6 software license terms to consider before moving to the cloud

Some 95 percent of IT professionals have taken to the cloud, according to a recent survey. And if you’re one of them, you might want to check your licensing – you could be breaking your contract.

Many organizations aren’t aware that their existing software license terms may include obstacles to migrating applications to a public cloud. If you’re considering a move, be careful with what you transition—your intentions may not line up with what’s allowed by your contract. The older the agreement, the more likely it will lack clarity on the subject; however, newer agreements can be just as vague. Continue Reading…

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Anatomy of a Design: Moving applications to the cloud

infrastructure designThis is the fourth post in a series about IT infrastructure design.

In our last post about IT infrastructure design, we considered the layout of a local network based on the requirements of a small, hypothetical law firm. In this post, we’ll illustrate how cloud applications can support this firm’s needs. Continue Reading…

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4 best practices for sidestepping cloud migration challenges

cloud migrationWhether you’re the head of IT at an enterprise company with 100,000 users, or at an elementary school with 50 users, this much is true: Migrating to the cloud can be a frustrating and stressful undertaking. But it’s one that’s well worth the time and investment. The advantages in moving your environment to the cloud far outweigh any trouble getting there.

But how can you complete a cloud migration without all of the downtime, bugs, and slow user adoption that many organizations experience? The answer is simple, but not always put into practice.

Let’s go through some cloud migration best practices that make the transition less of a headache. Continue Reading…

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