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Ellen Rubin

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Cloud Expo New York As the year winds down, there are a few things I have come to expect: holiday parties, snow, and new features from cloud providers.  This year exceeded all of my expectations, starting with a note in early December from our friends at Terremark letting us know that they have fixed their Windows pricing for cloud servers.  Until this upgrade, if you started a Windows server in their cloud, you had to pay for a whole month of Windows licensing ($30-$100 depending on the version) no matter how much you used the server. This was rather un-cloudlike, where we want to only pay for what we use.  With this new feature, running Windows in Terremark’s cloud only costs a few cents per hour (Linux cost + 20%). Then came the snow—I live in New Hampshire, and on December 9th we received a foot of new snow to really get the season going. The very next day, Amazon ... (more)

Five Things to Do Before Moving to Cloud Computing

Before moving an enterprise application to the cloud, you need to be sure that your expectations are realistic and your objectives match what the cloud can deliver. In this post, I’d like to share what we’ve learned from working with our beta customers, from their initial exploration of cloud possibilities to going live with a specific application they’ve migrated to the cloud. The following steps can help guide the thought process when considering a cloud deployment, and provide a starting point for moving forward. 1.   Determine your cloud objectives. What are you trying to acco... (more)

Moving to the Cloud: How Hard is it Really?

Many IT managers would love to move some of their applications out of the enterprise data center and into the cloud. It's a chance to eliminate a whole litany of costs and headaches: in capital equipment, in power and cooling, in administration and maintenance. Instead, just pay as you go for the computing power you need, and let someone else worry about managing the underlying infrastructure. But moving from theory into practice is where things get complicated. It's true that a new web application built from scratch for the cloud as a standalone environment can be rolled out qu... (more)

Has Virtualization Solved the Data Center Crisis?

Over the past several years, many IT departments have committed to virtualization as an antidote to the spiraling costs and inflexibility plaguing corporate data centers everywhere. By running applications on virtual servers and consolidating underutilized hardware, data centers can get maximum value from their equipment. Virtualization also makes IT more responsive to the needs of the business: rather than spending weeks or months to provision a physical server, a virtual server can be launched in minutes. Virtualization was meant to be the solution to today's data center woes -... (more)

New CloudSwitch Blog for Enterprise Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Journal Welcome to our enterprise cloud computing blog where we'll share our perspectives on cloud computing trends and best practices for the enterprise. We're a team with extensive experience in IT software and systems (learn more about us), and we're passionate about the opportunity that cloud computing offers for fundamentally improving enterprise IT. However, we believe that before the cloud can reach its potential, some innovation needs to take place within the enterprise data center to make cloud computing simple, secure and tightly integrated with existi... (more)