Jon Farrell

When we are discussing migrating applications to our Cloud enterprise clients it’s critical to talk about how the process will unfold. I often draw up a simple diagram to get the discussion going. Today I would like to talk about the workload definition phase, and specifically application architecture. (We can come back to Discovery and Execution at a later date.) One of my favourite aspects is looking at how applications should be deployed to support application resiliency and Disaster Recovery (DR) options.

Craig Salsbery

Let’s face it, Cloud adoption is driven by the panacea of leveraging a complex asset for a lower price than you can do it yourself. This of course is a one-dimensional assessment of the value of Cloud. Ask any Cloud naysayer (affectionately known in our industry as a “server hugger”) and they will tell you that they can do it much cheaper than any public Cloud. The crux of the argument always comes down to CAPEX vs. OPEX.

Many times the conversation goes like this:

Lori DeZengremel

A lot of press has been given to price reductions being rolled out by Cloud providers. But beware the distraction that is component pricing. About 90% of the time, the first request I get from a client considering moving their environment or a new workload to the Cloud is "Send me some pricing." This is often followed by a short list of server types and specs. It would be very easy for me to respond with a price quote but guess what? It will be of almost no value to the client.

Jeff Stoner

You want to move your applications to the Cloud. What happens? Well, let's look at what you could be eliminating from your daily routine. No more managing parts inventory such as sticks of RAM, CPUs, and hard drives. You don't have to calculate power consumption for racks, configure switch ports, or run fiber/copper. What you still need to do, and which will change in subtle and sometimes drastic ways, is manage the application and environment. Let's look at some examples.

Jeff Stoner

There are two general approaches to managing application growth: scaling up or scaling out. Not surprisingly, neither of these approaches are new, but the move to Cloud greatly facilitates both.