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DevOps & Modern Software Development Processes

Embotics CTO Scott H. Davis recently published a blog discussing the process innovations related to DevOps methodology. In the blog, Scott reviews how DevOps encourages rapid integrations and frequent communication between team members that enable the delivery of higher quality and more predictable results delivered by this iterative style of development.

Topics: DevOps

Customer Spotlight: Leading Fashion Specialty Retailer

Before moving to the cloud, this leading retailer had a shared services model, with separate IT groups responsible for the operating systems, network, storage, databases. Anytime there needed to be a production change or triage, these different teams had to be brought together to implement changes and resolutions.

Topics: Case Study Retail

The Case for Automation

As IT organizations have moved increasingly to cloud deployments - whether private, public or hybrid - the scope and scale of these environments have grown. Along with that growth comes a sizeable uptick in the degree of difficulty to manage the various cloud environments across your organization.

Topics: Cloud Automation Software

Regaining Control Over Self-Service Provisioning: Part 2

A few weeks ago, we shared a blog discussing best practices to regain control over self-service provisioning. As a quick recap, the post highlighted how regaining control over self-service provisioning means administering the environment in a way that makes it easier to manage resource consumption, while also maintaining a high level of situational awareness over how resources are being used.  While there are three important considerations when regaining control over self-service provisioning – user controls, scalability and virtual machine lifecycle management – part one focused on the user controls aspect, and how enterprise IT must implement a strict set of usage policies and permission models.

Topics: Self-Service Provisioning

Embotics & Zerto – Better Together

Enterprises are increasingly hosting their applications and infrastructure across public, private and hybrid clouds and Disaster Recovery (DR) is a very popular use case for these multi-cloud environments. If a business-critical application is unavailable, in today’s digital world an enterprise’s revenue stream may be adversely impacted.

However, having a disaster recovery configuration at a second on premise data center on enough hardware to take over at scale in case of a rare emergency can be both an expensive and complex undertaking. Hence, disaster recovery hosting in the public cloud with its consumption based pricing becomes both a desirable and cost effective model. Moreover, making sure that the DR site is ready to take over in an emergency requires continuous data replication, automation and periodic failover testing.

Topics: Integrations Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Zerto Embotics Disaster Recovery

How “Cloud First” Decisions Mirror R&D Outsourcing

As someone who has the privilege of regularly engaging with IT executives and architects, it’s clear to me that the push to public cloud continues. For your elastic consumption or infinite scale requirements, it just makes good sense. And if I was starting a new company today, I’d likely go all in on public cloud.

Topics: Cost Management Cloud First Outsourcing

Service Delivery Success Factors    (Part 3)

Over the past few months, I’ve posted two blogs discussing what I’ve identified as some of the critical success factors for delivering cloud services. But as any Hollywood executive will tell you, the only thing that’s better than a good sequel is a successful trilogy! What would the original Star Wars have been without Return of the Jedi. With that in mind, I’d like to dive back into the subject for the third installation of the series with a look at some more important success factors for cloud service delivery.

Topics: Managed Services Service Providers

Customer Spotlight: CRM Software Company

With over 3,000 global customers, and dedicated to streamlining business and enhancing customer engagement, this leading CRM software company wanted to make their virtual machine provisioning process more efficient.

Challenge

With up to 100 VMs being provisioned manually each month by a team of five, the IT Operations team were asked to find solutions to help them automate as much of the day-to-day tasks as they could, including implementing a self-service portal solution to both free up IT resources, as well as improve the provisioning times of virtual machines for the end-users, and bring greater efficiencies to the company.

Topics: VM Sprawl & Rightsizing Self-Service Provisioning Case Study

Cloud and Virtualization - A Case of Déjà Vu

You know what they say about history. Those who don’t learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. The flip side to that, though, is that we can learn from the successes of the past, and apply those lessons replicate that success to the benefit of many. That’s the thought that kept bouncing around my head as I read this article from my colleague Scott Davis, featured in Cloud Computing Journal recently.

Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Virtualization

Customer Spotlight: Serena Software

Serena Software, one of the largest global Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution providers, were looking to streamline the automation and provisioning of systems being used by their developers.

Topics: Cost Management Self-Service Provisioning Case Study