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.


A Complete Guide to Edge Computing

Colocation as a concept hasn’t changed much over the years, but how companies choose to utilize it certainly has. Edge computing is an emerging trend that 91% of executives claimed their organization plans to leverage in an IBM study. Given the rise of IoT networks and more demanding application needs, edge computing is now at the forefront of tech conversations and will grow in adoption over the next several years.

Protecting Your Business From DDoS Attacks

Between the amount of organizations relying on always-on uptime for their mission-critical workloads and the rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to make everyday tools as seamless as possible, it should be no surprise that Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) are on the rise. In this whitepaper, we will examine the many forms DDoS attacks can take, the culprits behind them, and the organizations most at risk.

How IT Network Solutions Evolved for Cloud Connectivity

Despite being easily overlooked, any digital system is not possible without a functional network. Whether it is within the internal subsystems of servers or virtual networking within or between cloud environments, IT availability and speed are entirely dependent on a robust network. Our Whitepaper is designed to help you better assess your networking options by taking a look at the different ways businesses have built networks in the past and how networking has evolved to support doing business in a cloud-centric world.

The State of the Cloud

Call it private cloud or hybrid cloud, businesses are finding they need to disrupt traditional IT. Going along with “business as usual” simply will not cut it in the coming years. A mature and cost-effective commercial data center market coupled with increasingly faster and cheaper connectivity has allowed companies to rethink where they place their IT assets, even if they are not using public cloud. Download this whitepaper to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Case Studies

Explosive growth in online learning during COVID-19 required Renzulli Learning to make major IT infrastructure changes in very little time.

By working hand-in-hand with LightEdge, they quickly developed a solution for enhancing their infrastructure to support unpredictable, scalable user growth securely together in a matter of weeks.

The project was such a success that they not only won The Houston ISD’s business, but were able to develop a brand-new product functionality supported by LightEdge infrastructure that is a now a key reason schools worldwide are purchasing their system.

Plumb Supply needed a seamless method for spinning up a second IBM i in case a disaster would ever be declared. After assessing their current and future needs, they were down to two potential providers–LightEdge and another.

After partnering with LightEdge, Plumb Supply was able to verify the proof of concept, test their backups, update critical documentation, and verify RTO goals. They gained added peace of mind after fully integrating their IBM i backup solution at their secondary site with LightEdge, as well.

With recent changes in company ownership, Jostens was looking for a solution to help extract their data from Newell Brands’ data center facility. Jostens has been a household name for many years, and the company needed a provider that could keep up with their historic success.

They were looking for a company that was well-known and trusted by others. That is when they found LightEdge. Platinum Equity had recommended LightEdge as a dependable provider and our Power Cloud offering as a reliable solution for guaranteed success.

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.

Fleetworthy’s outdated AS/400 server running onsite in Madison, WI was progressively showing its age. “After 13 good years, our iSeries 9406 Model 800 developed a bad habit of crashing on Monday,” said Tom Bowe, VP of Products and Technology at Fleetworthy Solutions.

Fleetworthy’s prospering business needed a reliable computing solution that could keep up with them. They knew their IBM RPG business application needed more memory and horsepower than what they were experiencing at the time. On top of that, the V6R1 Operating System was no longer being supported.