Lowering Cloud Costs

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments
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We’re more than halfway through 2014, and the cloud’s future has never been brighter. As the Future of Cloud Survey indicated, the adoption of cloud and cloud services has been steadily rising over the last few years. For example, SaaS adoption has more than quintupled by going from a mere 11% in 2011 to a staggering 74% in 2014! While it’s clear to see that cloud usage is trending upward, what often gets overlooked is that not all cloud adopters are taking full advantage of the cloud’s cost-saving potential. This is largely due to improper app migration and an inefficient use of cloud resources. As a reminder, enterprises typically move their apps to the cloud in an attempt to maintain agility and reduce costs. The problem is that most enterprises don’t optimize their apps to run in the cloud. Rather than taking the time to implement the needed code and… continue reading

Enter the Game: How MSPs Can Play in the Cloud

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Although some managed service providers have made the transition to the cloud, many others have yet to do so. Why should these non-adopters follow suit now, and what is the best way to add cloud services to their portfolios?  Through white label offerings! The main reason for selecting a white label offering is that there is a high level of risk involved with creating it all in-house. For many MSPs, that means spending an excess amount of time and money on infrastructure and a homemade or even a store bought management platform, which clearly hurts overall productivity and efficiency. Another alternative would be to resell services from a vendor like Amazon where margins are tight and management capabilities and support are practically non-existent. On top of that, taking on the responsibility of building the infrastructure on your own limits your presence around the globe, leading to possible latency and other… continue reading

Egenera Cloud Suite wins TMC’s 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award!

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Dana Morris No Comments
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Last week, we announced that TMC had recognized Egenera Cloud Suite as a recipient of its 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award.  Presented by TMC’s Cloud Computing Magazine, the award acknowledges the top companies that have effectively leveraged cloud computing to bring new, differentiated offerings to the market. The award is presented and was published by Cloud Computing magazine. In light of all the positive feedback we’ve been getting, we just wanted to thank all the Egenera supporters and Cloud Suite users for making this award possible. As our VP of Marketing John Humphreys mentioned, we’re 100% committed to helping enterprises solve the complexities that can result from dealing with on and off premise cloud infrastructures. When designing Egenera Cloud Suite, we had the end user in mind and focused on trying to address the challenges they may experience when managing a multi-cloud environment. We believe that Egenera Cloud Suite delivers… continue reading

Results from the Future of Cloud Computing Survey and What It All Means

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Earlier in June, we announced Egenera’s participation as a co-collaborator in North Bridge Venture Partners and GigaOM Research’s 4th annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey. Survey respondents, and subsequent results, expressed what we already knew – that reliance on the cloud continues to grow and fuel its ascension to the current titleholder of the future of enterprise technology. Looking at the survey results, a few statistics jumped out at us. According to the survey, 49% of respondents are already using the cloud to fuel revenue generation or new product creation, while 45% of businesses run their company from the cloud. Furthermore, 66% believe their data will use the cloud in some way or form over the next two years. What does this mean for businesses and the cloud? While we may not have a crystal ball to see the future with, we can speculate that the need for sufficient cloud… continue reading

Case Study: MSP Midas Technologies drives revenue with Self Service Cloud

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Managed Service Provider Midas Technologies used a self-service cloud model to drive revenue and higher margins. Egenera’s Gerry Murray, responsible for Cloud Services in EMEA talks with Derek Mizak, CTO of Ireland based MSP Midas Technologies on the transition to cloud services. Available On-Demand view now

Case Study: MSP Netsolus drives revenue with Self Service Cloud

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Netsolus, a provider of managed services and IT solutions, faced the issue of transitioning to cloud services head on and found a way to shift from a labor intensive structure to a vending machine approach where customers can self-service their requirements. In this webinar interview, Netsolus’s CTO discusses the specifics of this transition, and why they chose Egenera Cloud Suite as the basis for their new cloud services. John Humphreys, VP of Marketng at Egenera and MSP Netsolus Bryan Ballard, CTO, Netsolus discuss the transition. Available On-Demand view now

Essential Questions to ask When Building an Enterprise Cloud

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Scott Harris No Comments
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  Given the cloud’s ascension to the position of preferred infrastructure and application platform of choice amongst businesses, it’s not surprising to see more and more organizations become cloud adopters. However, because most of the talk surrounding the cloud centers around benefits such as reduced costs and increased agility, what often gets overlooked is that just as each and every enterprise faces its own unique set of challenges, so too do the clouds and IT managers they employ. With no single roadmap for success, how can a business build an enterprise cloud that maximizes the benefits of the cloud while mitigating the risks? To answer that question, you need to identify your user base and take your infrastructure into consideration. By building an enterprise cloud, who are you hoping will use this cloud and what will they be using it for?  By approaching your cloud development from a customer perspective,… continue reading

MSPs Transition to Cloud Services- Midas Technologies

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Derk Mizak, CTO of Midas Technologies Ireland discusses the transition from MSP to Cloud Service provider with Gerry Murray of Egenera Available On-Demand view now

Top to Bottom – An integrated cloud stack for easy management

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by Pete Manca No Comments
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In our recent PAN Manager 7.7 product release, we announced a feature called virtual machine instance (VMI) technology, which embeds and manages Xen based hypervisors both in the PAN Manager product and exported up through the cloud. Why is that an important feature?  Looking deeper into the cloud stack, you’ll see a number of components, all of which need to be managed, and most times, managed via different vendors. From the hardware (server, storage, networking) to the hypervisor, OS, and Cloud Management tools, these solutions are often supplied by different vendors requiring support agreements from each. This leads to confusion and finger pointing when issues arise, which leaves the customer in a difficult position. Enter VMI. By embedding XenServer into our Converged Infrastructure management layer, we allow the customer to provision a managed hypervisor with the simplicity of a single mouse click. This enables a user to provision virtual machines… continue reading

End to end provisioning of a VBlade

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Sales Engineer Martin Flint demonstrates the new End to end provisioning of a VBlade Available On-Demand view now

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