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. 

 

The Three Main Challenges of Merging Two Companies 

On September 10, 2019, we announced the natural next step of our merger and rebranded to Ntirety. We combined to form one of the largest managed cloud services platforms in the world, delivering ever-higher levels of service and solutions. We accomplished this task in an incredible nine-month timeframe thanks to hard work of our teamsIt may have looked simple from the outside, but in reality it was anything but easy.  

Taking two companies that were once competitors and forming a single company is a monumental task. Statistics suggest that more than 85% of mergers never reach their target objectives, and many are dismal failures. From the beginning, we knew this change was always going to be a challenge. It was foresight and planningcombined with hard workthat has so far ensured Ntirety remains a true exception to those statistics. At the core of this brand change is our mission to “enable business to move faster with less risk.”  

Challenge #1: Nurturing Change 

There are considerations to keep in mind during a merger, let alone one of this size. How are employees going to react? How will they work together? What are customers going to think? How do we manage apprehensions and create a cohesive culture?  

Fortunately, we had a vision to follow from the get-go, even before we had settled on a unified brand. We proactively assured customers that the new company would continue to be the absolute best in the business. Within our organization, we went to great strides to reach every single person and get their feedbackevery opinion counted. From the quietest folks to the most vocal individuals we aimed to find common ground between leadership and individual contributors alike about what this company could be and what role each of us could provide. We felt every voice had value, and we approached the rebrand from every angle possible, sharing goals, interests, and potential contributions. We then got to work building our brand the right way—and building it to last.  

Challenge #2This Was an Exhaustive—but Necessary—Process  

We are in a phase of the just over a decade-long cloud story where infrastructure has become increasingly commoditized while the demand for Managed Services has increased. Throughout this nine-month process, our combined team has developed new products and services, and they have established new ground 

in sophisticated and complex managed IT solutions. Flexibility, value and experience come together to provide secure, efficient, multi-disciplined solutions our customers need.

With our rich combined heritage, Ntirety has a lot to hang our hat on. Our touchstone achievements include advancements at scale, efficient computing, colocation, public cloud, and hybrid changes, and now Ntirety embarks on a new mission to deliver guaranteed business outcomes in highly compliant and mission-critical applications. This is achieved via our proprietary Guidance Level Agreements (GLAs). This process of continuous improvement proactively reduces risks and optimizes costs to enable the future-ready, agile enterprise. 

Challenge #3: Forging A New Bond 

The word transformation is thrown around freely within the technology business, but there isn’t a much better word to describe what’s happened at Ntirety. We are now one team moving forward, and while we revere the past, we look forward to creating and leading in an entirely new market.  This ninemonth integration experience has forged us together for good. We are now a team that has been tempered and toughened over our 20 years of experience, plus the past nine months of integration. I’m proud of our team and their contributions to this process, and I can tell every day that each employee has been shaped and strengthened in more capable versions of themselves.  

As Ntirety, our new merged organization is even better positioned to address the top enterprise IT challenges of security, costs, lack of IT resources, governance and multi-cloud complexity. There is no compromise in our commitment to customer service, or the focus on leading solutions for IT leaders and CIOs that are looking to mitigate risks, reduce costs, and increase business agility.  

Ready to meet our newly forged team? Contact us for a free consultation today. 

Hostway|Hosting is Now Ntirety!

Since announcing the Hostway and Hosting merger on January 8, 2019, our company has tirelessly worked to integrate and expand services to serve our clients and partners. This merger came about as the natural evolution to the enterprise organizations’ need for a service provider that offers comprehensive services and a solutions portfolio.

Today, after months of integrating our services, introducing new tools and welcoming new faces—while maintaining a steadfast commitment to our clients—we are proud to introduce our new name and brand: Ntirety.

Why Ntirety?

Pre-merger, Hostway and Hosting independently delivered outstanding hybrid and multi-cloud solutions to enterprise organizations with exceptional service powered by customer-obsessed cultures. Together as Ntirety, we have united to elevate those skills and services to the next level. I am proud to announce we now deliver the “entirety” of cloud and IT solutions to transform every client into the future-ready, agile enterprise they strive to be. Ntirety is the only Managed Solutions Provider that guarantees continuous improvements to proactively reduce risks and optimize costs.

