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Top 5 priorities to master competencies in selecting, buying and deploying cloud services

One of the most complicated process for enterprises is to select, buy, and deploy public cloud services and tools, while avoiding the pitfalls.

Since there are numerous cloud providers out there, the infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders find it difficult to select the right cloud provider. Also, no two cloud providers are the same.

Choosing and managing cloud offerings is a critical skill for I&O leaders to master, given cloud computing’s central role in next-generation initiatives such as digital business, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence,” says Elias Khnaser, Senior Research Director at Gartner.

“Years from now, you don’t want to look back with regret, as the choices you make can have a lasting impact.”

To avoid looking back with regret, Gartner has identified five priorities that will help I&O leaders to select, buy, and deploy cloud offerings.

1. Analyze technical and architectural details of cloud providers

Technical architecture is critical for every organization, as it needs to integrate with the workflows, not only now but also in the years to come. Also, the technical architectures of most cloud platforms are large, complex and difficult to understand.

Gartner said that it is important to determine the key components of the architectures, the way they work together and affect the overall solution. Technical categories that should be prioritized should include self-service, elasticity, network access, security, regulatory compliance, and operational capabilities.

2. Understand the way cloud services measure up against requirements

I&O leaders should consider how the cloud services stack up against the key requirements and criteria of their organization. For instance, before choosing a standard cloud offering, the main requirements can be simplicity, performance, feature set, and costs.

The key requirements can be slightly different for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and application platform as a service (aPaaS). For IaaS, the key consideration areas should be compute, network, storage, security and support. Whereas, for aPaaS, these should be application architecture components, developer tools, virtualization and hosting architecture, code deployment, life cycle management, scalability, and availability.

3. Learn about cloud provider’s approach to security and compliance tools

Nowadays, the enterprises are increasing adoption of cloud services. With that, the requirement to meet regulatory and data privacy rules to govern the process of data has also increased.

For example, EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to all enterprises that process and hold personal data of European organizations.

As per Gartner, I&O leaders should understand the approach of cloud provider to data privacy and compliance regulations.

4. Set criteria for evaluating cloud management solutions

Because of the increasing adoption of cloud services, the cloud providers today offer new cloud-native offerings. When there are several services and tools, it is important to have cloud management platforms and tools.

Hence, organizations should create a criterion to evaluate cloud management solutions, and a strategy to guide their selection and implementation processes.

5. Prepare for cloud service governance

Enterprises generally give more importance to time-to-functionality decisions as compared to planning for long-term stability and support. However, I&O leaders should take time to prepare for cloud service governance by understanding the process and architecture options.

Also read: Public cloud services revenue in India will reach $2.5 billion in 2018: Gartner

“An effective cloud account governance and design strategy provides I&O leaders with the ability to effectively scale, avoid sprawl, and reduce networking and management complexities. This helps avoid the need for disruptive retrofitting of the infrastructure months or years after it has transformed into a critical production platform,” says Khnaser.

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Microsoft go-to-market services help partners increase traffic, leads and business, helps RackNap gain 129% traffic and 69% enquiries

Microsoft has always worked hard to help its partners grow – its mission is to make partnering with it one of the best decisions a business can make. To this effect, it helps partners launch and grow their business with marketing training, content, and services that can help them optimize their marketing capabilities, increase product awareness, generate leads, and more.

Keeping up with its stance of Shared Vision, Shared Success, Microsoft launched a new offer on November 12, 2018 to help partners with go-to-market (GTM) services. In this, members of Microsoft Partner Network that attain a new competency or renew an existing one in the partner center have access to different GTM services that can help their business grow. The offer is available on the partner center, where the eligible partners (silver and gold competency) can activate this offer.

Once activated, GTM Resource Desk gets in touch with them via email, to begin engagement.

RackNap, a venture of ZNet Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and a Microsoft partner for almost a decade, opted for this offer as a pilot partner. Microsoft has published a case study highlighting how RackNap made the best use of GTM program in driving more leads and business.

RackNap got listed in Azure marketplace and its availability in the Azure Marketplace enables Microsoft Partners to easily install it and deliver Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365, in addition to simplifying billing with a monthly subscription.

