Leveraging the cloud to accelerate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures

Companies engage in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. In most cases, a lengthy due diligence process happens. At some point in the process, “technological compatibility” between the impacted organizations is considered.  What happens when the companies merging have entirely different IT architectures?  Consider this fictional scenario: Company “BlueCascade” divests a subsidiary business unit called “AquaPure.” Company

How to “Float” on the Multi-Cloud

There is a lot of talk about “multi-cloud,” but trying to achieve that level of cloud diversity might be challenging for many organizations. If you are starting out in the cloud, instead of building cloud-specific expertise across multiple cloud providers, try to “float” across multiple clouds as much as possible. Here is how. First off,

A User-Centered Approach to Achieving Seamless Workload Migrations

Production workloads are essential for the smooth functioning of an organization’s operations. Today’s businesses rely heavily on critical applications, data, and services such as enterprise resource planning systems, customer-facing websites, scale-out applications, and database management systems. However, the challenge for many businesses is to modernize their legacy applications to remain competitive in the market. Legacy

What is promiscuous mode and why does it matter? 

It lets more network traffic through! That’s what promiscuous mode (or p-mode) does for the network card. It allows additional network traffic to the rest of the endpoint. What exactly do I mean by that and why does this need to happen sometimes? Here’s a quick overview of p-mode in both a traditional context for
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Demystifying SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS

The technology industry is loaded with jargon. Often a result of trying to simplify complex concepts, the abbreviations, buzzwords, and blurred lines can confuse even tech veterans, let alone those new to enterprise tech. So, in hopes of adding some clarity to the conversation, we’ve written a high-level overview that defines the most popular cloud

Accessing Azure Blob Storage from a Skytap Environment (IBM i and AIX)

Azure Storage offers a variety of highly-available, secure, and durable storage options for customers. Azure Blob Storage is Microsoft’s object storage solution for the cloud and offers users the ability to store large amounts of unstructured data Azure Blob Storage is particularly useful when storing data for backup, disaster recovery, and archival.  Skytap on Azure

IT legacy application modernization: the gap between aspiration and execution

Many of you are likely aware of the recent story of Southwest Airlines’ terrible flight cancellation and scheduling crisis during the winter holidays. Skytap Cloud Solutions Architect Tony Perez even wrote about a blog about how the airline could benefit from a lift-and-shift to the multi-cloud, then refactor to solve this issue and avoid similar

A Tale of Two Cloud Transformations

Being engaged in the growth of cloud infrastructure for over a decade, I got to see and live through successes and failures of various cloud transformation journeys. Interestingly, two of them exemplify the spectrum of “pie in the sky” disappointment to “bang for the buck” impact. Both are large multi-billion dollar enterprises in the industrial
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Reserve Capacity in Skytap on Azure: Self-Service Now Available

Skytap has offered reserve capacity (RC) in our Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud offerings for just over two years now, but until recently, you were required to work through your account representative to request your RC. With the latest update to Skytap on Azure, you can now purchase reserve capacity directly within the Skytap portal

Skytap Template Backup and Copy-to-Region for Disaster Recovery

As an IT Pro, you know the importance of having a disaster recovery (DR) plan in place. However, budget constraints can make it difficult to implement a full DR solution. One way to prepare for a disaster is to create an offsite copy of your source data or environment, and a great way to do

Why Skytap has become the de facto cloud for AIX and IBM i

As CEO of a cloud migration services company, I guide enterprises each week on their digital transformation and the best path to the cloud. And over the past decade, the challenge that frequently surfaces is how to include legacy applications in the broader cloud transformation initiative. We’ve all seen how modern applications have migrated to

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