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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15 Oct 2019

Trouncing Talent Troubles: Harnessing the Power of Managed Services to Garner the Skills Your Business Needs

As new technologies and business trends emerge onto the IT scene at a rapid pace, concerns about keeping ahead of talent demands are growing. Technology talent requirements are evolving and expanding quickly, which means that properly skilled individuals are becoming harder to come by, and attracting and retaining them is becoming a more pressing challenge. In fact, Gartner’s 2018 Emerging Risks Report noted that, behind accelerating privacy regulation and cloud computing, the talent shortage was one of the top business risks. Without the necessary skills in place, enterprises can be quickly outpaced and outperformed by competitors that can successfully incorporate new technologies that better meet end-user and client demands. 

In the highly innovative IT space, opportunities are vast. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, 5G, Artificial Intelligence, and numerous other exciting technology trends pose huge benefits for organizations, creating seamless and effective processes and maximizing products and services. Yet, as the quickening pace of this evolution sets in, the opportunity to be found in each new technology becomes obscured or even prevented by talent setbacks. As the strong economic environment for business growth expands and employment reaches new lows across the U.S., competition in hiring and talent acquisition is rising, causing issues when it comes to accessing the necessary and specialized skills to successfully implement emerging technologies. As a result, in 2019, 44 percent of worldwide Chief Information Officers reported skills shortages in big data and analytics, 39 percent reported skills gaps in Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity, and so on. 

To combat this critical deficit and its many potential risks, many enterprises are attempting to reinvent their hiring and human resources approach in hopes of successfully finding and recruiting new employees with specialized skills. However, this strategy can necessitate large investments of time and money, and it doesn’t always offer the best return. Other entities may try to train new skills with existing employees, but risk-taking away valuable time and brainpower that would otherwise be angled at existing operations and core competencies. 

Of course, nurturing agility and skills development is never a bad thing, but there is one way to get the best of new and emerging technologies while maintaining core business practices: allying with a Managed Service Provider. 

To give businesses the easy accessibility to the skills they need to thrive in the rapidly changing digital environment, MOD Mission Critical delivers managed services with high levels and wide ranges of expertise, bridging skills gaps and keeping businesses ahead of the game. Plus, with inclusive and predictable flat fees and scalable subscription models, MOD’s managed services ensure that enterprises can get the help and agility they need without breaking the bank. 

Offering bespoke solutions with boutique-level attention and a real human touch, MOD helps enterprises seamlessly meet every individual need. No matter the changing demands of the future of IT, the company helps customers leverage access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and beyond, all at wholesale rates.

While the environment of technology and IT is ever-changing, the skills gap doesn’t have to be a point of weakness for businesses looking to keep pace. Now, the risk of falling behind and getting left in the dust doesn’t have to distract from delivering great services and next-level capabilities. With future-proofed and preemptive strategies, MOD serves as a trusted partner to businesses, keeping them on the cutting edge.

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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 Jul 2019

Embracing and Mastering Change: Adjusting to Telecommunications’ Widespread Convergence

Telecommunications is a sphere that is ever-changing, especially as ubiquitous connectivity, next-generation technologies, and burgeoning user demand to push traditional models to their breaking point. In recent years, however, these growing demands, combined with mounting pressure from players like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon (and even Regional Bell Operating Companies), are changing the face of telecommunications even more drastically and at a faster rate than ever before. As business models are shifting to garner a critical competitive edge and facilitate superior services, consolidation and convergence are emerging as the most influential forces in the new telecommunications playing field.

The world of telecommunications has been consolidating for some time now as a result of the rise of entities like Amazon. As these now eminent OTT (Over the Top) players saw their popularity and demand rising steadily (with over 197 million U.S. subscribers expected by 2022), their need for massive amounts of bandwidth and reliable service grew to the point where they broke away from the traditional business model. Widespread dependence on fast, reliable internet means that these new titans of technology are looking to bring their operations and services in house. Now, these companies are effectively displacing media companies and traditional telecommunications companies as they opt to not only host the content but to also produce it, own the delivery infrastructure and even sell internet access.

Traditional telcos are taking the hint, however, and are responding with their own consolidation efforts, as can be seen in AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Barriers are being broken by telcos and other businesses in an effort to step into this role of the contemporary media entity, reshaping the boundaries and conventions of the industry as they go. Now, remaining competitive means taking ownership of the technology, the capabilities, the network, the content, and the delivery.

This business evolution and the emergence of an all-encompassing solution platform model, which bundles complete end-to-end strategies made up of hardware, software, network, colocation and management into one monthly cost, is clearly disrupting and re-contouring long-established telco norms. Essentially, the days of a la carte service provisioning are all but gone, and what it means to be a telecommunications provider is changing.

So, the question remains: how do companies who need to procure services on an increasingly small timeline do so with huge providers that are being slowed down by their consolidation? Luckily, MOD Mission Critical answers the call of so many businesses that are fearful of the repercussions that these large-scale telecommunications shifts may bring. MOD’s expert managed, network and data center services are built to help businesses keep their competitive edge and stabilize the uncertainty that comes with a rapidly-changing industry.

