Data Migration and Merging Data Centers

If you’ve ever had to do it, you know that data migration is one of the trickiest IT challenges. Add in moving and consolidating multiple data centers and it’s an ordeal that invites dark humor and increased sleep deprivation. But IT professionals are stoic, if nothing else, so they wade into these projects optimistically. Now we can’t say we have made these ventures simple, but we have made them simpler.

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Applications: Living Well in Retirement

COBOL, a dead programming language, right? Well yes. Sort of. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Eighty percent of the world’s daily business transactions rely on a 59-year-old programming language called COBOL …” So, like mainframe computers and tape, it may not be cool but it isn’t dead.

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Application Recipes and Refinements

Think of applications as the essential services that feed a business - food. Of course food isn’t one thing, one ingredient, but a very long list of fruits and vegetables and meat and spices, and, for some of us, beer. With few exceptions, the ingredients are more satisfying when combined, cooked. In fact cooking has often been used as an appropriate analogy for application development. It follows a cycle of need, preparation, creation, testing, troubleshooting and adjustment. Some recipes are favored and refined. Some retired for good. End-user feedback is always the critical test.

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The Application Development Time Machine

Late last year Actifio introduced new product enhancements for Oracle environments. The updates were very well received by industry analysts and helped promote Actifio to Platinum Oracle Partner status. What Oracle recognized, many Actifio clients already experienced – robust capabilities to deliver data virtualization solutions that dramatically advance business agility and resiliency. But customer conversations were also highlighting another top-of-mind topic of customer interest - application development.

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DevOps II – Virtualizing on an Ancient Concept

As DevOps has become the preferred application development method, a key question – not a new one - has been around production data access. How quickly and safely can we furnish access to needed production data? That’s where data virtualization comes in.

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DevOps – Virtualizing on an Ancient Concept

The concept of combined Development & Operations, DevOps has emerged from Agile approaches as the preferred method for enterprise application development. It’s a time-to-market accelerator, and it’s clearly shown improved innovation results over previous sequential practices. It’s also a model with historical precedence. For more than four millennia, a flexible "design-build" project delivery system has been used in building construction. "Master builders" have used it to save expenses, accelerate schedules and encourage innovation through a flexible construction process. So, if you’re adopting a DevOps building framework, there’s a few thousand years of validation to back you up.

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Language and Lifecycles

Languages are rich in the ways they help us to understand our world. But even with a precise dictionary definition, context is everything. The Inuits have a hundred words for snow. But if you lived in the tropics, why would you care?

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Essential Data Mobility – people, devices, data, business

There are some very good reasons that businesses want their data to be mobile and free of infrastructure constraints. Start with mobile users, remote offices, business partners, or dispersed manufacturing locations. Application data needs to be accessible everywhere, whenever required. But it doesn’t have to live everywhere. It just needs to be effortlessly and seamlessly accessible between data centers, among field locations, and to individual users at the edge. True data mobility means edge to core, to and from mobile devices, and to and from the cloud, as well as recovery / sharing to and from remote sites. All of this pushes us past data management based on the old constraints. The way we’ve always done it will no longer cut it. To quote Gartner, we must “manage the data not the infrastructure.”

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Cloud Brokers – Cloud Sommeliers

If you love wine, you know about making decisions. Narrowing down. Red, white or sparkling? California, Italian or French? Ahh, monsieur prefers Bordeaux? Medoc or St. Emilion? Chateau Figeac ou Clous Fourtet? Le 2001 ou 2005? What goes best with duck? How about the house wine? Where is that Sommelier?

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