Business Indicators to Help You Decide Public vs. Hybrid/Private Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, October 11th 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid IT, IT Operations

There are myriad technical considerations when deciding how to architect and deploy your cloud infrastructure, but your business structure, size, strategy, and industry are also significant factors.

You don’t need to take a deep dive into technical evaluations of each workload to choose between public cloud and a hybrid or private infrastructure. It’s possible that your business practices will make that decision for you before you ever get to individual app/system analysis.

Here are the business traits to consider as you weigh your cloud options.

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Turning Your IT Department into a Service Center

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, August 30th 2018 — Categories: DevOps, IT Modernization, IT Operations

Here we are again, talking about digital transformation. While the pile of buzzwords threatens to overwhelm at times, this particular movement has real benefits for organizations that are still running IT in the old style, with break-fix scrambling, disjointed service delivery, and a take-it-or-leave it approach to technology procurement.

Rather than focusing simply on the end goal from an IT perspective, your IT department should be focused on the bigger picture. Your users are in effect your customers — and your company’s customers are supported by those users. By bringing business goals and processes under the IT umbrella, you help foster communication, efficiency, improve IT services, and most importantly revenue growth across the organization.

Here are three areas to focus on when transforming your IT department into a service center.

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1/3 of Companies Have No IT Governance Policy — Here’s How to Start

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, August 9th 2018 — Categories: IT Operations, Security

A new report from Deloitte found that IT spending is on the rise, with executives taking a more hands-on role in procuring or ordering investment in technology and related staff. But while 57% of execs reported spending more on technology, 33% said they have little or no formal IT governance policies.

If it seems slightly foolish to spend significantly more on technology without certifying a business purpose and implementing controls over the lifespan of that technology — well, it is. The report does come with the caveat of polling only midmarket and private organizations. We would expect more public businesses to have formal IT governance in place. But that doesn’t excuse organizations of all sizes from measuring the effectiveness of IT in meeting business and compliance goals.

Get started with an overview of IT governance and what you should include in your policy.

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Could Your Data Center Be Put Out to Pasture Within the Next Decade?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, August 2nd 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Hybrid IT, IT Modernization, IT Operations

We’ve gone back and forth on this for many years now. Are enterprise data centers dying? Gartner seems to think so, recently predicting that by 2025, 80% of enterprises will have shut down their traditional data centers, compared to 10% today.

That’s less than ten years out. Do you foresee your data center being put out to pasture within a decade? Or largely decommissioned and consolidated? It doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering an average hardware lifespan of three years. You could cycle through your servers three times over before then — and most of those compute workloads will likely end up in the cloud or hosted elsewhere.

Here's how that change will affect how you procure and manage IT services.

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“Lift and Shift” is the Opposite of Digital Transformation

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, July 26th 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Enterprise Applications, IT Modernization, IT Operations

Migrating to the cloud? Now is the perfect time to start or continue your digital transformation. There are several methods when it comes to cloud migration. At some point in your cloud journey you’re bound to encounter more than one of them and each of them certainly has its purpose.

But if you aren’t designing in the cloud, for the cloud (which could involve rearchitecting or procuring replacement application components), you’re missing out on many of the biggest advantages of cloud computing.

Here’s why “lift and shift” ends up stifling what could be a transformative cloud migration that sets the stage for your enterprise IT for years to come.

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Should You Be Using Microservices in Your App Development?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, July 3rd 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, DevOps, IT Modernization, IT Operations, Software Development

While microservice application architecture dates back to 2011, enterprise IT tends to move relatively slowly when it comes to the adoption of new technologies. The concept and methodology has been refined in concert with the rise of cloud computing, and now microservices are a popular way to build, deploy, and most importantly scale applications.

Microservices can improve your agility, security, and resiliency, but they require a major adjustment to your development team’s workflow and the architecture of your application itself. Read on to learn the advantages of microservices and potential caveats for their use.

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Cloud Architects Are Key to Cloud Success

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 28th 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, IT Operations

Cloud IT infrastructure has plenty of overlap with traditional on-premise servers, but there are additional layers of complexity and new tools to learn as well. That’s why building a successful cloud team is so important to an effective cloud deployment.

A managed service provider can help you fill your cloud skills gaps and architect a versatile and resilient cloud platform for your applications and data. But if you want continued success in the cloud, having a cloud architect on your IT team goes a long way.

How has the role of a cloud architect evolved and what are they responsible for? Let’s take a look.

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The Biggest Obstacles to Multicloud Deployments

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 21st 2018 — Categories: Azure, Cloud Hosting, Hybrid IT, IT Modernization, IT Operations, Security, VMware

As cloud adoption rates have increased and cloud models for enterprise IT mature, multicloud deployments have become more and more popular. They happen for a variety of reasons: some cloud platforms are better suited for specific applications, others may have security or compliance measures that are necessary. They might be located in different physical sites, fostering failover and disaster recovery or serving satellite markets. For many users, avoiding being locked in with a single vendor is huge for negotiation and data sovereignty.

Going multicloud isn’t a simple task, however, especially if you want to manage everything with a simple workflow. Here are the biggest stumbling blocks companies are facing when implementing multicloud.

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Mindfulness in Information Technology

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 7th 2018 — Categories: IT Operations

Technology is pretty awesome. We built a business around it, after all. No one can deny the great things made possible through tech of all forms, but many have also claimed it has led to an increase in noise, stress, distractions — all of which are being fought by the latest movement around mindfulness.

How can practicing mindfulness help you in your Information Technology experiences? Whether you’re a helpdesk worker or sysadmin, an ancillary business worker or simply a consumer of IT applications, remaining mindful helps keep you calm and focused.

Here’s how mindfulness and IT can work hand in hand.

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6 Signs Your IT Infrastructure is On the Verge of Failure

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 — Categories: Data Center Design, IT Modernization, IT Operations

Eventually all IT systems age out of their usefulness, marked by frequently required maintenance, mandatory end of life from vendor support, and increased costs for your business. You may even run into some downtime.

IT infrastructure that is on the verge of failure may still appear to be working fine — but it still leads to sneaky problems, including higher operational costs, lower reliability, limited agility, and less opportunity to embrace new applications or technologies. Legacy infrastructure can also be much less secure.

But how do you know when your infrastructure is truly about to kick the bucket? Here are six major warning signs that it’s time to bite the bullet and modernize your IT.

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