Ntirety’s Response Plan to Coronavirus

In light of recent news reports regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Ntirety would like to share information regarding our response to these developments. The safety and health of both our customers and employees are always our primary concern for any situation.

Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 belongs to the same class of viruses as the common cold and MERS virus. One of the best resources for information on COVID-19 is the US Center for Disease Control. You can access this resource through the Center’s web site where they have a specific Coronavirus page found here: https://www.cdc. gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Normal Daily Basic Hygiene Protocols

According to the CDC, although the global risk posed by the virus is high, the individual health risk is dependent upon exposure. Both the CDC and WHO advise following the guidelines below to minimize the chance of infection:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough. Cover mouth & nose when coughing or sneezing
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider. Self-quarantine at home until symptoms subside.

Ntirety will continue to monitor the situation closely and if additional guidelines or precautions be recommended, we will communicate and implement these guidelines or precautions immediately as applicable.

Ntirety ‘s Continuity of Operations

Ntirety has an internal Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Plan already in place to provide direction to our internal teams and vendors in the event that a pandemic infection poses a health and safety threat to Ntirety customers, vendors or employees, or otherwise threatens Ntirety’s ability to effectively deliver continuous business services.

In preparation for any disaster or outbreak, Ntirety is prepared to implement our Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Plan, in whole or in part if required, in the event any country or city or state is designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Level 1— “Limited Community Transmission” or higher. The following protocols will be implemented prior to or upon such designation. In some cases, in the interest of ample caution we have already started on some of the below:

  • Expand cleaning frequencies in high traffic common areas and provide hand sanitizer stations at entry locations
  • Transition to a minimum critical onsite staff level and identify staff who must be on-site and prepared to shelter in place for up to 72 hours if necessary
  • Direct non-critical staff who can work from home but remain on network to maintain service continuity
  • Rotate in out-of-market resources from other locations in close geographical proximity and trained on Ntirety standard designs and standard operating procedures
  • Validate critical spare parts availability onsite and manufacturer stock availability
  • Engage critical suppliers to confirm Pandemic Response Plans and review their capacity to provide service continuity and compile a list of secondary suppliers for critical services
  • Maintain close working relationship with local emergency responders and liaison with local field command chains to assist in expediting services when necessary
  • Execute a Customer Communication plan per location with real-time updates of operation status and risk
  • Maintain current guidance as issued by the government and/or ruling health organizational body

Our top priorities—now and always—are the business continuity of our customers along with the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate. Our most profound gratitude is with those in the medical profession on the front lines of confronting this public health emergency.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our preparation, please direct any question to your local Ntirety team or email us at info@ntirety.com.

The JEDI War Rages On—and Enterprise Businesses Stand to Benefit

The news about Microsoft Azure’s “JEDI” cloud platform win on October 25, 2019 surprised many and outraged others—especially the runner-up, Amazon, who filed a lawsuit contesting the decision one month after it was announced, followed by a motion to stop further work on January 22, 2020.

The ten-year, $10 billion Department of Defense (DoD) project, better known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, seemed fated to land in Amazon’s lap due to the company’s history building cloud services for the Central Intelligence Agency and acting as a stalwart technology provider for many government projects. With that in mind, not many gave Azure a fighting chance, even though the Azure ecosystem has recently made significant enterprise gains.

Yet, throughout the selection process and now after the announcement in October, accusations of interference and political overtones plagued the long, public competition. This came to a head on November 14, 2019 when Amazon officially announced it would challenge the decision in court. Publicly released and heavily redacted documents outline Amazon’s protest to the Department of Defense for choosing Microsoft for the Pentagon cloud contract, specifically focusing on US president Donald Trump’s attacks on Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos. It is safe to say that the decision is proving to be more polarizing and creating more upheaval than any of us could have anticipated.

While Microsoft may have won the JEDI contract—and despite the intense pressure from Amazon to reevaluate—the underdog win is truly everybody’s win when it comes to more varied and accessible cloud options.