At Ntirety, we believe that a name is only as good as the people that stand behind it. I truly believe in Team Ntirety, and truly believe that our people are the best in the industry, from cloud experts to account managers to operations administrators—as they all share an uncompromising commitment to our clients. By personally knowing each client’s infrastructure, applications, and team from end-to-end, we can deliver comprehensive and transformative solutions designed with each client’s business goals in mind.

Move Faster with Less Risk—Guaranteed

Only Ntirety provides the best guarantee in the industry for highly-compliant, mission-critical applications. As Ntirety, we approach business challenges by assessing, designing and delivering via our proprietary Ntirety Delivery Model™. We then go above and beyond by implementing a “continuous improvement” step that allows us to guarantee better business outcomes. Ultimately, we are the only Managed Service Provider that proactively delivers insights that enable enterprise IT to shift from tactical operations to business transformation.

The Ntirety Experience

We continue to build our portfolio of solutions and services to deliver on our mission of enabling business to move forward with less risk. Along with extensive information on our full services portfolio, the new Ntirety website provides insights on cloud technology, details on solution journeys, and more. Learn about upcoming events, or browse thought-leadership blog posts and resources.

Moving Forward as Ntirety

Witnessing Hostway and Hosting come together over the last few months makes me even more excited to see the amazing things our team will do under our new brand, Ntirety.

For a full list of answers to client questions about our new brand, please be sure to read our FAQ.

To learn more about changes happening across our organization, please read the official press release and keep an eye out for more updates on our expanding solutions portfolio.

To our valued clients, we invite you to share any questions with your dedicated account manager.

Our commitment to outstanding service and proactive solutions only grows stronger with our new name. Explore the new website to get a first look at Ntirety!

Building a Powerhouse: The Latest on the Hostway|Hosting Merger

Gartner predicts that “hybrid cloud is the foundation of digital business.” Further, they estimate that spend in the hybrid cloud market will reach $209 billion in 2019, growing to $317 billion by 2022. We decided to merge Hostway and Hosting to capitalize on this exact trend. This merger represents an opportunity for a “re-founding” moment for both Hostway and Hosting with opportunities to reach the mission our companies embarked on 20 years ago.  We wanted to create a combined company that offers complex managed cloud solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of customers’ digital transformation with the highest reputation for security and customer experience.

Source: Gartner.

It is said that the journey is sometimes more rewarding than the destination. The process of merging two companies towards a unified vision proves this every day. Together, Hostway and Hosting are forging a new history, driven by customer needs of building something unique. I am thrilled about this new future and all the benefits it will yield for customers, partners, and employees alike.

Expansion Meets Shifting Needs

Modern technology needs are rarely (if ever) met by just one service or another—it’s a complex mix of solutions. Rising to the forefront of this industry shift towards hybrid, Hostway and Hosting merged at the end of 2018 to create one of the largest managed cloud services platforms in the world. Our merged company is now an industry leader in building and managing complex cloud environments with highly available and secure solutions that span public and private cloud. Our unmatched portfolio features a multitude of managed options, including private cloud, VMware, AWS, Azure, and hybrid cloud solutions with a full suite of security, compliance, database management, DevOps, and business intelligence services. Hostway|Hosting now stands out as a global powerhouse with 14 state-of-the-art data centers around the world.

Customer Needs Are Shifting

The combination of Hostway and Hosting creates a leading independent platform positioned to thrive in a rapidly consolidating market. To understand all the benefits the merger brings, it’s important to understand the IT environment that businesses work in today. It’s predicted that that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020, and while the public cloud approach used to be considered the natural answer for outgrowing old IT methods, public cloud alone is proving to be an incomplete solution. Concerns of cost, compliance, and security are driving the prevalence of more hybrid, custom, and multi-cloud options. As noted by 451 Research, “Using both public and private infrastructure…[is] the endgame for most organizations today. This approach avoids vendor lock-in and enables enterprises to leverage the best attributes of each platform.”

Setting a Strong Foundation

Our expectations for the integration of these companies are constantly being surpassed. We are making excellent progress thanks to the hard work and amazing professionalism of our teams. In a very short period of time we have seamlessly merged our operations, systems, and teams, all united in our goals of providing a great customer experience. We’ve also delivered growth of available services to customers, as well as increased career growth opportunities for team members.

