Thursday, April 19, 2012

Agenda for the Space Coast Cloud Circle - April 19, 2012


Moderator: Ray Osborne
Rusty's Seafood – Out on the deck.
Contact number 321-345-1513

Please note we will be having our luncheon out on the deck of Rusty's Seafood. If you are
sensitive to sunshine you may want to consider a hat or other head covering. Everyone is responsible for their own bill.

Noon – Arrive be seated and order your own food. Note there is a buffet with a variety of food choices.

12:15 Introductions; Opportunity to give your 3 minute elevator speech. What company
or business you are with? How you are involved with cloud computing? What's your favorite cloud app (SaaS)? Go around clockwise starting from moderator Ray Osborne

12:30 start discussion “Migration Issues: From Legacy IT to the Cloud.”

Define what cloud computing is. What is SaaS? What is IaaS? examples

What are the top concerns of companies when they consider moving their data to the

Quotes from interviews I have conducted. (for discussion fodder)

>The three areas of consideration and solution comparison are Cost, Value and Risk. If there is an unlimited budget, I guess cost doesn't matter, but I haven't seen that yet. There may be cases where simply employing a gateway that exposes the exisitng application or data to the new cloud infrastructure contains high value and low risk, but also has lower cost than a wholesale re-write or migration to a new platform.There are many nuances and the first two question that need to be answered are "what do you have?" and "what are you trying to do?". Then research the options and make the final determination based on CVR.

>The main "concerns" when migrating from legacy to Cloud, in my experience with my customers are:
1. Security -- will my application be secure and my data be private (nobody except my users should be able to access them.
2. Availability -- Despite the incredible SLAs touted by cloud providers, I have heard of severe downtimes of the public cloud (sometimes a few days). Will my users experience such outages, and will I lose customers due to things which are then not in my control?
3. Licenses -- Should I just take my licenses and move to an IAAS (btw, is that legal?) or should I dump the existing licenses and go for SaaS versions of the softwares (e.g. Office, CRM, etc)
4. Regulatory compliance -- If I move my data to the cloud, will I still be compliant with all the regulation or is there a chance I might be in violation, unwittingly?

1:30 Close out, any news items that would interest this group?

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