Cloud Technologies Validated

The flexibility, power, and scale of cloud technologies are top priorities for every CIO in corporate America, and the DoD is no different. Fraught with risks and inefficiencies, the military’s legacy information technology systems are ripe for change, and cloud is a viable answer to the issues. Edge computing, rapid development, remote and field-based sensors, global capabilities, autonomous systems and equipment, and artificial intelligence systems are on the list of emerging military projects enabled by cloud.

According to known DoD objectives, 80% of the organization’s compute workloads will find its way to this new cloud, making capacity a critical concern. To that end, various reports of Microsoft’s recent buildout of classified-level datacenters indicate the importance of immediate capacity. Microsoft’s win validates its platform capabilities, and it validates the fact that there are significant options in the market. The DoD’s decision establishes a multi-source advantage for the government as a whole, which in turn, will spin up a wave of enterprise-level features, artificial intelligence breakthroughs, and pricing advantages.

A Race is On

One significant argument against the one-provider nature of JEDI was the perceived threat of single source and vendor lock-in, which describes a situation in which an organization experiences great difficulty moving workloads to other cloud providers. However, selecting Azure actually enables the government as a whole to get real-world experience with another cloud flavor aside from its AWS history, ushering the era of multi-clouds into government. As we’ve seen across the industry in recent years, the threat of lock-in is mitigated by proper vetting, agnostic tooling, well-defined contract terms, and flexible migration tools found on leading cloud products.

With all its capabilities, Azure’s feature set includes the sort of management, performance, and next-gen efficiency that the DoD requires for its digital strategy. Now that we have Azure challenging AWS, the major market wins and competitive features are validated on the largest stage possible and the biggest cloud prize ever.

Although the final outcome for the JEDI contract seems to still be unclear, consumers will surely benefit from the wider range of options the competition brings.

At the Front Lines in the Cloud

Government technology initiatives ushered in some of the most significant advancements in human history. The moon landing, the internet, drones, GPS, life sciences, and a massive list of developmental and revolutionary technologies prove that fact. We are witnessing the nexus of cloud and government, and a more significant enterprise IT challenge than the JEDI project is difficult to find. The needs and goals of this program will accelerate speed-to-market for new features, demand new scale, and cultivate an entire range of imperatives within this digital modernization strategy designed to keep the USA safe from its enemies.

While AWS is a dynamic enterprise platform, this evolution validates Microsoft Azure as a credible player. What it also validates is that this new world is a multi-cloud world and not a monolith, which is an advantage to all. The government is now looking for dual-sourced technologies—a normal progression for all industries. A heated multi-front, multi-cloud competition across the enterprise and emerging government projects will quickly emerge from this Microsoft win.

As this story continues to unfold, it is important to remember that, ultimately, the cloud industry wins, the enterprise wins, and we all win. No matter who ultimately wins the contract, may JEDI contribute to keeping America safe.

Competitive Benefits for All Industries

No matter who wins with JEDI, we all win with these cloud advancements, but understanding how to harness and optimize features from Azure, AWS, and other cloud providers is more complex than what most enterprise IT teams are used to handling. This is where experienced cloud service providers like Ntirety step in to provide guidance and forward-facing insight for the evolving technology landscape.

Coming from a cloud-agnostic perspective, Ntirety takes an application-first approach to help companies determine what platform and features make the most sense to meet their desired business goals while reducing risk and optimizing IT budgets.

Ready to get started? Explore all your options and find the right cloud environment for your enterprise. Schedule a consultation today.

A Holiday Message from Emil Sayegh

The holiday season is here, and I’d like to sincerely wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Happy New Year. May your heart and home be filled with peace and joy this holiday season. I hope you all have a successful and healthy 2020 ahead of you.

Over this holiday week while you enjoy some eggnog, spending time with your family, and perhaps even a visit from Saint Nic, rest assured that the Ntirety team keeps a steadfast watch over your infrastructure to make sure you stay secure 24x7x365.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for any questions or support at any time over the holidays by using our website’s LiveChat feature or by visiting our Support page.

