Location, Location, Location: Why It Matters Where Your Workload Lives


Jason Carolan (Chief Cloud Officer, Peak 10 + ViaWest)

Seth Patterson (Executive Director, Client Architecture, Peak 10 + ViaWest)

Location: Grand Ballroom F

Date: Thursday, May 3

Time: 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Pass Type: All Access, Conference

Format: Conference Session

Track: Infrastructure

Conference Journey: IT Operations

Audience: Intermediate

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Intermediate

The current state of enterprise IT infrastructure seems to point to one key message: Cloud is King. Considering all the exciting cloud-centric innovations the IT industry is seeing on a regular basis, there is certainly some truth to that. But IT decision makers must not get swept up by the urge to dive into a complete overhaul of their infrastructure via a cloud migration. It may be the most popular strategy of the moment, but does that mean it is the right choice for your organization?

Companies regularly see their peers making the leap into the cloud and feel like they’re falling behind. Too often, they succumb to that peer pressure and make a difficult decision far too easily. In truth, the decision to keep data on-premise, host with a colocation provider or migrate it into a public cloud requires much more nuance. Unfortunately, IT leaders are making these decisions based upon what is trendy before they have taken a step back to think of their organizational needs from an IT perspective. This can lead to IT departments putting themselves at a considerable risk for storage and migration mistakes that can take years to recover from. When considering your options, it is best to look at the needs of each workload and determine from an application standpoint the most effective environment for your data to live in.

In this session, attendees will learn the critical nature of viewing an organization’s infrastructure from a 10,000 foot view, exploring what makes applications perform well, how to best secure them, and the investment needed to make them successful. By analyzing workload and locations from a high level, organizations can avoid timely, costly mistakes that hinder the potential success of an IT infrastructure.

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