Hybrid Cloud.

Most businesses weren’t “born in the cloud”, and while much of their important data and applications may eventually reside there, the reality is that for some, on-premises infrastructure will always be part of their infrastructure strategy.

When Hybrid Cloud is the answer for your organization, you want a partner with expertise in both virtualized on-premises infrastructure and Public Cloud.

A partner with the experience to help you decide where your data and workloads should live to best serve the business. And most importantly, you want a partner with the experience and competency to architect your Hybrid Cloud with agility, flexibility and security as fundamental tenets of the design from its beginnings.  

There are numerous reasons why Hybrid Cloud may make the most sense for your organization. Sometimes, it just makes sense to run a specific workload in a virtualized, on-premises infrastructure, whether due to cost or potential application interdependencies. Other times, the reason for keeping workloads on-premises is a practical matter of using the infrastructure you’ve already invested in to the end of its useful life, or maybe your still just in the early stages of a Public Cloud adoption journey and executing on a gradual plan to shift workloads to Public Cloud platforms.  Whatever the reason for having a hybrid strategy, p1 has helped numerous customers with their Hybrid Cloud deployments and we will help you too.

DR in the Cloud


A common and valuable strategy for leveraging Hybrid Cloud is to shift disaster recovery (DR) infrastructure to a Public Cloud.  This is because Public Cloud offers the flexibility to deploy DR infrastructure in a wide variety of locations throughout the world on platforms that are highly available and durable by design, with an ability to match almost any Service Level Agreement (SLA), from “Hot Standby” DR for nearly instantaneous failover at scale, to “Pilot Light” warm solutions for meeting more modest SLA’s, and even “Cold” DR designs when the cost of your safety net is nearly as important as the ability to recover itself.

p1 employs a proven methodology to enable DR in the cloud for your organization.
We begin with exploration of your application environment, existing data protection methods, SLA, RPO and RTO objectives.
We then conduct detailed design and POC the critical aspects. From there, we operationalize, test, validate, and fully automate.
The ability to frequently test and validate your DR process with minimal effort and absolutely no disruption to production is critical. p1 ensures that your DR design achieves all of this.

Storage Tiering & Archiving


Another common use case for Hybrid Cloud takes advantage of the highly scalable, low-cost storage options found in Public Cloud. As on-premises data sets age, it is common for their value to the business to diminish. Using relatively high-cost, on-premises production storage to house this aging data no longer makes sense. Sending archivable data to low-cost, yet highly durable storage in the Public Cloud is quickly becoming the location of choice to store these secondary datasets. The pay-for-use consumption model coupled with the native data lifecycle policy capability of Public Cloud is compelling.

Whether you want to leverage the Public Cloud to house secondary copies of low performance file storage, archives, snapshots and/or backups, or to serve as a primary repository for these secondary datasets, p1 Technologies will help you.

p1 Technologies will help you select the right Hybrid Cloud solution to power your business:

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Select the Cloud storage type with the required mix of performance, durability and cost, to match the value of the data to your organization
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Determine whether to use “cloud native” or on-premises “cloud-enabled” backup and archive storage platforms
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Select the appropriate “cloud native” or on-premises “cloud enabled platforms

Selecting the appropriate storage platform on-premises or in the Cloud is only part of the solution. You must send data to the Cloud in an efficient and secure manner so that SLAs are maintained. In addition, retrieval costs imposed by cloud providers can be significant, and must be considered when deciding which data is a good fit for Public Cloud tiering.   p1 will identify the appropriate data types for the cloud based on data value and data access patterns.

Hybrid Cloud Bursting

Bursting

Using the virtually endless compute and storage available in the Public Cloud to run applications during intermittent workload peaks is one of the original Hybrid Cloud use cases. The classic example of a retailer pushing an e-commerce workload to Public Cloud during the Holidays to service the spike in transactions rather than buying and deploying on-premises infrastructure for a shopping season that exists for one month a year is a common Hybrid Cloud success story. But almost any workload with intermittent peaks that are significantly greater than its nominal operating state is a candidate for cloud bursting.

Designing on-premises infrastructure to service intermittent peaks can be expensive and wasteful, which is why cloud bursting to handle spikes is so attractive to IT teams and CFOs alike. However, designing the Hybrid Cloud architecture required for cloud bursting requires careful planning too. The impact to internal and external networks, hardware and application interdependencies, performance, data gravity and of course, security, are key design considerations to ensure cloud bursting will be successful. p1 Technologies’ enterprise architects will design an optimized on-premises infrastructure with the Public Cloud access and resources required for successful bursting during peak operations.

Dev Test Background

Dev/Test

Today’s software development cycles are intense. Business requires new features in short order to compete, and the continuous threat of “bad actors” seeking vulnerabilities in code makes constant patches and revisions essential. The cycle has become so demanding that new development methodologies like Continuous Delivery and operating models like DevOps have evolved to meet the required pace of innovation. These new software development cycles can also place significant burden on an organization’s traditional, on-premises infrastructure and the IT operations team that manages it.

The flexible, pay-as-you-go nature of Public Cloud infrastructure makes it a perfect host for Dev/Test environments that need to be spun up quickly and shut down immediately when no longer needed. Freeing developers to provision infrastructure on demand to speed software innovation can be a significant benefit to the business, and a pressure relief valve for both on-premises infrastructure and operations teams. To realize the full value of pay-as-you-go, it’s vital that resources are torn down and decommissioned with the same speed and timeliness that they were provisioned. p1 will ensure that your dev/test workloads only run when they need to and are fully cost optimized.

Cost optimized, pay-as-you-go model
Self-service for development team
Rapid provisioning and tear-down enables faster innovation cycles
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p1 has been a great technology partner for many years. For me, they offer a personalized engagement with a higher level of support and engineering. At the same time they maintain an awareness of our environment. This attention shows in how thoughtful they are about providing solutions that actually fit our technology ecosystem and goals. Jason Hart Vice President Information Technology

When Hybrid Cloud is the answer for your organization, you want a partner with expertise in both virtualized on-premises infrastructure and Public Cloud.

Contact p1 and we’ll architect a Hybrid Cloud strategy that best fits your business.