I want to also take a moment to reflect gratefully on the past year—all our momentous achievements wouldn’t have been possible without your hard work and collaboration from around the globe. What we accomplished this year is something truly special and everyone should be proud of their contribution helping create Ntirety.

It is in this spirit that I say THANK YOU to our amazing employees and customers for such an amazing year. Let’s look ahead at opportunities in the New Year! Please celebrate this joyous time with your family and friends.

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday,

Emil Sayegh | President and CEO

Where Should Your IT Environment Live?

Understanding the nuances of modern cloud options can be overwhelming without the right expertise and guidance, and it can often seem as though there’s too many choices. On-prem, off-prem, hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, private cloud—the vocabulary list is long, and navigating the landscape is complex. Before you settle on a solution—and make a “down payment”—take time to visualize the pros and cons of each cloud solution so you can find the ideal fit for your business…before you “move in”!

The Real Estate Analogy: Finding a Home for Your Applications and Infrastructure

Applications need to “live” somewhere, just like we as people need to live somewhere. That’s why I like to use a helpful analogy to explain the pros and cons of primary application-hosting cloud options. Using familiar structures like hotels, private homes, rental properties, and apartment complexes to represent an IT solution, we can explore how each has different benefits and challenges depending on an individual business’s needs. Applications are valuable in a similar way that humans are. Where they “live” matters a great deal.

The Hotel (aka the Public Cloud)

Like a hotel, public cloud options are perfect for those needing multiple rooms at different times and intervals without any cost of physical ownership. This is a great option if you have applications with dynamic needs, such as the need to scale up or down frequently or only needing the cloud in short bursts. But, also like hotels, this option can get very expensive if you need a place to live long term. Further, if you sold all your “furniture” to move into the “hotel,” “checking out” can be very difficult. In the cloud industry, we call this issue “vendor lock-in.”

The Apartment/Condo Complex (aka Managed Private Cloud)

With apartment living, you get the luxury of being a resident but can leave the maintenance and upkeep to the building’s super. This is comparable to a managed cloud solution, available for the public and private cloud, and is an ideal option for applications that will grow or reduce in a more linear fashion over an extended time. Like the varying units in an apartment building, as your “family” grows or the “kids” move out, you can easily move up to the “three bedroom” or down to the “studio” in the same complex. When you have too much “stuff,” like mission-critical data or application loads, you can get a convenient “storage” unit. This option also works well for in-house teams that want to focus on their application, not on infrastructure upkeep⁠, allowing management to handle the maintenance.

Rental Property (aka Colocation)

When renting, the entire property is yours to occupy, but you still don’t own it. For IT solutions, that is known as colocation. This is a great option for organizations who want near total control of their “house,” but don’t want to fully commit to staying there forever. With a rental property, you move in, use the space as you wish, and are responsible for your own “security.” This option gives you the freedom of a residence with monthly rent rather than hefty upfront costs; however, you must purchase and maintain all the “furniture and belongings,” which can make moving out more difficult if the need arises.

The Private Home (aka On-Prem, DIY)

As a homeowner, you have complete control and are responsible for all the upkeep costs that come with owning your own dwelling space. Just like a brick-and-mortar private residence, on-premise and private, self-managed IT gives you full control of how you use the space and amenities in a physical data center. For those who are “handy,” have a solid “tool set” and enjoy working on their own property, this option is ideal. Like a private home, there is initial capital required and on-going, sometimes unforeseen expenses that must be handled by the in-house team. Yet, unlike a true private home, on-premise private data centers value will depreciate overtime.

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By comparing each method of application hosting to places where people live, we can easily see how important it is to ensure that each residence is the right size, meeting the right expectations at the right price—it just all depends on the needs and resources of your business.

Discover the Right Residence for Your Enterprise IT

Every cloud solution provides value, just like each building puts a roof over your head. But a truly valuable investment needs to provide more than just the basics for your business. With 20+ years of experience, Ntirety is the trusted expert to guide enterprises to the most beneficial cloud solution. Ntirety helps build the architecture that reduces risk and optimizes IT spend to create future-ready, agile organizations.

