The evolution of modern computing: serverless solutions versus containers

What is serverless computing? Serverless computing allows developers to create and run applications without thinking about server limitations such as provisioning, scaling, and managing. Functions are executed in a cloud environment and billed by the amount of time the process is running rather than by how long the server is up. A function is often […]

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The rise of serverless computing and what it can mean for your business

The rise of serverless computing Serverless computing is a cloud-based execution model in which functions are typically executed off-premises in the cloud. Despite its name, serverless computing does not eliminate the need for a server. Rather, serverless computing outsources the software code to the cloud provider’s infrastructure, where the application is automatically run at scale […]

OnX DevTest Cloud Government

Why government agencies should move DevTest to the cloud

Like virtually every other data-driven enterprise today, Canadian government agencies face the perennial challenge of doing more with less to serve their constituents. And like the rest of the world, this is inevitably leading agencies to review how they are consuming IT and supporting applications, and if they are better off with a public cloud alternative for some workloads. Leading the list is DevTest operations that can take advantage of the cloud’s speed, agility, and cost-savings without leading to worries about data theft and security.

OnX SD-WAN and Cloud App Performance

SD-WAN delivers better cloud app performance

Moving from MPLS to SD-WAN: It’s all about the apps The tremendous rise in cloud application usage has significantly impacted the performance of traditional networks like MPLS (multiprotocol label switching). For many years, MPLS networks have proven reliable for branch offices, but they require costly onsite configuration and management. Since the adoption of cloud-based apps […]

OnX Cloud for Canadian Governments

Cloud for Canadian Government Agencies

Cheaper, and better For fiscally minded government agencies, this can be a game-changer, but this is not the only advantage of the cloud. In addition, the cloud offers a far more reliable and secure environment than legacy on-premises data centers. While this may seem counter-intuitive, the fact is that the cloud offers a wealth of […]

OnX SD-WAN for Mobile Canadian Workforce

Building a better network to empower Canada’s mobile workforce

Together, OnX Canada and VeloCloud networking experts are traveling across Canada to meet with IT leaders at CIO Summit and Executive Briefing events to discuss the advantages of SD-WAN over the conventional enterprise WAN. During these meetings, we’ve learned from CIOs about the level of expectations within their organizations, and we use our collective expertise […]


Managed Disaster Recovery using Microsoft Azure

Take the case of a large Canadian privately-owned passenger transportation company. The transportation service provider is a long-time OnX Canada client, which is why they turned to us when it came time to streamline their DR infrastructure that supports more than 4,000 employees in four operating divisions located at numerous sites across Canada. Serious challenges […]

OnX ROI Data Center Blog

What’s the ROI of owning a data center vs. managed cloud services?

Budget constraints Embracing new technologies and changing behavior always comes with an initial cost. Some companies are hesitant to believe that they need new technology when their old technology has served them well in the past. Therefore, they do not think they will get a positive ROI from migrating to the cloud. However, this is […]

SD-WAN: Rethinking enterprise networks for Canada’s distributed, mobile workforce

The movement from conventional WAN to SD-WAN technology The exponential rise in cloud-based application use during the past few years has impacted the performance of the conventional enterprise WAN. With the bandwidth requirements of today’s cloud-based apps such as Microsoft Office 365, HubSpot, and Salesforce, along with a significant portion of the compute and storage […]

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What Canadian Maritime businesses should look for in data protection and managed services solutions provider

Many Canadian businesses have access to numerous data protection solution providers, but, most cloud-enabled data centers are in the greater Toronto and Quebec City areas. When it comes to disaster recovery, regional back up, and cloud services, business in the Maritime Provinces have narrow means to store and protect their data. Because of their limited […]

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Common excuses that stop companies from migrating to the cloud

1. “I’m not sold on the cost savings.” At first glance, reducing costs is one of the most immediate and tangible results from the cloud. You get out of the data center business and pay a predictable monthly fee based on the resources you use. No more buying the whole server rack when you only […]


