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The true business value of a private cloud is achieved through the applications you run on top of it. Unfortunately, most private clouds don’t come with apps built in. Deploying apps from scratch is a months long process that doesn’t always scale. The deployments typically aren’t repeatable – they are unique, like snowflakes – making them difficult to automate and reproduce.
There’s a debate raging in IT about what steps established organizations should take to move their older traditional applications to the cloud. On one side of the argument you have a contingent of IT professionals already reaping the benefits of cloud computing. They assert that the future of IT is in the cloud—that companies need to get on board by moving their apps to the cloud now. On the other side you have old-school IT folks with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. They rightly point out that these traditional apps are often the backbone of a company’s business and argue that running them on dedicated infrastructure seems to be working just fine. So why tinker with a good thing?
For years we’ve said that the “cloud is for everyone, but not for everything.” Though we all benefit from cloud technology – from mobile to social media to faster processing of tax returns – not every enterprise workload is right for cloud. Enterprises understand this as they look to move more workloads to the cloud. Enterprise IT teams must balance performance, compliance, interoperability and compatibility to decide which enterprise applications or workloads make sense in the cloud, which need to stay local or when a hybrid cloud or private cloud is the best fit.
Stanford professor BJ Fogg delivered a talk at SXSW Interactive on Saturday called Why Tiny Habits Give Big Results. Dr. Fogg is a founder of the Persuasive Technology Lab and teaches a class on persuasion and behavior analysis at the university. His system and teaching has become quite popular with software developers and design experts; after all, a new piece of software is designed to change or modify a user’s behavior. I was interested in attending his talk because I had enrolled in his Tiny Habits online course in the fall of 2012.
Rackspace customer and iconic beer maker Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) will take center stage this week in a webinar that highlights how it moved its applications from the data center to the Rackspace Cloud. For customers considering making the move to the cloud, this is a must-attend web event.
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