Start calling the cloud home by finding the ideal fit for your IT environment. Schedule a consultation with Ntirety’s experts today.

The Future of Cloud Computing: Top 10 Trends to Watch in 2020

Cloud computing’s past, present, and future are the subjects of countless business and technology discussions—and the upcoming year is no exception. It is the dawn of a new decade of IT innovation, fueled by all the advances made in 2019, with pivotal predictions in what lies on the horizon for the cloud. With Ntirety’s expert cloud insights, examine on what top trends to watch—and start preparing for—in the new year.

1. A Down Economy Will Drive More Automation and an End to Cloud Sprawl

Economics is an eternal partner to cloud computing. Some people predict either a total or selective economic downturn, with businesses increasingly driving processes to cloud technologies and leveraging automation to enable business initiatives and reduce costs. Whether a sustained downturn is inevitable or not, these economics are a natural part of the cloud computing landscape, meaning automation, better cloud technologies, and transformation are inherent business topics. During the 2008 downturn, cloud saw its fastest adoption, and 2020 wil be not much different.

By the same economic token, many businesses will take a hard look at cloud sprawl, seeking strategic consolidations, better management, and efficiencies across multiple products. Reporting, metrics, and contract evaluations should peak under these conditions. Technology leaders will recognize the exposure, waste, and redundancies in cloud sprawl, inviting opportunities to clean things up.

2. More Cloud, More “Hacks”

We all know that the cloud is growing, and the volume of global data is on track to hit 175 Zettabytes by 2025.1 That’s a statistic, not a prediction, but we can be sure that wherever data goes, hackers will follow. As we’ve seen in a number of high-profile security incidents, security issues are less technical than they are exploitative of human error. Knowing this, we can predict that hackers will go after cloud misconfigurations at a more rapid pace.

3. Big Compliance Efforts

We’ve seen case after case where rapid technologies produce compliance and security issues. Touching on cloud growth (and sprawl), a big compliance and governance effort is a certain destiny for many organizations. The first sea of change started when the European Union passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in 2018. Similarly, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. As cloud gains massive prominence in our society, compliance and security will continue to impact the landscape in a big way.

4. Cloud Nomads Will Be Prevalent

Cloud is becoming increasingly strategic, and the consumption of cloud technology is a focal point for enterprises. Cloud usage is growing along with the costs, so it makes sense that organizations will pursue long-term, price-conscious relationships with major vendors, moving workloads from one vendor to the next. The technology is there, but to reach maximum efficiency as well as hybrid innovation, they will have to balance costs, with available skills with risk.

5. Business Agility Will Go Beyond “Cloud-First”

The currency of business agility and innovation centers on nimble cloud characteristics. Uninterrupted global reach, elastic scalability, productivity, quality of service, and resilient architecture are just some of the agile hallmarks of public and hybrid clouds. Cloud acceleration is a certainty, and there will be many organizations that will wish to go beyond first-stage cloud from the gates.

6. Rising Decentralization

The “four walls” concept of security and integrity will inch closer toward becoming defunct. Like a growing number of legacy IT tenets, this strategy is ineffective, insecure, and not scalable. Decentralizing data and application sets from on-premise to instead be spread throughout cloud zones ensures availability and reduces risks. Blockchain technology exemplifies the security value of decentralization by eliminating the risks of centralized administrator control of data that can easily leave the door open for hackers.

7. The Emergence of Cloud Industry Consolidation

2019 saw various brands and products transitioned, merged, and re-emerged with a refreshed business focus, product services, and alignment. 2020 outlooks show that major cloud providers will continue to consolidate, consuming smaller infrastructure players along the way and innovating with new solutions. A new cloud industry is also emerging with the arrival of expert cloud agnostic partners, which provide all the services that implement, manage, and leverage major cloud technologies and innovations.

8. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Meets Blockchain

Converging on a hybrid cloud near you this upcoming year, AI and blockchain technologies are poised to meet. AI has proven its worth in real-world scenarios and it’s the perfect complement to blockchain, which is known for its limitation on scaling and somewhat less-than-real-time nature. Blockchain features immutable ledger benefits and a decentralized nature, so it only makes sense that AI has the potential to fill gaps, enhancing security within blockchain-based applications, scalability, and speed.

9. Cloud Talent Drought

Businesses are going to feel more crunched for the expertise to meet their cloud and IT expansion goals. As technologies continue to evolve at record pace, keeping skill sets up to date will become a challenge, especially on enterprise-scale. Organizations will put IT talent attraction and development higher on their priority list, and many will turn to outsourcing to meet demand—or start putting in consideration for consolidation with other providers to create larger knowledge pools.

10. Hybrid and Edge Clouds for Streaming Media

The use cases surrounding the incredible cloud consumption required by streaming media services all revolve on the delicate balance of intelligent resources, capacity planning, and geographical distribution. As greater quantities of richer media come online for consumption, the benefits of hybrid and edge technologies will save companies significant amounts of money and help the bottom line. The use cases tell a compelling story—one that we will surely hear more of in the upcoming year.

Just the Beginning

As 2020 shapes up to be another incredible year of rapid changes for the IT industry, it is important to keep in mind the necessary resources and know-how to harness the power of the latest innovation. With no signs of slowing down, there are ample opportunities for businesses to embrace evolving technologies to become the future-ready enterprises today.

Is your enterprise prepared for the opportunities⁠—and threats—that are possible in 2020? Schedule a consultation today.

The 2019 Cloud Trends in Review: A Building Boom

We are closing out another big year in cloud computing. The trends in 2019 show an entirely new pace of cloud adoption throughout organizations of all types, featuring all the milestones you’d expect, including growth, partnerships, and so on—but adoption was accelerated and tectonic shifts happened in emerging cloud components from containers, to edge, to government adoption of cloud.

Containers Reach Two-Thirds of Enterprises

While cloud containers are a relatively new cloud feature—for instance, Docker just celebrating its fifth year—it has achieved significant enterprise adoption. Industry reports show that containers and container management systems, such as Kubernetes, have reached up to two-thirds of the enterprise market, creating a tech adoption explosion for this new technology.

On-Prem Impact

Signs of a decline in on-premise computing continue to pop up with various reports showing that public and hybrid cloud spending grew in 2019 at the expense of on-premise expenditures. Cloud growth is eating legacy data centers’ lunch and smiling about it. Even as some vendors claim on-premise repatriation, the changes are clear.

Data on the Edge

Edge computing is transforming the IT landscape right before our eyes. The concept of edge computing is characterized by a fundamental shift in data and application strategy, using the cloud as a foundation and driving data in proximity to the point of consumption. Through these changes, every point of the data experience will conform to that shift, including applications, data, storage, and networking.

While edge computing is only in use for 10% of enterprise data now, a Gartner forecast report indicates that by 2025 more than 75% of corporate data will be on edge computing outside of on-premise data centers. With 5G networks just on the way, yet another ingredient of a coming adoption boom is just around the corner.

Government Cloud

Another affirmation of global cloud adoption, the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as other major government agencies, charged full speed ahead toward cloud initiatives. While there were many cloud projects commissioned throughout the year, the massive $10 billion JEDI DoD cloud computing contract made the biggest headlines.

As new capabilities come into the government’s technological potential, outdated notions of slow responding, inefficient government IT departments will start to diminish. Beyond savings and capital expenditure, the current mission tone focuses on rapid development for platforms to introduce security, speed of deployment, performance, scale, and edge capabilities. More than ever, the cloud is the government’s technology path forward.

Industry Consolidation

2019 proved a continuing cloud horse race is here, seeing various brands and products transitioned, merged, and re-emerged with a refreshed business focus, product services, and alignment. Driven by the needs of the modern enterprise in a rapidly moving world of cloud options, this pivot is a harbinger of continuing consolidation within the industry. The monolithic mega-clouds are growing, along with an ecosystem of cloud-agnostic managed service providers that provide unique services focused on enterprises.