Calculating the costs of managing your own data center vs. a managed cloud solution

The AWS TCO calculator has four core components: Servers: CPU cores, gigabytes of memory, database engine variety, virtual machines, and VM usage. Storage: raw capacity, storage type, and monthly backup percentage. Network: estimated data bandwidth and peak-average ratio. IT labor: annual salaries and number of VMs per administrator. Every IT organization faces unique challenges, so […]

IT challenges Canadian government

Top IT challenges facing Canadian government organizations

Tight budgets, high expectations The government of Canada acknowledges that citizens expect more digital services and have little patience for computer system crashes and balky IT performance. The federal government’s Strategic Plan for Information Management and Information Technology 2017 to 2021 spells this out in four central goals: Services should be simple, easy to access, […]

Managed cloud provider

7 questions you should ask a prospective managed cloud provider

OnX has decades of experience designing, building, and managing cloud-enabled data centers in Canada and North America. That gives us a decided edge in the managed-cloud marketplace. We have learned that prospective customers need to ask at least seven crucial questions of potential managed cloud providers: 1. Do you offer multiple cloud platforms and infrastructures? […]

Data center to cloud ROI

How getting out of the data center business delivers exponential return on investment

Switching from CapEx to OpEx Somebody has to pay for data center hardware, software, and support. But it doesn’t have to be you. That’s the fundamental appeal of shifting IT resources to the cloud. Cloud providers invest in designing, building, and provisioning powerful high availability, multi-tenant solutions of varying complexity. Clients cut costs and pay […]

Disaster recovery

CIO guide to disaster recovery: 5 lessons learned the hard way

1. Underplanning: Being reactive instead of proactive. An astonishing number of organizations lack a documented disaster recovery plan. A recent survey reported by found that 40 percent of the organizations queried admitted they did not have a documented disaster-recovery plan. The survey went out to more than 400 IT pros in firms with 50 […]

Journey to the cloud

CIO field guide: How to successfully navigate a successful path to the cloud

1. Align the cloud with your business goals. Cloud computing cannot be an end in itself. It has to be an avenue to pursue a business objective such as: Improving customer service. Cloud technologies like virtualization and cloud apps for customer-relationship management can transform key components of your business. Streamlining vendor relationships. The cloud might […]

Finding the right cloud option

The CIO’s guide to finding your perfect fit for cloud computing

  Cloud options at a glance Public Private Hybrid ·      Economical ·      Flexible ·      Global options   ·      Greater Control ·      In-country ·      Tighter security   ·      Most flexible ·      Costs, speed, and security optimized for best business results Choosing your cloud environment starts with your business objectives, compliance needs, and current IT operations. Workloads […]

Hyperscale Cloud OnX

A Smart Approach to Moving Workloads to the Hyperscale Cloud

A structured assessment of your IT workloads can help you identify the best match between your workload characteristics and the various hyperscale cloud providers. Additionally, it identifies where workloads have dependencies which must be addressed in making a transition to cloud. This information helps you develop a cloud architecture that dovetails into your wider business […]

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Retail Commerce Makes a Giant Leap Forward

One of the key providers in this space is Salesforce’s Commerce Cloud, which the CRM giant developed after purchasing e-commerce specialist Demandware in 2016. This is a great option for retailers because they can avoid punishing up-front expenses for licensing and architecture. The unique revenue-sharing expense model to e-commerce is another welcome advance. As a […]

3 Common Mistakes of OpenStack Beginners

I’ve just co-authored a new book on OpenStack architecture. Part of my motivation for writing it was to help people avoid the most common mistakes when embarking on a new OpenStack initiative. First, I’ll talk about avoiding three of these errors, and then I’ll talk a bit about the new OpenStack book. Mistake 1: Failing […]

The Next Great Translation: Hyperscale Cloud

Moving and managing data centers is the core of our Managed Service business. Transitioning our clients to hyperscale cloud requires a different level of engineering, because much of what we do in the enterprise needs to be translated to Public Cloud. This translation does require some investment; however, once you’ve done it, the opportunities to accelerate […]

Does your Cloud Environment have enough protection?

