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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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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