28 Apr 2020

Zero Trust: Setting the new standard for enterprise security — but it may not be enough

Data security statistics for businesses can be anxiety inducing. In 2019, the U.S. alone suffered more than 1,400 breaches, exposing nearly 165 million records. Furthermore, IBM’s 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report observes that across 507 organizations in 16 geographies and 17 unique industries, these events cost enterprises an average of $3.92 million. 

Business’s increasing reliance on digital strategies not only means that data is becoming a more critical asset, it means that data is also subject to expanding risk. Not only do data breaches or jeopardize revenue, they can also create a long-lasting (and sometimes debilitating) impact on customer trust and market reputation. To avoid these risks, the industry has made strides to overcome the outdated castle-and-moat ideology, which creates vulnerabilities by assuming that the only threats are outside the organization, instead implementing zero trust strategies — but this isn’t enough. While zero trust overcomes many previous security weak points by serving as both an externally and internally-facing solution, increasingly complex business footprints and IT architectures mean that even zero trust may not offer enough holistic protection. 

Today, businesses are spread across more distributed and global footprints, utilizing clouds and offering BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or remote work options. Zero trust does support these digital transformations by validating every user regardless of their relation to the business, validating every device used and ensuring privileged access control is in place. Yet, to truly secure the network from end-to-end as remote business capabilities become commonplace,  authentication protocols, monitored network patterns and traffic inspection need to be augmented with a strategy that adds an extra layer of insulation for the more diverse attack points that now exist. In order to cover every angle — no matter where the business information goes, whether it’s in an office or at home for remote work — more measures are needed that focus on home networks. 

There are some options in the market today for optimizing zero trust and adding an extra layer of protection against attack, and the ideal methods center around moving the attack point itself. This means shifting the exit IP away from the core network, making it very difficult for attackers to target the user. Tools such as browser plugins are beginning to gain traction for these capabilities — they’re simple to install and some even allow users to select browsing regions to further tailor the security strategy to their needs. 

The same service can even be applied to voice calling or mobile messaging, utilizing the attack point strategy to allow users to manage single or multiple phone numbers directly from a central application and create entirely encrypted voice capabilities. For messaging, these services allow SMS users to securely send and receive messages from a single browser from phone numbers anywhere in the world. For distributed footprints that necessitate using a range of home or external networks, this type of thorough attack point solution is absolutely vital for creating true end-to-end protection. With this, individuals can browse the internet, send messages and make calls without worrying about any holes in their digital armor while the business as a whole leverages the living, evolving insights that zero trust adds to help anticipate, protect against and overcome breaches. 

While data security is a paramount concern for most businesses, creating this comprehensive and holistic approach requires insight, expertise, time and the right resources. What’s more, aligning this in-depth strategy with growing and transforming global business IT architectures can make the task even tougher. This is why allying with a trusted managed service partner is the best way to efficiently and easily ensure that security is at its strongest. 

MOD Mission Critical, a managed service provider that offers expert insight, boutique-level attention and bespoke solutions, is ready to serve as that security partner. MOD is dedicated to helping customers achieve zero trust strategies and implement attack point solutions with the added benefits of a human touch, wholesale rates and access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and more. Offering a full suite of unified communications security services, MOD is the ideal partner for this important security transformation. 

The landscape of data threats will continue to evolve as the world becomes increasingly dependent on virtual means, but zero trust represents the latest and greatest solution for keeping enterprises protected. With the most advanced measures in place, businesses can focus their attention on strategic goals and growth while enjoying greater peace of mind. 
To learn more about MOD’s managed services, please visit www.modmc.net.

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20 Feb 2020

Setting a Course for International Success: The Advantages of PaaS for Global Expansion

As the Internet and its capabilities have expanded, the capacity for worldwide connection has exploded. Now, the globe is more connected than ever — and enterprises are taking the hint. 

