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November 13, 2019 | Matt Pacheco

IT Leaders Share Digital Transformation Stories at BraveIT 2019

Whether you’re a small business or a multinational, odds are you’re undergoing some type of digital transformation. Staying competitive depends on leveraging new technologies to provide the best customer experiences and the most efficient operations. One transformation that many organizations are making is toward hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments. These mixed cloud and on-premise infrastructures help to optimize both flexibility and operational efficiency.  

Digital transformation & hybrid cloud stories

At TierPoint’s BraveIT 2019 conference, a panel of IT executives from different industries shared their experiences in migrating to a hybrid cloud infrastructure. They spoke with Microsoft’s Joe Flesch about their reasons for adopting hybrid cloud environments. Following is a sample of their insights:

Connection focuses on Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) & Hybrid Cloud

Paul Deguise, vice president IT Shared Services, Connection. Connection is a Fortune 1000 Global Solutions Provider headquartered in Merrimack, NH which sells enterprise IT products, solutions and services.

“For the past 40 years, our data center and IT expertise has been on-premises. But then one division began experimenting with Amazon’s AWS [cloud computing platform]. At that point, I realized that we didn’t necessarily want to be in the data center business. We started working with TierPoint within the past year. We brought a hyperconverged infrastructure into a TierPoint location and built out our hybrid cloud.

“One of the difficulties we’ve had venturing off our on-premise infrastructure was ensuring that our customers were happy. Fortunately, we have a services group that helps customers implement technology and they’re out in field with customers constantly. I was able to work with them to hone our strategy. For example, governance [and compliance] was an issue we realized we needed to look at. . . We also rely heavily on our partnerships to make things work.”

Christian Broadcasting Network on DRaaS & Colocation

Sherry Correll, director of IT, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). The Christian Broadcasting Network is an American conservative evangelical religious television network and production company headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA.

“We used to have a large production studio in Nashville, with two huge studios, a call center and our own disaster recovery site that we managed ourselves. We decided to sell that facility and move the entire operation into a data center, rather than continue to do it ourselves.

One of the bigger challenges for us was understanding our inventory and identifying all the components and dependencies. Another challenge was finding a partner, like TierPoint, that understood what we were asking for. We needed Disaster Recovery as a Service, colocation, hosting services and some hybrid cloud as well. TierPoint was able to bring their engineers to the table, draw it out and help plan our move.

The reason we needed colocation is because we need large amounts of data storage for video, and because the call center application had some components that required physical servers. In addition, we needed hosting services for the rest of the operation. We were very successful with our move. We shut down our call center on Friday and were up and running on Monday.

It’s an interesting journey, but you really need to know what you have and what you want.”

Clearsense discusses having a hybrid environment for sensitive data and applications

Charles Boicey, Chief Innovation Officer, Clearsense. Based in Jacksonville, FL, Clearsense is a healthcare data aggregator with AI-based data analysis and a data-as-a-service platform for researchers, executives, clinical staff and financial staff in healthcare organizations.

“We have a private cloud in a TierPoint colocation environment in Jacksonville, FL and in Dallas, TX. We bring in all the data that our clients generate—data from all the medical monitoring systems and electronic medical records— and also bring in data from outside their environment, such as data from wearables, genomic data, environmental data and even consumer level data such as from Nielson. We have applications, like our data lake, that need to run on bare metal. We also have applications that run in a virtual environment.

Having a hybrid environment allows you to put those workloads where they need to be. More importantly, from a data ops perspective, our developers can spin up containers as needed during development and our R&D folks can also create their own environments without waiting on IT. That benefit transfers to our clients as well. If I have a [client] researcher who needs to crunch some heavy genomics and needs 100 containers, they can have that. A private cloud has helped accelerate both ours’s and our client’s activities.”

Watch the full BraveIT session ‘IT Leaders Trade Stories & Secrets’

Watch the full session below for more insights on cybersecurity, cloud migration, disaster recovery, budgets and human resources:


More content from BraveIT 2019

There were multiple panels and sessions at BraveIT, covering topics such as: What 5G will mean for IT organizations, hyperscale vs. hyperconverged infrastructure, the future of compliance, and much more.  Watch the full sessions on BraveIT TV.

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