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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