International business expansion is a growing trend across a range of verticals, allowing companies to maximize digital capability and break down borders to access new markets and the competitive advantages and opportunities that await there. Engaging with the diverse global marketplace and tapping into new and rapidly-growing international hubs offers a range of benefits. These include access to new buyers, partners and pools of vital talent (which is especially beneficial for sectors like IT and telecom); long-term market growth; and first-mover advantages like brand loyalty and recognition or development of economies of scale. 

Of course, scaling a company and building success is challenging enough without trying to spread resources and operations across a dispersed global footprint. When businesses start entertaining the idea of going global, the first step in ensuring success down the line is developing a strong and capable foundation from the get-go. Beyond just strategizing about geography, businesses must understand their network needs as an absolutely vital core decision. 

Fortunately, there are some solutions that can put enterprises on the right track for foreign market success. In particular, the power of PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) is gaining traction within the global community. As a strategic cloud platform service, PaaS offers enterprises a computing environment and resources, empowering a range of possibilities that can span whatever footprint their company covers while directly supporting growth with cloud-like agility. This means that cloud-based apps and sophisticated enterprise capabilities can be developed, deployed and managed easily and with faster time to market, reduced capital expense and enhanced scalability. 

Plus, PaaS offers the flexibility for servers, storage and networking to be managed by either the enterprise itself or a third-party provider, all while developers maintain management of the applications. This means that PaaS solutions take the pressure out of in-house teams and reduce the number of resources that are being taken away from core competencies and business goals. All in all, PaaS is a fantastic ally when it comes to international expansion due to its ability to deliver innovation that moves at the speed of digital change while offering cost-efficacy and scalability with pay-as-you-go models. 

To make international expansion even easier, MOD Mission Critical serves as the enterprise’s PaaS partner. MOD’s true international PaaS — available in 41 global markets — combined with the company’s expert insight and managed solutions makes going global simpler than ever. 

Adding even greater advantages to PaaS, MOD delivers individualized and boutique-level attention with bespoke solutions that ensure IT environments can go the distance. Plus, MOD offers a real human touch and dedicated, trusted partnership — along with access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and beyond, all at wholesale rates.

When it comes to getting the best of a global footprint, setting a firm foundation is key. Wherever businesses go in this connected world, they should never go alone. With a PaaS solution in place and MOD expertise close at hand, enterprises across any vertical can rest assured that they’re creating future-proofed, agile and highly-capable solutions that can take them further than they’ve ever gone before. 

To learn more about MOD’s managed services, please visit www.modmc.net.

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05 Feb 2020

Getting the Best of Edge and Hybrid Cloud: Creating IT Synergy

The ever-changing IT landscape — driven by heightened demand from end-users and increased data volumes from 5G, IoT, AI and beyond — continues to push businesses in an array of directions. In an effort to achieve ongoing digital transformation and deliver increased value to users and customers, the traditional data frameworks of digital business have been continually evolving to meet new requirements. Today, two defining trends have become prevalent across enterprises: the hybrid cloud and edge computing. 

In order to maximize application performance, minimize latency for on-demand service, maximize data management for IoT and 5G capabilities and more, many enterprises are shifting into an increasingly disparate IT environment. Driven to the edge for its ability to keep compute and storage closer to data’s origin, edge computing offers benefits across numerous verticals. It allows healthcare institutions to maximize security by keeping patient info close, retail establishments to engage in real-time data analytics to maximize sales, manufacturing to implement smart capabilities that drive efficiency and more. As smart city capabilities, 5G applications and beyond become more prevalent, edge computing market revenue is forecasted to reach nine billion by 2024. 

At the same time, many businesses are looking to a cloud-first strategy — featuring the hybrid cloud in particular — to solve the challenges presented by IT’s changing landscape. By creating bespoke cooperation between a unique group of public and private clouds, enterprises are benefitting from hybrid cloud solutions that fit their individual needs. Benefits of this solution include next-level agility and scalability that allow for quick changes in computing power and fast adaptation for new demands. It also allows for control, enabling enterprises to tailor their public and private usage to meet individual security and cost-efficiency demands. As a result, the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report notes that the number of enterprises with a hybrid strategy grew to 58 percent in 2019 from 51 percent in 2018. 

