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

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

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.

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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 pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.