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      3 Reasons You Need INAP’s Next-Generation Dedicated Private Cloud in Your Hybrid Infrastructure Mix


      The best hybrid infrastructure strategies allow companies to carefully chart their cloud journeys based on the needs of their applications and workloads. There’s a lot of space in between a hyperscale platform and an on-premise data center, including solutions that embrace the agility and performance of public clouds while providing granular environmental control and access to leading managed security for your infrastructure mix.

      Dedicated Private Clouds (DPCs) are an ideal alternative to hyperscale public cloud platforms, especially for enterprises seeking to satisfy stringent industry compliance requirements, consolidate data centers, host legacy applications or stand-up disaster recovery environments.

      This week, INAP is thrilled to introduce the latest release of our Dedicated Private Cloud solution. This next-generation DPC solution is a VMware-based platform carefully rightsized for a range of applications, and for the first time, is backed by the transparency and simplicity of INAP Intelligent Monitoring, our premium managed cloud monitoring service. Intelligent Monitoring has been expanded to provide transparent visibility into infrastructure and application performance to private cloud customers, all within INblue, INAP’s easy-to-use infrastructure management platform.

      Let’s explore the reasons why you need INAP’s fully managed DPC solution in your hybrid infrastructure mix.

      Change the Game with Intelligent Monitoring

      INAP Intelligent Monitoring for DPC, powered by VMware vRealize® Operations Manager, provides real-time visibility into the health of your infrastructure and applications through a set of intuitive dashboards. We created Intelligent Monitoring for a number of reasons, including to help streamline the actions that follow alerts and to provide transparency into the management of your infrastructure.

      Jim Aluotto, Senior Director for VMware’s Cloud Provider Business, Americas Region, highlighted the value-add the VMware vRealize Operations Manager’s integration into our managed private cloud platform. “The technology empowers customers who want to spend less time monitoring and maintaining their cloud infrastructure, but still require granular visibility of both the environment and the critical work their solution provider manages for them.”

      Originally released in 2019 for INAP’s Bare Metal platform, Intelligent Monitoring combines expert technical support with unequaled visibility and control. Intelligent Monitoring for our next-generation DPC solution provides detailed dashboards that track the overall health of your environment, including utilization metrics for hosts, virtual machines and datastores. When monitoring thresholds trigger, you will be notified along with our certified INAP cloud technicians, who will proactively resolve many issues. You can track the progress and follow workflows every step of the way via INAP’s INblue infrastructure management platform.

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      Get the Flexibility to Achieve New Levels of Performance

      DPCs are easy transitions from on-premise environments given the amount of configuration flexibility they offer. The INAP team will ensure that the solution is rightsized for your applications, beginning with a complimentary assessment of your current environment. The team can then validate infrastructure suitability for your applications.

      This flexibility, paired with the transparency of Intelligent Monitoring, will reduce your time spent maintaining infrastructure without you having to choose between control, compliance or performance. Predict and prevent issues, monitor and troubleshoot application performance faster, automate capacity planning and increase your forecast accuracy with our next-generation DPC.

      Fuel Your Business Growth, We’ve Got Your Infrastructure Covered

      Focus on business needs and reduce your time spent managing infrastructure with INAP managed cloud services. From onboarding and deployment to ongoing maintenance and optimization, with a fully managed DPC, our certified VMware cloud experts are an extension of your team. We manage network connectivity, storage and the underlying infrastructure so you can focus on the VM and application layer.

      INAP’s DPCs are single-tenant environments with private network segmentation, DDoS protection and mitigation, isolated security zones and account security. Managed VMware NSX® Edge™ firewalls enable high-availability network security and premium performance. Additionally, as a DPC customer, you can increase your security posture with INAP Shield Managed Security services, powered by Alert Logic managed detection and response (MDR).

      Our next generation DPC was also designed with compliance in mind. It is the ideal solution to support any PCI-DSS and HIPAA requirements you may have for your infrastructure solutions.