Although these two strategies are often discussed purely as individuals, and as a result may seem like they only operate exclusively, these two digital transformation solutions can be co-implemented to create new synergies and critical competitive advantages. 

There are multiple approaches for creating architectures that align the hybrid cloud with edge computing. Some businesses may opt to forego a private cloud element of hybrid, instead subbing in edge devices that serve as a private IT environment. Others, such as airline companies, may decide that edge computing is a priority, and therefore may choose to run applications primarily through edge computing with the public cloud as a support system. Others may decide to combine edge devices with a hybrid architecture in a way that just allows the edge device to communicate with the cloud environments where the data resides and processing occurs. 

Though there are a plethora of approaches for combining the cloud and the edge, creating harmony and managing increasingly complex data that spans the cloud and a disparate edge footprint requires some inventive problem-solving skills. 

Luckily, with a Managed Service Provider like MOD Mission Critical, the process can be kept as simple as possible. By outsourcing complex IT processes, enterprises can rest assured that they are kept on track with high-level, in-depth insight and thorough experience that will empower success. 

With MOD, customers get individualized, boutique attention and bespoke solutions that ensure IT environments can achieve maximum potential. Furthermore, all projects are created and fulfilled to keep businesses agile, powerful and future-proofed. Plus, with its added focus on trusted partnership, MOD offers a real human touch along with its access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and beyond, all at wholesale rates.

By leveraging two complementary tiers of data management, storage, and processing, enterprises can create an agile, fully-capable IT environment that maximizes opportunities from the edge to the core. To get there, however, bringing on a trusted and knowledgeable partner is key for ensuring that the new IT framework delivers optimized value to all. 

To learn more about MOD’s managed services, please visit www.modmc.net.

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19 Nov 2019

Supporting Seasonal e-Commerce Needs: Keeping the Holidays Merry with A Managed Service Strategy

As the holiday season draws near once again, consumers and end-users are beginning to make preparations for the host of gift-giving opportunities and family gatherings that November and December bring. In fact, with more enterprises wishing to capitalize on holiday business and more consumers wanting to get ahead of their shopping before the season’s peak sets in, holiday shopping is extending further than ever before. In 2018, more than 38 percent of surveyed internet users reported that they were planning to begin their holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. Furthermore, in 2018, Cyber Monday (one of the most notable online shopping days of the year in terms of traffic and sales generation) represented the most popular shopping event with the highest amount of e-commerce sales, reporting a total of $7.9 billion. Meanwhile, Black Friday boasted $6.2 billion in online sales.

While this should create excitement for businesses and deliver a host of opportunities due to increased holiday shopping, it could spell disaster for unprepared enterprises. With the digital realm taking over in many aspects of day-to-day life, shopping certainly is no exception. Expectations from consumers in terms of e-commerce experience are getting higher every day, and the average internet user is becoming more discerning. 

Now more than ever, the push for capable IT solutions and seamless e-commerce capabilities is on. The online competition is more intense every year, and businesses that fall behind the curve with lagging sites or glitchy systems that cannot keep pace with increased demand will miss out on this vital yearly opportunity to boost sales and garner increased traffic. Beyond that, enterprises without successful IT strategies will quickly lose business, create negative customer sentiments and damage their bottom lines. 

Luckily, with managed services, any business can augment their online presence and be properly prepared for the incoming swell of e-commerce demands. MOD Mission Critical provides expert managed services and gives enterprises convenient and critical access to IT skills that will help keep their business ahead of the curve, remain agile and outpace the competition. By leveraging MOD’s high levels of wide-ranging insight, enterprises can take some of the stress out of managing e-commerce capabilities and keep their resources trained on core competencies while enjoying predictable flat fees and scalable subscription models. 

MOD’s services are characterized by boutique-level attention, and the company’s bespoke solutions ensure that every client’s requirements are seamlessly met even as demands ebb, flow and evolve. Plus, a real human touch ensures ease and trusted partnership to facilitate long-term success. MOD ensures that companies are backed by access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and beyond, all at wholesale rates.

