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

Can You Control Your Cloud?

As Big Data Gets Bigger, the Complexity of Managing Even ‘Simple’ IaaS Platforms Grows

By Denoid Tucker, TierPoint CTO

As I meet with executives and technology decision makers across the country, I’ve found a growing trend rising among them. Many have been sold on large cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a one-size-fits-all panacea for their entire infrastructure backbone. What most didn’t anticipate and are now facing are the complexities and limits apparent in such platforms. Continue reading