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      INAP: The Hybrid Infrastructure Company


      Today, more than 93 percent of mid-size businesses have or plan to have a multi-platform strategy to serve the strategic business needs and tactical requirements of their enterprise systems and digital infrastructure initiatives. *

      As the enterprise becomes more distributed and the remote work paradigm unfolds, there is an accelerating need to migrate workloads out of the corporate, on-premise data center and into more flexible, resilient, scalable and secure cloud and modern data center solutions.

      While “cloud-first” has been a growing trend, many IT and digital leaders are now leading with a “right time, right place” strategy, which carries a higher probability to successfully deliver  expected business outcomes and velocity of innovation. This “right time, right place” thinking is fueling the demand for hybrid infrastructure platforms.

      According to Gartner:

      “Workload placement is not only about moving to the cloud, it is about creating a baseline for infrastructure strategy based on workloads rather than physical data centers. This is causing I&O leaders to rethink infrastructure strategies, which have a direct impact on enterprise data centers.”

      Recent research from INAP confirms this. A majority of IT pros said in our recent State of IT Infrastructure Management survey that the global pandemic has made their organizations more likely to move workloads away from on-site, physical data centers. The top destinations included not just hyperscale cloud, but also colocation and hosted private cloud solutions, indicating more than ever that hybrid is here and here to stay.

      The Case for Hybrid Infrastructure

      There are many reasons to choose a hybrid solution; let’s dive into a few of the best use cases:

      When Lift and Shift is the Least Effective Option

      Most enterprise applications sitting in the corporate data center are not “cloud-ready” and were not built to perform properly in distributed public clouds. This makes moving them difficult or impossible without extensive re-architecture. Across the board, environments that are not fully optimized for applications is the number one factor holding back infrastructure strategies, according to IT pros surveyed by INAP. With the right hybrid strategy, however, application-infrastructure mismatches will be a thing of the past.

      When Security and Compliance Demand an Alternate Path

      Many industries operate in complex regulatory environments as a result of data governance, privacy and security. Again, these workloads may not be suitable for public cloud or other multi-tenant solutions. The increased focus on data sovereignty in certain countries makes moving all applications and data sources to a single cloud risky and complex. The impact of data gravity and the need to process and store data as close to the source or destination as possible increases the need for a distributed architecture and location independence.

      When Your Workloads Require Sophisticated Multiplatform Architectures

      In the near future, business needs will drive workload placement and integration across multiple platforms will be necessary to maintain a competitive advantage and control costs.  As a result, hybrid deployments will be the norm for the foreseeable future. Applications must remain part of a highly connected, secure and integrated enterprise ecosystem to effectively serve the needs of the business.

      When Operational Flexibility is Paramount

      As the requirements of the business change, so must the infrastructure that supports them. This is why many enterprise and digital innovators are choosing hybrid to maximize their chances of success as a smarter approach to infrastructure outsourcing. The fact is, where applications and data live today may not be the best destination for them to live tomorrow. As the application itself or the digital maturity of a company changes, IT and digital leaders need the flexibility to gracefully move applications to the right place, at the right time and at the right cost to get the full value of the cloud.  

      INAP ‘The Hybrid Infrastructure Company’

      INAP is a global provider of secure, performance-oriented hybrid infrastructure solutions. We bring together an interconnected ecosystem of enterprise cloud, data center and managed services on a single technology platform. Today, our company is a combination of several respected and successful cloud and data center companies strategically brought together to create a hybrid-platform serving the mid-market enterprise and the digital innovators of tomorrow.

      At INAP, we believe that flexibility is the key to creating a competitive infrastructure advantage and that the foundation of success for the mid-market enterprise and digital innovators will be built on infrastructure when and where you need it, not a single destination.

      Enterprise IT and digital leaders need a single technology platform and partner that enables them to move workloads and innovate at the right time and right place without the barriers of lock-in to a single strategy.

      And we provide it at INAP.

      We were the first company in the industry to develop a solution spend portability program allowing clients to move infrastructure solutions, dollar-for-dollar, part way through their contracts. The program remains central to our identity and is one of several reasons why we are  “The Hybrid Infrastructure Company” that helps simplify your infrastructure transformation journey.

      INAP for Enterprise IT

      Regardless of where you are today in your cloud journey – on-premise, hybrid, physical, virtual or public, INAP can help you navigate and transform by leveraging a combination of our strategically located data centers, enterprise cloud, dedicated bare metal, disaster recovery, security, public cloud and managed services solutions.

      Our expert solution teams leverage a comprehensive, consultative approach through our Infrastructure by Business Objective (IBO) framework that ensures alignment of your mission-critical applications to available services, location, platform and deployment strategy to maximize your business outcome and return on investment.