The holidays offer a lot to be excited about, and with experts and managed services on hand, enterprises will have nothing to fear as e-commerce needs rise and traffic increases rapidly. With MOD’s adaptive, preemptive and future-proofed strategies, every end user’s buying experience can remain positive and reliable. 

To learn more about MOD’s managed services, please visit www.modmc.net

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20 Sep 2019

Mitigating Fear, Safeguarding Information: Unlocking the Secret to Secure Data

Technology is one of the most powerful forces in business success and transformation today, driving new avenues of value delivery, access to new markets, increased consumer satisfaction and augmented experience — the list goes on. When a business has evolved, learned and grown so much over the years, adapting and integrating emerging technologies and new strategies, the last thing it wants is to have is all of its hard work undercut. Yet, data breaches and cybersecurity are a looming threat to the growing number of enterprises operating in the digital sphere, with many organizations struggling to find ways to feel truly protected against malicious attacks. 

To date, the globe’s biggest data breach exposed personal information associated with 3 billion accounts. Of course, cybersecurity calamities like these pose huge financial setbacks for businesses, with the global average cost of data breaches in 2019 reaching $3.92 million. This loss of revenue and competitive advantage can mean that smaller entities are meeting their premature end as a result of data insecurity. However, the most critical pitfall is the lasting damage inflicted on the reputation and client trust that enterprises work so hard to build. In an increasingly competitive market where other providers are just a click away for customers, client trust and satisfaction are vital to maintain. 

While the digital age presents many benefits, it also ensures that bad news travels farther, faster. Events like data breaches are not soon forgotten, penetrating the minds and market choices of clients and end-users more powerfully than ever before. Especially when a growing amount of sensitive information (such as that used by healthcare, finance, and education) is being stored, accessed and shared online, the stakes are only getting higher. As a result, creating a thorough and conscientious data protection plan is paramount. 

Although the synopsis may appear bleak, hope is not lost. It’s true that the threat of cyber hacks and data breaches is expanding, but there are ways that enterprises can better safeguard their critical information for the future. Making a concerted point to implement business-wide best practices and equip the team with the proper tools and procedures to maintain data protection is the secret to avoiding costly and disastrous points of security weakness. To amplify this success, MOD Mission Critical offers managed services that put businesses in the driver’s seat and put the power back in the hands of those that need it. 

With high levels of expertise, inclusive and predictable flat fees and scalable subscription models, MOD’s managed services ensure that next-level security strategies are seamlessly supported and risk is effectively mitigated. Plus, with one of the cornerstones of MOD’s service promise being a real human touch and boutique-level attention, every business requirement is carefully considered and a bespoke solution is formulated for unique needs. MOD helps businesses augment their security by leveraging access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and beyond, all at wholesale rates.

It’s true, digital business strategies can create a heightened chance of damaging security events. However, with the proper tools and support, enterprises can rest assured that they are effectively doing their due diligence, safeguarding against financial and reputational repercussions and mitigating risk. Delivering preemptive solutions and future-proof strategies to help keep data more secure than ever, MOD is a trusted partner to businesses looking to bolster their data management and protect against hacks and breaches.

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12 Aug 2019

Customer-Facing Success: The Behind-the-Scenes Secret to Getting the Best of Consumerization

As technological capabilities grow and applications multiply and advance, the end-user is moving increasingly toward the center of operations. Nowadays, customer-facing aspects of business are the focus of optimization efforts, and end-user experience is a touchstone of the contemporary world. Unsurprisingly, healthcare and finance have emerged as two of the most critical verticals for delivering value, beneficial engagement and great service to customers. Due to these two verticals’ involvement with some of the most important and personal aspects of day-to-day life — money and physical well-being — both have established a focal point on consumerization, creating new and successful means of engaging and establishing trust with their customers. 

