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If you read part 1, part 2, and part 3 of US Signal’s three-part blog series on data migration, you probably have a good understanding of what is involved in moving workloads to the cloud. As the 1968 hit by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell says, however, “there ain’t nothing like the real thing.” You can’t fully understand all the in’s and out’s of a data migration project until you’ve been through one. Even then, the “gotchas” and “where-did-that-come-from’s” will vary from project to project.
In blog #1 and #2 of this three-part series, we covered what you need to think about prior to moving your data to the cloud and some of the methodologies to choose from for the data migration. Now it’s time to plan the move and execute it.
In part 1 of our blog series on data migration, we discussed the considerations for BEFORE the move. Now it’s time to talk about how to make the move. There are many options to choose from, whether you choose to handle the cloud migration yourself or enlist the help of a CSP’s professional services team. The following are some of the most common.
No one likes moving to a new home. It’s time consuming and labor intensive. There’s the prep work, including finding the right place, getting the financing in order, transferring over utilities, etc. You’ll want to sort and pack things so they are easy to find, and label your boxes so they end up in the right place. In addition, there are probably things that you’d prefer to throw out rather than move. Then there’s the actual packing and, of course, the logistics involved in who will execute the actual move and when. That’s not to mention all the work required once you’re in your new home — from unpacking to re-assembling things.
With all the advanced tools and technologies available to combat cyber-crime, you’d think data would be relatively safe. Much of it is but as the media headlines indicate, a large portion of data continues to be compromised. It’s hard telling how much more may be at risk.
From flexibility and efficiency to cost savings and predictable operating costs, the benefits of the cloud are well documented. But when you decide to move to the cloud, what do you do with your existing hardware — particularly if you’ve made recent investments? What about applications that have requirements that preclude them from moving to a cloud environment? The answer may be to use colocation in your journey to the cloud.
Tis the season for wish lists, and even CIOs have theirs. According to many of the surveys conducted over the last year, things like a comprehensive data protection strategy and a layered security approach are likely to make the list. But beyond tangible products and services, here are three things we think will be on their lists for 2017 — and tips to help them get what they want.
Despite all the benefits associated with cloud computing, one fact remains. The move to the cloud isn’t always easy — but it can be.
Nothing lasts forever, including IT systems. What worked well when first implemented could very well be hampering the growth of your business just a few years later. That was the case with S&S Tire.
Living and working in the Midwest, we know the winter months can be brutal. It’s cold, and it snows — sometimes a lot. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have weighed in with their predictions for the year, including the expected role of La Nina. La Nina winters tend to feature above average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies and below average snowfall in the mid-Atlantic.
For all the talk about the cloud, people tend to overlook one very important component: the network. For without a network, there’s no access to cloud services.
It’s already here: holiday shopping season. While most people consider the “official” start as the day after Thanksgiving — Black Friday, followed by Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — almost half of all retail organizations started promotions by November 1.