Does Your Cloud Environment Have Enough Protection?

Level One: Essential Protection Your first line of advanced support is built on a basic, straightforward foundation that’s easy to implement. Log manager and log review. This analyzes the huge volumes of data in your cloud. You can look for things like performance management, security incident response, and compliance requirements.   Fully managed intrusion detection. […]

Closing the gap between investment and implementation of ITSM solutions

Closing the gap between open-source technologies and enterprise-level IT

Why go with HPE Helion? For starters, it has the full backing of HP Enterprise, one of the biggest names in enterprise IT. But what really matters is how HPE Helion takes advantage of the flexibility, scalability and cost benefits of the OpenStack cloud computing infrastructure, which allows customers to transform their operations into a […]

Simple Steps to Secure Applications in the Cloud

Simple Steps to Secure Applications in the Cloud

  Deploy the application to the users Let’s start with a web application deployed on a single virtual instance. Most cloud providers will auto assign a public IP from a shared pool. Traffic to these IPs are considered unfiltered without any logical isolation of traffic. Firewalls and Filtering Depending on your cloud provider the features […]

Encouraging CFOs to think differently about cloud computing

“With the cloud, CFOs have the opportunity to stimulate growth throughout the organization while managing costs. By being strategic partners with the rest of the business, they can play a key role in driving the success of their organization.” Read More About Our Thoughts on Cloud Computing. Find out more about how OnX helps companies […]

Open Stack is NOT an Enterprise Cloud Platform

OpenStack is NOT an Enterprise Cloud Platform

Imagine if the auto industry had an “Open Automotive Foundation” that gave you access to all of the tools and secrets for building a car. And what if that foundation released an “Open Car Framework,” with the design templates, hardware specs and free software to build your own new car platform? Wouldn’t you choose to build a custom […]

“Monitoring and Management of Our Architectures and the Brass Ring” is locked Monitoring and Management of Our Architectures and the Brass Ring

Monitoring and Management of Our Architectures and the Brass Ring

Cross-Platform Management Comes of Age The evolution of monitoring and management tools introduced third-party software built to specifications using SNMP traps and APIs. The great thing about these tools was that they were no longer specific to a particular manufacturer. That gave IT staff greater control and expanded their ability to monitor hardware for faults and alert to high […]

And then there was hyper-convergence

And then there was hyper-convergence

HC market is heating up, and so is competitive pressure. Leaders in the HC space, dedicated HC vendors, Nutanix (Virtual Compute Platform) and SimpliVity (OmniCube), continue to release more capable HC platforms, while also enabling  customer adoption of their software through other compute vendors’ hardware (Nutanix with Dell, SimpliVity with Cisco). We have recently seen […]

A successful VMworld 2014 for OnX

A successful VMworld 2014 for OnX

VMware’s Stephane Asselin and I received great feedback on our presentation “EUC1289 – What’s New in End User Computing: Full Desktop Automation and Self-Service,” which carries on the great work our OnX team is doing with our customers. We had over 370 people attend the talk. Not only was our session well attended, but also […]

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go?

“I’ll be here till the end of time…” Well, software comes in a variety of flavors – running the spectrum from homegrown to “commercial off the shelf/COTs” and anywhere in between. The value of the software must be analyzed within your organization, along with the costs to run it. Think about the following criteria when […]

2 ways to learn what’s new in end user computing

2 ways to learn what’s new in end user computing

In addition to Stephane, we were able to work together with our original good cop/bad cop publishing team; Joan Murray, Ellie Brue from VMware Press (I won’t tell you who the good cop or the bad cop was.) They are, and continue to be very supportive of our thoughts and ideas. Our technical editors were […]

