Anyone visiting the state of Maine is familiar with the phrase: “You can’t get there from here”. This expression reflects the challenge of finding a direct route from one point in the state to another. The idea is Maine’s broad network of roads and lakes make any journey a bit tricky.

Most organizations know where they want to go. Each hopes to transform and prepare for the emerging digital transformation, but are challenged with making make it happen with resources available. The truth is – there is no single path. Legacy infrastructures rarely possess the flexibility or scalability required to power such emerging trends as Big Data and IoT. Increasingly, Hybrid IT is emerging as the best alternative to simplify the process.

Hybrid models typically encompass three transformative forces: Cloud, the network infrastructure and Managed Services. Strategies integrating and incorporating each layer can significantly accelerate even the most complex digital strategies – driving revenue, streamlining resources and expanding innovation. And service providers often hold the key to achieving successful transformations.

Cloud migrations typically require deep capital and resource investments, but experienced service providers can ease the transition from “Mode 1” cloud adoption to “Mode 2” application development. While no handbook exists for migration, there are key areas on which to focus. Based on several decades of successful cloud migrations, our experts have compiled a checklist of core issues companies must address:

 Transforming Legacy Networks

One of the biggest transformation roadblocks is the supporting network. Often remnants of a bygone era, these systems weren’t design to support Internet-enabled applications outside the firewall. But with annual data consumption estimated at more than 9.57 zettabytes, the strain on these networks is beginning to show.

Beyond typical metrics of speeds, feeds and bandwidth costs – networks are a true source of competitive advantage. Approaches like Software-Defined Networking not only reduce cost, but securely connect with service platforms, business partners, and proximate data. Providers like CenturyLink are actively making investments to automate service delivery of global network assets – evidenced by the release of our Software-Defined WAN. By streamlining the network foundation, businesses can make the transition to a software-defined business.

Transitioning to Managed Services

Specifically designed to streamline IT complexity, Managed Services simplify, automate and accelerate business objectives – from the desktop to the data center. With “as-a-service” solutions spanning applications, the network and infrastructure, offerings from companies like CenturyLink are critical to facilitating the most demanding IT transformations.   While every organization should invest in their people and learn the latest and greatest technologies, it’s hard to invest in all areas and thus looking to managed service providers to accelerate or de-risk your move to a new platform or technology not only makes sense but enables your team to focus on its core business.

Automating the IT Environment

Taking it one step further, CenturyLink is even powering self-service, on-demand and billed-hourly infrastructures. The ultimate goal is managed service offerings on any cloud, location or server regardless of where it resides, as enabled by technologies like Runner. This enables IT move to an immutable infrastructure model by standardizing task such as configuration management, monitoring, patching and backup on any server or vm where ever it resides.  Today’s IT requirement for driving down costs begins and ends with automation.

In the new age of IT, success depends on bringing together the power of Cloud, the underlying network and Managed Services – and CenturyLink makes it possible. Turns out, you CAN get there from here. So what are you waiting for? Connect with our experts today.

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