Remember the expression about putting all your eggs in one basket? This simple philosophy warns against relying too much on one particular thing. This same rule applies to next-generation IT infrastructures. In the new economy, Connected Data Centers are the way to lead – with the power to easily provision services from both internal and external environments.
Internally, companies must transition workloads and resources across colocation, managed services and the cloud. From an external perspective, it’s necessary to rapidly connect to external cloud, applications, and network service providers. The data center of the future is about ease of connections, all while maintaining the highest levels of availability, sustainability and resilience.
What’s challenging is progressing workloads to generate the most optimal infrastructure solution. While a number of applications today remain on premise, or are moving to a cloud platform, the future looks quite different. At the end of this year, predictions are many enterprises will begin to access data storage, backup, disaster recovery and business intelligence delivered from various cloud service providers. Hoping to streamline expenses and eliminate the issue of stranded assets, CIOs must now build agile IT infrastructures that meet both current and evolving requirements.
Making matters more complex, very few are leveraging a single cloud solution to tackle emerging business requirements. According to Gartner Group, global cloud adoption is expected to reach $250 billion by 2017 – with 50 percent making use of the hybrid cloud model.
As infrastructure demands explode, new opportunities are emerging for service providers. We’ve previously referenced how aligning with the right MSP helps accelerate a company’s journey to more agile, cloud-based infrastructures. In fact, current studies estimate revenue generated by cloud and MSPs in North America was $154 billion last year. But as the bar is set higher, a new breed of strategic partner is emerging: The Interconnected Solution Provider.
Based on advanced demand for network, capacity, scalability and storage – new alliances will emerge to successfully integrate the strength of multiple partners. The goal is to maximize connectivity between different clouds and infrastructures – weaving applications together from components residing in separate environments. These distributed computing environments must remain highly resilient, while offering unlimited scalability driven by linked services. But how does this happen?
In preceding blogs, we’ve detailed the manner in which future data centers are deconstructing the centralized IT model – allowing for deployment of applications and computing on the network’s edges. This freedom also changes how companies distribute application service layers. With the option of leveraging multiple operators – customers gain infinite scalability, lower latency and the highest degree of throughput connections. Of course, the challenge is guaranteeing providers align for the greater good. That’s why Master Agreements are growing in importance – enabling a primary partner to manage the entire service provider ecosystem.
At CenturyLink, we’re committed to ensuring customers fully maximize next-generation data centers. Our deep expertise in developing and managing Master Agreements regularly provides access to the strength of distributed cloud computing environments – building revenue, increasing efficiencies and ultimately providing better customer service.
So instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, it might be worth giving CenturyLink a call to deliver them all in one piece. I’d bet the farm on it!