and services within your data centers, from anywhere, using any device, it becomes a complicated integration challenge. » read more

IT Strategy Roadmaps: No Knee Jerking

Published on Sep 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM MST

Predicting where your company will be in the next 3 to 5 years can be a difficult task, to say the least. As an IT leader, you'll need to be aware of and in tune with your company's goals. Understanding where the CEO is driving the company is the key to your IT strategy's success. » read more

Inspire your team: An Overview of Amazon AWS Cloud

Published on Aug 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM MST

Introducing a complex technology such as Amazon AWS Cloud into a large organization can be a tough challenge. With all of the terminology and acronyms around Amazon AWS, its no wonder professionals struggle with what an AWS service provides. It's mind blowing, the amount of services and releases Amazon produces even on a daily basis, truly innovative. » read more

Planning a Cloud Strategy

Published on Aug 20, 2014 at 3:42 AM MST

If you haven't heard, cloud is the big buzz these days and has been for the last couple years. For those of us who have to contemplate the benefits and figure out how to integrate, it’s not a trivial task.   Probably the most misleading part of the entire cloud concept is that it will solve most of your on-premise issues and make your business agile. » read more

Planning for your IT Automation Team

Published on Aug 19, 2014 at 1:34 AM MST

With constant infrastructure growth and the obsession to squeeze the most you can out of your hardware, automation should be on the top of your list. For those looking to save on operational costs, automating an entire platform build would save you a sizeable amount of time and resources.If you're lucky, you have an endless supply of IT superstars. » read more

Docker, not the pants

Published on Aug 14, 2014 at 1:45 AM MST

(Source   What is Docker?   Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. » read more

Why Technology Proof of Concepts matter

Published on Aug 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM MST

Imagine investing large amounts of money and effort implementing a new technology, only to find out it didn't solve a particular issue. Not only that, it requires a substantial amount of care and feeding for your already busy team.     The Culprits Maybe you are rushed to complete projects, to meet deadlines. » read more

DevOps, the Cultural Shift

Published on Aug 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM MST

Let me first start by describing DevOps. It isn't necessarily a title or job description, it's a form of culture. If you've been in IT long enough, you know change is inevitable. » read more

What the Cloud IS and IS NOT

Published on Jul 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM MST

Using the cloud will require habitual changes in the way IT resources are consumed. The traditional IT way of deploying applications is not a recommended method to place an enterprise into the cloud. Long term the costs will exceed the benefits. » read more