Prime your cloud applications for peak performance and lower your cloud costs
Are your cloud costs spiraling out of control? Are you spending too much time managing your cloud infrastructure—and not enough time improving the performance of your applications? (more…)
It is with great enthusiasm that we announce an exciting change at BossNine Technologies! As of September 1, 2018, BossNine Technologies, LLC of Massachusetts has acquired the Linux support company, Pantek. The 20+ year established brand will continue to operate as Pantek, a division of BossNine Technologies. More importantly, the current Pantek engineering team will remain intact.
Ken T., one of our longest tenured Pantek Linux experts said, “I am really excited about this opportunity under the new ownership. There will be a renewed focus on the strengths of Pantek and making sure our clients’ issues are being resolved first and foremost.”
BossNine will continue to grow its thriving AWS consulting and managed support services business. The addition of the Pantek Linux support service business is strategic and will be an extremely important part of our growth efforts. Now and in the future, BossNine, a leader in the AWS space, will leverage Pantek’s extensive Linux engineering expertise to further enhance it’s support offerings in the open source and public cloud arena.
For existing BossNine & Pantek clients, this change means that there will be even more access to expert Linux technical support combined with our public cloud offerings. These offerings are mainly focused on application refactoring for cloud deployment, DevOps best practices, big data/analytics, hybrid cloud, and Linux support solutions. Any interested parties are invited to direct inquiries to Bill Fistori, CEO of BossNine Technologies, LLC: email@example.com
Is your cloud environment delivering the performance you expected? Have you reduced IT costs as much as you thought you would—or have they even gone up?
Many businesses move on-premises applications to the cloud to improve performance and availability, and to reduce the cost of IT. The cloud also offers elasticity that on-premises data centers simply can’t match. As application demand spikes, a cloud infrastructure easily scales up. As application demand shrinks, the infrastructure contracts just as easily.
But to fully realize the benefits of the cloud, migrating an on-premises application needs to involve more than just a “lift and shift” process. Those that simply move their applications often experience sticker shock when they receive the bill at the end of the first month. They may also discover that the promises of performance, availability and scalability are not quite what they expected.
Applications refactored under microservices and/or API architectures may provide a good level of cloud integration. However, to be truly cloud-optimized, legacy applications need to be rearchitected for tighter integration with the cloud infrastructure layer to attain the highest level of performance, availability and cost-optimization.
Greater advantages can be realized by architecting in native services offered by the leading public cloud platform providers. For example, AWS has literally thousands of such services already built. Identifying these and architecting them into applications can reduce development and maintenance costs while also avoiding the reinventing of the wheel.
The Benefits of Re-Architecting Applications Through Refactoring
For some applications, a partial refactoring is necessary—where only a portion of the code changes. In other cases, a full refactoring is needed. Partial refactoring is a faster process, but the application will take advantage of only some cloud features. Full refactoring takes longer but utilizes every cloud service that’s available and pertinent to the application.
Some businesses choose not to re-architect at all because of the upfront cost and the delay in migrating to the cloud that takes place as software developers refactor the application. But over the long term, these businesses will pay more in cloud computing costs, and the end users of the application will experience more latency and reduced availability. If end-user frustration sets in, they may stop using the application altogether.
The process of re-architecting applications through refactoring is well worth the cost and effort, delivering several key benefits:
An example of how re-architecting applications gives you the where e-commerce applications and associated infrastructure can expand to meet a more extensive demand.
A key aspect of the re-architecting process is to analyze an on-premises application for its cloud-readiness. This will determine how much refactoring work needs to be done and helps you estimate the cost. That, together with the analysis of the infrastructure requirements and demand requirements, can provide a clear business case to bring the application to a cloud-ready state.
Every application is unique in what it will require. But whether you require partial or full refactoring, the reduction in long-term costs will easily outweigh the opportunity cost of not refactoring at all.
Going Beyond the Initial Cloud Migration
It’s important to work with a partner that can go beyond the migration process and also offer the ability to refactor both your applications and your cloud infrastructure. Once the initial refactoring process is completed, the applications will then just need the normal maintenance that any application would require.
