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The Cloud Transition Demands 3 Critical Characteristics
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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/26/2013 | 2:02:57 AM
Re: Mindset is more important -- "aha" moment?
Marilyn, yes indeed - the real-life example speaks itself.:-) The "Aha" moment comes after seeing demonstration from IT department and becoming comfortable working with VMs offered by IaaS from private cloud. I think this is the normal acceptance curve.:-)
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/25/2013 | 10:06:04 AM
Re: Mindset is more important -- "aha" moment?
That's really interestng, Li. It sounds like your initial reservations were about performance (availability, reliability and backup). But the aha moment -- when you truly saw the benefits of cloud computing -- came after IT actually showed you how powerful and  easy to use the cloud services were. But that didn't happen right away. A acceptance came after months of seeing solid results.. 
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/25/2013 | 2:16:51 AM
Re: Mindset is more important -- "aha" moment?
Marilyn, good question - here I would like to share an example. As a software development team, every quarter we need to submit our requirement for new PC hardware for development and testing purpose. Starting from the beginning of this year, our IT focal got the feedback from IT department asking about the justification - why your requirement cannot be fulfilled by using our private cloud? At the beginning we call concerned about the availability, reliability and backup of the data on private cloud. Our IT professional comes down and demonstrated how we can easily create persistent VM from our IaaS service, how powerful and easy to use is our SaaS applications, etc. Finally we understood how cloud computing works and got our concerns answered. Now we view IT infrastructure/service more as a resource pool instead of rigid machine farms.
ChrisMurphy
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11/22/2013 | 6:47:08 PM
Re: What cloud skills do you have?
Is this perhaps missing the most important question of all: Do you really need a third party involved in your cloud transition?
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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11/22/2013 | 9:58:55 AM
Re: Mindset is more important
Li, I'd like to hear more about how IT pros change their thinking as well. Are there any specific exercises you can recommend for an organization to help it start thinking about its resources in a new light?
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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11/22/2013 | 9:02:22 AM
Cloud Mindset: Need For Speed
Budget is mentioned more frequently here than agility, but it is the agility benefits of the cloud model that dominate the mindset of many IT leaders today. How will your provider help you -- and your business peers-- move faster and with fewer hoops/steps/blocks? A cloud mindset requires an appreciation for business speed.

That new speed is a powerful story for IT to tell to the business. More powerful than good old savings, in my opinion.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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11/22/2013 | 8:02:22 AM
Re: Mindset is more important -- "aha" moment?
I would really like to hear more from Li and Aditshar about the challenges they have experienced getting from an on premise to a cloud mindset. What are some of the practical issues you've grappled with? Did you have an "aha" moment when everything became clear? 
aditshar
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aditshar,
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11/22/2013 | 3:48:50 AM
Re: Mindset is more important
I agree you completely Li, Mindset is game changer here, from on premise to off premise ..its little tough to decide and very important to make yourself satisfied with what cloud commits, keeping fact in mind that authentication and data as a process will be taken care by CSP...
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/21/2013 | 10:52:13 PM
Mindset is more important
Mastering the related technology is quite important but that's not the most important. The key to cloud transtion is the mindset. As an IT professional, you need to understand the basic concept of cloud computing - changing the physical hardware, infrastructure and upper layer application into a pool. The end user can get the service on demand. The transtion to cloud is not easy and you need to be prepared for the chaos at the beginning.:-)
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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11/21/2013 | 7:41:17 PM
What cloud skills do you have?
One example of what Sudhir is talking about would be whether your IT staff is skilled at working with open source modules versus good at working with a primary vendor, such as HP, VMware, Cisco, Microsoft or IBM. The latter would prefer to let a skilled vendor integrate several pieces for them. The former can tinker and assemble still evolving pieces themselves, building out a CloudStack, OpenStack or Eucalyptus assembly. There are tradeoffs in each approach.


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