For you to have “the best of all worlds”, particularly in Hybrid IT solutions, one should see why colocation is an essential first step in moving core infrastructure toward a hybrid model – which combines a mix of on premise infrastructure, colocation, managed hosting and cloud services. As you’ll see, the benefits go far beyond greater cost containment. The security and isolation of colocation, combined with the flexibility and on-demand nature of cloud, allows you to be more responsive to changing business needs and ultimately help drive business performance further, faster.
On-Demand IT Solution
Making self-provisioning easy and instant, our Cloud uses an intuitive graphical user interface to enable the rapid creation, deletion, copying, duplication, templating and backup of virtual machines (VMs). Our solution is simple enough that any business user can set up VMs in a just a few minutes, versatile enough to handle a wide-range of computing tasks, dynamic enough to match ever-changing data demands, and featured enough that systems administrators can extensively customize as needed.
High Performance System, Low Price Point
Secured Cloud incorporates best-of-breed technologies to provide you with a very robust, high-performance Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud hosting solution at prices that are among the best in the market. You can leverage industry-leading virtualization technologies to convert IT capital expenditures to operational expenses, better optimizing your spend.
How can our cloud help?
Training environments…Testing environments…Development environments… Corporate websites. These are just some of the different examples where a cloud solution can be used to drive additional bottom-line benefits. For instance, if a software development company requires server resources to test a new product, a cloud server can be set up to only operate when testing is occurring. Once testing is complete, the VM can be powered back down or re-purposed, and thus the company will only pay for disk storage, resulting in additional savings.
Other Possible Use Cases Include
- Disaster recovery – After backing up your critical information on our cloud you can power it off. If anything happens to your main site/deployment, you can then power up your cloud to retrieve all of your information, or to run it live.
- Growth and expansion – Rather than purchasing more physical servers to meet your growing demands, Secured Cloud can be utilized to help drive rapid time-to-market, and scale-up and grow as quickly as your business needs grow.
- Redundancy and scalability – Add a few cloud servers to your load balanced cluster to mitigate risk and provide on-demand scalability.
Hybrid Your IT & Get The Best of All Worlds
As CIOs know all too well, the continuously accelerating pace of business change is driving extreme demand for IT infrastructure agility. New competitors continually emerge as the Internet dissolves market barriers, M&A activity reshapes industries and globalization drives rapid expansion into new territories. Rising customer expectations add pressure to continually enhance the customer experience. And now that IT systems underpin virtually all customers and supply chain interactions, IT solutions must be 100 percent available – always – even as they meet that demand for extreme agility.
All of this means that IT organizations must deliver new business capabilities faster, even as their budgets are being squeezed. The drive to maximize IT agility in support of new business needs (e.g., digital customer experience, big data analysis) while holding down costs is leading many CIOs to re-imagining their core IT infrastructure. They are outsourcing a growing proportion, utilizing an array of different “hybrid” approaches. This re-imagining enables them to focus more of their resources on delivering business applications – versus managing the minutiae detail of infrastructure – along with critical in-house systems.
One reason many CIOs are choosing HopOne for their mission-critical applications is to mitigate risk. Our colocation enables them to minimize disruption and maximize control over applications, because the existing application and its servers can simply be moved to an external data center with highly reliable infrastructure and uptime commitments written into service level agreements (SLAs).
In some cases, our colocation, combined with instant-time-to-market cloud, can also maximize agility, because it’s the fastest way to get an existing application up and running in a new location. For example, an international law firm needed to quickly establish operations in several countries when it found its competitors building footholds faster in those markets – with IT services being a particular bottleneck. To support those operations, the law firm needed to provide local staff with secure access to applications storing case information. The fastest way to do that was to transfer the applications to a managed private cloud, while over the longer term working to move the virtual infrastructure to an in-house colocation-based solution. Migrating direct to colocation would have added months to the process; valuable time that the HopOne provided private (fully isolated and custom-built for a single client) cloud saved.
Sometimes, migrating lock, stock and barrel into a colocated environment is often the fastest, lowest-risk route for many enterprises. Perhaps the information is in a legacy system, and the only people who know the system well are a few experts within the company. Migrating to another application or infrastructure may take more time; and then you have the question of how quickly users could learn the new app and find the data they need.
In addition, many CIOs choose outsourced data centers for disaster-recovery operations, or for legacy applications that are not fully able to take advantage of virtualization; in other cases regulatory compliance may require a high degree of control.
Financial service firms often choose colocation to ensure the security of mission-critical applications that carry proprietary information, even as they use cloud computing for other functions. More important than owning the data center is knowing where the data is and understanding the controls around securing it and the IT infrastructure it’s running on. This is where our compliance with not only local (US-based) standards such as SSAE-18, but also much tougher global standards such as ISO 27001:2013 comes into play and provides a higher degree of peace of mind that cannot be found elsewhere. Significantly, IT leaders surveyed last year identified security concerns and backup/disaster recovery among the top reasons for not using the cloud.
At the same time, those firms may take advantage of the cloud’s on-demand elasticity for other purposes: to create development and test environments that can be quickly erected and just as quickly torn down once development is completed, or run proof-of-concept tests of big data analysis algorithms. The on-demand elasticity and pay-for-consumption model of many public cloud services is, of course, particularly attractive for meeting unpredictable business demands or workloads that tend to experience sharp usage peaks. But for workloads that are more predictable in nature, managed services based on dedicated infrastructure, be it traditional colocation or a custom-built private cloud, are much more economical – over time.
Despite justified excitement about cloud computing, the reality is that most businesses are adopting a hybrid IT strategy – and will use a mix of outsourced and in-house IT services as that strategy evolves over at least the next five years. To meet rapidly-changing business IT needs, CIOs have to be able to select from a range of HopOne services that maximize agility while minimizing costs.
Why CIOs are Switching to Hybrid IT Services
- Ability to provide end-to-end IT solutions from assessment and planning to delivery and ongoing management and optimization.
- Scalability and expertise at every stage of outsourcing and application lifecycles.
- Flexibility and agility to move IT workloads to the optimal platform throughout their lifecycles.
- Seeking 100 percent availability and clearly defined SLAs.
- Scalability and global reach to accelerate business expansion into new markets.
- Proven expertise solving diverse business problems.
Our Hybrid Infrastructure Solutions infuse agility into the IT infrastructure of our enterprise customers, whether it is a business challenged with controlling costs, managing performance, or scaling and expanding into new markets. We are one of the world’s oldest enterprise-grade data center service providers, delivering innovative managed services on virtual, dedicated, and colocation platforms.