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Jun 25, 2013

Shadow IT: Confessions of a rogue marketer

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Shadow IT: Confessions of a rogue marketerAn Open Letter to IT Departments:
I have a confession to make: in the past*, I’ve procured cloud services without your approval. I’ve used the cloud for file sharing, storage, project management and collaboration services and, at any given moment, I had at least four active subscriptions to cloud services that I used for business purposes. More often than not, you didn’t even know about any of them.

Was I purposely circumventing you as a peculiar act of defiance or intentionally compromising enterprise security? Of course not. I was just trying to get my job done as efficiently as possible. With tight deadlines, high project volume and lofty campaign goals, I needed the agility that the cloud provides. To be honest, I didn’t have the time to create a business case for these services and wait for your approval – especially when you’re so busy running day-to-day infrastructure operations and handling high-priority requests from other areas of the business.

I was unknowingly a part of the phenomenon known as Shadow IT – using hardware or software not supported by an organization’s IT department. And I’m not alone; Gartner predicts that 35% of enterprise IT expenditures will happen outside of the corporate IT budget by 2015 and the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO by 2017.

At this point, you may be wondering what prompted me to confess these transgressions (on my current employer’s website, no less). On our recent webinar Hybridization: Shattering Silos Between Cloud and Colocation, my colleague Adam Weissmuller spoke about Shadow IT and how cloud’s accessibility and immediacy to the end user can often come at the expense of IT security and control. So, beyond letting you know that (a) the concept of Shadow IT is real, (b) it’s likely happening in your organization more than you realize and (c) I’m sorry for putting your control measures and security at risk, I wanted to share with you Adam’s suggestion for bringing Shadow IT back into the fold.

After identifying Marketing as one of the most notorious Shadow IT offenders, Adam illustrated how a cloud and colocation hybridized environment could enable quick, on-demand provisioning of additional server capacity for an upcoming marketing campaign. This type of infrastructure would enable IT to provide assets on demand, without capital outlay, and under its controls, while marketing can run their campaign on time without compromising enterprise security. You can listen to the full webinar recording here for more details, as well as other hybridization use cases: Hybridization: Shattering Silos Between Cloud and Colocation.

Thanks for reading and letting me shine the light on Shadow IT.

*Note that I have never and will never engage in such reckless behavior at Internap.

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May 9, 2013

Upcoming webcast: learn the advantages of cloud & colocation hybridization

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learn advantages of cloud & colocation hybridizationPlease join us on June 5th, 2013 at 1 p.m. EST for our next webcast, Hybridization: Shattering Silos Between Cloud and Colocation. We’ll discuss how hybridization of cloud and colocation can result in improved visibility and flexibility for your infrastructure, and present use cases in which colocation and cloud efficiently work together.

Traditional colocation typically lacks the transparency, automation and flexibility inherent in cloud services – making it difficult to gain a holistic view of the environment or to easily address certain use cases (such as scale-out Web applications or “bursty” and unpredictable workloads).

To solve these challenges, colocated enterprises should now consider an “all-cloud” strategy, right? Not quite. Cloud solutions are not appropriate for every application or workload type, especially if latency, security or uptime is of utmost concern.

So, is it possible to have the best of both worlds – the control and reliability offered by colocation and the visibility and flexibility of cloud? Join us for this complimentary webcast in which we’ll explore how you can leverage cloud and colocation hybridization for your IT infrastructure.

Attend this complimentary webcast to learn:

  • Advantages of colocation and cloud solutions
  • How hybridization of cloud and colocation can result in improved visibility and flexibility for your IT infrastructure
  • Real-world use cases in which colocation and cloud efficiently work together

Learn more and register for the webcast.

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Feb 13, 2013

Survey says “cloudy colo” is on the horizon

Ansley Kilgore

cloudy coloThe IT Infrastructure landscape is evolving quickly, and with it comes a change in the way IT decision makers view data centers, colocation services and the prevalence of cloud options available to them. Knowing the most effective way to leverage these can help you streamline resources while maintaining security, scalability and performance for your business.

In an effort to provide some insight into the shifts that are taking place, Internap conducted a survey of IT decision makers in the U. S. who are responsible for purchasing IT Infrastructure services such as colocation and cloud. The responses indicate a shift in the way traditional colocation services are managed and delivered, with an increasing demand for “cloudy colo” features. This would bring many of the benefits of the cloud, such as automation, self-service capabilities and detailed real-time insights to more traditional colocation environments. But while public cloud is clearly top of mind for most organizations today, many are still unsure of when cloud is the most effective and cost-efficient choice.

Making decisions about your IT Infrastructure can be challenging, but being aware of current trends empowers you to choose wisely. Download the full report, The Data Center Services Landscape, to find out how your organization compares with the survey results.

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