In February, we held our first integrated Sales Kickoff in Denver, bringing together our entire global sales team under one roof to meet and learn about our new portfolio of service, partnerships, and clients. Joining in these many conversations reminded me again just how complex IT management has become and why the time was right to come together and join forces. Bringing our teams, services, and collective knowledge together is more important now than ever to bring the most innovative and comprehensive solutions to our customers.

Strong Team Alignment 

Technology and systems are certainly important during mergers, but it’s the people behind the merger that complete the winning formula. From day one of the merger, there was a lot to do in so many areas. Suddenly, we became a much larger global company with expanded services, growing teams, new  locations, and more. After visits to new offices around the world, I witnessed firsthand the alignment between both companies’ core values, commitment to integrity, and customer focus. As a combined team, our employees immediately engaged and collaborated to solve customer problems. Watching our teams work together, you would think these companies have been merged for years, not just a few weeks!

These early integration efforts are already being recognized by industry-leading reviews and reports. In the first two months of Q1, Hostway|Hosting was named one of the major key players of the most recent Market Report by Global Managed Servers Market Forecast (2019-2023) and one of the Top Colocation Services Vendors by FeaturedCustomers, in addition to receiving the Best Managed Hosting Service Award by HostReview.

Benefits to Customers

Our customers are the true focus of all of this work. The expanded portfolio addresses core businesses challenges and provides comprehensive solutions for our customer needs. We have already begun serving customers with our expanded service set, and our internal account teams are proactively assessing and identifying ways to optimize and improve outcomes for current customers. Hostway|Hosting is excited to fully complete the merger in the weeks to come, unveiling changes across our website and our products.

As a quick example of the increase in services available to customers, now Hosting customers can have a global presence by accessing Hostway’s international Data Centers in Germany, Korea, and Canada. Additionally, Hosting customers now have access to the full suite of business-class Office 365 services from Hostway, as well as in the in-depth Azure expertise that the Hostway team brings. Similarly, Hostway customers can now benefit from Hosting’s experience and technical processes for database management brought by the Ntirety Hosting team, in depth AWS Management and automation, and Compliance as Service offerings. Hosting’s previous focus on Monitoring Insights, DevOps automation, management, and protection across services will be a valuable addition to Hostway’s customer solutions.

We are also proud to have introduced the industry’s first Guidance Level Agreements (GLAs), providing organizations that work with Hostway|Hosting’s with actionable recommendations, providing benefits for all of our customers. These in-depth recommendations are delivered quarterly and tied to customer’s individual business achievement.

Collectively, the organization is now better positioned to address the entirety of enterprise IT challenges and deliver more comprehensive solutions to risk, cost, and agility in the ever-changing technology landscape.

We’re Coming to You

Combining our expertise, our united teams are traveling to meet with IT professionals and hear about their challenges at executive dinners and TechTalks in cities across the country. Some of our best and brightest will be listening and learning about these industry issues to understand and share how our combined company can help these growing customer needs. Those interested but unable to make of our in-person events are encouraged to join us during our series of webinars. We are excited to connect and share our expanded knowledge sets.

As Hostway|Hosting continues to unite, customers and partners will get the benefit of more than twice the experience, technical expertise, and services to help every step of the way on the journey to hybrid cloud environments, with greater protection against ever-emerging threats. Learn about what twice the benefits means for your organization in our X2 webinar series. With similar company cultures and determination, we are successfully building a stronger team that will build careers within our organization and reinforce our mission towards personal, company, and customer success. The Executive Team, along with the entire company, are thrilled to be on the front lines of this exciting evolution and look forward to further accelerate our customer’s success in the coming months.

What do you think of this merger? How do you think it will benefit customers?  Please let us know your comments by emailing esayegh@hostway.com.

2019 Cloud Predictions

In Ntirety 20+ years of serving customers, we’ve been on the front line for more than a few technological advances. After years witnessing trends come and go, our team looks ahead to share our 2019 tech predictions. The future starts today—and 2019 is shaping up to be another incredible year of changes for the IT industry, with much of it tied to the events of 2018.

