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CloudTweaks: Overcoming Complexity and Dynamics to Move Data Centers to the Cloud


CloudTweaks: Overcoming Complexity and Dynamics to Move Data Centers to the Cloud

by Sasha Gilenson

Originally published in CloudTweaks (January 31, 2012).

IT will never be the same. Analysts expect that IT budgets will not be growing in 2012. Consolidation through server virtualization has been a key initiative in many data centers focusing on lowering costs of operations and infrastructure. This was really the initial move for taking the data center from the physical level to cloud.

The enthusiasm for cloud computing comes from how it can enable businesses to quickly access hosted private and public resources on-demand, decreasing the time requirements and complexities that are typically associated with physical IT infrastructure. As cloud computing develops, the question companies now face isn't so much whether to migrate to the cloud, but rather what cloud service architecture to adopt?

Gathering the essential, configuration information that is critical for the cloud migration process is a huge undertaking, with literally thousands of configuration parameters per technology – some critical and some not. Today this information gathering process is largely manual. Modern configuration tools can greatly reduce the time it takes to gather this information and analyze what parameters to focus on to smoothly move from the data center to the cloud environment.

See the original article at: http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2012/01/overcoming-complexity-and-dynamics-to-move-data-centers-to-the-cloud/


About the Author
Sasha Gilenson
Sasha Gilenson enjoyed a long and successful career at Mercury Interactive (acquired by HP), having led the company's QA organization, participating in establishing Mercury's Software as a Service (SaaS), as well as leading a Business Unit in Europe and Asia.

Sasha played a key role in the development of Mercury's worldwide Business Technology Optimization (BTO) strategy and drove field operations of the Wireless Business Unit, all while taking on the duties as the Mercury's top "guru" in quality processes and IT practices domain. In this capacity, Sasha has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on technology and process optimization, and in turn, acquired a comprehensive and rare knowledge of the market and industry practices.

Sasha holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Latvian University and MBA from London Business School.