MOD delivers top-tier services with boutique-level care, individualized attention, and a human touch, ensuring that every unique requirement and demand is seamlessly met with bespoke solutions. To ensure success for all clients, MOD provides access to over 100,000 network Points of Presence (PoPs), products from over 800 suppliers and connections to 400 carriers in 200 data centers. Of course, these solutions come with the company’s deep experience from deploying networks across over 80 countries.

With one master service agreement delivering 400 carriers, 200 data centers, countless on-net buildings and more at wholesale rates, MOD clients can rest assured that their operations will remain dynamic, adaptable, scalable and agile, even as the industry continues to change.

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21 May 2019

Unlocking Your Competitive Advantage: Empowering Mobile Solutions with the Hybrid Cloud

As the digital and automated facets of our world grow ever-present, businesses have been finding new ways to stay ahead of the curve while simultaneously addressing their current IT challenges. Now, a growing number of companies are finding that the latest and greatest digital transformation tool can be described with a single word: mobility. Put simply, technological and business mobility means that you can use and access your critical information, data and applications untethered. Offering ample opportunity for augmented digital operations with reduced friction, mobility grants the best of consistency, efficiency and engagement, all while providing an overall more hassle-free, seamless experience to boot. In fact, mobility has created such a buzz in the business world that statistics forecast that worldwide enterprise mobility management (EMM) revenues will reach $16.69 billion in 2021.

When combined with cloud computing, a truly game-changing business strategy is born. As businesses are seeking new ways to work mobility-friendly processes into their day-to-day operations, they find that they need an environment that offers high performance, scalability and efficiency to enable the easy data access that mobility depends on. The hybrid cloud, specifically, has become a winning strategy. With the benefits of mobility properly and fully expressed, businesses can create a cohesive and effective framework that keeps every critical element connected at all times.

Mobility Applications

Nowadays, mobility’s applications are practically endless. First and foremost, mobility offers a multitude of opportunities to improve the cornerstone of business: customer experience. As just one example of how mobility improves this facet of business, one report commissioned by Samsung revealed that 39 percent of the 500 managers and executives that were surveyed believe that mobile-friendly processes promote better collaboration and productivity. 35 percent of the same respondents noted an improvement in the quality of the work accomplished. By focusing on mobility, employees are empowered to be more productive simply because they can more easily and seamlessly perform critical tasks and functions. Unified communications with the use of mobile phones and other devices means a more streamlined process and heightened continuity, both of which are critical for maintaining a competitive edge. Overall, mobility-friendly business frameworks facilitate improved productivity, quicker decision-making and increased satisfaction across the board.

However, this is not to say that implementing mobility is a breeze. Across all these applications, the most critical component for success lies in the ability to access all pertinent data across a wider range of devices and locations, which can be a difficult order to fill. The most promising solution? The hybrid cloud.

Implementing Mobility with the Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud offers the best of private and public clouds (scalability, security, cost savings and more), but most importantly, this strategy delivers much-needed agility and flexibility, allowing enterprises to support growing and changing digital business transformations. Adapting and remaining nimble is critical for any business in this contemporary era, but especially as mobility gains momentum, being able to pivot easily is indispensable. Essentially, the hybrid cloud enables applications, workloads and assorted data to move and operate across boundaries (on-premises and off) and architectures with one common data management system, making mobility easy.

Of course, changing the trajectory of business operations to include an entire new architecture is no small task, and in fact can be quite daunting. Luckily, experts are available to help. MOD Mission Critical is well-versed in helping businesses adopt the hybrid cloud frameworks that empower their mobile future, making them the perfect trusted partner to help with the transition. As a cloud service provider offering international cloud strategies and best-of-breed services, MOD ensures enterprises are staying ahead of the curve by helping them harnessing the best of mobility, all through a single managed service agreement (MSA).

Of course, MOD delivers these top-tier services with boutique-level care and individualized attention that makes each business’s requirements a unique priority. Getting to the hybrid cloud and going mobile has never been easier than with MOD’s bespoke solutions. To meet every need, MOD ensures provides a one-stop-shop for access to over 100,000 network Points of Presence (PoPs), products from over 800 suppliers and connections to 400 carriers in 200 data centers and deep experience from deploying networks across over 80 countries. Plus, businesses  can relax as they go through the process knowing that MOD’s support technicians are available around the clock to help troubleshoot.

As the digital world expands and enables applications that help every business create amplified user enjoyment and productivity, no enterprise should be left behind due to the intimidation of moving to the cloud. If enterprises ally themselves with a great partner, expressing the benefits of mobility doesn’t have to include damaging setbacks or uncertainty. With MOD’s fully managed solutions, industry-leading service, customer-first approach and real human touch, organizations can rest assured that they’ll be fully mobile in no time and more capable than ever before.

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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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