Prediction 1: Hybrid and Multi-Cloud are the New Normal for Enterprise IT

With the surge in hybrid adoption, continued evolution in hybrid technologies will emerge in 2019. Better tools, better management, and easier adoption are checklist items. Furthering the continued proof of the hybrid and multi-cloud trend, AWS introduced its AWS Outposts product, the company’s first effort to create a true hybrid platform.

Notably, throughout its history, AWS has been a powerful pure-cloud option. Its main cloud competitor, Microsoft, previously bridged the hybrid story by introducing Azure Stack. These are big-time, in-demand technologies in the enterprise space, and as this AWS option grows, we can expect that additional hybrid options and integrations will emerge from the market landscape.

Prediction 2: Public Cloud Exits Will Become More Prevalent

Signs of a shift in the usage of public clouds are everywhere, although some may not admit it. Businesses are exiting from the public cloud to pursue other options. The “new normal” of enterprise clients is a world of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, and it is slowly changing the IT technology landscape.

As businesses continue to face unpredictable and escalating costs, along with mounting security concerns in public cloud, the move to hybrid, custom, and multi-cloud will become more and more prevalent.  At the heart of this technology trend exists a custom solution to meet the needs and concerns of these organizations, including compliance, security, and cost issues. Compared to emerging and surging hybrid cloud solutions, public-cloud-only solutions will slowly fall out of favor.

Prediction 3: More Businesses Feeling Public Cloud Pains In Their Pocket Books

Companies face a challenging road ahead when it comes to the public cloud. Previously, as organizations outgrew old IT methods, the natural answer was to try the public cloud approach. As many found out, the public platform alone is not a complete solution and can be an expensive route. In some cases, public cloud adoption can ultimately mean a shift of IT pains instead of a resolution—while also costing more. Organizations looking for an answer will find the solutions they need in a more rational approach. Hybrid and multi-cloud will come to the rescue in 2019 to solve some of the cost overruns from public cloud services.

Prediction 4: Containers Gaining Traction from Early Adopters to Enterprise

It took a proper amount of time to get going, but cloud container technologies have finally emerged beyond the early adoption phases. We are witnessing the dawn of significant enterprise and mid-market container technology adoption. The capabilities and consistency delivered by containerized cloud applications that simultaneously simplify and eliminate the complexities of infrastructure are too hard for organizations to ignore.

Early adopters, primarily developers, have touted the benefits using containers—faster push, no downtime, scaling capabilities, automation, and easier migration. With these benefits becoming better known, enterprise companies are now starting to move their production to containers, making it the next big trend to follow.

Any time a technology trend grows, an ecosystem of tools, support, and new technologies similarly emerge, and containers are no exception. Focusing on management, reporting, and improvements, the target of new levels of efficiency and integration are driving the conversation and are expected to evolve quickly.

Prediction 5: Expect Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Everything

We are all familiar with the automated applications that surround our everyday lives. Automated assistants like Siri and Alexa are nearly ubiquitous. However, AI holds more promise than telling you the weather or ordering a pizza.

Security is a great example of this. For one of our customers, Ntirety provides AI-based security protection around the clock, preventing and detecting anomalous behavior and intrusion attempts. In the last year alone, the benchmark found and protected against 3 billion attempts. Protecting against zero-day threats at scale would be impossible to do without the baked-in intelligence that AI provides.

2019 is the year when widespread evidence of AI adoption will emerge at scale across business applications. Parallel to AI, Machine Learning and Business Intelligence (BI) tools will work to improve operations, gain better insights, and achieve better reliability and security. More organizations will use AI and BI to improve human interactions, results, speed, security, and the practicality of information systems.

Prediction 6: Consolidations Through Mergers and Acquisition

Say goodbye to some familiar names, and hello to new ones.

In light of a period of sustained AWS dominance, the market is shifting.  Continuing the pattern of service provider mergers, 2019 will see more alignments to go with the merger and acquisition news we heard last year from Rackspace, DataPipe, InterNap, and SingleHop.

The merger movement is driven by the demands of customers seeking comprehensive services, a global footprint, and extensive support from their partners.