      INAP for the Digital Innovator

      Whether you are in E-commerce, Gaming, Advertising Technology, Big Data or you are building the applications to power your digital tomorrow, INAP brings a rich history of delivering the lowest-latency networking and diverse global peering coupled with performance-oriented bare metal solutions that maximize response time, scale and flexibility to enhance the end-consumer experience. As innovators ourselves, we are hyper-focused on delivering the industry’s strongest SLA’s, unparalleled visibility and high-performance across our single-tenant, multi-tenant and modern data center solutions to build your digital infrastructure.

      Ready to chart your hybrid course? We’re ready to partner with you.

      Interested in learning more about INAP?

      Contact us today

      * Flexera State of the Cloud 2020

      https://blog.cloudera.com/why-adopt-a-hybrid-multi-cloud-strategy/

      Joe Corvaia
      • Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer


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      New Report: IT Infrastructure & The Pandemic


      The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be felt for years to come, and for many enterprises, that means a significant shift in how and where they power their applications and workloads. But it’s not all doom and gloom. IT professionals are in a unique position to lead infrastructure innovation that will not only allow companies to keep going but will create efficiency and value to propel them into the future.

      In this year’s State of IT Infrastructure Management report, we explore the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on IT infrastructure plans, IT professionals and the future of the industry.

      Download your free copy of the report to gain insight into what’s changed and what to do next.

      Key Takeaways From a Tumultuous Year

      • The pandemic is prompting a majority of companies to accelerate or kickstart hybrid cloud and colocation migrations, according to a survey of 500 IT leaders and infrastructure managers.
      • IT teams are reevaluating how they approach a remote workforce and a global economy increasingly reliant on digital services.
      • Despite the troubling times, optimism among IT teams has remained relatively strong

      The Off-Prem Migration Continues to Accelerate

      In our first State of IT Infrastructure Management report, published in 2018, 56 percent of participants said their organizations planned to move at least some of their on-prem infrastructure off-premise over the next three years. In 2019, that number jumped to 88 percent. The events of 2020 have solidified and sped up this resolve to move at least some infrastructure off-premise, including among many organizations that had no previous plans to migrate.

      IT Leaders Are Choosing Hybrid Solutions

      Cloud solutions—both hyperscale public cloud and hosted private cloud—have previously been the solution of choice for organizations migrating off-premise. This year, colocation has joined these cloud solutions as a top option for IT leaders looking to downsize commercial real estate footprints as a result of the pandemic. Read the report to learn more about how the pandemic has affected environment choices.

      IT Pros Are Essential, And Now Everyone Knows

      In case there was any doubt before 2020, IT professionals are essential workers, both to their organizations and every day users at large. They’ve risen to the new challenges of remote work while continuing to maintain and protect all aspects of their companies’ infrastructure. Being viewed as essential, both my company execs and colleagues, has helped spur optimism amongst IT staff, especially when it comes to the future. Download the report to see what’s contributing to this positive outlook.

      Take on 2021 With Renewed Vigor and Confidence

      The challenges of remote work and accelerated digital transformation initiatives will remain at the forefront for IT infrastructure managers around the world in the coming year.

      Is your company ready for what’s next? It may seem exhausting to think about the new year after dealing with the constant change and uncertainty of 2020. But with 2021 less than a month away, we at INAP want to ensure that you’re ready to tackle the year and meet your goals. Review the report and then reach out—our intelligent managed services and comprehensive infrastructure solutions can help you drive innovation and meet your objectives.

      Survey Methodology

      The data reflected in this survey was derived from a survey of 500 IT infrastructure managers and senior leaders employed full-time at companies in the U.S. with greater than 100 employees. Any employees of cloud and data center service providers were excluded. Commissioned by INAP and facilitated by Pollfish in August 2020, the survey’s margin of error is +/- 5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

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      Laura Vietmeyer


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      What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?


      Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the on-demand delivery of computing resources over the internet, including networking, storage, and other infrastructural components. A category of cloud computing, IaaS relieves users of the need to maintain physical servers while also providing them the flexibility to provision and scale their resources as needed.

      IaaS cloud providers generally take on low-level infrastructure management responsibilities — like security, data partitioning, and backups. Unlike Platform as Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) categories of cloud computing, users have control over what infrastructure components they actually use and the software and tools they use with that infrastructure, like operating systems or development tools.

      IaaS is a popular option for businesses that wish to leverage the advantages of the cloud and have system administrators who can oversee the installation, configuration, and management of the infrastructure that they wish to use. IaaS is also used by developers, researchers, and others who wish to customize the underlying infrastructure of their computing environment

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      A complete list of our educational resources on infrastructure can be found on our Infrastructure page.



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