Migration Mania: Google+ Hangout Recap

Last week in our Office Hours Google+ Hangout, we answered the question, “What do I need to consider before I move to the cloud?” We examined this question with a few different types of people: those with physical devices only, those currently launching a new project and others. Potential cloud consumers should note that they don’t have to jump into the cloud all at once, but can rather move in an incremental manner. Here are some of the highlights from the Hangout, and you can see the complete video at the bottom on the post.

  • We talked about how to move a “kitchen counter server,” a physical server that may be hosted at home or in a colocation facility, over to the cloud. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to move everything to the cloud. Rather, we discuss how you can integrate pieces of your site into the cloud.
  • I often work with developers at startups that are in the process of taking the code that is running on their laptop and deploying it to a hosted environment. In this Hangout, I talked about how companies that don’t yet have a hosted solution can take advantage of the cloud. In particular, they should consider separating their infrastructure (such as web, application and database) and have each function on different cloud nodes. You can also find out more of this in Wayne Wall’s Second Pillar of Cloudiness: Modular Design blog post.

We’re going to be taking off this week for the Fourth of July holiday over here in the States, but we look forward to hosting the next Office Hours Hangout on Thursday, July 11 at 1:00 p.m. CST. Be sure to check the Rackspace Google+ page for more information and I’ll see you then!

Alan is a former Racker, who also helped create the Stevie Award winning onboarding program for cloud collaboration suite Central Desktop, working directly with companies and organizations like MLB.com, Sesame Workshop, and IEEE. When he's not helping customers learn how to build awesome things in the cloud, he can be found performing improv comedy with ComedySportz San Antonio, or volunteering with the Alamo Beard Club.


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