Our own company went through a significant transformation this year to better deliver comprehensive enterprise cloud solutions, starting with our merger of Hostway and Hosting and followed by the launch of our new brand, Ntirety. Growing stronger together for our clients and teams, Ntirety proactively reduces risk and optimizes costs to help businesses evolve into future-ready, agile enterprises.

Security Is King

Big names businesses have suffered from data breaches and ransomware attacks in 2019, a trend that can affect organizations of all sizes and industries—and one that will continue in the year ahead. The ever-growing threat of ransomware plagues the industry and disproportionately affects organizations that don’t have the investment potential to protect their systems through strategy, teams, and technology fully.

In addition to outside attacks, cloud storage misconfigurations continue to result in data leaks. Companies also struggle with the management of privileged and root account usage, implementing strong identity and access management policies, and visibility into their cloud-based/on-premise systems, even on technologies that have these features built-in.

This past year has shown us that there is a lot of room for cybersecurity improvement across the board and that enterprises need to be more proactive in their data protection.

What It All Means

As the year comes to a close, it is clear that most established organizations are in the cloud already, or are using hybrid, multi-cloud products. At this moment, performance and optimization innovations in the cloud set the stage for cloud adoption acceleration. You now can take your pick of technology features—AI, scalability, machine learning, containerization, edge computing, high-performance computing, big data, the list goes on—or you can choose them all to make hybrid cloud a reality.

How “Cloud-First” Became a Cliché

Cloud-first has been a common enterprise mantra for the last decade, but Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh sees a more beneficial IT approach emerging. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Sayegh sees hybrid cloud and multi-cloud models creating a more adaptive application-first stance, and he shares his insights in an article for AI and Machine Learning Tech Brief, “How ‘Cloud-First’ Became a Cliché.”

“Being smart about the cloud means using its benefits correctly,” explains Sayegh. “According to your business, your users, and your applications.”

Read his full article and see what advantages this next evolution of the cloud holds for enterprises »

A Thanksgiving Message of Gratitude

As 2019 comes to a close, I want to take a special moment to say thank you to our loyal clients, supportive partners, and all of the Ntirety employees around the world. While the Thanksgiving holiday is officially celebrated primarily in North America, I believe the universal message of genuine gratitude really transcends boundaries, countries, and time zones.

Let us take this wonderful opportunity to look back at the year and give thanks for all of the blessings given to us.

The Support of Our Clients and Partners

I am deeply grateful for our clients and partners, old and new. From Hostway, Hosting, and now Ntirety, our entire company appreciates the patience and faith our clients showed during the merger and rebrand—nothing would be possible without the loyalty and support of all of you. My hope is that our gratitude is made evident through our deepened commitment to customer service and the delivery of comprehensive, future-ready solutions.

Successfully Transforming into Ntirety

I am extraordinarily thankful that we completed the merger of Hostway and Hosting successfully and unveiled our exciting rebrand as Ntirety. By proactively tackling the challenges of a major merger, we accomplished it in an incredible nine-month timeframe. It has been so amazing to see all of us come together as one united team through the merger and rebrand.

Growing Stronger and Expanding

2019 has been a year of growth as we brought many valuable clients to the Ntirety family and look forward to welcoming many more in the upcoming year. Further, we’ve experienced strong employee growth. Every month I continue to see many new faces joining our team, working alongside our dedicated Ntirety veterans. The business is stronger thanks to the hard work and intense collaboration from multiple stakeholders.

Reflecting on 2019 and Looking Ahead at 2020

As expected with any major merger, we have experienced growing pains in 2019. But no year is ever without them. We look forward to all of us working to be better employees, husbands, wives, parents, partners, and human beings, striving to make our distinct mark on this world.

For those team members in the US, please enjoy your family and friends this Thanksgiving, and I equally thank everyone for all your hard work whether you are in any of our locations in Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Korea, or the USA.

