Datapipe, a leader in secure managed hosting and cloud solutions for the enterprise and government, is one of the few providers that has truly integrated its own hosting and cloud IaaS capabilities with those of a large-scale third-party cloud provider — Amazon Web Services (AWS) — and has now expanded that capability to encompass Microsoft Azure as well.
Through its footprint of capacity in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, Datapipe is one of a handful of providers that has a global presence that can help meet the needs of multinational clients.
With its Asia facilities in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore — it is one of the few U.S.-based providers that has an operational footprint in mainland China.
The company has broadened its platform and client base over the past year through the acquisition of two other service providers — Layered Tech and GoGrid — which will bring new service capabilities to customers and help the company target public-sector opportunities.
Partnership with AWS as one of the inaugural Premium Consulting Partner and one of four AWS Centers of Excellence allows Datapipe to work alongside AWS in roadmap and innovation development to ensure a stronger understanding and ability of to manage AWS.
To learn more about the company, DSA posted several questions to Datapipe’s head of marketing Asia Pacific Jason Singh recently.
DataStorageAsean: Datapipe talks about Hybrid IT, this term does not always mean the same to everyone that uses it. What do Datapipe mean when talking about Hybrid IT?
Jason Singh: Many see hybrid as simply a combination of private cloud and public cloud services. While not incorrect, this view overlooks a key component of hybrid deployments: community cloud. According to Gartner, community cloud occupies a position in between private and public offerings. In a public cloud solution, services are shared between an unlimited number of non-isolated users. In a private cloud deployment, users are fully isolated from one another. A community offering splits the difference by limiting the number of users and isolating them by group. A hybrid IT deployment can and often will feature a combination of all three of these cloud computing types.
DataStorageAsean: Datapipe have data centres across the globe, does this ever raise questions of data sovereignty with your customers?
Jason Singh: Having coverage across a number of regions and availability zones directly addresses issues around data sovereignty rather then question it. Data sovereignty relates to the laws by which data and information is subject to based on the country in which it resides. By having access and choice to 23 data centers world wide, Datapipe customers are given choice when it comes to where their data resides. This may be to comply to industry, governmental or company regulations.
DataStorageAsean: How Does Datapipe contribute to business transformation?
Jason Singh: Datapipe’s deep understanding of the level of innovation cloud deployments can bring to an organization helps companies transform their business. Transformation projects are often long term, complex programs which redefine how an organization operates and goes to market. IT has a key role in this transformation as it is often a key enabler in allowing the business to operate the way it wants. Datapipe have a market leading understanding of how public cloud and private cloud deployments can be optimized to meet business goals. It is this understanding and expertise that assists a business in transforming.
DataStorageAsean: Analytics is driving IT and Business together. Can you share some details about Datapipe's analytics offerings?
Jason Singh: Datapipe analytics methodology involves both automated services using best in class automation and orchestration tools as well as a deep dive into existing infrastructure with established Datapipe cloud experts. It further includes:
· Establish the insight into highly elastic cloud operations via advanced data mining and analytics:
· Optimise cloud budgeting with confidence, and optimise Reserved Instances across multiple accounts
· Push-button 24x7 response on critical security and utilisation insights
· Custom reporting for Individual Business Unit Dashboards and reports for the CEO, CTO, CFO, and development teams to get the most out of AWS
Some Use Cases include:
· Performed an assessment of currently deployed AWS environments supporting enterprise applications and identified opportunities to optimise spend through the purchase of reserved instances.
· Leveraged analytics and insights to assess an enterprise client’s total use of AWS services which were dispersed across a number of departments and users. Assisted in establishing a baseline for governance and optimisation.
· Established a real-time alert system to notify cloud administrators of access, utilisation, and security issues with best practice approaches to remediation and ongoing management.