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      Wendy Williams
      • Product Manager, Private Cloud and Security Services


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      IT Professionals Day 2020: 5 Reasons to Thank Your IT Team


      Today is IT Professionals Day. This annual day of recognition was first celebrated in 2015 as a way to thank the people who keep the wheels of IT turning. And while we advocate thanking your IT team regularly, this year in particular our IT teams have taken on a lion’s share of work in helping many companies go remote, protecting us from ongoing cyberthreats and accelerating digital transformation initiatives.

      Preparing networks for remote work on a moment’s notice and ensuring applications remain resilient and performant is no easy task, but thanks to IT pros’ skills and agility, businesses have been able to continue on, many without missing a beat.

      In addition to their essential functions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, below we’ve assembled five reasons to thank you IT team.

      1. IT infrastructure managers go above and beyond around the clock.

      On average, IT pros are interrupted 6.24 times a month during their personal hours with issues related to server and/or cloud infrastructure.

      2. IT professionals are on the front lines of enterprise of cybersecurity.

      Daily, IT professionals are presented with 26.08 server and cloud-related alerts daily on average. This includes monitoring triggers, patches, updates, vulnerabilities and other issues.

      3. Our IT teams are always there for us when things go wrong.

      54% of pros say that they are only contacted by their coworkers when things go wrong, and 58% worry that senior leaders only view their function as “keeping the lights on.” But we too often fail to see all they to do help companies grow . . .

      4. IT teams are key in helping our companies grow and innovate.

      IT pros are hungry to move beyond routine activities and do the work that makes a greater impact for all of us. 47% want to spend more time on designing and implementing new solutions, and 59% of tech pros are frustrated by time spent on monitoring and OS maintenance. A whopping 83% say their departments should be viewed as centers for innovation.

      5. IT pros continually educate themselves to keep pace with this ever-evolving field.

      As such, 53.7% of IT pros say they feel like they’ve held 2-5 different roles since starting their careers in IT. In order to meet shifting demands, 37% of pros participate in training to learn new skills monthly, while 11% do so weekly.

      Data derived from INAP’s annual State of IT Infrastructure Management report. The survey was conducted among 500 IT senior leaders and infrastructure managers in the United States and Canada.

      Drop your IT team a note to let them know you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Or make a quick video to say, “thanks.”

      In the video below, INAP leadership thank our 100-plus essential data center workers. The terrific performance from these IT pros has enabled our thousands of global customers to successfully operate their businesses through a period of immense challenge.

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      New Survey Reveals the Big 4 Reasons Behind Cloud Migrations and the Off-Premise Exodus


      Organizations continue to migrate their IT infrastructure off-premise, and this trend is not slowing down any time soon. INAP’s 2019 State of IT Infrastructure Management survey, released in November, revealed that nearly 9 in 10 organizations (88 percent) will be migrating at least some workloads off-premise in the next three years.

      This already high percentage jumps to an even greater level when only looking at organizations that already have remote environments. Ninety-six percent of this group plans to move more workloads off-prem in the near future.

      For this second annual survey, participants—500 IT leaders and infrastructure managers—were asked why they are moving workloads off-prem, and where those workloads are going. The results indicate four big reasons for moving off-prem, as well as the share of companies migrating workloads to cloud, colo and bare metal.

      If you haven’t checked out the survey report yet, read up on it here, or download the full report below.

      Why Companies are Moving Off-Premise

      Big 4

      The data above compares the 2018 and 2019 results of the survey. The clear top four reasons for 2019—network, scalability, resiliency and security—make a compelling case for why the demise of the on-premise data center is perhaps inevitable within the next decade. Let’s explore this year’s top reasons in greater depth.

      Improve Network Performance

      Jumping up six points from 2018, where it ranked No. 3 overall, network performance has claimed the No. 1 spot for reasons to move off-premise. Ultra-low latency and high availability is critically important to end users (think multi-player gamers, streaming customers, Ad Tech and financial service consumers, etc.) and can make the difference between retaining customers or losing them to a competitor. Additionally, conversations around the importance of Edge Computing and Edge Networking strategies continue to grow in prominence, meaning network performance will only grow more important.