It got marketing help with the following activities:

RackNap’s promotion on the Microsoft Azure Twitter account received over 13,000 impressions, 97 total clicks, and 32 social engagements, while the web conference helped it to present its solution to dozens of Microsoft attendees.

The web conference with Microsoft was very useful. The sales team acknowledged that RackNap will be able to help CSPs simplify the billing complexities and drive adoption of cloud services. The survey results also proved the same. We have seen that the number of product inquiries has gone up by 75 percent in a month after the web conference,” said Sabari Sampath, Senior Vice President of RackNap, who delivered the web conference.

For the telecommunications blog post, Munesh Jadoun, Managing Director and Chairman at RackNap, highlighted how digital transformation is impacting the industry and how companies can seize the opportunity and flourish.

Also read: RackNap wins CRN Excellence Award at Channel Leadership Summit (CLS) 2018

We have received an increase of 129 percent in traffic on our website by circulating this blog post,” Sampath said. “This has also helped us to increase the product inquiries for the RackNap platform by 69 percent.”

Click here to read the complete RackNap case study here.

Click here to know more about Microsoft GTM services and how partners can use them to accelerate their business growth.

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An older PC costs SMBs as much price of three modern PCs: Microsoft-Intel research

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) that use PCs or laptops older than four years, spend around $1,279 (INR 93,500) per device on maintenance. With this cost, the enterprises can purchase three or more modern PCs.

The data comes from a research by Techaisle, commissioned by Microsoft and Intel. There are more than 51 million SMBs in India, accounting for 95% of enterprises in the country. These enterprises have a workforce of more than 114 million and contribute over 30% to the GDP of country.

Around 43% of SMBs witnessed security and data theft breaches related to computers. Use of old PCs costs more and is a risky business on security front. Instead of this, 49% of larger SMBs and 31% of small SMBs are using older PCs.

“PCs are the productive engines for most SMBs in India, where organizations rely heavily on their devices for their day-to-day tasks. However, 3 in 10 SMBs in India surveyed have PCs that are older than four years, which significantly increases maintenance costs,” said Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Country General Manager – Consumer & Devices Sales, Microsoft India.

Benefits of embracing modern workplace strategy

66% of SMBs who adopt modern workplace and newer PCs experienced improved efficiency which made it easier for them to embrace cloud and mobility solutions.

Around 63% of SMBs found that modern workplace allows them to better secure and protect data. Whereas, 58% said that it reduced overall maintenance costs.

Further, 41% SMBs felt that adopting newer PCs made their employees more productive.

“Computers and connectivity have opened the gateway for digitization and automation of SMB’s, increasing returns, scale and output. It is vital for these businesses to invest in upgrading their processing power by deploying PC’s that can support complex tasks and enable expansion,” said Prakash Mallya, Managing Director – Sales & Marketing, Intel India.

“We believe that by having them move to a modern PC powered by an Intel® Core™ processor, they can unlock greater productivity for their business while reducing IT management time and costs.”

The research further states that 61% of PCs used in SMBs are still running on older Windows versions. If they upgrade to Windows 10 modern device, it will provide more familiar, secure, and productive experiences.

“Microsoft is invested in extending a secured and productive computing experience to SMBs across sizes and geographies of India, enabling them with a modern workplace,” added Priyadarshi Mohapatra.

Key barriers to embracing modern workplace

The study found that the key barriers in shifting to newer PCs are the concerns of legacy applications not being able to work on a newer operating system. SMBs also counted lack of budgets as a main barrier.

However, the weightage of benefits of embracing modern workplace is very high as compared to the concerns. The problem is that SMBs are focusing on short-term costs. This approach can be valid in some cases, but at times it can lead to situations that cost them more.

Also read: Microsoft is developing a new tool for G Suite to Office 365 migration

Anurag Agrawal, Chief Analyst, Techaisle, concluded: “These SMBs should re-evaluate their decision given the higher cost of maintaining older PCs which has a larger cumulative effect on the budget than purchasing newer PCs with latest technology. SMBs in the country should seriously consider making the shift to a newer PC in the immediate future.”

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European Union approves Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub

In June this year, Microsoft had marked one of the biggest acquisition, buying open source icon GitHub for $7.5 billion. Now that acquisition has got approval from the European Commission under the EU Merger Regulation.

The European Commission, a branch of the European Union, concluded that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have incentive to undermine the open nature of GitHub’s platform.

