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From Colocation to the Intercloud: Let the Journey Begin

April 16, 2015

With benefits ranging from efficiency to cost savings, it’s not surprising that the cloud has become a desirable destination for many businesses or, more specifically, for their applications and data. However, there are many reasons that not all applications or data belong in the cloud. And for many organizations, dumping existing hardware in favor of moving to the cloud may not be the smartest financial strategy.

So where does that leave businesses that want to move to the cloud but seem to have many reasons not to do so? The answer may lie in colocation. That’s the premise behind Peak 10’s latest eBook — Hybrid IT: Make Colocation Your Conduit to the Cloud. Hybrid IT: Make Colocation Your Conduit to the Cloud

The free resource discusses how to use colocation as a way of transitioning to the cloud — and as an important component of an overall hybrid IT strategy.

By combining colocation and the cloud — private, public, recovery or any combination of them — to create a hybrid IT strategy, companies can choose the services and platforms that make the most sense for their business requirements today. At the same time, they retain the flexibility to change as business demands shift without discarding their investments in existing IT assets.

Simply outsourcing some of their data and applications to a colocation facility can be a great way to start transitioning to the cloud. It allows a company to gain a level of comfort in letting go of some of the day-to-day control of its IT assets while maintaining ownership of those assets but NOT having to invest in the facilities to keep them in-house.

In addition, colocation can be used to handle data and applications that aren’t “cloud ready” or “cloud appropriate” — like some legacy applications. And as has been discussed in previous Peak 10 blog posts, colocation can serve as an important staging area for learning about, testing and moving ahead with additional cloud services at a time that’s right for a company.

The fact is that most, if not all, companies will be moving at least some of their applications to the cloud. They will need to if they want to get in on the benefits that will be generated by the next wave of cloud innovation: that globally connected network of clouds that Peak 10’s technology partner Cisco calls the Intercloud. Cisco’s Intercloud takes the concept of hybrid IT to a new level, allowing companies to enjoy both the control offered by on-premise private cloud solutions and the freedom to choose public clouds for other workloads.

But first things first. Learn how to use colocation to make a connection to the cloud and to create an IT strategy that can accommodate your organization’s changing needs.

Download the free eBook now: Hybrid IT: Make Colocation Your Conduit to the Cloud.

Then stay tuned for information on Cisco’s Intercloud and how that can play out in your hybrid IT strategy as well. The journey is just beginning.

Would you like to learn how to prepare today for Hybrid IT tomorrow? Register for our upcoming Webinar here


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