Cloud Migration Blog

RiverMeadow Names Charlie Watt as Chief Scientist

By Jill Hourani on Jan 29, 2018 10:10:24 AM

RiverMeadow announces today that Charlie Watt has been named Chief Scientist. "Charlie’s experience and reputation in the cloud industry are highly regarded, and we are excited and privileged to have him join our team," said Jim Jordan, CEO of RiverMeadow. “Charlie’s innovation will be instrumental in helping our CTO, Michael Kent, expand the RiverMeadow product suite to provide greater depth and breadth of features. Rivermeadow is committed to enabling customers and partners with a purpose-built application mobility platform, that is fast and agentless providing cross-cloud application discovery and migration capabilities."

Watt was most recently founder and Chief Technology officer of WANFast, a provider of WAN acceleration, fast file copy, and block-level synchronization technology which has been incorporated into RiverMeadow’s Saas offering to truly bring best-in-class data migration performance. Previously, Watt founded Racemi, a server migration vendor, where he served as chief scientist and designed Racemi’s automated solution for moving server workloads across disparate systems and cloud computing platforms. He has several patents covering aspects of cloud migrations.

Watt has over 35 years of experience in software and hardware development and was previously chief scientist of S1 Technologies, chief scientist of SecureWare, and president of IIO Systems. During his career, he has designed and implemented Internet financial applications that include the world’s first Internet bank (Security First Network Bank), military-grade secure operating systems, cryptographic products for email and Internet Protocol (IP) networking, anti-virus products, medical imaging equipment, and industrial controls. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B. and B.E.) and the Thayer School of Engineering with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

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4 Reasons to Choose an Automated Migration Solution

By Jill Hourani on Oct 24, 2017 4:28:22 PM

Ready to move to the cloud? It’s about time! According to a recent white paper published by Rackspace, moving to the cloud can save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. In this report, Rackspace compares the total cost of ownership (TCO) for self-managed on-premise to a managed hosted solution. The benefits highlighted in their white paper using a Rackspace dedicated hosting solution are astounding, saving around 37% TCO in a 3-year period compared to on-prem.

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Server Workloads Aren’t Created Equal: What to Know When Virtualizing Mission Critical Applications

By Johanna Shirman on Apr 11, 2016 11:50:43 AM

When it comes to migrating server workloads to the cloud, not all applications are created equal. Mission-critical applications and workloads are typically the hardest to virtualize, and therefore they're the ones you need to be the most cautious about when making changes to the way they are run. They’re often the most complex and most critical to a business and questions around stakeholder buy-in, architecture, and ISV support and licensing must be addressed before making a move to the cloud. Unlike secondary applications, which can usually be virtualized in a self-contained manner, your mission-critical applications touch a wider range of people, processes and technologies.

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The Next IT Shift: It’s All About the Apps, Not the OS

By Johanna Shirman on May 7, 2015 10:31:00 AM

By Shahin Pirooz, CTO, RiverMeadow Software
@shahinpirooz

As IT professionals, a lot has changed in our world over the last 20 years. With each significant shift, some of us have jumped in with both feet while others have tepidly tested the water with a single toe, and some were dragged along kicking and screaming.

We’ve gone from being the only ones who knew how to build and manage servers to becoming consumers of clouds. We went from being sys admins that did everything once and then forgot it to embracing DevOps to automate our world.  We’re no longer perceived as the choke point for implementing new technologies; instead, we’ve become the enablers—the most important part of the product development value chain.

Here we are. Yet this is only the beginning.

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Escaping Cloud Vendor Lock-In: Critical Business Decisions Behind a Migration

By Johanna Shirman on Dec 16, 2014 12:34:11 PM

Not unlike moving from your current home to a new one, migrating from one Cloud to another can be disruptive, costly and challenging. In fact, to achieve your current Cloud configuration, you had to develop processes, ensure proper personal were in place, implemented the correct set of tools, and contracted with a particular Cloud vendor. Moving your workload and assets to another Cloud provider will necessitate revisiting all of these steps, along with their associated costs. The overwhelming challenge of making such changes can leave many organizations feeling painted into a corner with few palatable choices, essentially locked-in to their existing Cloud vendor.

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Migrating to an Open-Source Hypervisor – 5 Things You Should Consider

By Johanna Shirman on Dec 2, 2014 7:36:49 AM

As today’s leading brand-name hypervisors continue to evolve and improve, adding new features and functionality, the cost of this invaluable technology is also rising. Clearly, the big-name commercially-available platforms offer significant value, providing advanced management, processes and tools, along with a high level of support that creates tremendous comfort for users. However, as organizations look to curb IT costs, exploring open-source hypervisors as an alternate model, it is important to be aware of key differences and limitations.

  1. Features and Functions May not be Available

The features and functions you have come to know and love in your off-the-shelf hypervisor may simply not be available in an open-source platform. Open-source systems tend to be more immature, which may leave you with the prospect of having to write this missing capability yourself. This alone may change the cost/benefit equation.

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