Both Microsoft and GitHub provide DevOps tools to enterprises and individual developers to develop and release software. Specifically, the companies deliver software development platforms, code editors, and integrated development environments to enable developers collaborate on source code.

While the code editors are computer programs used to edit source code, IDEs are applications that consist code editor and additional features like intelligent code completion.

“The Commission found that the combination of Microsoft and GitHub’s activities on these markets would raise no competition concerns because the merged entity would continue to face significant competition from other players on both markets,” the EU body said.

Microsoft had applied for the EU approval on 14th September. European Commission evaluated if Microsoft will take advantage of GitHub’s popularity to improve its own sales of DevOps tools and cloud services.

It also checked whether Microsoft would integrate its own DevOps tools and cloud services with GitHub and limit its integration with third party services.

“Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation. We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had said at the time of acquisition.

If Microsoft takes advantage of GitHub to promote its own DevOps tools and cloud services, while limiting integration of others, it can reduce the value of GitHub for developers. They would then prefer to switch to other platforms.

Also read: VS Code, React, and Tensorflow continue to be the top open source projects in 2018: GitHub’s State of the Octoverse 2018 report

Hence, the EU body said that GitHub acquisition wouldn’t raise any competition concerns in affected markets. The case has been cleared unconditionally following the first phase of investigation.

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Spending on data center infrastructure in India will reach $2.7 billion in 2018: Gartner

The spending on data center infrastructure hardware in India is expected to reach $2.7 billion this year, up 2.6% from a year before, as per the leading analyst firm Gartner.

The data center infrastructure hardware is divided into three segments: Servers, External controller based storage, and Enterprise network equipment.

The growth in spending on data center infrastructure hardware will be driven by the rise in spending on the enterprise networking equipment.

As companies modernize their wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) infrastructure to support the digital transformation initiatives, the spending on enterprise networking equipment will grow by 10%, from $1.31 million in 2017 to $1.44 million in 2018.

“Digital business initiatives are forcing infrastructure and operations leaders in India to adopt a hybrid IT infrastructure model that can deliver reliable, innovative and cost-effective solutions to the business in a timely manner,” said Santhosh Rao, research director at Gartner. “This positions cloud computing as a critical component of the hybrid model.”

On the other hand, the spending on servers segment and external controller-based storage segment is expected to decline by 1% and 12.5%, respectively. Gartner said that the decline is marginally a result of enterprises migrating to public cloud.

“Technologies such as software-defined data centers are helping businesses optimize their existing resources, and as a result reducing overall spend on compute and storage resources,” added Mr. Rao.

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Gartner further reported that spending on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) will significantly increase in 2018.

A majority of Indian organizations leverage cloud services and hyperscale data centers, to develop and host the business applications. Hence, the spending on IaaS services in 2018 will reach $1 billion, a 45.5% increase year over year.

With more organizations moving their on-premise office suites to SaaS-based services like Microsoft Office 365 and Google G-Suite, the spending on SaaS in the country will reach $275 million in 2018, a rise on 37% year over year.

Also read: Top companies that featured in Leaders Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2018: Gartner

Gartner will share additional analysis on data center and IT operations trends at Gartner global IT Infrastructure & Operations events.

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8 must haves for Cloud MSPs, how colocation data center is among key drivers of digital transformation: CloudFest

The annual festival for the cloud, telecom, infrastructure and hosting industry – CloudFest, successfully came to a close on 16th March 2018. The week-long event was the ultimate celebration of the cloud with fun, knowledge and networking exchanges.

The sixth edition of CloudFest saw a huge turnaround with over 7000 attendees, 1300+ CEOs, 2500+ companies, 250+ speakers and 80+ countries.

The sessions included latest announcements, product exhibitions, case studies and panel discussions.

One of the important highlights of the event was the CloudFest Hackathon that brought together open source technology leaders and communities together, who did some real-time coding.

The sessions covered everything from fog computing to domain, to security, to infrastructure, to colocation and big data.

Here’s a quick recap of the key sessions held at CloudFest 2018:

SONM – Decentralized fog computing

Igor Lebedev – SONM (Supercomputer Organized by Network Mining) CTO, discussed about the various challenges of current architecture related to computing workloads, networking requirements and storage amounts. He advocated Microservices and MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) as the solutions to increasing architectural challenges. Under fog computing, the tasks are solved right where they are. GPUs per him, are 100 times more powerful than the usual CPUs.

