Articles By: Doug Theis

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 […]

Nobody Ever Got Fired for Buying Hyperscale… Until They Did

Posted on 11.19.2018 in Cloud Computing, IaaS, Infrastructure as a service, public cloud

One of the oldest and most well-known sayings in IT is “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” The meaning is simple. Many IT leaders choose to play it safe when selecting vendors or products. By buying well-recognized brands, they feel that they are making a safe decision that won’t get them fired. Sadly, the […]

What are the key decision points for selecting your cloud computing platform?

Posted on 11.13.2018 in Cloud Computing, IaaS, hybrid cloud, digital transformation

What are the key decision points for selecting your cloud computing platform? It’s a trick question. Few organizations can adopt a single cloud platform to solve all their computing needs.  Even small organizations who run pure software-as-a-service (SaaS) environments find themselves using multiple cloud platforms to deliver the applications they need to support their products […]

What Steps Have You Left Out of Your Disaster Recovery Strategy?

Posted on 10.05.2018 in Disaster Recovery, DRaaS

Disaster recovery is usually a subset of activities around a larger business continuity initiative in an organization.  For this article, we will describe disaster recovery, or DR, as the activities required to restore availability of the computing environment to the organization. IT teams inside organizations have been practicing DR for years, often by implementing do-it-yourself […]

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