Welcome!

Weblogic Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Michael Meiner, Michael Bushong, Avi Rosenthal

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Microservices Expo, Containers Expo Blog

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

Jumping into the Cloud

What the CloudSwitch acquisition by Verizon tells us

The Verizon acquisition of Cloud Switch is tremendous validation for solution providers in the cloud enablement space and confirmation of the need for cloud onboarding tools to help lower the barrier to entry for businesses looking to adopt cloud services. Migration tools and services are always critical for driving adoption of any new technology, as consumers seek to migrate to the new from their legacy technology.Often times, the more disruptive the technology, the greater the need, and cloud is no exception in this respect. Mid-tier and enterprise businesses especially are looking for ways to streamline the onboarding process and minimize their risk around cloud adoption, as they have significantly more sunk costs than an SMB. By providing automated solutions to enable the migration of these businesses's existing servers, MSPs and cloud providers will increase service adoption, drive revenue, and reduce costs in multiple ways.

First, automated migration solutions allow MSP and cloud providers to reach out to new customers such as mid-sized businesses and even large enterprises who have invested considerable time and expense into building time tested server configurations and don't want to have to start from scratch. As most of the growth in the public cloud market to date has been focused on small businesses, attracting these established businesses with their larger IT spend is key to any cloud providers long-term growth strategy.

Second, migration solutions like CloudSwith and our own product DynaCenter do can help increase existing customer adoption of a MSP or cloud provider's services by making it easier and more cost effective to migrate existing applications. Automated solutions for migrating existing servers reduces the customer's cost, effort, and risk enabling them to focus on how to get the most value from leveraging cloud services as part of the foundation for their IT service catalog.

Third, migration solutions can reduce the time it takes to onboard customers by as much as 90 percent, reducing internal costs and helping improve customer satisfaction and retention. Instead of building a new server from scratch or using manual processes and scripts to migrate solutions, customers can migrate their server workloads in minutes using automated processes and tools. This means that customers are more likely to complete their migration project which leads to higher customer satisfaction and retention. It also frees up MSP and cloud provider staff to focus on high value initiatives rather than onboarding servers.

And finally, MSP and cloud providers can leverage cloud to cloud migration capabilities to onboard customers from other cloud providers. This enables them to offer competitive upgrades and attractive pricing to woo customers from other vendors who may not be maintaining acceptable customer satisfaction levels. Providing an automated migration path from a competitive cloud platform to their own platform means the end customer doesn't have to factor in the time and cost of a manual rebuild and migration when making their decision. It also protects end customers by eliminating concern over vendor lock-in, which can be a sales inhibitor.

All in all, when you consider that average customer spend on cloud services ranges from $1,000-$12,000 annually, providing a server migration solution at a fraction of that amount (or even at no cost) is in every MSP and cloud provider's best interest.

With Racemi, MSP and cloud providers can provide physical and virtual onboarding and migration services for their cloud or hosted services with minimal effort and expense. It requires no infrastructure in the end customer's environment and can be easily integrated into a providers control panel. In addition, we don't introduce any virtualization tools or networking infrastructure and we don't incur any additional performance overhead on customer servers.

For every other business and enterprise we support the migration of both physical and virtual servers to public cloud providers like Amazon, Terremark, Rackspace and GoGrid. By supporting a variety of major cloud providers out of the box, as well as all of the major hypervisors platforms (Hyper-V, VMware, and Xen), Racemi can support a wide range of end customer migration needs. We're big believers that moving to cloud computing needs to be as simple as possible.

More Stories By James Strayer

James Strayer is the vice president of product management and marketing at Racemi. He has more than a decade of experience in the IT Service Management industry. At Fortune 500 company Symantec, he led product management efforts for the Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) business and worked with key OEM strategic partners such as HP and Dell. Previously, at Altiris, a leader in IT Lifecycle Management solutions, his go-to-market strategies fostered exponential revenue growth to over $200 million in annual license revenue. Under his direction, the Altiris product line also led Gartner Magic Quadrants and Forrester Leader Waves for IT Lifecycle Management, Asset Management, Service Desk, and Server Management and won numerous industry awards. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Life Sciences.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Silicon India has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Published in Silicon Valley, Silicon India magazine is the premiere platform for CIOs to discuss their innovative enterprise solutions and allows IT vendors to learn about new solutions that can help grow their business.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "IoT Now" was named media sponsor of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICOHOLDER named "Media Sponsor" of Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO. ICOHOLDER gives detailed information and help the community to invest in the trusty projects. Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO has opened its Call for Papers. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPOalso offers sp...