Articles By: Doug Theis

Hyperscale or Enterprise Cloud? Let Your Applications Decide – Part 2

Posted on 06.18.2019 in private cloud, hybrid cloud, Multi-cloud, Enterprise Cloud

This is the second installment of a two-part blog post on the difference between “smart” and “dumb” applications. Part 2 covers the characteristics of “dumb applications” that are best suited to run on “smart hardware.” To learn more about “smart applications” (aka cloud native applications) running on “dumb hardware,” read Part 1. Dumb Applications on […]

Hyperscale or Enterprise Cloud? Let Your Applications Decide – Part I

Posted on 06.18.2019 in Infrastructure as a service, public cloud, hybrid cloud, Multi-cloud

While many think buying cloud services is as easy as choosing between AWS or Azure, educated buyers explore all the options – both hyperscale and enterprise clouds – and choose the environment that will maximize application performance while optimizing cloud spend. Often, this best-of-breed approach leads to complex multi-cloud and hybrid IT environments that consist […]

Are you incentivizing the wrong IT behaviors?

Posted on 05.15.2019 in IaaS, managed services, cost, digital transformation, IT Leadership

Most of the C-Suite professionals I meet with these days have moved away from the old “IT as a cost center” talk and more towards “IT as a business enabler” thinking. But C-Suite and IT leaders’ actions don’t always match up with words. From my perspective, here are the most common forms of incentivizing the […]

Should your organization’s applications influence which cloud platforms you use?

Posted on 04.15.2019 in Cloud Computing, IaaS, private cloud, public cloud, Multi-cloud, Enterprise Cloud

Your software applications are the tools that enable your information technology to meet critical business requirements.  What applications you choose influences staff productivity, cost management, flexibility in customer service, business transformation, and more. And, for a growing number of companies, the list of applications used in the business, also known as the application portfolio, can […]

How are you addressing the 10 complexities of your multi-cloud environment?

Posted on 03.12.2019 in Cloud Computing, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, Multi-cloud

Does your organization’s IT infrastructure look something like this? If so, you’re not alone. Many of the organizations we meet with have applications spread across multiple platforms including on-premises, remote offices, colocation facilities, software-as-a-service (SaaS), hyperscale clouds like AWS and Azure, and enterprise clouds that operate similarly to their in-house environments.  Put another way, management […]

Are your IT skill sets the best reason for selecting enterprise cloud infrastructure?

Posted on 02.12.2019 in Cloud Computing, business outcomes, IaaS, Infrastructure as a service, managed services

Most of the organizations we meet with tell us that their IT complexity continues to increase. Infrastructure teams that continue to purchase and operate data center servers, storage and network infrastructure have dozens of choices at the beginning of each hardware refresh cycle. System software choices like hypervisors, management add-ons, automation, monitoring and predictive analytics […]

What’s the problem with Do-It-Yourself Disaster Recovery?

Posted on 01.16.2019 in Disaster Recovery, Data Security, DRaaS, business outcomes, managed services

For years, IT infrastructure teams have been designing, building, and maintaining a wide spectrum of disaster recovery (DR) solutions to recover critical information systems after an outage. Many of these do-it-yourself disaster recovery (DIYDR) approaches carry hidden risks that come to light at the worst possible time. Perhaps the biggest problem with a DIYDR approach […]

Updating your IT infrastructure? Did you include risk in your evaluation process?

Posted on 12.12.2018 in Cloud Computing, Virtual Colocation, Data Centers, Infrastructure Availability, SaaS, IaaS, Infrastructure as a service

Most traditional IT infrastructure teams are faced with the necessity of periodically updating their hardware stack.  It’s true whether they use colocation or in-house data centers.  The servers, storage, networking, security and data protection equipment and licensing all become outdated and are usually replaced in a cycle every three to five years. Hardware refresh events […]

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