There are a number of ways in which entities throughout these vital sectors are addressing rising demands from consumers. In healthcare, remote services and physical devices are revolutionizing the way patients are treated and monitored, especially when it comes to rural or underserved communities. In finance, banking apps and other mobile capabilities are putting people in touch with their banking in new and helpful ways. In fact, in 2019, the amount of the adult U.S. population utilizing mobile banking is projected to increase by over 62 percent. Overall, putting expanded control and capabilities into the hands of the customer and raising the bar for how well, and how fast, consumer needs are addressed, is amplifying the success of businesses who choose to adopt this customer-first approach. 

Although, with new capabilities come new complexities. Due to the sensitive nature of the data at stake, healthcare (which boasted a 2018 revenue in North America of around $714 billion) and finance (which has a projected U.S. revenue of $514 billion by 2022) are no stranger to IT challenges. Both industries are facing mounting strain from the pressure to minimize cyber threats, avoid security breaches, protect customer and patient data, improve network performance, provide increased visibility, reduce time and costs, establish comprehensive solutions — the list goes on. 

Fortunately, addressing this extended list of operational concerns doesn’t have to put an enormous burden on all companies. Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is a simple and effective way for companies within these critical spheres to delegate these ever-important tasks and garner next-level peace of mind for both themselves and their customers. 

MOD Mission Critical, offering expert managed, network and data center services, is an MSP that is purpose-built to help businesses keep their competitive edge and, in turn, offer the very best to their customers. Businesses throughout healthcare and finance can benefit from MOD’s services in a few different ways. The first benefit comes from MOD’s inclusive flat fees for any IT infrastructure support, which grants critical support and vital predictability for companies operating in a dynamic digital world. Plus, MOD offers one managed service agreement with infinite possibilities. 

The company’s high level of expertise also ensures that finance and healthcare entities have the necessary knowledge and skills at their disposal to conquer any challenge that comes their way as they strive to create the best technological experience for users. MOD’s core dedication is a commitment to boutique-level attention and real human touch, ensuring that businesses are getting the hands-on help they need to optimize their operations. 

Even as demands from end-users are on the rise and consumerization of operations reigns, critical verticals like healthcare and finance have nothing to fear if they have the right ally by their side. Delivering 400 carriers, 200 data centers, countless on-net buildings and more at wholesale rates, plus products from over 800 suppliers and thorough experience from deploying networks across over 80 countries, MOD ensures that the customer experience is never anything less than exceptional.

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30 Jul 2019

Being the Disruptor, Not the Disrupted: How Managed Services Empower Digital Innovation

As the boundaries of the digital world are expanding and reshaping nearly every industry with a multitude of new capabilities, a paradigm shift is occurring in the way businesses are delivering value to customers. Digital disruption, or digital transformation, is fundamentally changing the way enterprises operate, interact with customers and provide customer services and experiences. In fact, global spending on the new technologies and services of digital transformation is expected to reach almost two trillion U.S. dollars by 2022. Whether it’s new digital marketing initiatives, mobile banking applications or AI-driven sales strategies, the race for a competitive edge is on as each entity tries to incorporate the latest technologies and abilities and meet changing market demands. 

While new and exciting applications are enhancing and revolutionizing the ways in which companies operate and adding value to the customer, staying ahead of the competition is not quite as simple as just integrating new technology. It’s becoming clearer as digital transformation grows more prevalent that the success of an increasingly-digitized business relies on that company’s ability to preempt technology challenges with deployment and operation. The difference between staying ahead of the curve and lagging behind it comes down to being able to foresee roadblocks and solve them before they hit instead of tackling challenges as they happen. 

Now, navigating an environment that is increasingly defined by cutting-edge digital applications while simultaneously predicting and solving problems can seem like an impossibly tall order. However, unlocking the full potential of digital applications and outpacing the competition can be an attainable goal if enterprises have the right partners and resources to get there. 

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) like MOD Mission Critical have become the enterprise’s best allies when it comes to digital shifts due to their ability to provide three critical solutions: an all-you-can-eat pricing approach, a high level of expertise and a unique MSP subscription model. 

