Gary Zeien

Should I move my application to hybrid cloud?

Should I move my application to a hybrid cloud? This is the question of the day. As hybrid cloud becomes the client and server, or service oriented architecture (SOA), of the 2010s, everyone is asking about trying cloud. As I covered in some previous Thoughts on Cloud blog posts, there are some fundamental structural aspects […]

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10 questions to ask when moving applications to hybrid cloud

In my previous post, I reviewed a common set of application types and highlighted the importance of understanding the type of the application that is being considered to move to a hybrid cloud. To help in the analysis of your potential to move an application to a hybrid cloud, I have put together a top […]

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Hybrid clouds: Should you bring on the moving van?

As the drumbeat for hybrid cloud gets louder, more and more questions are emerging. Can I move my application to a hybrid cloud? What do I need to consider and what challenges will need to be addressed? As an architect with over a decade of experience designing client applications of different types, I thought I […]

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Four reasons why the cloud is not your average data center

I work in the cloud space, helping to solution systems and moving on-premises data centers to the cloud. Recently, I have noticed a growing trend among my clients who think: “It’s just a data center. I can move my stuff in, right?” Cloud providers are running a business. This business is focused on the following […]

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Hybrid cloud: Is it a banana split or a mess waiting to happen?

We’ve all had that fabulous banana split where a number of ingredients were combined to create a tasty masterpiece. I’ll also bet that at times we have let it sit for too long, not paying attention to it, and that it turned into a sloppy mess. Well, welcome to the world of hybrid clouds. There […]

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Five ways cloud computing is like Las Vegas

How can using and working with “the cloud” be like Las Vegas? You’re probably thinking I’ve lost my mind, but bear with me! At a recent conference, while I was looking out of my hotel room window, I began to see some similarities between Vegas and what is happening in business and IT as we […]

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How I used the cloud to understand the cloud

“I’m a man, and I can change, if I have to … I guess.” This line from The Red Green Show  sums up how I felt a little over a year ago.  I realized I needed to ramp up my understanding of cloud computing and all things related. I learned two things from this effort: […]

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High performance computing on SoftLayer

“It’s alive!” I think most of us have seen the movie Young Frankenstein, where Gene Wilder exclaims this over his creation. The simple act of breathing is a key capability that enables us to live and adapt to our environment. When we need more air, we breathe harder. When we are sleeping, we breath slower. That ability […]

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