The value of expertise

The value of expertise

Everything went well and I was proud that I was able to fix such a complicated gear system without having to pay an expensive expert. We had several nice days of boating during July, but on the fourth trip out the engine alarm went off due to overheating. I was dead in the water and […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This change is also driving change in the governance structure of the IT organizations I meet with. CIO’s are looking for IT Service Management experience in their employees and partners. There’s more time spent on the relationship with a supplier instead of just commodity pricing. Governance meetings are driven by metrics and dashboards, not change […]

The benefits of deploying a converged infrastructure

The benefits of deploying a converged infrastructure

There are many offerings of converged infrastructure solutions out there.  It can be overwhelming wading through the vast quantities of information available from the manufacturers to determine which implementation of CI will best solve your business needs.  Engaging an experienced IT Solution Provider who understands the CI landscape will allow a faster time to solution […]

Capacity planning in the cloud

Capacity planning in the cloud

This becomes even more complex when you start building cloud platforms.  Typically, the first question to ask when sizing a new environment is “What are you running” along with “What are the performance and capacity requirements of your workloads”. This poses a great difficulty when you are building a shared cloud service, whether it is […]

Location, location, location…

Location, location, location…

Another factor is the transformation of a work force that doesn’t need to be “in an office” to be productive.  With remote access getting easier and easier, the need for a desktop computer is becoming obsolete.  Without desktops, the question becomes whether or not the data center needs to be located in the office?  This […]

Partnering for your HEALTH

Partnering for your HEALTH

The strategic relationships of the OnX Healthcare Practice are positioned to be responsive to current healthcare industry demands. Challenged by fiscal constraints, increased service demand, data requirements and consumer expectations, the Healthcare Practice remains focused on client solutions that will improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. In response, OnX forged a strategic partnership with MEDSEEK […]

Enterprise UNIX – How it became the strategic platform of choice

Enterprise UNIX – How it became the strategic platform of choice

In the late 1997, for example, UNIX was just coming in to its own, LINUX still have the moniker of the new guy on the block, and the big two vendors in the business space were SUN and HP, with their SOLARIS and HP-UX offerings. UNIX adoption was assisted by the fast growing adoption of […]

Cloud rumblings from Canada

Cloud rumblings from Canada

OnX has recently provisioned clients onto our Federated Cloud platform and in several cases the clients were launching new applications and didn’t really know what kind of capacity they were going to require and didn’t want to deploy a large dedicated hardware environment, so the cloud was a perfect solution.  In two cases we had […]

What really is a cloud?

What really is a cloud?

If you agree that D is the correct answer then you should also agree that there are many elements to defining a cloud strategy that should be considered before you buy any cloud management tools. No matter what method that you subscribe to for planning (an example – the PDCA Deming cycle) one of the […]

Cloud readiness assessment

Cloud readiness assessment

After completing our Discovery Workshop, the answer is “yes”. The technology environments of both customers already have the baseline building blocks for developing a private cloud; virtualization and abstraction technologies in place to separate the Service of IT from traditional IT Services. As a result, the change to cloud is an incremental one from an […]

How to keep up with data recovery requirements

How to keep up with data recovery requirements

In order to meet the required performance and availability data access services expected within production environments, enterprise cloud services’ providers will extend a portion of their storage cloud service assets on the client’s premises for handling both active data sets and connecting data replication technologies to their offsite clouds in order to meet geographic requirements […]

Crossing roles in the IT environments

Crossing roles in the IT environments

In the distributed model datacenter, most of the single purpose servers are attached to the network with a small number of simple single segment connections (most often one), and either use local storage or are connected into the SAN fabric as simple consumers of storage. This is not to say that there are no complex […]

Why consider Cisco UCS for hosting your XenDesktop cloud?

Why consider Cisco UCS for hosting your XenDesktop cloud?

Improved ROI Historically, the component on blade servers that has most limited the number of virtual desktops you can run has been the amount of RAM. The UCS B250 blades support up to 384 GB of memory (or if you are reducing cost you can use 4GB chips instead of 8GB for a total of […]