MBJ: Green House Data targets Omaha with Deliveron acquisition

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Monday, February 10th 2020

On January 24th we were thrilled to see Deliveron leadership gracing the front page of the Midlands Business Journal, the weekly business paper of Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs.

The piece, which can be read below in its entirety, covers the history of Deliveron and its founders, the strategy behind the Green House Data acquisition of Deliveron, and the ways that DevOps and Digital Transformation are changing the marketplace for IT services.

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How Azure Migrate Helps You Assess Cloud Readiness

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, February 6th 2020 — Categories: Azure, Migration, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Microsoft

Every cloud migration follows the same general path: assessment, optimization, security protocol, and management. As your cloud environment matures, the latter three phases should be repeated to refine and improve your operations.

One native Azure tool that can be useful to begin this cloud journey is Azure Migrate. It consists of Azure Server Assessment and Azure Server Migration. Assessment is a discovery tool helps you assess cloud readiness and collect valuable intelligence about your virtual machines and associated infrastructure so you can be prepared to replace them in Azure. Migration, as you might expect, can actually migrate those servers to Azure.

Within the Azure Migrate hub are also database migration tools, Movere (an assessment tool purchased by Microsoft), a web app migration assistant, and Azure Data Box which assists with large scale data migration without using the internet.

This blog will focus on the Server Assessment tool, which helps you plan for cloud readiness, budget, and target environment architecture within Azure. Learn if it will work with your target environment, what it reports, and how it can lay the groundwork for a successful migration.

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Digital Transformation vs. Innovation: Where Should You Focus in 2020?

Written by Shawn Mills on Friday, January 24th 2020 — Categories: Enterprise Applications, IT Modernization, IT Operations, Digital Transformation

As we look forward to the new year and the new decade, it’s time for business leaders to identify how they want to drive their organization into the future. What new technologies, tools, processes—and, quite frankly, people—do you need to better serve your clients, stakeholders, employees, and community?

For 8 in 10 organizations, digital transformation has been a focus within the past five years. Meanwhile, 84% see innovation as key to success. So it’s likely either transformation or innovation will reach your whiteboard as a top initiative in 2020. But what do these terms really mean in practice? Aren’t they kind of synonymous? Well, not really. Once you dig into the meat of digital transformation, you realize it could lead to innovation. And if you can truly innovate, chances are you’ll need to transform your digital operations to follow through.

Where should you focus your efforts? That depends on the state of your IT and application teams along with your overall mission.

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What Should You Do About Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 EOL?

Written by Rory McCaw on Monday, January 13th 2020 — Categories: Azure, Windows 10, Migration, Desktop Modernization, Cloud Hosting, Enterprise Applications, IT Modernization, IT Operations, Microsoft, Virtual Desktop

Two major enterprise computing platforms are reaching their end of life this week. Tomorrow (January 14th), in fact. While this may seem like a last-minute blog entry, we know there are plenty of you out there still running Windows 7 on corporate desktops and Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 in your data centers.

Microsoft itself estimated that 60% of its Windows Server install base was still running 2008 back in August. Some of those instances may have been upgraded or migrated to cloud VMs, but we’re betting many of them remain. Unofficial estimates peg the number of Windows 7 machines worldwide at around 200 million.

Change can be hard, especially when your systems seem to be working properly and upgrading appears to be a complex and time-consuming endeavor. But operating systems that have reached End of Support open the door for vulnerabilities, bugs, and incompatibility with newer infrastructure. They also make it more difficult to deploy and support newer software that can improve employee efficiency and empower the business to drive revenue in new areas and to compete with others in the industry. With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support upon us, what are your options?

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Beekeeper Patch Automation: Powershell Validation Mneumonics and Recovery Actions

Written by John Hann on Friday, January 3rd 2020 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

Beekeeper, our proprietary patching automation tool, can be integrated with Powershell scripts for customized patching validation and recovery options. Read on to learn how to insert mneuomics into your script to accomplish this as well as how to recover from failed patching when detected.

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