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7 Strategic Considerations for ISV Cloud Strategy

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As more and more organizations become familiar with the cloud, they are moving towards buying software as a services (SaaS) based on actual usage. In fact, it is predicted that SaaS will become the dominant software consumption model by 2018. According to Gartner, as this occurs the steep decline in maintenance fees will translate into a total revenue loss of up to 40% for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). This means that ISV’s priorities are shifting, leading to changes in their current operating models.

Having been in the software industry for many years, I have seen first-hand what it means to transform from a traditional license and maintenance fee model to a subscription based SaaS. Through numerous discussions with ISVs with regard to transforming their business, what I’ve found is that while there is no single right approach, there a few common themes that always arise. What follow are 7 strategic considerations to keep in mind.

1. Should I build my own cloud?

Building your own cloud means that you have to invest substantially in infrastructure and in developing new capabilities. If your business has the scale to build a cloud in a cost-efficient way, including access to the technology, budgets, and the skilled resources to maintain the infrastructure, it can definitely be an opportunity. However, if you lack the scale of a larger enterprise, building a cloud solution probably won’t provide a competitive advantage, so it’s worth outsourcing to a partner who can meet your current needs and scale with you as you grow.  Read the rest of this entry »

Join us at Cloud Expo Europe in Paris!

We are currently getting ready for some interesting sessions at Cloud Expo Europe and Cloud Security Expo. This will take place in Paris on 29 – 30 November. If you are attending the conference, it will be great if you can stop by the LeaseWeb stand (D40). Our engineers will be happy to discuss with you about migration to the cloud or how hybrid cloud fits your business needs.
We are also hosting the following two sessions:

Stay one step ahead of cyber-attacks (the reality of protecting 80.000 servers globally)

Date and Time: Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 10:40 A.M.– 11:05 A.M.
Presenter: Julien Lehmann, Product Manager at LeaseWeb will address critical technical issues in combatting DDoS attacks. This session will take place at the Cloud Security Service Providers Theatre/Risk Compliance and Governance Theatre.

Finding your way in the hybrid cloud world 

Date and Time: Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:10 A.M. – 10:35 A.M.
Presenter: Robert van der Meulen, Technical Evangelist at LeaseWeb, will discuss about Hybrid Clouds combine various types of infrastructure, allowing you to optimize them for specific workloads. This session will take place at the International Theatre.

If you do not have a ticket yet, you can get your free ticket here to access the Cloud Expo Europe and Cloud Security Expo locations. Hope to meet you there.

We are joining Microsoft Cloud partner network as Tier 1 Provider

leaseweb_microsoftWe are happy to announce that LeaseWeb joined the Microsoft Cloud partner network as a top-level, Tier 1 provider. This enables us to elevate our existing relationship with Microsoft and increase collaboratively to define, evolve and grow the market for hybrid cloud-based services.

As part of the Microsoft Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb is joining a select group of strategic service providers that can deliver differentiated, value-added services to end customers based on the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud vision.

Achieving this status is a major milestone and the result of a lot of hard work by our product and operational teams.

By becoming part of Microsoft’s Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb can better help customers running a Microsoft stack to consume services in a datacenter that blend well with their existing environments. 

Get in touch with us if you want to learn more about our vision of the hybrid cloud, and how we can help you optimize your infrastructure.

It’s time to take a business-leading view of hybrid cloud

There’s a real change happening among business leaders with regard to IT operations. The days of IT being some secretive, hidden department full of technical people are thankfully coming to an end.

As business becomes more digitized, the whole organization is more aware than ever of the importance of IT. Adding to the awareness trend is cloud. The ability for any line of business to procure an online service on demand has made IT even more notable to the broader business.

The challenge is many workloads are being spun up without a broader strategy. Human nature being what it is, we love a fast solution to even the most complex problems and often have to be forced into thinking about long-term impacts.

That’s why I like communicating the virtues of a hybrid cloud – it’s the long-term IT strategy we’ve been waiting for.

Customer interest in hybrid is growing by the day, but when I meet with IT and business managers there remains a lot of uncertainty over the technical aspects of hybrid. While business leaders don’t need to become overly technical, it is certainly in their interest – and the organization’s – to get more involved with the hybrid cloud strategy.