Verisign – NameStudio API

Ebrahim Keshavarz – Product Management at Verisign, introduced company’s new NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain names’ suggestion tool that can deliver countless .com and .net domain names and suggest relevant domains across a large number of TLDs.

He said that the domain names are the common denominator for various online services.

And thus, finding the perfect domain name is very important. Verisign’s NameStudio API is backed with various machine learning algorithms and can be easily integrated across any online platform.

Hubgets – Communication against the machine

Bogdan Carstoiu – the CEO at Hubgets, talked about the increasingly growing market for unified communications. He discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a strong implication in the communication industry. AI based smart bots can save a lot of time wasted in repetitive tasks by suggesting answers to the people.

Solar Archive – Delivering Shareholder value as a Managed Service Provider

David Clayton – non-executive director at Solar Archive, talked about the shareholder value and how can MSPs maintain the capital flow in their business.
He identified infrastructure, talent, brand and many other points as important assets of a cloud MSP.

He discussed the importance of investing in right infrastructure and talent to manage the MSP business and grow revenue. The must-haves of a successful MSPs are:

Here, he also emphasized the importance of email archiving which he said will grow at a CAGR of 14% during 2015-2019. 60% of the business data is on email as such it is important to protect and secure the email conversations. Here, MSPs stand a huge opportunity by offering email archiving services.

VMware – Avoid the Silo

Graham Crich – EMEA Director at VMware Cloud Provider Program at VMware, talked about the evolution of the computing from mainframe to mini and present-day virtualization platforms. He also discussed about the silos that are being built across a particular cloud service and how cloud providers can help their end customers break these silos.

He talked about VMware and AWS partnership and how this will lead to new opportunities for the cloud providers. As session takeaways, he advised CSPs to avoid being siloed, by embracing the whole hybrid cloud operating model and choosing the right tools and management layer to integrate the multi-cloud environment.

InterNetX – Hitting the cloud with Kubernetes

Killian Ries – Senior System Engineer and Marco Revesz – Business Automation Evangelist, at InterNetX, talked about Kubernetes and how they migrated a monolithic application to a micro-service based cloud application which was hosted on Kubernetes. Through a case study, they presented a solution to develop, deploy and run an application on modern DevOps standards.

Infradata – Evolution of Hosting

Remco Hobo – security architect at Infradata, talked about the evolution of the hosting industry. He identified digital economy, customer demands and technology as major drivers of the current technology landscape. He brought in the various challenges and opportunities of hosting industry:

Here, hosting providers need to specialize in their specific sectors to stay relevant in the highly competitive market.

Asseco Data Systems – Security in the Cloud

Andrzej Dopierala – President of the Management Board at Asseco Data Systems, talked about the security in the cloud. He discussed the rising security challenges in the digital market. Here, he introduced various tools like SimplySign for PDF signing, Certum Code Signing, Certum SSL and Certum Email Signing as the most popular trust services. By expanding these services to the cloud, the security of data can be enhanced.

e-shelter services – Colocation, enabler for Hybrid and Multi-cloud solutions

Toan Nguyen – Director Business Development & Cloud Platform at e-shelter services, talked about colocation services and how they can be the enabler for hybrid and multi cloud solutions.

He said that the cloud, Edge Computing, IoT and digitalization are the leading trends that drive customer’s demand for scalable and agile data centers. This will require the present-day data center and colocation service providers to reframe their business strategies to answer the evolving customer needs.

He emphasized the role of colocation data center and connectivity as the key for digital transformation.

HPE – Cloud28+ – Beyond a Single cloud story

Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps – VP Service Providers and Cloud28+ WW at HPE, discussed about HPE’s partner ecosystem and how it helps partners to extend their sales reach and create new revenue opportunities. He told how HPE is combining hybrid IT innovations – software defined infrastructure, private cloud with the speed and agility of public cloud, and management of multi-cloud and Hyperconverged infrastructure to redefine cloud at the edge.

He also announced new updates to the Cloud28+ platform.