Prediction 7: More Partners Instead of Vendors Means More Heroes

Every business is looking to get and keep a competitive edge—to thrive and to survive. Technology is a business catalyst, but with the pace of evolution in the cloud market, corporate IT faces a major bridge to their business advantage.

With all of this talk of multi-cloud and advanced hybrid platforms, talented and experienced resources are scarce. New business initiatives are on deck. Wall Street, clients, and investors demand quick results. There’s no room for error, and the clock is ticking away. Corporate IT cannot do it alone. Close to half of all organizations are predicted to reach out and engage with third-party cloud experts.1 2019 will see a boom in partnerships focused on application and cloud-based technology projects.

Prediction 8: The CIO Makes a Comeback

In the somewhat turbulent environment of running a business, it can feel like CIOs are on the endangered species list. Lasting two, maybe four years,2 the typical CIO faces a series of challenges that begin with mitigating risk, reducing costs, and ultimately, enabling business agility. The problem is that two or three years is not enough time for a CIO to fully engage in the third phase of increasing business agility.

Strategic partnerships, improved tools, and the advantage of outsourcing will change that CIO survival rate. With cost reduction and strategic technology in the hands of expert partners, organizations can get to the transformation phase of their cloud journeys. Executed early, CIOs can expect a longer lifespan and more satisfying achievements.

Prediction 9: A True Blockchain Market

Discussed by enthusiasts for a while now, 2019 will be the year that we begin to see true contractual applications based on blockchain become commonplace in the cloud: Non-ironically, one of the stumbling blocks for a cloud foundation for blockchain is the cloud itself.

In the enterprise, blockchain requires specialized processing and infrastructure needs. In 2019, hybrid and multi-cloud emergence deliver on these needs as the cloud alone is not conducive to optimal blockchain infrastructure.

Predictions have a way of not happening the way most people project, leaving it best said to “expect the unexpected.” 2018 was a great ride, but change is brewing.  We’re headed for another big year with new frontiers for digital business transformation. Cloud technology is creating a new future as we speak, along with expert partners, leaders across organizations, and the amazing ecosystem of cloud solutions. We can safely say that despite the unexpected, 2019 will be an amazing year of success and fulfilled transformational opportunities—all enabled by the cloud.

Ready to see how Ntirety can help your company plan for growth in 2019? Contact us for a free consultation.

  1. 451Research, March 2016.
  2. CIO, 2013.

A Thanksgiving Message of Gratitude

As the end of the year draws near, I want to pause for a moment and say thank you. Thank you to our loyal customers and to all of our employees around the world for another great year with Ntirety.

The holidays always remind me to stop and reflect on the past year and what I have learned, both as a CEO and as a person. Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is officially celebrated primarily in the US and Canada (albeit on different dates), the sentiment of gratitude is truly universal amongst all people. Much like families take turns sharing what they are thankful for around the Thanksgiving dinner table in America, I’d like to share with you what I am thankful for in the Ntirety family across the globe this year.

Our growing Ntirety family

First and foremost, we are thankful to all our customers for entrusting us with their most crucial, mission-critical data.  You are the reason we exist as a company.  We know how important your data and applications are, and we thank you for your continued trust in us. We are also thankful for the many organizations and companies that joined our client base this year. I’d like to extend a warm Ntirety welcome to PlayPower, Explore.org, Strategic Materials, IES, Fage Yogurt, Molecular Labs, and many others. We look forward to sustaining long and successful relationships with these incredible companies that are changing the world.

Our employees are our most important asset, and to them we are deeply grateful for keeping our customers’ IT infrastructures safe and secure. This year we also had the honor to welcome new team members to the Ntirety family across the globe, including several field account executives in key regions, allowing them to be in close proximity to our customers and better serve their needs.

This past year, we also promoted John Enright to serve as President of the Web and Applications division. He’s done an outstanding job handling the acquisition of MyHosting.com and Mail2Web, welcoming great customers into the Ntirety family, as well as an amazingly talented group of employees.

Demonstrating our commitment to secure and compliant solutions

In 2018, we also continued our focus on security and compliance, announcing our HITRUST CSF certification over the summer, and our FERPA compliance. Attestations like these allow us to further demonstrate and provide our customers with global cloud security services and rigorous security measures around mission-critical data, especially for the healthcare, financial services, and education industries.

