“Spring Clean” Your IT

Spring Clean Your IT_TierPoint By Kip Thurston, General Manager and Vice President

Spring is coming. For many organizations, it’s a hopeful time of year. January and most of February are filled with budget discussions, but by March and April, those negotiations are (mostly) behind us. Best of all, there’s still plenty of time left in the year to make things happen.

To get the rest of the year started off on the right foot, we suggest a little in-house spring cleaning. Below are three ideas, any of which could be blown up into a major project. However, even minor efforts in each of these areas can help you realize some quick wins.

#1 Out with the Old

Almost every organization has some part of their IT infrastructure that’s getting a little long in the tooth. Now may be a good time to consider which of your applications and data sets can be moved from aging on-premises hardware and into the cloud. You can get immediate performance (and security) improvements and make hardware upgrades and maintenance a thing of the past.

Tip: Clouds are not an all or nothing strategy. Most organizations we work with use some form of hybrid IT, with their applications and data spread across public and private clouds as well as on-premises data centers. Taking this approach can help you manage your budgets wisely, ensure data security, and get the performance you need. 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

5 Reasons Organizations Are Driving Toward Hybrid IT

By John Holland, TierPoint SVP, Sales

I always enjoy speaking with our clients because they shine a true, unbiased flashlight on our industry, particularly the real infrastructure challenges and how they approach to solve them.  Recently, I was privileged to moderate a hybrid IT panel discussion featuring TierPoint clients in the retail and health care industries.  Several themes emerged that illustrate why hybrid IT represents the next wave of Cloud computing.

Application Integration and Management Can Cause Severe Headaches
Panelists voiced frustration about the continuing complexity of managing applications. Concerns included security, latency and enterprise-wide compatibility among others.  While Cloud computing addresses a lot of these challenges, it doesn’t solve all of them.   Often, blending together Cloud, colocation with your own data centers will be the best way to deliver services your users need.

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What Can Hybrid IT Do for You?

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By Joe Conlin, Senior Solutions Engineer, TierPoint

Why is Hybrid IT the buzzword of the moment in management circles?  Because it can reduce capital spending, let you take advantage of all the efficiencies and flexibility of the cloud and protect the specialized data assets that make your business unique.

In the black-and-white-world of a few years ago, traditional IT infrastructure was owned and managed by a company, either on premise or distributed to various locations.  This offered lots of control, and required lots of expense.  Cloud solutions beckoned with little capital investment and greater flexibility.  But still, solutions were one or the other, black or white, either-or.

Until now.  Hybrid IT uses the best of both worlds and offers a better solution for our full-color world. Continue reading

Hurricane Warning: Is Your Business Ready?

By Robert Lupo, GM, TierPoint Jacksonville Facility and Operations

Well, it’s that time of year again. No, not the Holiday Season.  It’s Hurricane Season.  It is of particular concern to businesses here in the Jacksonville area, but these storms can cause tragic circumstances across the Atlantic Seaboard and Gulf Coast states.   This time of year is a good reminder to make sure your business is prepared.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting this year will be a near normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.  This means the government agency is forecasting a 70% chance of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of these, 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

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Hybrid IT: It’s About More than Infrastructure

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By Craig Hurley, Vice President, Hybrid Cloud & DRaaS 

In our last post, The Biggest IT Trend No One’s Paying Attention To, we defined Hybrid IT as an any-of-the-above approach to IT infrastructure that looks at each business’ computing scenario and applications to determine the best deployment methodology for their situation. Those methods could include any combination of private, multi-tenant, colocation, public (e.g. Azure, AWS) or on-premise.

But, Hybrid IT is about more than just who owns and manages the infrastructure. A true Hybrid IT environment also gives you the flexibility to consider the best way to manage other key infrastructure elements such as databases, operating systems, security, etc.  Continue reading