Driving Business Solutions With Stratosphere

Solutions With Stratosphere

Mike Phetteplace is the newest team member at NextNet Partners. He is one of the company’s RSGs “Really Smart Guys”. Mike is a Consulting Solutions Architect in the data center and cloud practice. A passionate information security and Information technology professional with an impressive 25-year history of developing highly effective and efficient information security and information technology teams, Mike has worked in organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies such as Bank of America and Konica Minolta Business solutions. He’s worked on both the client and partner sides during his extensive career. Today Phil and Mike discuss Driving Business Solutions With Stratosphere.

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On what Mike hears from clients out in the field regarding Cloud:

“Well, it’s certainly at the top of everybody’s mind, but I think the opinion on how to approach it varies. You could ask 10 people in any room and get 10 different answers of what the right solutions are.” “It’s really blurred, I think, the concept of the data center and folks are still trying to adjust to that.”

On what Mike and his team at NextNet Partners do to provide optimized cloud, hybrid, and onsite infrastructure services to their clients:

“We’re really developing a strategy around looking first and foremost at the business outcomes, the business requirements, and bringing various solutions to better solve those problems rather than just pushing cloud for the sake of pushing cloud or pushing a data center.”

On how they plan on implementing NextNet Partners’ strategy when they are out in the field:

“We’re really developing a strategy around looking first and foremost at the business outcomes, the business requirements, and bringing various solutions to better solve those problems rather than just pushing cloud for the sake of pushing cloud or pushing a data center.”

On if Mike thinks business issues should be a client’s top priority:

“Using the cloud rather than a be-all, end-all panacea that some people believe it to be, actually to bring it… It’s just another tool. It might be the right solution for one need, but not for another. Finding, I think, the most clients currently are falling really into a hybrid model where they have some traditional on-premise systems, some public cloud, and some private cloud.

Once we have identified the business outcome or requirement and where we’re trying to go, what we do is evaluate the various solutions, whether it be cloud or on-premise private data center, hosted data center, and do an analysis, really a cost-benefit analysis, an ROI, of what the best solution really will be.”

On helping clients beyond offering technical solutions:

“Making a business decision, a right decision, rather than just a technology decision. We want to really helping our clients. Now that we’ve got this blurred data center that really spans… The boundaries don’t exist, the traditional boundaries anymore the way we used to know them. But really helping clients optimize those data centers now that are very spread out, optimize them, secure them, make sure they drive the most value out of them, and really get the best bang for their buck, and protect their infrastructure at the same time.”

On some misconceptions the average client may have regarding the cloud:

“Some folks think that if you put it in the cloud, it becomes AWS’s or Microsoft’s or Google’s problem, and really you don’t eliminate the risk at all. You still need to secure that environment, protect the data you’ve been entrusted with, and really helping our clients with that is gonna be a challenge for the next year or two.”

On how the concept of the traditional data center is changing:

“Well now, where we used to have our assets in our server room down the hall or in our data center. Now we can have assets at branches, in the data center, at a co-located data center.

It really increases the complexity of the management requirements. We’re seeing a lot of solutions evolving that are helping organizations manage that diverse infrastructure in a single pane of glass, or at least, a reduced pane of glass.”

On the shifting focus of the data center from hardware to applications:

“If you look over the last decade or two, the operational IT folks have always been focused on the machine or the connection, the switch, the router, the server, the storage. And now, the focus is really shifting to be, to returning to a more application-centric view of what we have going on and managing the application rather than the components that make up that application.”

On interconnectivity between different applications:

“I keep coming back to security but there’s been a real focus in the next year or two on micro-segmentation. Once we know how an application should behave and interoperate with other applications and the network and the protocols we’re gonna use, the normal application flows, we can identify those. We can actually use what’s called whitelisting so that we allow these flows only and anything else is anomalous and needs to be investigated. And tools like Tetration and ACI are really helping automate that whole process.”

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