Bridging Communication in the Multi-Generational Workplace

by Midd Carmack, Senior Product Manager

This is a unique time in history for the business world. Many baby boomers are still active and not ready for retirement. Gen Xers are in the prime of their careers and eager to climb the corporate ladder but are also struggling with the demands of raising families. Millennials are redefining what it means to “go to work.” Each of these three generations has very different views on how to leverage technology to get the job done. For IT leaders, that can lead to challenges as you try to implement applications and strategies across all three generations.

80% of Fortune 500 executives find that effective communication across generations is a challenging issue.

With a generation gap of nearly 50 years, a broad range of perspectives, needs, and motivators in the 2017 workforce has emerged. This makes it imperative to consider how a multi-generational workforce perceives technology, and how technology can be used to communicate, collaborate, and improve productivity. Continue reading

Strategic Planning: Rethinking Your Hybrid IT Strategy in 2017

“Through 2019, public cloud growth is expected to be nearly 3X the growth of private clouds.  In turn, private cloud growth is expected to be 2X higher than colocation.” – Source: IDC

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By Andy Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer

2016: An exciting year for the cloud

The growth in public cloud and its adoption across every size and type of enterprise in 2016 is astounding.  Companies like Microsoft and Amazon have labored tirelessly to create platforms capable of reinventing how IT is consumed, both now and into the future. Microsoft’s public cloud platform, Azure, is already seeing more than 120,000 new subscriptions a month, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) revenues have a run rate exceeding $10 billion a year.

Looking forward, a number of the mid-sized enterprises we work with are rethinking their hybrid strategy to include the public cloud for more than just test/dev environments and disaster recovery. We’re even seeing boards of directors issue mandates for the organization to move a certain percentage of their workloads to the public cloud. In addition, Big Data initiatives are prompting another look at both public and hosted private clouds as cloud resources can help businesses use their budget dollars more efficiently by turning a capital expense into a monthly operating expense. Continue reading

Architecting your Network for Azure

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By David McKenney, Director,  Product Management

Microsoft Azure is one of the cloud platforms we work with most frequently. It is reliable, fast, and has some of the best security features in the industry. There’s a reason Azure is a multi-billion-dollar business for Microsoft. We trust it. So do millions of other businesses.

But, as with any cloud deployment, a little preplanning can result in a smoother transition. If you’ve not been part of a team responsible for moving applications and data to the cloud before, one of the best ways to gain knowledge quickly is to learn from others. If there is any organization that can push Azure to its limits, it would be Microsoft itself.

When Microsoft IT moved its application platform to an Azure cloud, they needed to:

  • Support more than 200,000 workers in more than 880 locations
  • Support more than 2100 line-of-business (LOB) applications running on more than 40,000 servers
  • Work with individual business units to develop road maps for moving applications out of the Microsoft data centers and into the Microsoft Azure public cloud

Note: Microsoft Azure is a separate business unit from Microsoft IT. Although both are Microsoft entities, all operations are separate, and Microsoft IT is functionally the same as any other Microsoft Azure enterprise customer.

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HPE Video: Picking the Right Partners

Freeing Up IT Resources with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and TierPoint 

by Denny Heaberlin, Director Product Enablement and OEM Alliance Partnerships, TierPoint

“A recent survey of more than 6,000 IT organizations found that nearly two thirds of the respondents are either already using or planning to use a public cloud IaaS by the end of 2016.”  – IDC Press Release, July 14, 2016

Clearly, support for public clouds is growing. One of the reasons may be that companies are starting to see that public clouds can actually help them address key concerns like security and compliance.

“Most of the concerns around infrastructure as a solution are perceived concerns. What [business leaders] don’t at times understand on day one, but they do once they sit down with the HPE team, the partner, and TierPoint is that it’s a more compliant solution; it’s a more secure solution. [Infrastructure as a Service] is an environment where we can worry about the security and the compliance, and the client doesn’t have to worry about it.”

– John Holland, TierPoint Senior VP of Sales

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The Cloud is Changing Our Business

By Dori Degenhardt, TierPoint

IDC predicts cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow at CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2019, reaching $53.1B billion by 2019.

More organizations are doing business in the cloud than ever before and according to IDC, that trend will continue for some time. The cloud can have a tremendous impact, giving business leaders the power to manage budgets better, reduce capital expenses and create a more agile IT organization.

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But the cloud is also having a tremendous impact on IT service providers like TierPoint that offer data center and managed services. Some have chosen to become niche players, focusing on a narrow spectrum of services such as colocation. Others have broadened the scope of their portfolio to offer a wider array of services and insights. As you consider the deployment options available to you, it’s important to understand the way your service provider views the cloud and its impact on their core business. Continue reading

Video: TierPoint and Zerto Discuss Software-Defined DRaaS and Hybrid IT

By Shea Long, TierPoint SVP, Products

Congrats to Zerto for pulling off a great inaugural user conference.  TierPoint was proud to participate as a Gold-level sponsor.  Having the opportunity to speak with Zerto’s senior management team about our shared mission was a key highlight for me, as was interacting with customers and partners throughout the conference.

Both Zerto and TierPoint focus on helping customers increase simplicity in their computing environment(s).  The cloud, after all, is supposed to provide more simplicity, right?  Simple, however, converts quickly to complex when you start deploying multiple clouds, both public and private. Helping clients simplify data management and protection is really at the foundation of TierPoint’s hybrid IT strategy. Our goal is to provide clients with the flexibility to choose their own mix of services.  This may include a public cloud option like Azure, an on-premise solution and/or a fully-managed infrastructure solution from a provider like TierPoint — all integrating smoothly in a seamless, efficient way.

This approach elevates DRaaS into a core cloud application and major building block of a managed resilience solution — something clients tell us more and more that they want.

At the conference, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with Rob Strechay, VP of product at Zerto.  We talked about what DRaaS is today and where it is headed in the future.  We also explored what TierPoint calls software-defined DRaaS.  TierPoint’s vision for DRaaS includes taking the benefits often associated with software defined networking and applying them to DRaaS, creating more simplicity, agility and resilience for our clients and ultimately our clients’ clients.

We invite you to watch our short video on this topic and be sure to let us know what you think.

 

Executive Sponsorship: Don’t Migrate to the Cloud Without It

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By Octavio Morales, Senior Vice President — Operations

It doesn’t matter what business you’re in or what type of project you’re managing. Change is hard. The bigger the change, the more you need senior leadership to help pave the way. Migrating to the cloud can fall into this category. And, while you might have a C-level executive such as a CIO or CTO driving the project, here are a handful of reasons why it can be a good idea to enlist executive sponsorship from outside the IT realm as well:

Alignment to business goals. In the Society for Information Management’s latest survey of Chief Information Officers, alignment to IT was the number one issue for CIOs in 2016. Having an executive sponsor from the business side of the organization can help you understand how your cloud migration strategy needs to support the business and articulate the business benefits of your strategy to others.

Cost/benefit analysis. When you migrate to the cloud, decisions will need to be made that require a thorough understanding of the cost/benefits analysis. For example, which cloud model suits your organization best: public? private? hosted private? colocation? hybrid? The most effective solution may not always look the least expensive on paper. An executive who can articulate the business reasons for choosing one over the other to the rest of the C-Suite can be an invaluable ally. Continue reading