In addition, to innovate faster and increase speed to market, automated release pipelines can be built to further leverage the cloud infrastructure and realize greater efficiencies during each application’s development lifecycle.
By refactoring applications so they are compatible and tightly-integrated with the cloud infrastructure, the applications can scale without any adjustments needing to be made to the cloud infrastructure. This includes eliminating the need to increase the size of databases and adding virtual servers. So when demand grows, you can provision more resources, and when demand diminishes, you can pull back to keep costs low. Both the applications and the infrastructure are elastic and work in sync with each other.
This serverless compute service runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying compute resources. Lambda functions can also extend other AWS services with custom logic, or you can create your own back-end services that operate at AWS scale, performance and security.
Expertise Across the Entire Cloud Service Spectrum
If you’re looking for help in migrating and re-architecting your on-premises applications for the cloud in order to transform your workload, BossNine can help. Our team features experts in cloud migrations, refactoring and maintenance to enable your applications to fully capitalize on cloud services.
We first identify the cloud services your applications will benefit from and then analyze if the current coding can fully utilize those services, or if the applications need to be refactored. Either way, the end results are applications that will fully optimize the available cloud services and keep your cloud costs as low as possible.
If you have any questions or comments about re-architecting your applications for the cloud, or if you would like more information on the cloud services we offer, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a problem many businesses never seem to solve: Determining the required number of IT resources to design, deploy and support cloud technologies for end users, customers and partners. Finding the answer is critical because making it easy for everyone to do business drives revenue! (more…)
Just like your cloud configuration, your cloud pricing is customized to your business. Basically, there’s no off-the-shelf solution that works for every business. It follows, then, that pricing for your cloud solution will also be custom for your situation. Keep in mind that your cloud service providers pricing models should be clearly understood and be considered in your cloud design efforts.
When it comes to a cloud initiative, price per instance is just part of the pricing equation. You’ll need to add in types of service, security and network costs too. Understanding cloud pricing encompasses more than numbers as companies should consider service levels, security, network costs and more to get a clearer picture of their final cloud expenditures.
Why is cloud services pricing so confusing?
Cloud computing is designed to provide value to enterprises—and it does—but sometimes it can be difficult to sort out all the elements involved in a pricing plan and resulting invoices. Some factors that can complicate things include:
Can you comparison shop when it comes to costing out individual cloud solutions?
Obviously, the answer is yes, you can comparison shop, but should you? It depends. Some cloud costs are always changing because of competitive situations and providers can consolidate, leading to unwelcome pricing changes. Another variable is that cloud provider packages may contain several services that hide the actual prices of individual elements.
Primarily, the reason to not do too much cost comparison is that cloud infrastructures will never be the same, even between two businesses. Cloud providers create infrastructures in various ways and there is no one set solution that will work for every company. Some cloud providers will charge for replication while some consider it a standard feature. Another variable is network traffic. Some providers charge for it while some do not.
Learning about cloud provider pricing models can be a time consuming task when considering not only prices but also services and cost differences. This will never be an apples-to-apples task so it’s good to keep your own business needs at the forefront and avoid any cost comparisons with other businesses.
Should you buy current or future requirements cloud services?
Keeping costs to a minimum is the mantra for all technology managers but sometimes it pays to buy services in advance in order to realize long-term cost efficiencies. The purchase price of a cloud solution is just one factor to consider. Savvy tech leaders consider bigger issues related to both short- and long-term requirements.
Making appropriate purchasing decisions should incorporate existing and future needs. Buying simply on low cost line items won’t be much of a value if the solution doesn’t meet expectations. Conversely, it’s important to be informed so that you won’t pay more than necessary in the coming years.
What should you expect from a cloud service provider’s pricing and packaging plans?
When you’re in the consideration mode of determining the best cloud services provider for your business, you should expect the following factors:
After your cloud migration, there are pricing elements that you should monitor on a monthly basis:
It’s not impossible to get a good understanding of your cloud services pricing. When you trust a reputable cloud services provider, you’ll build a relationship of trust and open communications where all pricing is transparent and the solution is designed to meet your budgetary requirements. One last self serving editorial comment; It takes a different skill set to design in the public cloud.