Celebrating a commitment to excellence

From big picture to the micro-level, 2018 was a great year for Ntirety’s growing knowledge pool. Our employees took the initiative to further their professional training, and as a collective group we have added 100+ certifications for Azure and AWS to the hundreds of certifications Ntirety team members already hold.

Making smart moves

And lastly, with all the growth over the past year, our Austin office is moving to a new location to better support our expanding team and customers. New office locations and state-of-the-art facilities, like our new Austin III data center, are additional highlights in a highly successful year.

Extending our gratitude

None of it would be possible without you, our customers, your trust in us, and your continuous honest feedback.

So, remember to spend some time with your family and friends, enjoy the company and warm feelings of gratitude. If you are in the U.S., have a joyful Thanksgiving. And a special thank you to all the Ntirety employees working during this holiday, away from their families, in order to keep our customers worry free.

Best,

Emil Sayegh, CEO and President, Ntirety

Ntirety Welcomes Our New SVP of Sales, Patrick Emerson

I’m very excited to welcome Patrick Emerson to the Ntirety team. Pat is a proven, first-class sales leader who understands the art and science of sales—both directly to enterprise customers, as well as through channel partners. Pat has a very impressive track record in building and growing high-performance global sales teams from EMC to Troux and from Data Beam to Zenoss.

Pat will run all Ntirety global sales teams and, ultimately, own our most critical relationships with our valued channel partners and enterprise customers.  The Ntirety leadership team and I consider ourselves privileged to work with him. Together, we will continue to make Ntirety the most trusted hybrid cloud provider for mission-critical software applications.

Learn more about Pat and his vision for Ntirety»

How the Cloud Will Change 2018

A lot can happen in a year’s time, especially when it comes to technology. Cloud technologies, specifically hybrid cloud technologies, serve as expressways to unlocking epic enterprise cloud transformations. And it’s not slowing down as 2018 will usher another banner period for business and cloud. Looking toward the year ahead is exciting. Here are my predictions for how the cloud’s changes will affect business in 2018.

1. More Cloud Security (Bad and Good)

Major security fumbles over the past year reminded many of the importance of cybersecurity. This past year, an epidemic of misconfigured AWS S3 buckets resulted in continued data leaks. A massive Equifax breach exploited poor security measures, affecting millions. Stories like this will continue to emerge due to the access a variety of people have to the hyper scale cloud, and how little controls exist.

The good news is that implementing cloud solutions means integrated security is within reach for many. Most customers look for certifications and compliance within their managed cloud providers such as PCI, HIPAA, SAE16, and so on. Enhanced detection, improved response, and robust protection are fast becoming industry standards, and table stakes for managed service providers.

2. “Cloud” is Out. Multi-cloud is In.

Businesses are looking for their ‘best’ cloud, and in many situations, the answer to this question is “several” or “all”. The multi-cloud hybrid approach will feature the power of flexibility, technology choices, and vendor choice, built to suit an organization’s exact needs. Multi-cloud means private clouds, multiple public clouds, dedicated hosted infrastructure, and other off-premises options are all game, delivering advantages like cost performance, preferred technology, data management capabilities, reliability, avoiding vendor lock-in, and flexibility.

There’s no getting around the fact that multi-cloud adoption means ongoing application changes ahead. Backups, replication, failovers, and other cloud changes will change traffic profiles to the web and within applications built for scale and specifically built for multi-cloud. Multi–cloud adoption is a catalyst for application scale, redundancy, and resiliency.

3. Control Those Cloud Costs NOW, Says the CFO

Public clouds are powerful, quick, and easy, but all too often fall out of projected cost models. CFO’s and other decision-makers will continue to look for ways to optimize the cloud while maintaining existing benefits and growth.

AWS, Microsoft, and Google offer a dizzying myriad of consumption and cloud resource pricing plans. In 2018, innovative ways of constructing environments, including multi-cloud, hybrid environments, and orchestration will be key to the sanctity of IT budgets. Companies that partner with a properly managed cloud provider who can leverage all the tools in the toolbox will be in a position of advantage over competitors. The key is to implement the most features possible from a myriad of cloud choices while mitigating costs – an indicator that multi-cloud adoption will continue to grow.

