Cloud Migration Blog

RiverMeadow’s Secure Direct Migration (SDM) Closes the Gap Between Security & Cloud

By John Hawkins on Jul 13, 2014 7:45:00 PM

The market is strong for public cloud services, supported by recent Gartner* research projecting the public cloud compute and storage market to grow cumulatively to $128 billion dollars from 2014 to 2018. That’s a CAGR of 35%. In addition, private cloud adoption is forecasted to reach 72% in 2014. And by 2016 private cloud will give way to hybrid cloud, where at least 50% of large enterprises will have a hybrid cloud solution in place. The cloud is big business with seemingly little in the way to stop its forward progress. So it’s not surprising that service providers, system integrators and others are scrambling to get in on the action to capitalize on the hyper growth of cloud.

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Key Characteristics of the Cloud

By Johanna Shirman on Feb 25, 2014 2:10:00 PM

By Vinay Venkataraghaven

Here at RiverMeadow, we specialize in migrating servers and workloads from one environment to another. The benefits and importance of cloud migrations wouldn’t mean much without a discussion of the critical role that clouds play in modern data center architectures. The cloud is increasingly viewed as a massively disruptive technology, that is transforming IT operations, deployments and cost structures.

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The Business of the Cloud, How Now?

By Johanna Shirman on Feb 19, 2014 10:35:00 AM

It has taken years and finally the cloud is a reality. Enterprises, large and small, can and should eliminate major IT capital expenditures and also dramatically reduce operating expenses with higher service levels by migrating to the cloud. That is the story of IT today.

But how does a firm actually do it and how what are the challenges facing enterprises as they undertake these IT changes?

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Fait accompli, Cloud Mobility Will Be Highly Automated

By Johanna Shirman on Feb 14, 2014 10:20:00 AM

By Denis Martin

It seems that with every passing day it becomes more evident that "hardware is being replaced by software." There are those who see academic innovations at universities like Stanford on the fronts of OpenFlow and the Software Defined Network or even early shifts in enterprise thinking on this front for support for the argument. It is true that there is really no question at this point that we are in the midst of a massive cycle of innovation on how IT systems work and are connected. Arguably when mainstream publications like Forbes are making these very pronouncements one could argue it is pretty much a sign that the game is over. (See, for example, Anthony Kosner, Forbes, January 1, 2014 in "Prediction 2014: Hardware Is the New Software.")

But things aren't always how they appear.

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The Everlasting Gobstopper of IT…

By Johanna Shirman on Nov 20, 2013 1:05:00 PM

By Richard Scannell

The Everlasting Gobstopper was one of the wonders of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory – the envy of every child in that no matter how long it was sucked, it never declined in size. We learn that it is the lure set up to trick the kids with the golden tickets into stealing one gobstopper for a supposed arch-enemy of Wonka’s – therefore identifying the one true child, who refuses to go along with the chicanery. The Everlasting Gobstoppert is a fitting, if not understated analogy for the IT estate of many large organizations. For over twenty years, I’ve been around, part of, or lead initiatives to “standardize” server operating environments so that, ahem, “once and for all”, the IT support teams could walk into a proverbial Sev-1 battle armed with at least a basic understanding of who the enemy was – OS versions, patching history, file system namespace, app revision level etc. But as anyone with the said battle scars can attest, the more things change, the more they stay the same. No sooner would one standardization effort be compete, but it was already out of date as last year’s Strategic Project slid quickly into the ranks of legacy and yet another five new projects were being kicked off with new platform models, OS versions, patch revisions and applications specs. Once again, we were back to multiple variants of everything and with no time to maintain currency, cracks would again start to appear in our standardized environment. And that was the good old days…

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Service Providers- Beware of the Hype

By Johanna Shirman on Nov 8, 2013 7:55:00 AM

By Mark Shirman

As I travel around the Globe and talk to business and technology leaders about the Cloud, it's clear to me that there is a ton of misinformation and hype about the Cloud and the pace of adoption in the marketplace. As with any major shift in paradigm, everyone will try and hijack the message and apply it to their own business. Nowhere is this more evident than with the large community of service providers in the market.

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Step One: It Is The Journey (I Mean The Migration) That Really Matters….

By Johanna Shirman on Oct 31, 2013 1:58:00 PM

By Mark Mitchell

Most are familiar with the notion that it is the journey, not the destination, that matters. It rings more loudly than ever for CIOs and IT managers today as they confront the daunting task of migrating to the cloud. The capabilities, constraints and cost of migration --- manually or otherwise --- more than define what can be done; whether one likes it or not, migration IS the gateway enterprise passes first. Migration is the Journey.

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Don’t Migrate Cloud Server Workloads to Cloud, Teleport Them

By Johanna Shirman on Oct 25, 2013 4:21:00 PM

By John Hawkins

Financially, cloud models demonstrate that cloud is a good bet for businesses. Cloud is not only a good decision based on the financial benefits but, for IT departments inside the organization, it is also a way to get out of the low-value IT tasks - giving IT the ability to focus on more strategic initiatives.

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