Don’t make your first move to the public cloud a “lab experiment.” Enlist the services of an experienced cloud consulting firm like BossNine Technologies to get started off on the right foot. Contact us today for more info.
There’s no doubt that cloud technology has established itself as an invaluable asset, especially for enterprise organizations. 70% of companies have at least one application in the cloud while 56% are working on identifying which IT operations can make the move to the cloud.
It’s no secret that the cloud just makes sense. It replaces legacy technology, optimizes business continuity and lowers total cost of ownership. What’s not to love? But before you make the leap to the cloud, it’s a good idea to prepare for that migration. A trip to the cloud may be bumpier than you think if you’re not prepared?
Identify your business objectives and create a detailed strategy. What could possibly go wrong? The idea of the cloud is elevating and trouble-free but without a migration plan, you could end up derailed. The cloud isn’t a big parking lot where all of your assets will fit without planning. Each resource will require its own special planning. Some data and apps will make the migration easier than others but planning for all of them is necessary. You may find, too, that you may not even want to migrate certain applications.
Get your big picture first. Yes, you’ll want to start taking advantage of lower costs, better performance and digital transformation as soon as you can, but be sure you have your business objectives in place. Then you can start crafting your migration strategy.
Prepare your people and processes. Technology comes and goes and there’s always something new to add to your infrastructure. However, it will be the people managing the technology processes that will be the thing to trip you up if you’re not prepared for a smooth migration. The cloud changes roles and responsibilities for your team and transitioning from on-site to the cloud can be challenging.
The same team members who have been dedicated to IT operations and management will now have to operate with more visionary management mindsets. This isn’t necessarily a problem—in fact, it gives employees opportunities for growth—but it will be a change in how team members are perceived and how they view themselves. Training and clear identification of new roles will go a long way in smoothing the transition to the cloud.
Getting secure on security. Part of the process of training employees on working in the cloud is changing the perception of security. Company employees—and some IT team members—may not understand how the cloud can be more secure than an onsite data center. They may struggle with the concept of how a cloud managed services provider can address support and security issues so quickly and be able to maintain uptime standards.
Obviously, security breaches can be devastating to a company’s reputation, client base and revenue. This is especially true during the actual migration phase where data leaks can occur if not properly secured. There are also situations where data is stored in different physical locations requiring different standards. Your cloud managed services provider will work with you to understand your company’s security issues and take the appropriate measures for securing your data.
Don’t blow your budget. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of what the cloud can do for your business. It’s the kid in the candy store analogy when presented with all the options that could make your life easier and position your company for stability and growth. There can also be hidden or unclear costs associated with migration that need to be pointed out so that you understand fully what you’re paying for up front.
It’s also good to understand that migration to the cloud is a dynamic process, complete with unforeseen circumstances and expenditures that will arise. No one—you or your managed services provider—can be expected to delineate every issue prior to migration, resulting in discoveries as the migration process unfolds. One way to avoid any major budget surprises is to do a weekly status update to understand where you are on the migration timeline so you can manage funds appropriately.
Always keep track of where your budget is allocated during a cloud migration. You’ll need transparency when accounting for large expenditures, plus it will make a great record that will help you plan for any new technology initiatives.
Migrating to the cloud is a natural evolution for most companies and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of it. Don’t. Be enthused, but practical. You don’t want to overwhelm your IT team by putting more in the cloud than they can manage properly. And you don’t want the wrong workloads going to incorrect providers.
Embrace what the cloud can do for you but be absolutely fixed in proper planning, strategy and communication with your team and others in the organization. Vision and practicality will be your allies in any smooth cloud migration.
If you have any questions or comments about in-cloud disaster recovery, or if you would like more information on the cloud services we offer, you can contact me at email@example.com.
