As multicloud and hybrid IT strategies become standard for the most agile, innovative enterprises, tech leaders must choose solutions that balance the needs of the business today with the agility and flexibility that the rapidly shifting tech landscape demands.
That’s why committing to a data center or cloud solution for multiple years is a common source of consternation for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders. If business needs change, decision-makers rightfully fear being locked in to a solution or vendor, which may require them to sacrifice agility or devote precious resources to costly, unplanned strategic pivots.
With INAP Interchange, there’s no need to fear.
Our new program provides solution flexibility after you deploy your initial solution. Exchange infrastructure environments a year (or later) into your contract. That way, you can focus on current-state IT needs knowing you can adapt for future-state realities.
What is INAP Interchange?
Interchange is a spend portability program available to new colocation or cloud customers. It gives you the option to switch infrastructure solutions—dollar for dollar—part-way through your contract. This will help you avoid environment lock-in and achieve current IT infrastructure goals while providing the flexibility to adapt for whatever comes next.
What solutions are eligible?
INAP Colocation, Bare Metal and Private Cloud solutions are eligible for the Interchange program. Chat with us to learn more about these services, and how spend portability can benefit your infrastructure solution.
INAP Interchange: Use Cases
A variety of business cases exist for Interchange:
- Transition or phase from one of INAP’s 53 colocation facilities to an INAP Private Cloud or Bare Metal environment
- Switch part or all of your current spend to new geographic regions or data centers
- Re-deploy applications to a new hosted environment
Let’s walk through a few example scenarios.
No.1: On-Prem to Colo to Cloud
To boost connectivity and performance, an IT infrastructure team seeks to migrate their company’s on-premise data center infrastructure to a Tier 3 colocation facility; however, pressure from senior management to explore cloud-first strategies within the next five years complicates their plans.
With INAP Interchange, the team migrates to a new INAP high-density colocation solution knowing that, one year later, they can choose to transition part of their spend to a custom-built INAP Private Cloud should the need arise.
No.2: Geographic Flexibility
One year after deploying INAP Bare Metal servers on the U.S. West Coast, a growing SaaS customer sees an increased demand for service in the EMEA region.
To get closer to their growing user base, the customer shifts part of their deployment to a custom-engineered solution in INAP’s North London cloud location.
This use case also applies to colocation customers seeking to move data centers.
No. 3: Application Best Fit
An INAP Bare Metal customer needs to decommission legacy workloads and deploy newly architected applications that are better suited to a virtualized environment.
Rather than spin up new on-demand services with a hyperscale public cloud provider, the customer uses INAP Interchange to migrate to an INAP Dedicated Private Cloud, which provides a scalable, single-tenant environment tailored to the resource needs of the new applications.