Fundamentals of Building a Successful Cloud

As a service provider, offering cloud services is another way to add new products to your portfolio while also adding value to your current solutions. Now that you have made the decision to add cloud services, you may be asking yourself “What do I need to do in order to start offering cloud to my enterprise customers?” Below we have outlined the next steps and deliverables you should consider to build a successful cloud and the importance of each component.

Often times Appcore gets asked about the components needed to build a successful cloud and why it is necessary to develop these before discussing cloud architecture. As CloudStack consultants we believe that defining the business, technology and operational areas and the deliverable for each within your organization enable us to design your infrastructure to support your goals. Without these we can not customize your cloud to support the products and services you intend to provide.

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Virtual Private Server and Cloud Servers are Not Created Equal

Often times virtual private server and cloud server are used interchangeably and during evaluation, they may seem similar. There are some similarities as both are subsets of a larger physical environments and provide virtualized instances. But there are some very distinct features that make both unique products. So before investing in a solution, it is important understand the difference between virtual private server and cloud servers.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas...

This poem was written by an Appcore employee. We wanted to share this with our readers and wish you all a Happy Holiday Season. 

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Experiencing Startup Weekend Des Moines Firsthand

If there was any question about if the startup scene in Des Moines was still active, startup weekend should settle that. This past weekend, I got the opportunity to experience Startup Weekend Des Moines. As an employee of a growing technology company, I appreciate the opportunity to network and experience the creative ideas of other entrepreneurs in the community. 

This year there were 31 pitches, 37 participants, 7 teams, and a two way tie for first. It was hosted at Startup City in downtown Des Moines. The weekend was a flurry of activity starting with pitches; individuals came with ideas, any idea they thought would make for a good startup. These ideas covered a significant range of topics from a hardware solution to putting your local businesses open/closed status on the internet, to a company that delivers local food from the region you long for. Ideas also included a site to rate the awesomeness of beards and a site to track your wedding guest list.

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Iowa College Students Experience Thriving Technology Community

Last Friday, Appcore got the opportunity to share our technology story with 35 students from colleges around the Des Moines area as part of the Experience Iowa Technology program.

Appcore was the first stop on the student’s technology tour and our Senior Programmer Nate Gordon shared our company history and provided a product overview of Appcore AMP, our cloud automation management platform.

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