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With several Managed Cloud Providers in the market, it becomes cumbersome for organizations to choose a suitable option that can provide quality service on time and within budget. Of all the challenges, building a co-operative approach with a partner to simplify business issues is one that keeps CIOs up at night. Streamlining the methods involved in cloud migration while amplifying their clients’ productivity is a provider named ServerCentral. In a recent interview with the CEO and Co-Founder of ServerCentral, Jordan Lowe, we discuss how their managed solutions advance companies.
Evolution of the Company
ServerCentral started in 2000, and over the years, we have expanded our solutions based upon our customers’ needs. We began with hosting websites, which led to additional services requests from our customers. Soon we were providing managed infrastructure, retail colocation, and operating our own network. Engaging with customers irrespective of their position in the technology space is a specialty of ServerCentral. During 2006-2010, our company adopted virtualization and cloud services by building private clouds and multi-tenant enterprise cloud platforms that provide customers with capabilities that weren’t available in-house. With the rapid growth the cloud we invested heavily in our migration services and business consulting to help companies make their transition to the cloud. We also introduced a unique capability we call investment flexibility for our clients. This gives decision makers the flexibility to transition their IT investment and service delivery over time. As their needs change, they can simply shift their investment from one capability to the other, from colocation to cloud, for example.
A Broad Product Portfolio for a Simplified Workflow
An important area of focus for ServerCentral is connectivity-centric colocation. Customers can leverage our data centers and depth of experience in this area to seamlessly support their transition to the cloud.
Our proven cloud migration practice is critical as that’s a pain point a customer won’t discover until they’re in the middle of it
From core network services such as IP transit, IP transport, and private networking to private cloud and managed public cloud, the full continuum of services exists to serve as the foundation of our customers’ success. This is why Investment Flexibility is so important. The network is critical, so we begin with it at the foundation. Everything builds from connections to customers and we architect, deploy and manage the infrastructure based on each client’s specifications. They see monthly bills and don’t have to hire anyone and can shift this investment whenever their business needs it.
In 2017, we made a strategic investment in Turing Group, one of the few companies on the planet that is an AWS Managed Services Partner, an AWS Consulting Partner and an AWS Public Sector Partner. Turing Group offers a suite of fully managed AWS services that begin with cloud strategy and extend to custom software development. Our proven cloud migration practice is critical as that’s a pain point a customer won’t discover until they’re in the middle of it—whether it’s a transition to private cloud, enterprise cloud or Managed AWS.
Maximized Efficiency with Hybrid Cloud
We have companies come to us regularly with an ERP system or other application they want to upgrade, except the upgrade required an upgrade of their entire environment. Companies used to invest in the physical infrastructure they needed to assistance in this upgrade. Not anymore. Today we leverage our colocation service and managed cloud capabilities as transition points to help them begin their transition to the cloud. This simple hybrid capability enables our customers to work at their own pace—whether that’s fast (this year) less fast (the next few years). This process is extremely cost-effective for our clients. We deliver them higher SLAs, more performant infrastructure and allow their staff to focus on the larger issues associated with running their business.
The Goal of ServerCentral for the Upcoming Years
There remains a strong market for retail colocation—the nature of the service is just changing. We continue to add smarter and smarter remote hand services that are customized to the customers’ unique needs as this is the inflection point of a company’s cloud migration. We’re going to continue offering retail colocation with robust network connectivity to public and private clouds including the largest backbone providers because connectivity is and will remain of the utmost importance. Our customers will continue to have the confidence to connect to any cloud technology they want anywhere in the world. We will continue to expand our managed cloud capabilities so that our customers’ IT staff can focus on more business-value-oriented tasks. We see a future where managed cloud services will play a significant role for organizations and for Managed Service Providers like ServerCentral. Companies will continue to aggressively migrate to private and public cloud solutions. As the complexity and sophistication of the cloud continues to increase, the importance of a true partner to help organizations capitalize on it will increase, too.