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Leveraging distributed and hybrid cloud environments for even greater productivity

August 05, 2021

Leveraging distributed and hybrid cloud environments for even greater productivity
 
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Hybrid or distributed cloud environments deliver immense benefits to businesses. Not only are they a cost-effective way of accessing both the public and private cloud, they also enable speedier and more secure data center operations.
 
In part two of our three-part series on Data Center Delta Force, Logan Lyles talks with Cheryl Rang, Director - Advanced Solutions, and Pratik Patel, Technology Consultant - Data Center Delta Force, about:
 
  • Hybrid and distributed cloud
  • Key factors driving demand for these types of environments
  • Five steps toward building a hybrid cloud solution
  • How Data Center Delta Force can help


Hybrid and distributed cloud

To clear up any misconceptions, let’s start by defining the two.
 
  • Hybrid cloud - A combination of cloud and the more traditional, on-prem IT environment
  • Distributed cloud - Computation distributed to different physical locations while still enabling cloud delivery services


Key factors driving demand

In the past, businesses have had to balance the advantages and disadvantages of public and private cloud. But that setup has always led to some limitations.
 
With hybrid cloud, many of those limitations go out the door. Hybrid provides numerous advantages including:
 
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Speed/reduced latency
  • Better compliance around data
  • Greater productivity
 
According to Pratik, “it gives you the cost optimization, agility, flexibility, scalability and elasticity of public cloud, in combination with the control, compliance, security and reliability of private cloud.”
 
Distributed cloud maintains those advantages while extending the range and use cases.


5 steps to get started

Many businesses are still hesitant to make the switch over to hybrid cloud. After all, the task seems overwhelming.
 
However, if you follow these 5 simple steps, you’ll find it’s not as impenetrable as you might think.
 
  1. Define your vision - Clearly outline what you’re trying to achieve with hybrid cloud
  2. Build your blueprint - Formalize how each resource at the organization will work together to ensure success
  3. Build your toolkit - Gather all the tools and technology employees will need
  4. Sales enablement - Train the sales team on how to position hybrid cloud solutions
  5. Technical enablement - Train the engineering, pre-sales and post-sales teams on how to support offerings


Data Center Delta Force

“They’re here to help your partners and your customers understand their cloud readiness, assist with migrations, do some cost optimization assessments, and look at lifecycle services to make sure that you can loop the whole thing together and wrap it in a financially stable way,” Cheryl says.
 
Transitioning to hybrid cloud can be a complex task, but Data Center Delta Force is available to help you along your journey.
 
For more information, visit Ingram Micro's Data Center page or contact Data Center Delta Force (data-center@ingrammicro.com).