      Accomplishing both low latency and high availability requires not only more bandwidth, but better infrastructure to serve end users at the edge. Alternatively, organizations can take advantage of network route optimization technologies to ensure traffic is always sent along the lowest-latency path.

      Whichever path an organization chooses to take, it’s clear that traditional on-premise data centers are increasingly incapable of delivering the performance today’s digital economy demands. To truly compete in the current and future tech landscape, strong network performance is a requirement, not a necessity.

      Application Scalability and Resiliency

      The No. 2 (scalability) and No. 3 (resiliency) reasons are both essential components of running workloads and applications in the digital economy. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions deliver these attributes via on-demand deployment, and colocation data centers deliver them via greater space and power capacity, each offering companies the ability to add resources easier and more efficiently than they can with the average on-premise facility.

      Additionally, any quality off-premise solution will include component and utility redundancy, enabling up-time of 99.999 percent annually. A single point of failure, whether it’s related to electrical, power or cooling, for example, will not disrupt your service in a Tier 3 data center run and maintained by a reliable partner.

      Infrastructure and Data Center Security

      Cyberattacks continue to grow in sophistication and frequency. Earlier this year, we rounded up sobering statistics on the state of cybersecurity. Did you know that it takes an organization 34 days on average to patch for critical common vulnerabilities and exposures? And did you also know that a successful phishing attempt will cost small or medium business $1.6 million on average? It’s no wonder security ranked No. 4 as a reason to move off-premise.

      As information security initiatives attract more attention from the C-suite, in-house IT infrastructure and operations leaders will continue to view on-premise facilities as a vulnerability. The levels of physical and network security offered by leading cloud and data center providers goes above and beyond what an on-premise operation can achieve. The security and compliance-ready attributes of Tier 3 data center facilities instantly tick several “best-practice” boxes, giving IT pros and the C-suite alike peace of mind, not to mention assurance that their infrastructure will be ready to stand up to future threats.

      Additionally, more companies are choosing to offload the day-to-day management of common security functions like monitoring, log management and patch management. For instance, a fully managed hosted private cloud offers the scalability and security that organizations are looking for and allows them to work with a trusted partner to deploy the best-fit solution for applications and workloads.

      The Future of IT Infrastructure is Hybrid

      Now that we understand why organizations are headed off-prem, let’s explore where they are moving. We asked survey participants to choose from non-Software as a Service (SaaS) and non-Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments, including hosted private cloud, hyperscale public cloud, colocation data center and hosted bare metal or dedicated servers. The participants were able to select all options that applied.

      Hybrid IT

      Based on the results, we learned that it’s not a uniform journey to the major hyperscale cloud providers. Organizations plan to spread workloads across a variety of different environments, including colocation and hosted private clouds, with the later just outpacing the hyperscalers at 77 percent.

      Between colocation and the different types of clouds, organizations have plenty of choice when it comes to their off-premise infrastructure, and there is no one-size-fits-all best solution. In this hybrid era of IT, it will be important for organizations to evaluate their infrastructure strategies for to ensure that their chosen solutions (cloud, colo, etc.) are best meeting workload requirements.

      “All of that infrastructure spread out across multiple data centers and clouds needs to be centrally managed, monitored and secured with efficiency,” says Jennifer Curry, INAP’s SVP, Global Cloud Services in TechRepublic’s coverage of the report. “This is no easy feat, so my recommendation would be to seek out partners who understand how to design performance-driven architectures and partners who can provide you the flexibility and support required to give your teams the peace of mind and the ability to focus on what matters most.”

      The Off-Premise Acceleration

      Just how fast will the on-premise data center exodus be? Respondents were asked to anticipate the percentage share of on-premise workloads now and three years from now in our latest survey. Overall, IT pros expect a 38 percent reduction in on-premise workloads by 2022. While there are myriad reasons to move away from on-prem infrastructures, the “Big 4” reasons present a compelling case for this migration.

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