The importance of devops when doing data center consolidation or a cloud migration

Introduction Currently there are a lot of companies going through the process of performing Data Center consolidation and/or Cloud migration of their IT systems. This generally aligns with the goal of cutting costs, being more agile to adjust to business needs, provide faster provisioning, better management and so on. One of the things which is generally considered is the low “hanging fruits” which in this case is generally the infrastructure pieces leaving all the applications as they are. This is a good way to start but also potentially can create other issues like “fat fingers” since with a better provisioning … Continue reading The importance of devops when doing data center consolidation or a cloud migration

Why do #Cloud Strategies fail? Applicable to #WindowsAzure, #AWS or #PrivateCloud

Introduction Lately I’ve been doing a lot of Cloud Strategies for different company sizes, from small to Large Enterprises with multi-billion dollar revenue. By doing that I’ve found a lot of common mistakes which make the Cloud Strategies to fail and in some cases “badly”. Due to this I decided to write a bit about what I think are some of the important reasons for those failures so it the “ride to the cloud can become smoother”. Common Cloud Strategy Mistakes So here’s a small list of some of the things which can destroy any Cloud Strategy: Overlooking the Business … Continue reading Why do #Cloud Strategies fail? Applicable to #WindowsAzure, #AWS or #PrivateCloud

#WindowsAzure Express Routing and the importance for Enterprises

Windows Azure just released a new set of features and updates as it was published by Scott Guthrie on his blog post “Azure: ExpressRoute Dedicated Networking, Web Site Backup Restore, Mobile Services .NET support, Hadoop 2.2, and more”. From this announcement I would like to start focusing on the ExpressRoute Dedicated Networking features. For a lot of years now I’ve been working with enterprises and helping them to become more agile, increase revenue, reduce costs, and so on and of course for about 7/8 years now doing that leveraging the cloud and helping enterprises create the best possible strategy in … Continue reading #WindowsAzure Express Routing and the importance for Enterprises

Windows Azure Storage Performance Best Practices

Windows Azure storage is a very important part of Windows Azure and most applications leverage it for several different things from storing files in blobs, data in tables or even message in queues. Those are all very interesting services provided by Windows Azure but there are some performance best practices you can use in order to make your solutions even better. In order to help you do this and speed your learning process I decided to share some of the best practices you can use in order to achieve this. Here is a list of those best practices: 1. Turn … Continue reading Windows Azure Storage Performance Best Practices

Lessons Learned Building Secure and Compliant solutions in Windows Azure

In July I  decided to create a series of 3 posts about this topic. Those 3 posts are be: Introduction to Windows Azure Security Introduction to Windows Azure Compliance Lessons Learned Building Secure and Compliant solutions in Windows Azure In this post I’ll be focusing on the last part, which are the lessons learned. Quick Concepts When we think about compliance and security there are two concepts we need to consider and master. Those concepts are Data in Transit and Data at Rest. But what is this all about? Data at Rest This refers to inactive data which is stored … Continue reading Lessons Learned Building Secure and Compliant solutions in Windows Azure