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Join us at Cloud Expo Asia!

We are currently setting up for Cloud Expo Asia and Cloud Security Expo that will take place in Singapore, on October 12-13. If you’re attending the conference, we hope you’ll stop by our stleaseweb_cloudexpo-asiaand (K7) and talk to our engineers about migration to the cloud or the use of hybrid hosting. Furthermore, we will also be hosting the following two sessions:

DDoS mitigation: A LeaseWLetechnical deep-dive (Weds 12th October 2016, 10:40 – 11:05)

Bastiaan Spandaw, Technical Director at LeaseWeb, will address critical technical issues in combatting DDoS attacks.

 This session will take place at the Cloud Security Service Providers Theatre/Risk Compliance and Governance Theatre.

How to secure a ‘cloud company’ on a global scale (Thurs 13th October 2016, 10:30 – 10:55)

Fred Streefland, Chief Information Security Officer at LeaseWeb, will talk about how to secure a cloud company on a global scale. This session will take place at Cloud Security Expo Keynote Theatre.

If you do not have a ticket yet, you can get your free ticket here to access the Cloud Expo Asia and Cloud Security Expo locations.

Want to talk hybrid cloud? Start with our new introductory report by your side

I’m pleased to announce the availability of a new report from LeaseWeb which introduces hybrid cloud computing to business leaders.hybridcloud_2560

The report, Enter a new era of IT flexibility with hybrid cloud, is a concise guide to the technical aspects and business benefits of developing a hybrid cloud strategy. We’re pleased to offer this as an independent report of value to anyone with an interest in the topic.

As if cloud computing wasn’t confusing enough for business leaders the IT industry is now abuzz with the term “hybrid cloud”. The good news is when you understand the hybrid cloud concept the whole idea of “cloud” makes more sense as there is no such thing as IT and business service infrastructure operating in isolation.

Hybrid cloud, as most people see it, is a combination of public and private server and storage infrastructure, however, this view can be broadened to include public cloud, private cloud, content delivery networks and bare metal servers. Read the rest of this entry »

How the cloud is like Minecraft

Minecraft_Logo_03Recently I was reading this article in the New York Times about Minecraft. It’s a story about how Minecraft is changing the way children play, learn and create things. It does so by bringing them into a digital environment that provides the freedom to let them fully design their own world, complete with houses, vehicles and more. Players start mining and expand their environment by chopping trees, mining blocks and creating their own tools. In Minecraft, the article goes, you’re provided with a toolbox to do so, which allows you to be creative and build things. The physical equivalent of Minecraft is somewhat like Lego.

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Six Tips for Picking the Perfect Cloud Partner

LSW0264_00_WhPaperVisualBy now, the concept of the cloud is ubiquitous, but for many business leaders the idea still presents more challenges than opportunities. Understanding the complicated technology, not to mention the vast array of delivery models, degrees of services and levels of security available, can be a daunting task for companies under pressure to adapt or adopt.

In a new white paper, “Developing a Cloud Sourcing Strategy: Six Steps to Select the Right Cloud Partner,” LeaseWeb gives decision makers the tools they need to formulate an effective cloud strategy or to identify the right cloud partner to executive it. In summary form, these six tips will help you find the cloud partner for your business.

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Scaling the Cloud: how we upgraded all of our customers’ instances

One of the advantages of cloud computing is the flexibility and redundancy it offers. If your cloud provider is running a fully redundant platform (in my opinion it can’t be done right  any other way), most maintenance tasks can be performed without any impact for customers.

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New Console feature for LeaseWeb Cloud and Virtual Servers

I am happy to announce the addition of the new Console feature for LeaseWeb’s Cloud and Virtual Server products. This new feature allows you to control your instances as if you were physically connected to the server. It is available for all Cloud and Virtual Servers instances ordered after 19 March 2012 (instances ordered before that date were delivered on a different platform).

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Joy and fun today: happy to support the Hoogvliegers day at the Lelystad airport

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Our Product Manager for Dedicated Servers giving a speech at ESL Benelux Championship 2017. Visit us during the event.

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2 days until #ESL Benelux Championship. All the competitive games in the competition will be powered by our servers: lsw.to/lhp

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