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MWC19: Where Telecommunications and Cloud Meet

By G C Network | March 23, 2019

As a cloud solution architect, my passion is learning the details about how cloud computing uniquely supports specific business cases. This curiosity is what drove my excitement when Ericsson invited me to work with them during Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. As the largest mobile event in the world, MWC Barcelona brings together the latest…

Tulane University SoPA Selects “Architechting Cloud Computing Solutions”

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

Last week, Packt Publishing announced that “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” by Kevin L. Jackson and Scott Goessling was selected for use by the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement, Applied Computing Systems & Technology Program as the textbook for their mandatory Enterprise Architecture – Hardware course starting Spring Semester 2019. I am proud and honored to be trusted by such a prestigious institution. Being an “Amazon…

5G Wireless Technology Connecting Healthcare

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

Healthcare is in the middle of massive change. Called digital transformation by many, this term describes the industry’s pursuit of the many promises offered by connected patients, connected caregivers, and connected hospitals. While the goals of this transformation are many and varied, a recent HIMAA Media survey revealed the top four as: Seeking improved quality of care…

Maria Lensing: The Network Platform for Healthcare’s Future

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

As a girl, Maria and her family traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to get cancer treatment for her sick brother. The miracle she observed, as the healthcare providers saved her brother’s life, ignited a passion for healthcare. Unfortunately, that passion didn’t apply to blood, so she went into electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, eventually falling in…

How “Big Iron” Does “Big Regulation”

By G C Network | January 10, 2019

According to Verizon, there were over there were over 53,000 security incidents in 2017, with over 2,200 of those identified as confirm data breaches. A Ponemon Institute study also showed that companies experiencing a data breach took an average of 147 days to detect that breach. These statistics serve a key motivator of Stuart McIrvine, Director…

Mainframe Synergies for Digital Transformation

By G C Network | January 10, 2019

In July  of 2018, Broadcom announced its intentions to acquire CA Technologies. In the press release, Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, said: “This transaction represents an important building block as we create one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies. With its sizeable installed base of customers, CA is uniquely positioned…

2018 AT&T Business Summit: Security “in” and “of” the Cloud

By G C Network | November 10, 2018

While public cloud is undoubtedly an outsized piece of the conversation, news headlines of the latest data breach can make this move a very frightening proposition. The question of how to balance the downside of cloud computing risks with the upside of promising cost savings is, therefore, top of mind.  The dilemma becomes even more…

My Brush with Royalty: Queen Latifah

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

Queen Latifah! Hip Hop Icon. Movie Star. Television Star. Fashion Model. Songwriter. Producer. Entrepreneurial Genius!? YES! Dana Elaine Owens, her given name, is co-owner of Flavor Unit Entertainment, a firm that includes television and film production units, a record label and an artist management company. She has been managing herself since age 21 and within 2 years…

What’s New in Puppet 5?

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

Puppet 5 is released and comes with several exciting enhancements and features that promise to make configuration management much more streamlined. This article will take a comprehensive look at these new features and enhancements. Puppet 5 was released in 2017, and according to Eric Sorensen, director of product management at Puppet, the goal was to…

5 Reasons Why Ansible is the Best CM Tool Out There?

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

Amidst volatile markets, dynamic technology shifts, and ever-increasing customer demands, it is imperative for IT organizations to develop flexible, scalable and high-quality applications that exceed expectations and enhance productivity. A software application has numerous moving parts, which, if not effectively maintained, will definitely affect the final quality and end user experience. This is where configuration…

Digital transformation integrates technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing products and services to a global customer base.

This outcome requires the seamless two-way flow of data and information between internal business processes and external processes that interact with customers, business partners and the relevant industry ecosystem.

Hybrid cloud computing supports that outcome by enabling ubiquitous, convenient and on-demand network access to shared and configurable computing resources that can be used by anyone to access digital products and services from anywhere, at any time and on any device.

Hybrid cloud has proven to be a viable solution for delivering quantum improvements in operational capability, market relevance and business profit. The transition to hybrid cloud, however, is hard work. It demands time and attention from the most skilled members of your team. And that alone seems a challenge. A recent report from Frost & Sullivan sheds light on what companies are experiencing first-hand.

Hybrid cloud strategy

According to the report, 80% of IT leaders say that a hybrid cloud strategy is essential to remaining competitive in their industry, and 75% say that cloud computing is the most critical part of their entire digital transformation strategy.

Frost & Sullivan report: Data center challenges may slow digital transformation

The report also suggests that “the path toward a modern, efficient, cloud-enabled data center is engaging the right IT support partner.” Frost & Sullivan points out that 34% of IT leaders worldwide say they have engaged with a partner for data center services, and another 44% say they plan to do so in the next two years.

The challenges these leaders cite include:

  • Difficulty with managing a complex and difficult environment, highlighting integrating data center and cloud environments as the top concern
  • The need to have technical staff focused on routine management and maintenance tasks, leaving too few resources devoted to strategic initiatives
  • The administrative struggle to manage many vendors and providers in their hybrid cloud or data center environment
  • Poor or inconsistent application performance across a hybrid environment
  • The imperative to deploy open source projects in their hybrid environments as a way of increasing speed and agility in software development
  • Lack of enough in-house cloud expertise and the challenge associated with hiring and retaining qualified staff

Vendor agnostic

Frost & Sullivan says an effective IT support partner should be vendor agnostic and able to manage a hybrid IT environment (traditional data center and cloud) in a consistent manner. The consultancy suggests a prospective partner should be able to prove expertise across a broad range of hardware, software and IT services, as well as readiness to address future technology needs.

Bottom line: If you want to maintain leadership in your industry through digital transformation and hybrid cloud, experts recommend teaming up with a trusted partner.

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