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  • Navigate the cloud migration process with precision

    Cloud computing is often cited for its simplicity and agility, promoting the perception that migration is a hands-off process for the enterprise in question. While transitions to off-premise environments are indeed streamlined by the centralized nature of cloud architecture, the most effective projects are marked by involvement from several sources of input and guidance. A successful cloud migration needs to be carefully coordinated between executive teams, IT leadership, third-party solutions providers and end-users across the organization.

    Treading lightly
    While many companies have blindly tossed their hats into the cloud computing ring, moving servers and applications off premises with abandon, too few consider the long-term cost and operational implications of their decisions before pulling the trigger. According to a recent article from tech news provider Processor, not all legacy assets are built for the cloud, making the assessment and evaluation process especially important when launching a migration initiative. Without these key planning steps, companies may encounter compatibility obstacles, as well as adoption roadblocks.

    "Not all applications are cloud-ready," said Dan Kusnetzky, analyst and founder of the Kusnetzky Group, the source noted. "Does the enterprise understand how data located on-premises can be accessed from the cloud-hosted application? Can on-premises applications access data in the service provider's data center?"

    By consulting with a variety of groups within the organization and beyond the office walls, project leaders can enter the cloud environment with greater confidence and a firm grasp of the core objectives of the initiative. This not only minimizes the risks associated with off-premise deployments, but can build support among stakeholders and end-users during the implementation process.

    Avoiding temptation
    To avoid jumping the gun on a cloud migration, business leaders must remember to pump the brakes when it comes to planning and procuring their system layouts. This can be done by establishing critical success factors (CSFs), key performance indicators (KPIs) and other project benchmarks that serve as signposts along the way to the final destination. Christian Perry, senior analyst and content manager at Technology Business Research explained to Processor that exercising such restraint can bring decision-makers in closer alignment with cloud best practices.

    "The lure of saving money through cloud services is strong, but past history has shown that leveraging cloud resources without proper research can easily end in frustration at best and business disaster at worst," Perry told the news source.

    With interdepartmental coordination, third-party support and a comprehensive benchmark roadmap, businesses can realize their cloud dreams with greater efficiency and precision.

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  • Even small, local shops are embracing the cloud

    The fact that small businesses and startups can use cloud computing is a reason behind the technology's overall success. Local stores without robust IT departments can still take advantage of similar functionality found within large enterprises without wasting resources on on-site equipment that may never be used to full capacity.

    A new brand that can enter a market fast is essential for establishing a presence right out of the gate. Since management tasks are outsourced to the cloud vendor, customers can go about their business and focus on the finer details of hopefully generating short- and long-term success. Should a company need additional resources, the service provider can add such functionality quickly and easily without disruption.

    CNBC recently highlighted how some small businesses have benefited from cloud-based environments. Corning, New York-based Tough Pups – a pet daycare and training facility, relies on the technology for all types of purposes, including bookkeeping. Leo Sanders, founder of the company, receives payroll alerts directly to his phone.

    "I don't have a lot of time to sit down and dedicate specific blocks of time to do certain tasks – it can be very disruptive to my day," Sanders told the news provider. "When it comes to companies that almost automate tasks like this, it levels the playing field."

    If more small companies like Tough Pups embrace the cloud, the global industry may reach even greater heights than current projections, which are still impressive in of themselves. Gartner believes 33 percent of organizations relying on office solutions will implement the cloud in some capacity by 2017, up from only 8 percent in 2013. By 2022, this percentage could achieve 60 percent penetration, totaling nearly 700 million end-users and annual investments exceeding $400 billion, CNBC reported.

    Startups can hit the ground running
    Entrepreneurs looking for ways to quickly get their shops up and going may not have a better solution than cloud computing. The technology's affordability, flexibility and accessibility make the service ideal for any type of business. A joint survey of 1,300 U.S. and U.K, organizations conducted by Rackspace, Manchester Business School and Vanson Bourne discovered nearly 90 percent of adopters experienced the cloud's cost advantages. Another 56 percent generated revenue and 49 percent increased operations.

    Brian Nicholson of the Manchester Business School noted how valuable the cloud is, especially among startups.

    "Cloud computing is heralding a boon for startups at a time when they are most needed. By making high-end computing resources available on flexible payment terms at the push of a button we are significantly reducing the level of investment required to set up shop," Nicholson said.

    First-time adopters can't rush or wait too long
    Companies that have not integrated cloud services into their operations should not rush to do so. Businesses that do not do their due diligence when comparing the available cloud solutions on the market and the vendors offering these services will not make the most informed decision pertaining to their unique needs.

