Articles By: Doug Theis

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  The servers, storage, networking, security and data protection equipment and licensing all become outdated and are usually replaced in a cycle every three to five years.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 […]

IT simplification – What approaches are succeeding?

Posted on 06.29.2018 in Cloud Computing, Virtual Colocation, private cloud, public cloud

Many IT strategists today are promoting the simplification of IT as a path to better business outcomes. The consensus among them is that complexity can hurt business. Siegel + Gale’s Global Simplicity Index says the world’s top 200 companies lose about 10% of their profits every year due to excess complexity. The SAP whitepaper “Leading […]

Is multi-cloud strategy a sensible approach for your organization?

Posted on 05.22.2018 in Cloud Computing, On Premises Cloud, Multi-cloud

IT strategy is more complex than ever, thanks to all the software as a service (SaaS), cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and multiple platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings available today. In the past few years, cloud-first strategies proliferated resulting in hybrid IT environments in which some computing workloads were outsourced and others were not. Reasons for […]

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