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Sarah de Castro

Sarah de Castro
Cloud-enthusiast and storyteller, Sarah is a content strategist at OneKloud. Explorer of the technology landscape, she boils down technical and complex ideas for everyday digestion (and enjoyment). With an appreciation for sophisticated simplicity, linguistics and branding, she is a global local in Paris from New Zealand.

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Our newest senior developer is advocating for SysOps in Corporate Cloud Migration

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2017 11:11:00 AM / by Sarah de Castro posted in developers, New Faces, Operations, Startup

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New Faces: Meet Jérôme LeLeu

Meet our newest team member, senior developer Jérôme Leleu. He talks about the challenges of working in harmony through cloud infrastructure migration. Namely, how the “operations” side of things can be sidelined, just when they are needed most. Based in our Bordeaux technical hub, Jérôme knows all about the grey area between the day-to-day of computer engineering and meeting expectations of upper management.

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Long distance relationships… how we make our global team work for us.

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Sarah de Castro posted in organization, team, global

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 I’m writing this from a small wooden room in a village called Pamparato at the foot of the italian alps, in Italy’s piedmont region. Today, my boss Eric is on a plane high above the pacific ocean. Xavier, co-founder and CTO is somewhere between France and Spain, and the others are either in the offices in Bordeaux (France) or San Francisco. We’re under the influence of the cloud, a hybrid model combining remote and local hubs, from international locations. Considering we are a small (rapidly growing ahem!) startup and not a multinational company, we’re spread pretty wide across a diverse global landscape.

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IaaS adoption: how reality meets high expectations.

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2017 10:40:00 AM / by Sarah de Castro posted in AWS, Budget, Spending, Cloud, IaaS

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Does cloud infrastructure live up to the hype?

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The vendor landscape: navigating under the cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2017 4:40:00 PM / by Sarah de Castro posted in Private Cloud, Public Cloud, capacity planning, vendors

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The enterprise sourcing environment mirrors consumption trends of the digital age: it’s all about more, more complex requirements, more choice, more international, more specialist offers, and more time needed to evaluate, select, track and manage these relationships. With no choice in the matter, companies now need to rely on in-house expertise and their wits to contend with multiple vendors, hard-to decipher needs and offers.  

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The five challenges of capacity planning in the cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Sarah de Castro posted in Budget, IaaS, capacity planning

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Finding the optimal amount of resources needed to get the job done, and obtaining them at the most efficient cost a tradeoff between SLA, availability and cost? These eternal concerns of capacity planning experts are more relevant than ever, despite the dematerialization of many of a company's “resources” as computing power migrates to the cloud. The main attributes of the cloud environment: flexibility and scalability, rhyme with unpredictability. Capacity planning is confronted with a range of new challenges as the scope shifts from hard iron to IaaS.

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Why cloud-based IT gives new relevance to capacity planning

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2017 4:44:00 PM / by Sarah de Castro posted in AWS, Budget, Corporate, capacity planning, Predictive

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Just because  cloud infrastructure makes it possible for  businesses to adapt and scale their IT needs with more flexibility than ever before, doesn’t make it easy. While cloud migration is quickly becoming an indisputable step into the future, many companies are finding the transition comes with an unforeseen disadvantage: a debilitating lack of control and foresight.

“Capacity planning is the process of determining the production capacity needed by an organization to meet changing demands for its products. In the context of capacity planning, design capacity is the maximum amount of work that an organization is capable of completing in a given period,” says Wikipedia. So are these definitions and task frameworks relevant if we are talking about virtual IT? Absolutely.

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The end of AWS tagging…  at last!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 2, 2017 11:11:00 AM / by Sarah de Castro posted in AWS, Budget, Cloud, Corporate, Tagging

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It’s funny when you think about it, cloud infrastructure provides us with the capacity to power and host the most cutting edge computing technology, allowing the latest scientific and technological innovations to go above-and-beyond, but the way in which AWS is managed and how it interfaces with developers and companies is really pretty dated.

 

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Cloud infrastructure: turn it off!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2017 11:04:00 AM / by Sarah de Castro posted in AWS, Budget, Cloud service providers, Cost, accountability

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The little accountability paradox that’s costing your company big bucks...

 

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Take Back the Control of your IT Budget: Prevent IaaS overspend.

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 26, 2017 12:02:00 PM / by Sarah de Castro posted in AWS, CFO, Budget, Cloud, Cost, Corporate

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As we saw in part one of this series, controlling Cloud costs is a massive problem for companies -but the way to do so isn’t obvious, and in part two we looked at why just “hoping” programmers will respect the budget isn’t realistic.

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Cloud Budget Control, who should be paying the price?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2017 11:11:00 AM / by Sarah de Castro posted in CFO, Budget, agile, Cloud, developers

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Part Two: Cloud discipline, why just “hoping” programmers will respect the budget isn’t working for anyone.

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