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Cloud services for SME business - a fork in the road

Richard Stinton

Last week I had the privilege of speaking at a TechUK event in Newcastle, England, hosted by the Federation for Small Business and the Local Enterprise Partnership at Newcastle College.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, backup, cloud, ecs

Automating the iland Cloud with Microsoft Powershell – Part Two, Automatic Shutdown and Startup

Richard Stinton

In Part One of this series, we looked at using Powershell to report on aspects of the iland cloud, and to create new vApps and VMs using simple GET-, NEW- and SET- commands.

One of the great things about cloud computing environments is the ability to shutdown workloads when they are not needed, and therefore not pay for the resources (except storage).  Dev/Test is an excellent example of this, where whole development environments can be shutdown at night or at weekends, and then started up again just in time for the developers to use them.

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Topics: VMware, IaaS, test and dev, ECS-AS, automation, cloud, API

When the Cloud and DRaaS work pays off

Lilac Schoenbeck

At iland, nothing, and I mean nothing, feels as good as hearing a customer tell us we’ve solved their problem.

They were facing an IT outage but were able to fail over to our cloud without a glitch. They needed to scale, and we delivered the extra resources on budget and in no time at all. Their network had security vulnerabilities, but our advanced security features detected and mitigated any threat.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, award

Mark Your Calendars: IDC Declares Cloud "Mainstream"

Lilac Schoenbeck

In a recent Cisco-sponsored survey, IDC has reportedly declared the cloud mainstream. No longer is this bleeding edge or cutting edge - it's actually just normal. "68 per cent of respondents using public, private or hybrid cloud in their IT mix," quotes the Register.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud

The Scheduled Failover: Cloud Migration

Lilac Schoenbeck

The amazing replication technology created by Zerto, one of our esteemed partners for Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service, is very good at keeping the lights on. Failovers in seconds, and only a few seconds of potential data loss all spell near-magic for companies grappling with a system failure, a site outage, or a massive disaster. 

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, Migration

Picking Between Too Many Clouds to Count

Lilac Schoenbeck

This week at VMworld, Pat Gelsinger issued a tweet:

We know there are almost too many clouds to count. At , we're looking at bridging the gaps between them.

Ok. Any cursory glance at an analyst report will show a litany of cloud options, starting with the "Big Box" clouds and moving to smaller, regional and specialized players. But, is this "too many clouds," per Mr. Gelsinger?

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Topics: VMware, IaaS, cloud

Snopes for IT: The Myth of Hybrid Cloud

Lilac Schoenbeck

I have been in this crazy cloud space for ages. Too long to 'fess up to. And for as long as there has been cloud, the dream of hybrid cloud has existed. 

It's a glitter-covered world in which a flexible, self-service, charge back-driven cloud lives in your own data center with a shiny new bi-directional pipe to one or more public clouds, where flexible on-demand resources also exist.  It smells of cotton candy and hope.

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Topics: hybrid cloud, IaaS

Migrating Apps to the Cloud - Performance and Sizing Issues in Azure

Richard Stinton
Many companies I work with grapple with the challenge of migrating apps to the cloud while ensuring no adverse effects on performance and cost. Paying attention to migration methods as well as VM sizing as it relates to disk performance and billing is essential for successful cloud migration projects. I’d like to share some of my experiences on these aspects of cloud migration in this blog.
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Topics: IaaS

Do You Gotta Have Faith in Your Cloud Security?

Lilac Schoenbeck

A few months ago, I embarked on a survey with David Monehan of Enterprise Management Associates. In that survey, we wanted to better understand the way in which cloud deployment impacts IT security and compliance posture of companies across North America. 

It was enlightening - and I've been singing George Michael ever since.

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Topics: IaaS, Compliance, survey, security

Buying cloud is just like packing for a trip

Lilac Schoenbeck

I have often been challenged to write blogs that link cloud or DR to something utterly random - like Downton Abbey or ice cream. Let me start by saying - this is not one of those blogs (but you're welcome to leave suggestions - I welcome them). 

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Topics: IaaS, security

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