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving,

Emil Sayegh, CEO and President, Ntirety

Behind the Scenes of the Merging and Rebranding of Ntirety

Leading up to the announcement of our rebrand on September 10ththere was a great effort at Ntirety to merge two great companies together and create something that the industry has never seen. After nine months of grueling focus and hard work, I’d like to offer you a peek behind the scenes on what it took to get here.  

What’s In a Name?

The power of a name and its value has long been immortalized in every facet of society. Quite often, the first piece of information we hear about a person or company is their name, and people are quick to form judgements based off a monikerThat’s why it was important for us to pick a name our people could get behind and that we were comfortable letting current and potential customers hear first.  

Ntirety was a carefully chosen name; it evokes the fact that we strive to deliver the entirety of business solutions for our customers. Moving forward as Ntirety, we are the only Managed Solutions Provider (MSP) that contractually guarantees business. This is achieved via our proprietary Guidance Level Agreements (GLAs), which proactively reduce risks and optimize costs through a process of continuous improvements 

Each of our customers is somewhere on their journey to a cloud state, integrating a mix of services, platforms and infrastructure. Every client enters the picture with a line-of-business (LOB) mission-critical need, and every environment is specialized and uniqueAt Ntirety, we helps our clients develop their ultimate operational state by producing actionable, continually improved objectives. Focused on improving reliability, minimizing risk, and enhancing security, these advisory tasks help refine and update the organization’s cloud and technology strategies. Further, we provide a range of infrastructure options combined with both professional and managed services to offer a complete, comprehensive solution. Ntirety transforms IT, enabling a future-ready, agile enterprise. Trusted. Proactive. Guaranteed.  

Merging Competitors Forge a New Bond

Before the merger, both Hostway and Hosting independently delivered outstanding hybrid cloud solutions to enterprise organizations. We both had customer-obsessed cultures, with enterprises relying on us to manage the “entirety” of their cloud environments. Sure, we were competitorsbut we were kindred competitors that fostered a healthy balance of rivalry and respect.  

Prior to the official announcement of the merger, a great deal of work had already begun. The ink on the deal hadn’t even dried before we knew where our attention should be focused nextA few of the high-level tasks included: 

  • Choosing the Senior Leadership team so there was no jockeying
  • Outlining integration goals at offsite meetings before the announcement
  • Forming Culture, Back Office Integration, and Software Consolidation Teams, plus a Data Center Integration Task Force and an HR Tools Consolidation Working Group; each team would provide a high-level weekly progress report with one team offering a deeper dive into their work each week
  • Fully defining our mission with the help of leaders and employees
  • Determining our values via input from our “Culture Crews”
  • Providing frequent updates to our customers in blogs and newsletters:
  • Establishing this new brand and new culture within our own company

We went public with these changes on September 10th, 2019—nine months time almost to the day! It was an epic forging of two cultures into one, aided by holistic outstrategydetailed plan, excellence in execution, the best team in the business, and of course a maniacal focus on our customers 

United as Ntirety

Now that we’re united under the Ntirety brand, we look forward to delivering the strongest end-to-end managed multi-cloud and hybrid services with an uncompromising commitment to guaranteed business results and high-touch customer service. More than 3,200 clients and channel partners around the world count on the Ntirety team of over 1,000 employees. Let us know how we can help you, too. 

  

Enterprise IT Needs To Move Faster With Less Risk

An edict to go to the cloud can be a blessing, but it can also mean massive challenges. Adapting to change is crucial to success, but CIOs and enterprise IT in general lack the expertise and resources to embark on a wellrationalized and wellexecuted cloud journeyMost importantly, enterprise IT lacks the time needed to facilitate evolution within their organization.