MOD delivers value and a competitive edge to businesses by offering inclusive and predictable flat fees for any IT infrastructure support they may need during the process of digital transformation. Knowing exactly what to expect from expenditures, instead of guessing at or trying to manage the unpredictability of acquiring the hardware, software and setting up maintenance, adds much-needed stability to the process. Plus, MOD promises enterprises that they can benefit from one managed service agreement with infinite possibilities.  

Digital transformation is something that covers a breadth of technologies and finding the right partner with a wide range of skills and knowledge to cover all the bases sets enterprises off on the right foot. Especially for smaller firms that may not have the in-house resources or skills, MOD augments capabilities by delivering insight into both existing and emerging trends. Plus, a dedication to boutique-level attention and a real human touch ensures that businesses are getting the hands-on help and crucial expertise they need to transform their operations. 

Finally, the unique subscription model offered by MSPs delivers critical scalability to effectively future-proof business solutions. This subscription model ensures that enterprises are getting the best of a customizable strategy that suits their needs now and grows with them into the future. MOD is focused on offering bespoke solutions that prioritize agility to master an ever-changing digital landscape. 

The process of digital transformation is ongoing. New technologies and trends are constantly emerging, which can make keeping pace daunting. However, with a trusted ally that delivers helpful managed services, businesses can rest assured that their future is already taken care of, even as demands grow and change. 

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09 May 2019

Heading Along the Digital Transformation Journey: Destination Hybrid Cloud

Emerson is credited with saying, “life is a journey, not a destination.” While there is some debate over whether Emerson ever actually said this, it’s pretty spot on when you apply the statement to digital transformation. This ‘journey’ to digital transformation is marked by a fundamental shift in business environments, seemingly endless new technologies, and demands on businesses to keep pace with market demands through innovation and optimization.

When we consider the digital transformation journey, there are several ‘destinations’ along the way. The hybrid cloud environment is one of those destinations that play a vital role in helping businesses migrate from on-prem to cloud over time. Hybrid cloud solutions offer a blended ecosystem with public cloud capabilities tied into private cloud environments. Layer in a few SaaS products and you’ve got a digital transformation journey powered by the hybrid cloud.

Getting it right – Decisions that can make or break the deployment

The seemingly small decisions along the transformation journey are actually the critical choices that either delay or derail the initiative or make it a total success. Engaging with C-level teams to determine the best way to budget for supporting two environments is an excellent place to start. Essentially, you are taking resources from one environment and moving them to another, which means your internal silos must evolve to work with a hybrid cloud model. Additionally, keeping a constant, clear communication path open for all stakeholders involved will help encourage ‘buy-in’ as you migrate to a new environment.

While budgeting and communication are easily manageable within your organization, the most critical piece of hybrid cloud migration is the decisions you will make regarding technology. From security and privacy to applications and user tools, a misstep here could be tragic for your deployment. Moving to the cloud requires a detailed look at both your existing on-prem environment as well as the emerging cloud estates to determine which elements each environment will need to support.

Choosing the right hybrid cloud partner

The journey to digitally transform your business isn’t an easy trek, even for the most seasoned IT professionals. Finding the right cloud partner will reduce the opportunity for poor decisions, delays, or total failure. At MOD Mission Critical, our customer-centric approach to providing hybrid cloud options that are flexible, scalable and cost-effective helps keep you ahead of the curve as demands grow. Let our team of cloud experts help you develop a strategy for achieving digital transformation greatness.

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24 Apr 2019

Keeping Pace with Current Data Center Trends: 4 Key Concepts That Are Shaping The Future Of The Industry

Since the dawn of the data center, the trends and requirements that influence how facilities are built and operated have been continually evolving as the needs of businesses and end users grow and change. Every new year brings new challenges, new demands and new cutting edge technologies to incorporate. Of course, with change comes exciting new capabilities and applications, but it can also make it difficult for businesses to pivot and adapt quickly to maintain their competitive edge.