    However, while firms cannot rush the implementation process, they should not wait too long to get onboard the cloud bandwagon. As each year passes, more organizations launch cloud environments. In a few years, those not relying on the technology may be in the vast minority, struggling to keep pace in their respective markets.

    Few technologies are available to the masses. Cloud computing fits this bill. First-time adopters that want to get their implementation right the first time can use migration solutions and conduct thorough testing to determine the best fit for their companies.

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  • What Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Could Do Next

    When Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its new CEO in February, analysts and pundits immediately began to debate over what sort of leader he’ll turn out to be, and whether he’ll attempt to radically remake the company in his own image. Some answers to those questions are expected to emerge this week, when Nadella makes his public debut at a March 27 event in San Francisco. He’ll likely follow that up with an equally high-profile appearance at Microsoft’s BUILD conference next month. Nadella seems well aware of the challenges that confront Microsoft, which has fallen behind Google and Apple in the consumer-tech realm, and faces a number of strong competitors in the enterprise IT space. (Pessimistic pundits have suggested the company faces long-term obsolescence unless it undergoes a radical retooling over the next few years.) One anonymous Microsoft executive told Re/code that Nadella wants the company to behave more like the hungry underdog, seizing the initiative in nascent markets: “Satya was basically saying we can’t just assume we can dominate.” But on a concrete level, what will Nadella actually do ? That’s the multi-billion-dollar question. Here are some possibilities: Office for iPad: As the old saying goes: if you can’t beat ‘em, release software for their platform. Despite a more aggressive push into mobile devices, Microsoft has failed to make much of a dent in Apple’s commanding share of the tablet market. Now it’s widely expected that Microsoft will (partially) embrace its longtime rival by launching Office for the iPad, which could create a whole new revenue stream while protecting the mobile flank of Microsoft’s business divisions. An Office-on-iPad launch would also play into Nadella’s emphasis on cloud and mobile. Windows Not First: Under former CEO Steve Ballmer (and before him, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates), everything Microsoft did on a strategy level was seemingly designed to protect the cash cow of Windows. While that seemed a logical strategy for many years, the rise of the cloud has weakened the primacy of the operating system—your average user simply doesn’t need Windows (or iOS, for that matter) in order to access a vast plethora of browser-based software and services. In light of that, it’s probable that Nadella will shift his company’s emphasis toward building cloud-based software and services, all while focusing less (but not too much less) on maintaining Windows at the expense of other divisions. Acquisitions Time: Microsoft sits atop a lot of cash. While the company hasn’t been acquisitions-shy before, it’s mainly spent that money horde on sizable firms such as Nokia and Skype, with mixed results (Skype has proven something of a success, while the jury’s still out on Nokia). If Nadella plays toward his comfort zone and emphasizes the development of cloud properties, it seems likely that Microsoft will begin spending money on promising Web properties, which could place it in even fiercer competition with Google. As another element in his calculations, Nadella also knows that the right acquisitions can draw a lot of buzz— Yahoo demonstrated that if you buy enough startups, people will stop thinking you’re a dinosaur. Is Snapchat still for sale? The Big Question: Spinoffs? For quite some time, analysts and investors have badgered Microsoft to either break apart or sell off some of its divisions, focusing in particular on Xbox and Bing. The latter is now impossible for Microsoft to sell off or shut down—search is an integral part of the company’s cloud strategy, and eliminating it would leave Google with an unencumbered run of that particular arena. But Nadella might choose to abandon Microsoft’s longtime desire to dominate the living room, and spin off (or sell off) the Xbox division. While the likelihood of this seems small, outside analysts still think there’s a chance—especially if the new Xbox One fails to handily beat Sony’s PlayStation 4, which currently has a slight lead in sales. Whatever Nadella chooses to do, he faces several tough decisions over the next few quarters: running a company the size of Microsoft isn’t for the faint of heart. Related Stories Microsoft Taps Insider Nadella as CEO Microsoft’s Diversity at the Top Isn’t a Sea Change New Microsoft CEO Unlikely to Stem Defections Image: Microsoft The post What Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Could Do Next appeared first on Dice News .

  • Red Hat and Dell to collaborate on network virtualization

    Dell is extending its collaboration with Red Hat to co-engineer OpenStack-based network function virtualization (NFV) technology for the telecommunications industry. The announcement was made at the Mobile World Congress earlier this week in Barcelona. NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) applications are expected to be available later this year. read more