Written April 17, 2018 by
Jim Hawk

Have you decided that integrating colocation and/or cloud in your daily business operations might make sense, but are intimidated by the first step?

  • Do you have difficulty getting to the planning stages of colocation or cloud migration?
  • Do you feel as though taking advantage of cloud means a long, unpleasant and expensive process?
  • Are you struggling with moving some or all of your data somewhere else?
  • Would help making a deliberate and educated decision (including a process map, that supports your decision), be helpful?

You’re not alone. Let’s walk through the talk:

I like the flexibility and security of having data offsite. So, what is the difference between colocation and cloud?
The term ‘colocation’ refers to the physical location in which cloud data is stored, usually referred to as a “Data Center.” More specifically, colocation refers to the Internet service providers (ISPs) or Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) that maintain the “floor space, electrical power and high-speed links to the Internet for a customer’s Web servers,” according to the PC Magazine Encyclopedia. This also includes optional on site resources to help if your equipment needs it. The ‘cloud’ is in reference to the computing model in which data is stored on servers in one or more locations, and accessible via the internet or other forms of remote access.

Jim Hawk – COO of UCX

Why should you “migrate?”
As businesses grow, and become more sizeable in scale, the accessibility of data from a wide array of places is becoming a necessity. Not only does your data need to be accessible, it needs to be protected. Let’s say you have one file server on the premises of your business, the benefits being potentially far more available storage, and the added sense of security of having the server “right where you can see it.” In spite of these bonuses, in application, this file server will require constant maintenance, and various other IT support. And, in the event of damage to the server, such as a fire, or even a natural disaster, it comes with the potential loss of incredible amounts of data. Conversely, storing data on the cloud, when done correctly, means that your data is stored redundantly in multiple locations, and secured and maintained by your service provider, or CSP. Just about any eventuality is covered, meaning your data is accessible to you, inaccessible to others, and protected in the long run from disasters.

Will you lose control of your data?
Believing that your data is more secure because you can see it on premises in the form of a server is a comforting myth. In reality, data, no matter how it is stored, requires cyber security measures for protection from thieves. Arguably, cloud storage can be even more secure than an on-site server, because your CSP is tasked with protecting your data, and has the resources at their fingertips to do so at a scale supported by a multiplicity of customers. Ultimately, the type of data you have will drive the bus on what levels of security you deploy.

Who can you turn to for direction?
We can hear you now: “I get it, I get it. Cloud is a good thing, but where do I start?” The best place to start is to find your guide, a partner, if you will, who can help you to define the goals of your migration in the context of the business, and what you need based on several specifications. The right partner can also provide a one-stop-shop experience to define what kind of cloud storage you need,and which CSP is the best for your cloud needs. The right partner will have the tools that are essential to help you save time and money, and to find the best fit for your business. They can also provide you with a document that illustrates and supports why you made the decision.

About UCX:
UCX helps organizations to economically simplify and shorten the process of buying, selling and managing cloud compute resources. For more information, contact us here. See a case study on how UCX can help you here, and see the UCXMarket platform here.

Written July 27, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

As a former board member of the CME Group, there were few things which were painfully apparent; The IT budget becomes a ‘black hole’ for capital and resources if not managed properly.  And more important, advances in technology creates opportunity for efficiency and increased Operating Margins.

Case in point would be the procurement of compute resources by enterprise organizations today.  In many ways, it resembles a monopoly for pricing.  The decision makers in the ‘C’ level suites, too often, are at the mercy of lower level technologists who have built virtual ‘moats’ around their job titles. How can one manage risk when they don’t understand technology on which they are becoming more and more dependent?

For those old enough to remember, the procurement of cloud services is much like that of the airline industry 30 years ago.  There were only a few carriers which allowed for a noncompetitive atmosphere. Competition changed all that.  The result was a cost savings for the end users with nothing else compromised.  Now a low-cost airline competes directly with the big boys and usually does a better job.

The reality is that cloud services are different than the airline industry.  There are issues dealing with security, and confidentiality which change the dynamic of the industry and leave board members up at night worrying.  But as technology leads us to easy migration of workflows, it becomes self-evident that the cloud is a true commodity.  If one were to walk into a datacenter it is surprising to learn that most all CSP’s use the same equipment.  Same mother boards, same cabinets, same security.  Yes, the cloud is a commodity. And as such it should be treated as one on the balance sheets and in the decision-making process of every enterprise organization. Think of it this way, when you turn on your lights at home do you care where the electricity came from?  Certainly not.  All that matters is that the lights simply go on.  Compute resources are no different.

It’s time for those who are decision makers to understand a simple fact; IT spending will not decrease over time, in fact for an enterprise to survive it will only go higher.  It is now imperative to understand and manage the fastest growing line item in the budget.

Growth can be painful but not managing risk can be deadly!

Written June 15, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

FED day and Jack explains the nuances around the decision. More important is the continued flattening of the yield curve and the implications it has for a slowdown.


Written June 12, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

Jack explains the two things which will drive trading this week. The central-bank-a-thon taking place in which we see every major central bank meeting to discuss policy, and the quadruple expiration which is driving volatility, especially in NASDAQ stocks.


Written June 6, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

Jack explains the importance of the June expiration period which is starting this week. Also, the mixed signals between equities and bonds still remains a conundrum for traders.


Written June 1, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

Jack talks about the importance of watching cash flows at the end of the month and start of June. He also points out the continued disconnect between the stock market and the bond market.


Written May 22, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

Jack discusses May expiration, the headline risk coming out of DC which is affecting the market and the divergence between bond yields and stock action.  One market is wrong, which is it?


Written May 18, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

Jack reminds us the price action in both stocks and bonds is being determined by the political discourse coming out of DC.


Written May 15, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

It seems al the price action in both stocks and bonds is being affected by the lack of inflation.  Jack talks about narrowing spread between PPI and CPI which could contract operating margins for manufacturers.



Written May 10, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

As equity markets make new all time highs the real question is, “Where is the volatility?”.  Jack explains that the low VIX may be a prelude to larger violent moves in the future.