Apart from the sessions, there were various innovative products and technology models that were presented during the event. One of the mention worthy products was RackNap which is a cloud services delivery platform. We got in touch with its COO (Chief Operating Officer) Sabarinathan Sampath, who told us about the product in detail, and how it is helping businesses globally to automate their products/services delivery.

CloudFest had some out-of-the-box sessions by Technology Futurist – Ian Khan, who is a strong advocator of technologies like cloud, AI and blockchain. He said, “If business success can be attributed to one thing, it is trust,” and that should be the base when companies interact with new systems.

Alexander Schulz, Slackline World Record Holder, motivated the attendees by sharing his own experience of becoming a slackline record holder. He said that stepping out of the comfort zone is one of the important steps towards achieving success in personal as well as professional front.

CloudFest, overall, was an event that celebrated cloud every day and through every session. We are very excited for the next edition of CloudFest.

Meanwhile, you can have a look at the short video on CloudFest:


Secura Partners with HyTrust to Offer Robust Virtual Machine Level Data Encryption as a Service

Secura is delighted to announce a partnership with workload security specialist HyTrust, to offer HyTrust DataControl virtual machine level encryption to customers as a service, on flexible, monthly terms.

Fully managed by Secura, HyTrust DataControl can be delivered as either a stand-alone solution or as part of Secura’s comprehensive Web Protect online security suite.

Many data encryption technologies will only encrypt on a platform level, or premium license editions of software would need to be purchased to access encryption, making them expensive options to implement, with lengthy minimum contract terms.

DataControl allows encryption at rest to be applied on a per virtual machine basis, so only those specific parts of a platform that hold sensitive or regulated data need to be encrypted, making it incredibly cost-effective for businesses to implement and protect their data.

DataControl also works with very little of the performance impact that is traditionally associated with data encryption. It offloads AES encryption operations to the AES-NI extensions integrated into the Intel Xeon CPUs in Secura’s hypervisor hosts, minimising the overhead of encryption operations on platform performance.

Secura CEO, Oliver Beaton, commented, “With the introduction of GDPR legislation looming, encryption of sensitive data is a very sensible security measure to introduce and has become a priority for many of our customers, who are looking to safeguard their business data. Our managed DataControl solution makes it simple for companies of any size to access data encryption in a cost-effective way that does not require significant upfront investment or long-term commitment.”

Secura CTO, Dan Nichols, commented, “We’re delighted to have partnered with HyTrust to offer DataControl encryption to our customers. It’s an incredibly effective, flexible technology that delivers robust, PCI compliant data encryption with a granularity that makes it tremendously accessible.”

HyTrust, Director, Cloud Service Provider Business, EMEA, Stuart Simmons, commented, “We are proud to welcome Secura into our Trusted Cloud Partner Program. The combination of Secura’s highly skilled team and the HyTrust DataControl product means customers can have a high degree of confidence in Secura’s secure cloud services. With the increase in data breaches and numerous compliance and regulatory frameworks customers can adopt Secura’s secure cloud services with confidence.”

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RackNap Now Available On Microsoft Azure Marketplace

RackNap – the cloud services delivery and business process automation platform – today announced the availability of its RackNap application in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With this, now, Microsoft partners can easily install the application in their Azure Subscription with a few clicks and deliver Microsoft cloud services including Microsoft Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365.

As a service delivery platform, RackNap is a right-fit for Cloud Solution Providers (CSP), Managed Service Providers (MSP), Telcos, Datacenters and other subscription-based IT service providers for delivering cloud as well as traditional IT services (e.g. Hosting). It also helps CSPs manage their provisioning, billing, support, inventory, partner and customer lifecycle from a single platform.

We have a strong and long-standing relationship with Microsoft that has spanned a decade now.” said Guruprit AhujaCEO, RackNap. “This is another milestone in our alliance and will fast track the adoption and consumption of Office 365 and Azure services via RackNap. We are able to deliver RackNap’s complete solution via the Azure Marketplace in an easy to consume way on a monthly subscription based licensing model.”

Nicole Herskowitz, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Product Marketing at Microsoft Corp. said that “Solutions like RackNap offers capabilities for partners to simplify billing and provisioning of cloud services like Microsoft Azure or Office 365. This offering supports the adoption of cloud services, brings efficiency with automation and helps our partners to focus on their business.”