Disaster recovery in companies today requires an immediate and agile response. Any incidents due to outages related to a technical breach, fire, flood, natural disaster or other major system failure quickly take their toll in per-hour losses and long-term impact on the business. Disaster recovery has evolved and many companies claim that the cloud is their preferred disaster recovery location. (more…)
When a business doesn’t have an internal IT department or its IT members don’t have the skill set to manage cloud-based systems, it makes the reasonable choice to hire an outside cloud management services provider. An outside cloud management provider will have the expertise to take care of daily technical support for automated and enhanced operations. (more…)
When what’s happening in today’s computing is reflected in real life, you start seeing events like the one BossNine Technologies, TierPoint and Zerto put on last week. (more…)
We’re definitely in the age of big data. In fact, by the year 2020, it’s estimated that the combined data universe will reach 44 zettabytes—about 44 trillion gigabytes. And at least one third of that data will pass through the cloud.
Managing relevant data is only a part of the challenge for businesses as big data looms. A huge component is taking appropriate measures for business continuity and disaster recovery. But regardless of measures taken to ensure secure data backup, every company is at some risk of data vulnerability with traditional back-up measures.
For a long time, backup was a swirl of tape drives and a battle of on-site or off-site tape storage. Throw in the uncertainty of backup processes completing and you have a tedious, expensive so-called solution.
Fortunately, the cloud has changed all that. Cloud storage is a great value, especially when considering its scalability and sophisticated backup services.
The stakes couldn’t be any higher when data disasters occur.
If systems crash due to power outage, acts of nature or even theft, data is unavailable and operations become seriously vulnerable. That not only stalls business, but also puts the company’s reputation at risk. If the scope of the disaster is extensive, it’s possible that a company may never recover. That’s why disaster recovery and business continuity in the cloud are critical decisions.
Working in the cloud helps businesses avoid these risky situations by entrusting data backup and security to expert cloud managed professionals. This hosted approach to disaster recovery and business continuity is more reliable and affordable than managing internally which is why so many savvy businesses trust their data in the cloud.
Finding a safe haven in the cloud.
In a recent study of 100 IT execs, 75% cite data protection and backup as the primary use case for data storage in the cloud with 73% claiming the cloud’s value as a data storage platform as a secondary benefit.
“The research indicates the migration toward the cloud is underway in full force, even as companies struggle to understand cloud capabilities. Data protection and recovery was highlighted as a fundamental area where the cloud is having significant business impact,” stated Dan Woods, CTO of CITO Research.
While data backup is certainly critical, many companies don’t have a real plan for disaster—when all systems stop simultaneously. Understanding what a disaster is will help companies create a recovery and continuity plan. Most experts agree on the following as fundamental components of a disaster recovery solution:
These are minimal requirements and every business should explore recovery and continuity options with its cloud managed service provider based on the company’s unique needs.
Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service is the new cloud workhorse.
Many companies are switching from basic Disaster Recovery backup to Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) due to improvements in security, cost effectiveness, speed and reliability. The enhanced DRaaS capabilities are due to new software that’s faster in configuring backups and even speedier bringing systems back up after an emergency—minutes instead of hours or days.
While DRaaS is a viable solution, company IT execs should do due diligence when making decisions because there are so many differences in DRaaS solutions available. If you choose a cloud managed services provider, they will help you navigate the DRaaS landscape.
Special considerations to evaluate for Business Continuity in the cloud.
Data recovery is one thing but transitioning to smooth business continuity needs also need to be considered. A cloud managed services provider can guide you but don’t hesitate to ask them about their disaster recovery and business continuity plans to make sure they can support your special needs.
You’ll also want to understand contractual responsibilities so that nothing is left to chance when it comes to smoothing out operations after an emergency. One element that may not occur is to check your Internet connection. Outages can be disastrous if the connection is broken so consider more than one ISP for business continuity security.
Defining an internal disaster recovery and business continuity plan will prepare employees to take the appropriate actions during and after an emergency. But, most of all, don’t wait to create a business continuity plan. It’s always best to anticipate and plan than experience the pain of potentially devastating outages with no strategy to recover.
The combination of all the benefits inherent in a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan is the peace of mind you’ll get knowing that your data is safe and secure and any disruption to your business will be minimal. Explore options today with your cloud managed services provider and move your business from vulnerable to powerful.
If you have any questions or comments about using the cloud for disaster recovery, or if you would like more information on the cloud services we offer, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.