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Part Three: Best Practices for Migrating from a Physical Datacenter to the Cloud

January 31, 2013 by Diana Nolting

 

We covered data gravity in part one of migration strategy best practices, and we covered connectivity of apps in part two of migration strategy best practices.  The final part of this series gets down to the nitty gritty… choosing the correct migration strategy.  In today’s blog post we’ll cover three types of migration strategies and we’ll touch on replication as well.  

BEST PRACTICE: Pick your migration strategy. 

Your best-fit migration strategy will be a function of the features of the...

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Enterprise Grade Security in Your Virtual Datacenters

December 11, 2012 by Jake Robinson

Cloud security is always the first concern for the Fortune 500 clients looking at Bluelock as their public cloud provider (and rightfully so). Public cloud, in general, has gotten a bad rap on the security front. Some simply use the concern as a way to discount the idea of public cloud infrastructure as a service as a viable option for their organization.

However, security professionals in any size organization are pleasantly surprised when I tell them about the security options in their Virtual...

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November 14, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

November 14, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week. 

When to use cloud platforms vs. dedicated servers

This ITWorld article takes a very helpful approach to anyone who’s stuck between “a rock and a cloud place” when trying to decide what the future will bring; the rock being a dedicated service, and the cloud place being jumping in to cloud computing.  In this piece Matthew Mombrea, software engineer and founder of Cypress...

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October 10, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

October 10, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week.                                       

 

IaaS, then PaaS, then SaaS, then… We’ll See

Cloud isn’t new anymore and it’s been through quite an evolution already.  In this VMware blog post, Enrico Boverino highlights that the question is no longer “What cloud is,” but rather, “How can we do it?”.   Boverino recalls results from the CIO Customer Solutions Group’s 2011 Global Cloud...

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Jump-Starting A Cloud Journey: Migrating a Mission Critical Application to Cloud in 30 Days

September 13, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Ten years ago the thought of moving a mission-critical application to a new server or datacenter in a month’s time would have been laughable.  The idea that procurement, set-up, installation and migration could all happen in that timeframe, without significant downtime, simply couldn’t happen.

But, that’s exactly what leading ADN vendor F5 Networks did this year when they migrated their online technical user community, DevCentral, to Bluelock’s public cloud in a 30-day timeframe, from contract...

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Cloud Automation with PowerCLI

August 24, 2012 by Jake Robinson

I have the distinct privilege to present with Alan Renouf and Eric Williams this year at VMworld.

The session is entitled Automating Bare Metal to the Cloud and Beyond.

In this session, Eric will demonstrate the use of PowerCLI and UCS PowerTool to quickly deploy your own cloud infrastructure with a single script. (Amazing!)

After the cloud is built, I will share how real world examples of how Bluelock uses PowerCLI from a provider standpoint. From on-boarding new clients to gathering performance...

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Five Reasons Not To Miss Bluelock Booth #629 at VMworld.

August 16, 2012 by Diana Nolting

It’s hard to believe VMworld 2012 opens its doors only ten days from today.  We’ve packed up our boxes, finalized our giveaways and we can’t wait to meet you in person in San Francisco. 

There will be a lot going on at VMworld and a lot of options for how you can spend your time.  Here are the top five reasons why Bluelock Booth #629 should be a top stop on your list of must-dos while you’re attending VMworld 2012.

 

5) Giveaway Item

The fez hats were such a hit last year, it was hard to come up...

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August 15, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

August 15, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week.

                                       

1. Cloud brings foreign IT spending to U.S.

The world is getting smaller and competition among companies tens of thousands of miles away from each other are increasing as the marketplace grows globally.  In this Computerworld article, originally published in its print magazine, Patrick Thibodeau explores the trend of foreign...

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Uploading VMs to vCloud with OVFtool

August 10, 2012 by Jake Robinson

VMware’s OVFtool is a command line tool that allows you to convert VMware Virtual Machines to Open Virtualization Format, or OVF. In the latest version, it can also upload VMs to vCloud Director for you as well!

To do this, OVFtool simply requires a source (VMX or OVF), and a destination (a vCloud Locator).

The vCloud locator looks something like this:

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July 25, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

July 25, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week.

1. Cloud computing expected to grow rapidly in health care

This article focuses in on the health care community’s expected growth rate in terms of cloud usage over the next five years.  In this American Medical News article by Emily Berry, she details a report published by Dallas-based consulting and forecasting firm MarketsandMarkets which predicts a substantial growth...

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