Even more experienced IT teams come across significant issues when they try to go it alone:  

  • Business Risk: As evidenced by the myriad of compliance and security issues that make the news—and those that don’t! 
  • Downtime: Spending numerous days and hours resolving issues can be especially taxing when issues happen in off-hours as most IT teams are not built for continuous 24×7x365 operations. 
  • Opportunity Cost: An age-old issue,  IT spends its time on maintenance and basic tasks instead of advancing the company cause and mission, leading top execs to perceive the IT team as non-strategic.
  • Incorrect Cloud Adoption: Having the wrong cloud mix, and in some cases, exhibiting an inability to execute a flawless move to the cloud. 
  • Lack of Alignment: IT moves too slow for line-of-business. 
  • Cloud Sprawl: Too many platforms and technologies could be pushing high consumption costs back into operating budgets. 
  • Mounting Expenses: Exhibited by unpredictable costs and wasted resources. 

The will to reach a cloud state is a good thing, but the landscape of possibilities is virtually endlessIT departments are short-staffed, facing a lack of time and up against a full spectrum of security threats. 

How Cloud Gets Done Today 

Cloud technologies are incredibly simple to consume. Shop. Click. Order. Pay. Boom—you’re in the cloud. This simplicity betrays the strategic and purpose-built nature of serious workloads on cloud services. Typically, a line of business application is planned and scaled to its most likely usage base, requirements are developed, and finally, the infrastructure is built around those requirements. That’s how everyone else in the business gets cloud technology up and running. It’s built once and they keep the engine running. 

Uncovering Hybrid 

Hybrid computing came along to fill a need to bridge two technological worlds together, leveraging cloud solutions with existing technologies. Designed around integration and security, hybrid cloud technologies help create a new IT fabric.  

The challenge of hybrid complexities lies in waita world of technical opportunities beset by an unending roster of features. Also, IT faces logistical, financial, and technical commitments to legacy applications and environments.  

How Ntirety Solves These Challenges 

Our approach is different. We focus on the customer by highlighting the business outcomes they want to get out of the cloud. Our approach centers on: 

  • Consultations during pre-sales and onboarding, plus ongoing customer support throughout the customer’s cloud journey 
  • Security and compliance specialization 
  • Agility to take legacy workloads and transition them to a cloud solution 
  • Hybrid cloud portfolio on dedicated/private and public cloud to serve complex and secure workloads 

No matter what business outcomes are requiredNtirety’s results are guaranteed through the industry’s first and only Guidance Level Agreements (GLAs) and our Ntirety Delivery Model™, offering continual improvements throughout all our services 

As an example, our Monitoring Insights Service combined with our GLAs enables our team to give actionable recommendations that cover cost savings, risk profile improvments and business agility enhancements.  Customers can rely on quarterly and yearly actionable recommendations to continually improve on their investments.  

You can’t find this type of proactivity on hyperscale platforms alone, and other cloud service providers simply aren’t positioned to provide guaranteed business outcomes 

Why WFormed Ntirety 

On September 10th, 2019, we did it. We united under our new identity, Ntirety, and it’s been quite a journey. More than just a name, the switch to Ntirety marks the emergence of a mission to take on the biggest challenges that exist in the world of information technology today. With a unique value proposition that stands alone in the industry, we are helping our customers move faster with less risk. Further, we are guaranteeing business outcomes by helping future-ready, agile enterprises reduce risk, optimize costs and improve their business agility. It’s a service that is always improving, always striving to deliver the best.  

Year after year, CIOs are forced to do more with less, balancing that which exists against the opportunities that are always evolving. Ntirety helps teams focus on value creation, creating optimized technology systems and unlocking their potential to overcome previously unbroached boundaries 

Across all available app infrastructures and despite layers and layers of separate management infrastructures, we reduce complexity. Meanwhile, we’re proactively tackling cybersecurity threats and compliance issues that keep CIOs up late at night.  When reliability and best practices are at risk, we help do things right.  

We’re obsessed with our customers, delivering global capabilities and solutions with unparalleled expertise. Cloud technologies offer a chance to transform business, but in order to take advantage of this, IT must move faster and reduce risks. Ntirety and it’s leading solution approach is the answer for enterprises. 

Curious about how GLAs guarantee business outcomes? Contact us now for a noobligation consultation.