4. The Rise of 5G, Real-time Edge, and IOT

AI, IoT, and multi-cloud push compute to the ‘edge’ of clouds, aided by changing networks, increased specialized applications, and evolving hardware. 5G mobile networks are coming, slated for 2020. On a collision course with the cloud, faster network speeds, increased coverage, and ever-more powerful handsets mean the expectations for application experiences will rise. Demands for availability, response, and data not just in the major league cities, but also in the minor league cities will also increase. The time to evaluate and build for this future is now, and the way to deliver exists in hybrid and multi-cloud technologies with a keen eye for the edge. Burst capabilities, edge-based cloud, and geo-location, will be the norm for applications soon.

5. Artificial Intelligence Everywhere

If you haven’t already noticed Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your technology stack, get ready. Many enterprise applications are being delivered with bot-based support. AI is found in IVR-systems, chat applications, and on the web. Growth in mobile-only increases the potential AI base. Programmatic control of networks, applications, traffic, and automation are also on the way, leveraging AI for greater efficiency and repeatable results. 2018 is an analytic scientist’s AI dream, driven by high-capacity networks and systems.

6. To the Cloud, and On the Cloud: Mission-critical Enterprise Apps Move Faster

Advanced enterprise features, particularly in the form of multi-cloud deployments, means that mission-critical applications will wind up in the cloud, at an increasing rate. Cloud technology has now become the de facto standard for mission-critical systems. The rise of multi-cloud, AI and a new network paradigm indicate a shift in how all applications are expected to function, cloud-first, mobile-first, with no compromise. Widespread adoption will emerge in the year ahead, allowing for the refactoring of apps to run on public and private cloud systems. The result will be more legacy apps are able to realize the power of cloud.

7. Real Blockchain Uses

Blockchain is receiving the kind of business evaluation that has always been within its reach and potential. Initial projects are focused on digital trust, ledger capabilities, and security features, while initiatives in real estate transactions, banking, payment systems, and more will become mainstream in the year ahead. Cloud solutions will work to make deployment, maintenance, and security natural partners to blockchain evolution with its power, flexibility, and distributed nature.

8. Kubernetes, “Auto-Magic”, and DevOps

Automation lovers, delight! Closely tied to the DevOps community, Kubernetes has emerged as the orchestration platform of choice in cloud environments. Delivering scalable solutions in the cloud, Kubernetes has helped unleash the practice of strategic microservices application architecture in multi-cloud, geo-regional, high-availability, and beyond. Organizations can enjoy a higher quality of service, coordinated deployments, and better resource management through Kubernetes, which goes mainstream in 2018.

9. Behold the Internet of Everything (IoE)

With more acronyms than you can shake a stick at, technology never fails to amaze. However, IoE is legitimate IoT evolution. IoE describes IoT interactions with people, with other devices, networks, and with analysis, coordination, and orchestration.

Leveraging AI, IoE will change the way devices interact at scale. Hybrid and multi-cloud technologies thrive at scale, enabling interaction, and analysis.

10. Hyper Convergence Helps with a Private Cloud Resurgence

Recent platform announcements have blurred the lines between high performance, cloud infrastructure, and public resources. Dell/EMC recently made a product shift towards the edge gateway, bridging information and operational technologies while delivering optimization and specialized infrastructure capabilities. In this ‘old is new’ scenario, private cloud deployments will reemerge in 2018, becoming an app modernization platform for legacy, database, and other applications that are not destined for the public cloud meets the needs of outsourcing, but not fully in the realm of public resources.

2018 is a Year of Innovation

Business and cloud are coming together at a pace that will increase exponentially. One of the effects of this increase is a significant rise in volume across the board, from data transference to storage, to cloud instances, estimates are all over the place but they all trend wildly upward. This volume will set the competitive cloud frontier for years to come.

2018 is destined to be a milestone year of cloud achievements. Not only will there be continued growth in the cloud space, innovative business will drive rapid changes in technology. Technological needs are converging to tell the story of a fundamental shift in how cloud affects us in our daily lives. Those that innovate and embrace the cloud proposition with an ever-expanding range of use cases can capitalize on what these developments can deliver both now and in the future.