As the industry’s eyes remained trained on the horizon, the idea of what data centers will look like in the future will continue to be recast and reimagined. For right now though, there are four main trends that every business should be keeping an eye on to best prepare themselves and their facilities for the coming years.

Cloud’s Growing Dominance

The data center industry has had its head in the clouds for some time now, with hybrid cloud environments emerging as a particularly popular business architecture. Current industry forecasts showcase a continual increase in cloud popularity and market size as the worldwide hybrid cloud market expands from $61.2 billion in 2019 to $91.74 billion in 2021.

As this trend’s influence grows in the data center sphere, more enterprises will be shifting and reallocating their IT resources to a cloud-based setting, utilizing a variety of private and public clouds, colocation facilities, and on-premises data centers. Notably, one major benefit of a hybrid cloud is its augmented agility, allowing businesses to more seamlessly keep pace with the breakneck speed of contemporary digital business. As a result of this critical asset, the hybrid cloud is one craze that won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

The Data Center Sphere’s Newest Investors

For a long time, private equity funds were the investment powerhouses in the data center market. Recently, this has begun to change as a new class of investors has entered the arena: infrastructure and sovereign wealth funds. These new players, originally focused on projects such as toll roads and airports, are now focusing their gaze, and their funds, on data center investment opportunities.

Infrastructure funds and sovereign wealth funds are coming to the table with deeper pockets and longer timelines for return on investment (ROI) than traditional private equity investors, and this will be reflected in their new builds in major markets. For instance, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, and Stonepeak Infrastructure are now developing their data center portfolios, some with a presence in eminent areas like Ashburn. This increase in competition may mean added pressure on margins and pricing, and the change in market valuation may shake things up a bit, but the true outcome will only be seen as time goes on.

Added Staffing Difficulty Dials up the Pressure  

In 2018, IT industry CIOs reported that many facets of technical sectors are facing a skill shortage, but areas like Big data, technical architecture, security and enterprise architecture garnered the most concern. Up to 46 percent of respondents noted that they experienced a lack of appropriate hiring opportunities in these areas. For data centers teams, this skills gap will also exert mounting pressure as businesses can no longer recruit or hire the talent they need for daily operations.

To combat the negative effects of this widening talent gap, a growing number of businesses have turned to consultants that specialize in hiring technical expertise that appropriately suits a business’s needs. Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has also exploded onto the scene with applications that may somewhat negate hiring issues by facilitating automatic, or nearly automatic, processes. The market for applications like machine learning was worth around $3.3 billion in 2018 and is expected to continue on the upswing, but this alone will not be enough to circumvent hiring woes.

A Burgeoning Bandwidth Economy

The industry at large is well-acquainted with the fact that data demands are sky-high, and the rate of expansion when it comes to bandwidth requirements will not be slowing down. To keep pace with these growing demands from end users, data centers will have to find new and novel ways to accommodate huge masses of data racing at quick speeds. Data centers as a whole will become increasingly vital as the need for data expands, so finding ways to grow capabilities will be paramount, whether that be by leveraging the edge, the cloud or other innovative strategies.

Rest Easy, We Can Help

Adapting to changing trends doesn’t always mean trying to hit a moving target. There are ways to future-proof every business and stay ahead of the curve by remaining flexible, empowering scalability and prioritizing agility, and MOD Mission Critical can help. MOD offers bespoke managed, network and data center services with a boutique level of attention, meaning that each individual business can get the help it needs to adapt to every trend and beyond.

By offering best-of-breed, fully-managed services via a single master service agreement, plus a human touch for top-tier customer service, businesses can seamlessly leverage augmented flexibility and scalability to ensure they stay ahead of the game.

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09 Apr 2019

Four Data Center Game Changers Shifting the Industry Landscape Right Now

A shifting data center landscape can create widespread uncertainty among businesses. With innumerable factors at play shifting enterprise demands and requirements, staying stay ahead of the curve is more critical (and more difficult) than ever before, and lagging behind may mean becoming obsolete. Here are four of the biggest data center game changers occurring right now.

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