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The rise of hybrid cloud computing: Part Two

December 20, 2018

In part one, we discussed hybrid cloud and its many benefits. Find out how you can integrate hybrid cloud into your environment with Q Associates’ five step plan to success:

Assess

During this first phase, understanding which applications are in use and what kind of infrastructure is already in place is key. All areas of IT, from workloads to applications and systems to data centres, need to be meticulously recorded and evaluated. You’ll also need to understand the life cycle and contracts of each app, enabling you to anticipate how they may evolve over time and ensure your new architecture design will support them in the future.

It’s also important to look at utilisation rates. You’ll gain a much clearer, better understanding of which resources are utilised and which are underused. The main goal during this phase is to refine your applications, and to identify what is important to your business. These early decisions will ensure a smoother transition and a more efficient infrastructure for your business for many years to come.

Recommend

Once we’ve taken all the initial assessment results into consideration, we’ll offer you a vendor agnostic approach, a solution that’s tailor made for you and your business needs. Occasionally, we find more than one appropriate plan of action, so this phase is all about weighing up your options, then comparing them and deciding on the bet outcome for you.

Deploy

Once you’ve decided on the route you want to take, the next step is to simply get the project installed. Working to your required timescales, Q Associates have professionals with over 30 years’ experience who understand these technologies inside out and ensure a smooth installation. We also have a number of PRINCE2 qualified project managers to oversee your project from start to finish to offer peace of mind.

Support

At Q Associates, we provide extensive Break fix support services in partnership with the world’s leading technology vendors. But we also provide an enhanced proactive support service for data centre environments – servers, storage and networks – often enabling us to pinpoint a problem before it becomes a problem. We call it Active Support. This service involves technical experts, who are on-hand, 24/7, to support our customers’ infrastructure, through a proactive combination of ongoing system monitoring, analysis, performance reviews and preventative maintenance procedures. We offer customers a better quality, all round support experience, where our skilled engineers are available to talk you through any issues that may arise. We even offer pre-paid support tokens to address ad-hoc technical issues as they arise without the need for raising purchase orders and delay resolution.

Manage

Alongside Active Support, we also offer a range of comprehensive managed services which can be designed to complement and extend your IT capabilities. Q Associates have the ability to become an extension of your team, offering to take responsibility and ownership for resolving problems and helping to build much stronger, trustworthy relationships.

Conclusion

In today’s fast-paced, highly complex multi-cloud world, we believe that every company, whether small business or international enterprise, should know the value that hybrid IT has to offer. And while we won’t claim to hold the holy grail of approaches to implementing a hybrid cloud architecture, our five-step strategy is a proven approach to helping you get the most out of, and being successful in your future business investments. Contact Q to chat through your next hybrid cloud strategy today.

Speak to a member of our technical team to find out more today.

Henry Crosby

Henry Crosby

Business Development Executive

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