Canada’s Best Managed: A Commitment to Quality and Innovation
April 1, 2017
Digital Transformation with Sean Culbert
March 17, 2017
Mr. Sean Culbert is Long View’s Microsoft OneCloud Business Development Manager and was interviewed on Radio NL Local First 610 AM Kamloops, BC ahead of his talk at the 2016/17 Technology and Innovation Speaker Series. The series took place at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops (March 17th) where he presented on ‘Innovate or Risk becoming Obsolete’.
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The Three Things You Can Think About Today to Get Ready for the Cloud
January 9, 2017
- Where are you on the cloud maturity curve?
- Are you still sitting on legacy infrastructure?
- Do you need to standardize and consolidate some of your infrastructure?
- Are you at the point where you can virtualize and optimize your infrastructure?
- Can you begin to automate the infrastructure’s capabilities and move toward being more service oriented? This is possible if your infrastructure is virtualized.
- Are you ahead of the curve and able to adaptively source? This means you can spread your workloads across multiple clouds.
- How do you want to deliver and consume your applications?
- Where do I need to deliver the application from?
- How do I want to consume it?
- From which platform?
- How do you want to manage it?
- Legacy infrastructure might be best supported by legacy operations.
- Converged infrastructure might be best supported by hybrid operations.
- Cloud and converged infrastructure might be best supported by out-sourced operations.
Why a Cloud Project Might Fail: Look at Your Network
January 3, 2017
- Inefficient bandwidth
- Limited network security
- Poor visibility
- Lack of control
- Inconsistent user experience
- Resilient and able to withstand failures.
- Flexible in its ability to add or change endpoints.
- Scalable in response to changing bandwidth needs.
- Secure to ensure regulatory compliance.
- High-performing, with service level agreements (SLAs) ensuring reliable access from multiple locations and device types.
Disaster Recovery: Don’t Play Against the Odds
December 27, 2016
“Businesses are betting on a 33% chance that they will experience no significant downtime while ignoring that 33% possibility that they will experience downtime that will lead to losses of over two million dollars.”The consequences of losing are not worth playing the odds. A proper plan is needed to ensure an organization can recover in an event of total shutdown, as well as during other instances where a certain application may become unavailable or need to be restored.
Understanding Availability, Disaster Recovery and Backup:
- Availability provides granular recovery of a system by increasing its accessibility.
- Disaster Recovery allows for total restoration of an environment to its previous state.
- Backup delivers a replication of an application’s data from a secure copy.
Why Three Clouds Are Better Than One
December 19, 2016
Your Options: Three Cloud Possibilities DefinedThe Internal “On-Premises” Cloud: Data centres owned and operated by the businesses that use them provide an on-premises solution that can enable full customization and more control, which is ideal for mission-critical applications. Maximizing the efficiency of your data centres is the first step to “data centre Nirvana”, creating an “internal cloud” that provides the self-service, automation, agility and efficiency a public cloud can deliver. The Private Cloud: Managed by a third-party provider, a private cloud offers dedicated infrastructure for individual clients. When existing infrastructure investments cannot meet the demands of your organization, a private cloud can provide the scalability, customization and control capabilities your workloads require. In addition, the private cloud can provide the needed agility, security and guaranteed performance if your organization lacks the skill to manage cloud environments. The Public Cloud: Data centres are owned and operated by third-party service providers, and customers share from the same infrastructure pool. A public cloud, like Microsoft Azure and AWS, offers global reach, on-demand scalability and commoditized cloud services at a lower cost. However, limited customization is possible. Just like each company is unique, each cloud solution needs to be as well, tailored to the applications, changing demands and internal requirements of each organization. Every cloud solution requires a unique blend of elements – public, private and on-premises. We call it Hybrid IT.
Why Three Clouds Are Better Than One: Three Points of ViewTo understand the value of a hybrid solution, look at how certain application considerations affect your choices:
- Latency – The speed at which you are able to send and receive data from an application will dictate where your application will reside. If an application requires low latency, meaning faster data transfer, an on-premises solution is best practice. In a private or public cloud scenario, the physical distance between the user and the application could inhibit the necessary latency requirements.
- Customization – The nature of an application, its hardware requirements and the need for customization to meet business goals will dictate the type of cloud an application will live in. If high levels of customization are required, the public cloud will not suffice. A private cloud would be ideal to achieve customization requirements and cost-effectiveness.
- Data Sovereignty – Government compliance and industry or internal regulations may control where data can reside. It may be compulsory to use an on-premises solution or strict private cloud solution. As more public cloud service providers expand their global data centre footprint (like we saw with Microsoft’s new Canadian data centres), data sovereignty is becoming less of a barrier for public cloud access. However, sensitive data regulations may continue to dictate the type of solution an organization can use.