As I am sure you have all heard by now, Microsoft has announced that they will be opening two Azure Data centers in Canada during CY16. If you missed the announcement – you can read the press release here. Since the announcement I have seen a few emails circulating, some from customers – some internal, but all asking what does this mean for us and our customers?

What does this mean? It means it is time to celebrate!

  • For our Canadian customers this means that those who are looking for a hyper-scale, public cloud option will no longer have to sacrifice their concerns around data sovereignty.
  • For Long View this announcement further validates our Hybrid cloud strategy and now we have another option to match the right workload to the right cloud model.

When we explain how we approach Hybrid Cloud today, my short explanation is generally something like this… There are 5 basic steps we want to take when understanding how your organization can benefit from a Hybrid Cloud strategy:

  1. Ownership – Take a look at what you own today, and then make sure it is optimized and that you are getting the maximum value from your existing investments.
  2. Private Cloud – Understand how you can leverage the customizable OnDemand hosted, private cloud portfolio.
  3. Microsoft Azure – Determine opportunities in which you can benefit from the global scale of Microsoft Azure.
  4. Management – Adopt the necessary tools and platforms for management and orchestration across clouds.
  5. Consumption Model – And whether you do this last step first or last depends on a few things – however, you need to look at the business and technical requirements of your workloads and evaluate the consumption models against those needs.

For most organizations you aren’t going to be all or nothing – you are going to have a blended approach – this is Hybrid Cloud.

So wait, you thought that we were talking about Microsoft Azure / Canadian data centers- right? We are! My point is that this approach remains the same, but for our Canadian customers who have data sovereignty concerns, Azure and other hyper-scale providers haven’t been an option – now they are! With the explosive growth of Office 365 and Azure, as a Microsoft Partner and CSP, we are excited to be able to help our Canadian customers take advantage of these Microsoft solutions.

If you have more questions or want to understand how you can think about the workloads that would run best on Azure, give us a call. We have a number of assessments and cloud readiness tools we can use to help you feel confident in your decision to move workloads and to embrace a hybrid cloud approach. Remember, just like all workloads are different – not every cloud is the same, it is important to understand the differences when you start to play matchmaker.