I spend a considerable amount of time in front of customers and prospects. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about hybrid cloud. What’s the right approach? How long does migration take? What needs to be done in preparation? What benefits can our organization expect to receive? After fielding these questions across the country for lots of different size companies in a variety of industries, I thought it might be valuable to share some answers.
Hybrid cloud can be a game-changing move for your business. As an IT leader, you need the right information to make tough decisions about where to run workloads and how to manage your virtual environment. Should you go big or start small with hosting? How do you maintain your vision?
Historically, IT managers and leaders have relied on tools like TCO, or “Total Cost of Ownership,” to analyze and stack rank various projects and IT priorities. This approach works well when the types of application services being delivered aren’t changing much; it’s simply a cost comparison. Rackspace, like many service providers, has a TCO tool and associated Advisory Services (see the TCO white paper as well) that does a great job of providing a thorough analysis for mostly static environments where outsourcing, hosting and/or managed colocation are excellent first steps for organizations beginning their IT cloud transformation journeys and/or for specific legacy workloads not suitable for re-architecting due to cost or risk reasons.
The IT industry is in a perpetual state of change, but what remains constant is the need for uptime and airtight storage with unwavering support. Now, more than ever, this is of increasing importance with the third platform, described by IDC as an “emerging platform for growth and innovation built on the technology pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.” And for more than a decade, Rackspace and EMC have worked together to provide our customers with the solutions their businesses need to grow and adjust to this dynamic world of IT. These are the tools they need to redefine their businesses.
EMC World 2014 kicks off next week in Las Vegas, and Rackspace will be there in full force. We’ll be highlighting our decade-long partnership with EMC and discussing how we’re working together to redefine the hybrid cloud.
Were you aware that with Cloud Monitoring you could monitor any of your servers? No, really, any server, anywhere! It does not matter if they’re hosted on the Rackspace Public Cloud, if they’re Rackspace Dedicated Servers, if they’re in your data centers, or even another providers’ data centers. This means you can even monitor the servers already running on your existing Rackspace Private Cloud!