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What is a Hybrid Cloud Solution Center?

As cloud technology and its users’ needs continue to evolve, hybrid cloud environments have become increasingly top of mind and important as enterprises look at optimal ways to leverage cloud technology. And while no two definitions of hybrid cloud are alike, one thing is certain: the move to cloud isn’t a matter of if, but when.

The definition of hybrid cloud means different things to different people. It can describe many deployment scenarios: an on-premise environment with connections to public cloud is probably the most common today, but there are many emerging variations. Despite its murky definition, hybrid cloud deployments are growing. In fact, Gartner Group recently reported that 90% of enterprises will operate some form on hybrid cloud by 2020.

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Guide to Assessing Your Move to the Cloud

Nearly every business already uses cloud computing in some sense (Gmail, Google Docs, online storage services, etc.). Moving critical business applications to the cloud, however, is another matter. In this Guide, we’ll help you assess your move to the cloud, provide some key definitions, and offer suggestions that will help you know where to start, and what it makes sense to focus on right out of the gate.

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HIPAA Compliant Private Clouds

As more and more healthcare businesses evaluate cloud-based technologies to solve their IT problems, many have come to realize that the promise of inexpensive, flexible, and scalable computing solutions often obscures the traditional boundaries used to secure sensitive information. With evolving cybersecurity threats and a changing legal landscape surrounding the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive healthcare data, many businesses are left wondering whether the cloud is even a safe option.

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How to Deploy a Secure Compliant Cloud for Healthcare

Cloud services offer clear benefits—performance, cost savings, and scalability to name a few—so it’s no wonder healthcare organizations are eager to take advantage of all that the cloud has to offer. Unfortunately, vulnerabilities are often introduced to your network when you adopt new technology. Cloud computing is a prime example, as the implementation process brings security and compliance concerns.

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Redefining Your Network Strategy

It seems you can’t be in IT these days without discussing cloud strategy. For many organizations, this is an imprecise conversation at best. If you are in the early-adopter class, this not only means evaluating several tactical best practices to test, but also a need to quickly evolve your approach based on initial lessons learned. One of the fundamental realities of IT is that we work to provide our customers with a good, if not great, user experience with little to no feedback when things go well. It is due to this that the question of “cloud strategy” is one with high stakes for both IT professionals and the user experience that we are entrusted to protect.

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Case Studies

As Bulldog prepared to launch their proprietary online software aimed at assisting enterprise clients in marketing planning & measurement, the company required a more robust IT infrastructure solution. They needed a data center company that could not only support the flexibility and scalability needs of the software, but could also meet their security requirements for handling sensitive client information.

As a manufacturer, Kemin Industries required minimal downtime (less than an hour). This exceeds traditional hot/cold disaster recovery restoration scenarios. To add complexity, they also had a heterogeneous technology environment consisting of Microsoft servers and IBM AS/400s. LightEdge’s IBM-certified Power Team implemented & manages an enterprise recovery solution for Kemin Industries today.

In 2008, KaleidaCare turned to LightEdge to provide compliant colocation services for a portion of their IT environment. However, as KaleidaCare’s customer base grew, so did the demands on their infrastructure. KaleidaCare was quickly amassing a large customer base each with their own database of client information, patient medical records, and billing information. After determining that an additional investment to add physical servers to their existing environment was costprohibitive, KaleidaCare approached LightEdge again in early 2013. They decided to enhance their IT footprint through LightEdge’s high security, private cloud and cloud-delivered services. This included a network of storage devices that would enable the company to scale easily as it continued to grow.

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