When people first hear about a “regional data center” – they have some very predictable questions, like:
- What’s a regional cloud provider like Brush Mountain?
- What are the benefits for my business?
- How is it different from services from national providers?
All great questions! To help explain the benefits of a regional provider like Brush Mountain Data Center, we’ve assembled this quick e-Guide: Top 5 Reasons to Leverage Regional Cloud Services
Contributed by: Kaitlyn Kicia
Technology has become pervasive in our work and personal lives. Today the IT systems that run even a modest sized organization have become incredibly specialized and complex. There is an underlying expectation that all these digital services should ‘just work.’
With this expectation, a complex tangle of technology support pressures fall on the shoulders of the IT support staff. Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible for 1 or 2 people to be technology “jacks of all trades”.
This increase in IT complexity and expectations gave our management team an idea: to offer a new service at Brush Mountain Data Center called FLxCloud that would allow organizations to shift the burden of IT support complexity and resources to a more cost efficient and flexible option.
FLxCloud is not a “one size fits all” cloud service. Instead, it encompasses both the ability to both rent cloud-based IT resources on demand and leverage ALI’s IT support services to fill in any expertise gaps or resource shortfalls. Even better, it gives you the ability to allocate and control your cloud. These are benefits you aren’t going to find from the big cloud providers.
Need to shift your IT resources around? No problem. FLxCloud gives you security, flexibility and responsiveness in one predictably priced service.
For example, say you have a project that needs to spin up quickly, but you don’t have the IT infrastructure and extra IT personnel in place. Or it might be a situation where you are not ready to commit to buying more IT infrastructure. With FLxCloud you quickly have our Data Center at your service. We securely set up access to all the IT horsepower and storage you need via the cloud, backed by as much or as little of our IT staff’s services as you would like.
The advantages are easy to see. With FLxCloud, your organization can focus its time and expertise on the innovations and services that make you unique.
Want to learn more about FLxCloud for your organization? Contact us today!
December 10, 2013
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Provided, RSVP please
Ready to leverage the benefits of the Cloud without sacrificing local IT support?
The ALI team has been busily upgrading our Brush Mountain Data Center: from infrastructure to services. Brush Mountain now offers the best of both worlds – unparallelled virtual infrastructure for Cloud computing; and options for local IT support from Advanced Logic. It’s the first hybrid data center of its kind in the region!
Now Brush Mountain offers:
- Robust enterprise-class data center services
- Scalable Local IT Support Services from ALI
- NEW! FLxCloud virtual infrastructure
- Disaster preparedness & recovery services
- Co-location & Backup Services
To celebrate the upgrades we’ve made and our new FLXCloud service, we’re hosting an Open House Luncheon on December 10th from 11:30 – 1:00. Our leadership team will be on hand to talk about our new services, answer questions and you can come see the Data Center for yourself.
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>Learn more about how BMDC can benefit organizations of ALL sizes
In Part 1 of this series we discussed Cost and its frequent companion: Complexity. Now in Part 2, I’ll discuss another key component of our assessment guidelines; namely staffing and acquiring just-in-time skillsets.
Talent Availability (The Cost to Have Enough)
In the previous post, I talked about the increasing specialization of IT skill sets. It’s often no longer financially reasonable or even possible to find candidates who can address both the macro and micro aspects of your IT systems. Finding someone with the very specific in-depth technical skills to support a specific system is often hard enough; but expecting that person to also have the experience and very different skills to zoom their focus out to a holistic view of your systems is just setting yourself up for expense, disappointment and turnover.
For this reason, we begin addressing this issue by mapping the existing technical skills on staff to those needed to support the ongoing goals of a client. It might be tempting to skip this step, but in doing so you fail to assess effective utilization of your most expensive asset – your people and their knowledge. What have you really got and are you getting what you need from them?
It is vital to have a candid assessment of the current skills of your staff, and match them against the systems and expectations that in turn support your organization’s strategic objectives. It sounds easy to do, but it takes technical assessment skill (what skills do they really have) operational understanding (what’s the systems impact) and how do they both support the big picture (where are the critical path problems and skill gaps)?
We close skill gaps by giving clients access to a staff of skilled resources (from break/fix specialists up to CIO level consulting) to help organizations staff the right team for their needs, and do so more cost effectively. This way an organization can focus their IT staff on strategic needs, and leverage a utilization model to ensure support in the gap areas. Our data center technical talent that takes responsibility for certain functions without the need for staffing or management expense. The shared utilization benefit we outlined in Part 1 for the data center infrastructure also applies to sharing the benefit and reduced cost to technical expertise.
Next, In Part 3 we’ll discuss Sustainability: why ensuring it for your critical data and systems is important and how we approach it.
In the meantime, join the conversation with us on Facebook. What’s been your toughest IT staffing challenge lately?
Advanced Logic Industries (ALI) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Brush Mountain Data Center. This regional IT data center has been providing private cloud services and data hosting from its location at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC) in Blacksburg since 2006.
Click Here to read more about ALI acquiring Brush Mountain Data Center 01/24/2013