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The 6 Rs to effectively migrate applications to the cloud

You now have the cloud, but what is your migration strategy? So you’ve chosen to move to the cloud, but you still have some decisions to make. For starters, which cloud migration options make the most sense for which workloads? And how do you decide on the best approach based on your existing infrastructure, future business needs, and your budget? Here are six application migration strategies — ‘The 6 Rs’ — to help make your decision and unlock even more value from the cloud: Rehost: Many businesses start their cloud migration with rehosting — often referred to as ‘lift and shift’ — where you move your existing workloads and applications to the cloud. If you’re under time constraints or need to migrate legacy workloads, this might be your best option. While it doesn’t unlock all of the cloud’s benefits, such as elasticity, it paves the way for future optimization and…

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8 illuminating tips to ensure cloud success

You’ve likely heard many benefits of the cloud as you start developing new digital transformation strategies. But being able to use cloud most effectively to meet these business goals is a whole other challenge — especially when you’re already maxed out and the daily to-do list is filled to the brim. Don’t worry – with some advance planning and cloud deployment tips, you can get a head start in optimizing your cloud. Here are eight ways to keep moving in the right direction and ensure success in the cloud: 1. Define success. It may go without saying, but if you want to get the most from any cloud computing platform, you first need to define what business process you’re looking to transform. Whether you need to overhaul process, streamline infrastructure, adopt new manufacturing systems, integrate AI and machine learning, or completely rethink how your audience interacts with your brand, your…

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Why work with a cloud partner?

Thanks to commoditized cloud offerings such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, organizations can easily link their public cloud to their on-premises data center. But the migration process can be architecturally complex and time-consuming to manage, not to mention costly when putting the right talent in place. That’s why we’re seeing a lot of organizations opting for a managed cloud solution, which allows them to offload the responsibilities of migration and management (and even brokering the entire infrastructure) to a cloud partner. So why should you consider a managed approach over a DIY solution? For many, it comes down to costs. Managed cloud is designed to scale with your business – that means you pay for management services only when your cloud services are active. Without a doubt, that’s a strong draw for most organizations, but it’s certainly not the only one. Azure and AWS allow you to take…

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UK businesses are suffering from SD-WOT Syndrome

In today’s competitive landscape, most businesses are in the midst of some form of digital transformation initiative. With growing data volumes and more applications distributed across data centers and cloud environments than ever before, industry-leading technologies such as software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) have emerged as the next generation of networking solutions. However, it seems, amongst UK businesses there is a cloud of confusion and a lack of understanding around the implementation of the technology. In an industry characterized by rapid change, SD-WAN technologies play a pivotal role in wider digital transformation programmes, empowering thousands of businesses and providing them with the agility they need to stay ahead of the competition. Yet, it manifests, that many businesses are overwhelmed by this new technology and are not fully reaping the rewards that SD-WAN has to offer. According to a new study conducted by Cogeco Peer 1, UK businesses are suffering from…

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As the cloud turns: Separating hype from value

Has technology ever reminded you a little of a soap opera? It’s on every day, it’s constantly evolving, and it can come packed with a lot of drama along the way. This last part is especially true when unexpected challenges emerge — or if you don’t have a clear understanding of the benefits and challenges that come with the right technology solutions for your business. Cloud has had its fair share of time in the technology spotlight for good reason. It isn’t just another business model — it takes a leading role in driving strategic digital transformation initiatives and unlocking a lot of potential for business growth. Research firm Gartner predicts the global public cloud services market will grow 17.3% in 2019 to total $206.2 billion, with demand for integrated IaaS and PaaS offerings driving “the next wave of cloud infrastructure adoption.” Looking at cloud as part of your business…

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Six tips to become your company’s IT rock star

Long gone are the days when IT was hidden away in a backroom, unknown to the rest of the organization — except, of course, when something went wrong. In today’s modern organization, IT not only keeps the lights on, but is also leading the way in which we do business and drive new revenue streams. However, the IT department is still often the unsung hero, quietly working in the background to make sure it’s ‘business as usual.’ If your role and responsibilities still seem to sit in the shadows, how can you level up in your career and get noticed by leadership? In other words, how do you become the ‘rock star’ of your IT department and, in turn, your organization? Here are six actionable tips to get noticed by your management team: 1. Don’t just perform — Study your theory If your organization offers training (or has the budget…

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