Why I Am Attending VMWorld

Scott Fuhriman, VP of Sales & Product Development

Five years ago, TierPoint partnered with VMware as a foundation for our cloud services. Attending VMWorld has become an important part of our event calendar and this will be my third year in attendance. So what is the value of attending VMWorld?


Everett Burger, TierPoint Cloud Architect, and Scott Fuhriman at VMWorld in 2014.

Before I get into the meat of why I will attend, let me briefly discuss the learning process I’ve gone through for this to be a valuable experience. The first year I attended, I got lost is the expansiveness of the conference, trying to determine how to best use my time during the show. This year, most of the planning details have come easier. I have also learned how to better determine if a session will be valuable and how to better navigate the seemingly endless aisles of exhibits, each more interesting than the next, as they showcase the latest technologies. Continue reading

TierPoint’s Managed Services Heritage and Future

By Scott Fuhriman, TierPoint VP of Sales and Product Development

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a continuing series of snapshots chronicling TierPoint’s evolving corporate story. Fuhriman is based in TierPoint’s data center in Spokane, Washington. Click on the follow button on the bottom right to receive these stories in your inbox weekly.

Cloud computing adoption and rising security threats are fueling demand for managed services. One study found that in North America alone, cloud and managed service providers (MSPs) generated $154 billion in revenue in 2014. It isn’t tough to do a Google search and find projections substantially more than that for the current year. Continue reading

Planning for a Successful Cloud Migration

By Scott Fuhriman, VP Sales and Product Development

Considering a migration to the cloud? While the move can mean major IT savings and improved performance, the shift of enterprise systems and infrastructure from traditional to cloud environments needs to be planned carefully to ensure a real payoff and minimize risk. The process of migration requires an analysis of business, technical and operational considerations as well as an understanding of emerging cloud technologies and architectures.

Business Strategy Should Drive Cloud Strategy
Because cloud migration is fundamentally a business decision, it’s important to examine business strategies and processes and map them to the right cloud architecture and cloud strategies. Depending on the nature of your business and the applications you use to operate, cloud technologies provide different levels of availability, failover, security and other services. Continue reading

Cloud Adoption Drives Growth in Colocation

By Scott Fuhriman, VP Sales and Product Development

If you’re wondering “colocation or cloud,” stop right there. The problem is the word “or.” The two are not exclusive: Colocation can be part of a cloud solution, a great step towards a cloud-based model, and a perfectly sufficient strategy all on its own.

Growth AheadIn all these forms, colocation is on the rise, and increased cloud adoption is one of the main drivers of growth in colocation. A new report released by DCD Intelligence shows that almost a quarter of all data center footprint in the North America region is now outsourced, and predicts a further increase of 15 percent by the end of 2014.

There are many great reasons for this growth, and most fall into one of three categories: cost savings, reliability, and scalability. Continue reading