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The Runaway Cloud Went Over the Hill and It Blew…The IT Budget Out The Window

Corinne Schmidt

2014 saw a marked increase in the use of public cloud infrastructure by organizations of all sizes and types. Some were newcomers to cloud. Others expanded their existing cloud footprint. And a few made the leap to an all-in – or almost all-in – cloud environment. If you wanted to cut IT costs, switch your focus to your business instead of on your IT, and protect your workloads from disaster events - then cloud was the way to go. But in the rush to take advantage of a cloud infrastructure environment, how many became victims of the runaway cloud? You know the type – it’s the cloud that time forgot, along with the team using it. The cloud that was employed on a pay-per-use basis in an effort to reduce costs and then unfortunately and ironically got left on to run happily but unnoticed after its sell-by date had expired.

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Topics: control, cloud portal, cloud hosting, test and dev

The Twelve Days of Cloud

Corinne Schmidt

On the first day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me….a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the second day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me… a login for a cloud I couldn’t see.

On the third day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me… “No live support for you “; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the fourth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “No credit for that outage – it didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the fifth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “No - you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the sixth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “You pay for all CPU – whether you use it or not; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the seventh day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “Load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the eighth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “We’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the ninth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “Backup’s aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the tenth day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me: One thirty-page bill (for an instance the dev team had left on over the weekend)!! and said…”Backup’s aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me: A complex configuration tool to migrate my data (that was the last straw!!); one thirty-page bill; told me… “Backups aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the twelfth day of Christmas I called iland. They deployed a cloud that I FINALLY could SEE!

Happy Holidays y’all :)

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Topics: control, cloud portal, cloud hosting, colocation

VMware’s Pillars of Success for the vCloud Air Network

Corinne Schmidt

One of the first sessions on Partner Day at VMworld 2014 was “Success in the Cloud – Strategies to Drive Service Provider and Partner Profitability – a Panel Discussion.” Hosted by Geoff Waters, VP, Service Provider Channel at VMware, the panel comprised three VMware partners and Melanie Posey, Research VP, IDC.

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Topics: control, VMware, cloud hosting

Call your DR Coach

Lilac Schoenbeck

Disaster recovery is a funny thing. People compare it to a new years resolution. To flossing. To that terrifying drawer in your house that you swear you’ll clean out next weekend. Every weekend. It weighs on our minds. We know we should do it – but why don’t we?

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Topics: control, DRaaS, data centers

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