The best of 2013, so far

We’ve somehow already reached the halfway point of the calendar year. Since Halloween decorations will be out before you know it, we thought it would be a good idea to look back at our most popular posts from the first six months of the year, just in case you missed something. Have something in mind you want to read about during the second half of the year? Want to contribute? Please let us know.

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Our favorite links and pages of the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Check out the latest Guaranteed-to-run course schedule, RedHat
Red Hat Training EMEA summer promotion, Red Hat
Cloud adoption for enhanced business stability, ServicesSpeak
OpenStack accelerating commitment by big vendors, Domicity
Red Hat puts Linux into OpenStack cloud, GCN
Red Hat ships shiny new KVM and OpenStack software, TheRegister

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Cloud Adoption for Enhanced Business Stability

by Satish Irrinki (Red Hat)

Increasingly in today’s world, data centers are moving towards software-defined computing, networking, and storage. IT infrastructure that supports the application and data workloads is moving from bare metal servers to cloud. While the most obvious justification for this shift can be summarized as increased efficiency, capacity utilization, and flexibility (to scale up or down), there are less obvious fundamental economic and financial principles in play that contribute to overall business stability of the organizations and lines of business (LOB).

Cloud computing has changed the cost structure of IT infrastructure. Historically, IT infrastructure was considered a capital expenditure (CapEx) that requires large upfront investments leading to higher fixed costs for the business. With the advent of cloud computing, primarily because of its pay-for-use billing model, IT expenditure shifted from fixed operating cost structure to variable operating cost (OpEx) model.

This shift not only decreases the need for larger cash flow requirements or, in lieu, higher liabilities on balance sheet (akin to capitalization of lease expenses) for the CapEx, it also reduces the volatility in the operating income for the business.

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Our favorite links and pages of the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Check out the latest Guaranteed-to-run course schedule, RedHat
Red Hat Training EMEA summer promotion, Red Hat
Red Hat Certified Professional reception photos from Summit, ServicesSpeak
Red Hat adds commercial public cloud offering to OpenShift PaaS, InfoQ

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Favorite links and pages of the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Check out the latest Guaranteed-to-run course schedule, RedHat
Red Hat Training EMEA summer promotion, Red Hat
Determining your ‘migration mission statement’…and why it’s important, ServicesSpeak
Top 3 takeaways from Red Hat Summit, LinuxPlanet
Users consider combo of Red Hat OpenStack with Red Hat Storage, TechTarget
Embracing OpenStack: How Red Hat commoditized open source cloud computing, TheServerSide
Red Hat Debuts Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform for OpenStack-Powered Clouds, TheJournal
VIDEO: Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO Explains what Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack is all About, InternetNews
Red Hat unveils OpenStack certification and solution marketplace, NetSecurity

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Determining your ‘migration mission statement’…and why it’s important

by Thomas Crowe (Red Hat)

A key component to a successful migration is a “migration mission statement.” The migration mission statement’s purpose is to summarize the key parts of a migration into a succinct, simply-communicated format that results in a clearly defined migration goal that is easily measurable for success. A sample migration mission statement could be:

Migrate the Acme Order Processing java application from the current proprietary IBM hardware running AIX and WebSphere into a cloud infrastructure running Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Application Server; in order to provide better TCO and ROI, as well as provide increased scalability and reliability. The migration should be performed during non-peak hours, have minimal downtime requirements, and provide for rollback if necessary.

Generally speaking, there are several factors that go into planning and executing a successful migration project. But by answering the following questions, a significant amount of the information necessary for a successful migration can be gathered.

What?
The most basic question to initially ask is simply, “What is being migrated?” This simple question sets the stage for gathering the additional information that is required. Is the migration moving all services from one server to another? Maybe it is migrating an application from one application server to another, or migrating storage from one array to another. Each of these scenarios are going to have unique data-gathering requirements that need to be understood in order to successfully plan and ultimately execute a successful migration.

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Favorite posts and pages of the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Check out the latest Guaranteed-to-run course schedule, RedHat
Red Hat Training EMEA summer promotion, Red Hat
VIDEO POST: The story of Rafael Guimaraes, 2013 RHCP of the Year, ServicesSpeak
Red Hat Summit 2013: Company pushes ‘open innovation’ as future of IT, TechTarget
Red Hat consultant named Australia’s young project manger of the year, RedHat
Red Hat updates virtualization and OpenStack products, H-Online
Red Hat opens OpenShift PaaS cloud for business, ZDNet
Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2, ITWeb
Red Hat announces OpenStack-powered product offerings to deliver on Open Hybrid Cloud vision, DailyFinance
Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS goes live, PCWorld
Red Hat Shows OpenStack Ecosystem Strength; Launches Red Hat OpenStack Certification, Unveils Red Hat Certified Solution Marketplace, WSJ
JBoss: We’re not just about Java anymore, InternetNews

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