How to take legacy apps to the cloud

Some apps are easy to move to the cloud. Some apps are born there. Some… aren’t. A scenario a lot of us see as we migrate workloads is that we end up with shiny automated hotness in the cloud and then a bunch of old busted apps running on-prem.

Alternatively, if you work with more traditional IT and don’t know where to start, migrating workloads can feel daunting. Designing for cloud requires a lot more abstraction than on-prem. You’re much further from the metal.

Multi-tiered apps are usually an easy fit for cloud. But what do you do with all the client-server junk? — off-the-shelf apps that run on a single server, can’t be scaled horizontally, and are supported by vendors who still freak out about virtualization.

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The scary leap from SysOps to DevOps

I have at least one existential crisis a week during which I stress out about how much there is to learn and the finite amounts of time and attention I have to do that learning.

Someone releases a new cloud service, a new programing language, a new OS, a new micro-nano-pico-container-magic-going-to-change-the-world-thing seemingly every five minutes. Nevermind all the stuff I need to learn in everyday life — how to raise a kid, how to be a better husband, how to get a good deal buying dish soap in bulk.

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Satya Nadella just fixed Microsoft’s biggest problem

For as long as I can remember there have been two Microsofts: Microsoft Sales and everyone else. It’s a split that exists in most tech companies, but those that are most successful at the moment have a different divide; Google is Engineering and everyone else, AWS is Engineering and everyone else, Apple is Product and everyone else.

But Steve Ballmer is a salesman and that philosophy fit the 90s’ tech scene fairly well, so Microsoft became Sales and everyone else and remained so even after Satya Nadella took over.

That’s finally changing.

Last week, Kevin Turner, the last of the Ballmer-era executives and the leader of Microsoft’s Sales org announced his departure from the company. Shortly after, Nadella announced that he was breaking the Sales silo apart.

It’s the best change he’s made at Microsoft so far.

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