Cloud Computing

Apples to apples: How are you comparing cloud to on-premises IT?

Posted on 10.25.2017 in Cloud Computing, Data Centers, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, On Premise Cloud, On Premises Cloud, Expedient

Every year, more organizations are considering cloud computing as an alternative to traditional on-premises server, storage and network equipment. Change events that drive cloud consideration can include normal IT hardware refresh cycles, changes in company or IT leadership, new lines of business and new applications. How do these organizations compare cloud versus in-house both functionally […]

Are You Honest with Your Organization (and Yourself) About Technical Debt?

Posted on 08.21.2017 in Cloud Computing

Are you honest with your organization (and yourself) about technical debt? Let’s start with a definition. Much of the historical discussion about technical debt is in software development, even though technical debt can exist across the entire technology environment.  Technical debt is often described as inefficiency that compounds over time, like inefficiency related to maintainability, […]

Should you use an all-SaaS approach for your IT environment?

Posted on 07.10.2017 in Cloud Computing, SaaS, IaaS, Infrastructure as a service

One of the most frequent questions I hear revolves around the rise of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.  IT professionals are asking “Why shouldn’t I use all SaaS applications if I can eliminate the need for a data center, the hardware and all the tactical IT effort that goes along with it?” The answer […]

2017 OpenStack Summit Recap

Posted on 05.15.2017 in Cloud Computing, Expedient, OpenStack Summit

2016 was my first OpenStack Summit and my eyes were opened to something new and fresh that I had not experienced before. With my closest 8,000 friends I got to hear from real OpenStack users, talking about the problems they were trying to solve and their experiences along the way. This year was much of […]

What are the best metrics to use when comparing cloud to a hardware purchase?

Posted on 05.03.2017 in Cloud Computing, hardware refresh, cost

What are the best metrics to use when comparing cloud to a hardware purchase? Many of the companies we meet with are debating between purchasing a new stack of hardware or implementing an enterprise cloud infrastructure using Expedient servers, storage, security and services. Most of these companies gather information then do a cost analysis to […]

Bimodal IT: Skunkworks, Tiger Teams, Rapid Deployment … Oh My!

Posted on 04.21.2017 in Cloud Computing, business outcomes, IaaS, Expedient

The concept of bimodal IT has been around since at least 2013, when Gartner first introduced the phrase as a way to address the burgeoning growth of agile development in IT organizations. In Gartner terms, Mode 1 is the focus on making sure the business runs reliably, while Mode 2 explores opportunities for innovation that […]

What are the Best Use Cases for the On Premises Data Center?

Posted on 03.29.2017 in Cloud Computing, Data Centers, private cloud, On Premises Cloud
What are the Best Use Cases for the On Premises Data Center?

On Premises Data Center What are the practical use cases for an on premises (in-house) data center? When does it make sense to maintain hardware in a data center that is located in your office building or a leased office building? Here are the most common: Leveraging your on premises data center investment – You’ve […]

Choosing a Cloud Platform

Posted on 03.13.2017 in Cloud Computing
Choosing a Cloud Platform

Cloud Strategy Once your organization has gone through the three-step process of defining your cloud strategy and determined that the cloud is the right option, then it is time for the next decision: Choosing a cloud service platform. This is another significant choice that requires thoughtful evaluation.  Is your business IT infrastructure best suited for […]

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