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The Hidden Cost and Risks of Shadow IT in a Cloud-Enabled World

By Jill Hourani on Apr 20, 2018 10:07:33 AM

The adoption of Cloud computing is skyrocketing. According to a Gartner press release, by 2020 a `no-cloud` policy will be as rare as a 'no internet' policy in companies. The reasons why so many organizations choose to migrate on-premise systems to the cloud can vary, but typical use cases include companies migrating from cloud to cloud or between regions within a cloud.

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Helping Customers Solve Cloud Migration Problems with Managed Migration

By Jill Hourani on Mar 21, 2018 12:26:08 PM

Migrating workloads can be complex, time-consuming and risky.  There is a lot of work to be done and decisions to be made. You need to know both the source environment and the target environment. You need to pick an automation tool and figure out how it works. These are just a few of the many considerations.  Often times, teams involved with migrations have other responsibilities to handle including day-to-day tasks. Wouldn’t it be better if someone stepped up to do the migration for you?

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Charlie Watt as Chief Scientist for Cloud Migration Services

By Jill Hourani on Jan 29, 2018 1:10:24 PM

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 file server 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 cloud 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 migration services.

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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Lift and Evolve to the Cloud - Fast!

By Jill Hourani on Nov 1, 2017 9:07:38 PM

Many organizations are considering a move to the cloud. There are tons of articles highlighting the advantages that the cloud has to offer such as flexibility, cost savings, scalability, reliability, and security. For SMB’s, budgets can be tight, and the ability to spread costs by using a subscription model means more dollars for marketing efforts. 

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4 Reasons to Choose an Automated AWS Migration Strategy

By Jill Hourani on Oct 24, 2017 7:28:22 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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Rivermeadow Welcomes Mark Bortman to the Executive Team

By Jill Hourani on Jul 27, 2017 12:05:39 PM

RiverMeadow Software has appointed Mark Bortman as senior vice president of corporate development. Mark brings more than two decades of experience and will play a key role in empowering the company to continue to expand its cloud enabled migration services.

“I am very pleased that Mark has decided to join the RiverMeadow team,” said Jim Jordan, chief executive officer at RiverMeadow. “Mark’s extensive experience as a sales executive and cloud expert will be hugely beneficial to both RiverMeadow and our customers. He joins RiverMeadow at the perfect time as we have just expanded our services to offer online and offline data transfer capabilities and global migration services.”

Mark is an accomplished business development leader with over 25 years of experience specializing in cyber security, analytics/data science, SaaS, cloud infrastructure, and cloud storage. Prior to RiverMeadow, he was senior vice president at Bay Microsystems. Other companies where he held senior leadership roles include Racemi, IntelligenceFocus, and AT&T. Mark has a long history of elevating revenues and increasing profitability by creating innovative sales and marketing strategies and driving teams that meet or exceed aggressive sales goals. Additionally, Mark has extensive experience in managing M&A transactions, performing business valuations and negotiating significant and strategic deals.

“I am very excited about the RiverMeadow opportunity,” said Mark Bortman. “RiverMeadow has a track record of delivering innovative cloud solutions, and I look forward to being part of a team that extends its in-class services to meet customers demands.”

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Management with a focus in Economics and Marketing. Mark is also a former Division 1 hockey player.

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