Finding the Right Cloud Cadence

Christian Buckley

Christian is a 7-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized technology evangelist and collaboration expert, and the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Great write up Christian. We’re a datacenter/bandwidth/cloud solutions consultant based here in Seattle, and we’ve found the ‘all or nothing’ approach to the cloud is one of the major things that keeps our clients up at night as well. We usually propose a hybrid solution; traditional colocation with cloud services all on the same Layer 2 network. That way the client is able to keep their bare metal gear such as SANs and beefy database servers while moving applications to the cloud gradually. It’s not for everyone, and frankly most cloud providers don’t offer it, but it seems more and more of our clients end up taking that path. There’s a high level write up on our site at that talks a bit more about the advantages of such a solution.
    Microsoft would probably be wise to offer a hybrid option for their customers as well, but obviously time will tell as to whether they actually do so or not.