Three Surefire Signs You’re Ready for the Cloud

Three Surefire Signs You’re Ready for the Cloud

What is your cloud migration strategy?  Ever since cloud computing became a thing, every vendor and service provider in the world has been trying to convince the market they have the best solution available. There is no doubt it can offer tremendous benefits; opportunities for operational efficiencies, cost savings, and enhanced decision-making capabilities, to name a few.  a lot of face of so many benefits, a lot of businesses still struggle with their own migration strategy.Common Cloud Migration Strategy Concerns Security and data breaches Up-time and outages Change management and record-keeping Variable costs associated with an on-demand model Next StepsIf these concerns sound familiar to you, you are in the majority.Inside Three Signs It's Time to Move to the Cloud, this powerful and helpful ebook provides a vendor-neutral perspective on the benefits and shares the tell-all signs it's time to start your own journey.Many organizations are already operating in the cloud and don't even realize it.  Most CRM platforms, billing platforms, and content management platforms are hosted there. It's practically impossible...
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The Debate – Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

The Debate – Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

Let's get into a really important topic.  Are you thinking public cloud or private cloud?  There are three primary forms of cloud computing. Public cloud. Private cloud. Hybrid cloud.  More importantly, Oakwood has the expertise and leadership to get you there!What's Right For Your Business?Depending on the type of data you store in your database and the workloads you run, you will eventually need to evaluate whether a public, private, or hybrid cloud solution is best for your business. Each form of cloud computing has varying levels of security and management required. Each comes with its own set of pros and cons.Which one is right for you? The following is a list of must-know advantages and disadvantages of each.Public CloudPublic clouds are the most recognized form of cloud computing. Under this model, service providers make resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Your data is stored in the provider’s data center and the...
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Planning Your Move to the Cloud

Planning Your Move to the Cloud

What is happening at your company in relation to a cloud migration plan?  More and more organizations are implementing some form of cloud computing into their environments. If you are considering a move to the cloud and you are leveraging a third-party vendor, it is essential to have an understanding of your available options. You don't have to go all up, all at once. Nor must you hand over precious data if you don't want to. Many organizations are implementing hybrid solutions that allow them to scale on demand, while also keeping business-critical data on-prem.Cloud Drivers: What's Moving Companies To The Cloud?When considering the cloud, most companies are looking to gain cost efficiency and scalability. The need to do more with less has accelerated, yet the cost of IT infrastructure continues to increase. Companies are also faced with the need to become more agile, yet it is often difficult to provision hardware quickly enough to meet market demands. The cloud...
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5 Ways Your Cloud Implementation Can Fail

5 Ways Your Cloud Implementation Can Fail

Cloud implementation.  Sexy, huh?  There's an old adage that carpenters always use: Measure twice, cut once. While carpenters mean this in a literal sense, the idea of careful, thorough planning before taking action applies throughout every aspect of the business world — especially as you implement the cloud in your organization.A Successful Cloud ImplementationUnderstanding the challenges before pulling the trigger can mean the difference between a successful implementation, or a spectacular failure. Sometimes, the best way to avoid failure is to understand how it happens in the first place. With that in mind, let's review the primary reasons cloud implementations fail.Focusing on the Technology Over the BusinessThe cloud is still relatively new and shiny. It is easy to get lost in all of the available features, but it is critical to never lose sight of why you need it and how you plan to use it. The complexity of your business, along with your technical needs, must be fully considered...
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Why Cloud-Native is the Future of App Development

Why Cloud-Native is the Future of App Development

Let's dive right into cloud-native.  While cloud-based development has quickly become the norm in today’s business landscape, making the transition to the cloud can still seem like a daunting task. In truth, not every legacy application is suitable for migration to the cloud — and trying to retrofit those applications into the cloud platform is like trying to force a square peg into a round hole. Instead, cloud-native applications are helping tech-savvy enterprises stay ahead of the competition. Cloud-Native Benefits Here are just some of the benefits to developing cloud-native applications vs. the lift and shift approach: Automation Unlike most legacy applications where the resources are on-premises, cloud-born applications capacitate the automatic provisioning and releasing of resources used for computing and storage services. They are also extremely resistant to outages and failures by automatically handling such events with corrective actions, instantly moving from one data center to another without interruption of service. Scalability Allocating resources for an application and managing those resources efficiently can save thousands...
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Geico Moves To Azure To Improve Business Operations

Geico Moves To Azure To Improve Business Operations

Microsoft provides a compelling and powerful overview of a leading insurance brand, Geico, and their success with Azure and a cloud migration.Azure and GeicoBy adopting a DevOps development strategy and transitioning development to Microsoft Azure, GEICO is working to engage customers more personally and dynamically. With the help of partner Applied Information Sciences, GEICO is moving to the cloud with a focus on increased efficiency, greater application availability, and lower costs.GEICO, a direct auto insurer since 1936 and now the second-largest private-passenger auto insurer in the United States, is enhancing its digital presence to better connect with customers through multiple digital venues. With the assistance of trusted technology advisors including Applied Information Sciences, GEICO has adopted an aggressive hybrid-cloud course from legacy infrastructure to the cloud to thrive in the fast-moving digital insurance marketplace.Deliver Superior Customer Experiences in a Complex BusinessAs the leading direct writer in the auto insurance industry, GEICO is always looking for innovative ways to reach and delight customers....
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Will A Hybrid Cloud Solution Save You Money?

Will A Hybrid Cloud Solution Save You Money?

Where is your company in relation to the cloud?  How about a hybrid cloud solution?  Considering a partial migration or a full migration?  What's the upside?  The downside?  At Oakwood, we know that a hybrid cloud approach is a good starting point on your way to a full, public cloud plan.  Many of our clients have seen the benefits of beginning with a model like this.Hybrid Cloud Starting PointOne idea is to think about migrating just your workloads and disaster recovery to the cloud.  Information technology employees at companies, big and small, are familiar with this idea as a starting point.  A segment of our clients has seen success starting slowly.What About Cost?What costs savings will you see?  It's a key reason that companies see success when migrating to a hybrid cloud model.  Spend less money.  See more benefits.  Think about the costs your incur related to server leasing and long-term contractual renewals.  Costs for team members to manage your...
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Overcoming Cultural Pushback to the Cloud

Overcoming Cultural Pushback to the Cloud

Wondering why there is cultural pushback to the cloud?  Well, we see cloudy skies ahead.  Why is that?  As companies head toward the cloud, it's changing much more than just where companies' data and services are hosted. The cloud is an incredibly disruptive technology with the potential to profoundly change a company's entire culture, not just its IT operations.While there are many well-thought-out technical reasons to resist the cloud, we often see these implementations fail due to this unexpected roadblock: cultural pushback.The Cloud: With Change Comes FearFear of change is one of the most common reasons for resistance to the cloud. After all, moving to the cloud requires a new set of skills and removes at least a portion of control where control once existed. There are many changes that must take place within an organization when moving to the cloud: changes in escalation, changes in provisioning, changes in software, and the list goes on. Change can be challenging, particularly...
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