The Automation Platform is available in two deployment models – On-premises and Cloud. The listing of the platform in Azure Marketplace makes it easy for Microsoft partners to install the application in the cloud in a matter of minutes. Partners can visit the link or reach out at for more information.

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Netmagic expands its service portfolio with multi-cloud offerings 

Netmagic, the leading data center provider, has added a range of new cloud offerings to its product portfolio, aiming to position itself as a multi-cloud provider.

The number of customers who opt for hybrid IT solutions is rapidly increasing. The customers prefer multi-cloud to avoid vendor lock-in, and to be able to use specific providers for a use case, like Azure for big data. Also, the rapid growth in finance and e-commerce services have increased the demand for cloud and data center hosting services.

Netmagic saw the multi-cloud need of the customers as an opportunity to serve them with all the offerings at one place.

“Clients want a range of cloud services for different products. Some may go for AWS or Azure, some projects require dedicated hosting while others may require captive data centers depending on workload. Instead of approaching different vendors we want them to see us as a one-stop solution,” said Sunil Gupta, Executive director and president, Netmagic.

The company has successfully maintained a constant revenue growth of 34% CAGR for the last four years. Over 75-80% of their revenue included managed and cloud services, while colocation services comprised about 40%.

“Every customer is running Hybrid IT services with parts of their service running on different platforms. We integrate the entire range of solutions to the customer and we help to manage the infrastructure with a cloud management platform developed by our R&D team,” added Gupta.

Netmagic’s growth rate has been accelerating after being acquired by the largest telecommunication communication company of Japan- NTT Comm.

Netmagic is geared for further growth as the Indian IT services are expected to spend up to $3181 million next year on the data center systems, according to a report from Gartner and Netmagic is among the top data center service providers in India, according to 451 Research. The other top data center players in India include ST Telemedia and NxtraData.

“NTT is also very committed towards capacity building in our data centres. Two new data centres will go live in April adding over 0.5 million square feet of data centre space by April next year. Our speed and scale of constructing data centres have increased greatly in the last 5 years,” said Gupta. “While local players like CTRLS and Sify do have a dedicated clientele, a large multinational backing in NTT allows Netmagic a larger capacity to invest and mobilize funds in new projects as markets demand.”

Netmagic is a Tier 1 partner with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in India.  Netmagic’s customers will be able to access these services via its multi-cloud solutions’ portfolio.

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New Opportunities for Services Providers Beyond Infrastructure within Next Two Years

Digital revolution, being powered by Cloud, is leading to disruptive business transformation, with more and more organizations looking for business-centric integrated value -additions for growing and expanding their business, rather than just looking help for maintaining the infrastructure.

As per a study by 451 research on over 1700 respondents spread across 10 geographies, digital transformation is under way, as 41% organizations face significant industry disruption, 54% require significant operations and IT transformation and 42% plan major digital transformation for the next year.

The business goals of companies, enterprises and SMBs have evolved in the digital economy and the next generation business priorities include accelerated time to market with lower business and technology related risks, lower costs, improved product and service quality and increased revenue.

The organizations are living life in the fast lane with market disrupters like Uber or Airbnb, market makers like iRobot, Twitter or Facebook and under reinvention organizations like GE, capturing 52% of the market share. These organizations are undergoing high business and IT portfolio transformation and will migrate and have approximately 55% digital infrastructure within next 2 years.

In 2017, these organizations have allocated 74% of their hosting/cloud services budget for ‘beyond infrastructure’ hosting services and only 26% for infrastructure hosting services. With managed and security services holding steady; application and hosting services decreasing indicating direct to SaaS trend, professional services are the new ‘beyond infrastructure’ category that accounts for 25% of an organization’s spending.

Thus, organizations are spending more on managed infrastructure and services, where hosting or cloud infrastructure is bundled with at least one managed, security or application service. This changing mix of infrastructure, application and security services has given rise to next generation of managed services, where service providers have a two-year window of opportunity till this ‘beyond infrastructure’ spending gets in the steady state mode.

The professional services that address the needs of digital transformation include legacy systems or SaaS integration services, application modernization, backend or frontend integration, compliance and risk assessment, cloud business strategy, cloud platform training, network consulting for cloud environments, workload placement and cloud orchestration and management.

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