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Faction: Solving the Private Cloud Challenges of Data Gravity and Agility

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Working behind the scenes for over a decade, Faction is revolutionizing the way enterprise organizations look at private cloud, particularly as they strive to create a new hybrid IT architecture.

https://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/faction-768x226.png 768w, https://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/faction-1024x301.png 1024w, https://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/faction-260x76.png 260w, https://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/faction-50x15.png 50w, https://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/faction-600x176.png 600w, https://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/faction.png 1068w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />The concepts behind private and hybrid cloud have long been the purported answer to striking the balance enterprise organizations need between security, compliance and data control on the one hand and the need for speed, agility, and elasticity on the other. The problem is that realizing this balance has proven difficult.

Private cloud deployments lack the agility, scalability, and elasticity of their public counterparts — unless an organization is willing to invest in significant excess capacity. At the same time, organizations have been hesitant to put the massive data sets that are their “crown jewels” in the public cloud. The result for most enterprises when it comes to their cloud strategy has been architectural complexity and more promise than possibility.

Faction offers enterprise organizations a solution. They provide dedicated, physical storage, network and compute, which is accessed by their Layer 2 Direct Connect network — meaning that organizations do not need to redesign IP schemas or other network configurations to leverage it. They also, however, provide pooled resources that enable organizations to dynamically burst as necessary — delivering the elasticity of the public cloud.

Finally, the combination of their layer 2 isolation and what they call the Faction Internetwork eXchange (or FIX) enables them to connect your data to your choice of public cloud providers such as AWS or Azure, but using your controlled, central data store — solving the data gravity problem. They are just now beginning to market directly to enterprise IT and are unsurprisingly getting lots of interest.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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