Ever wonder where your digital data goes when it instantly zips off to the cloud?
Well, Venture Technologies can take the cloud to you.
The Ridgeland-based IT solutions provider had its mobile cloud on full display Thursday at its annual Technology Fair at the Country Club of Jackson. Some 24 of Venture’s technology partners participated to display and demonstrate their innovations.
Among the several hundred attendees were representatives of public school systems, colleges, city agencies and others from across the state.
The mobile cloud is a fully functional private cloud that Venture sends to organizations and road shows — and on house calls — so others can see and test the benefits of cloud computing. It incorporates all of the elements needed for full-scale cloud deployment, including servers, storage, networking and desktop virtualization technology.
“If you were building a data center from the ground up, these are all the parts and pieces you would have in a data center,” said Joe Plunk, a technical architure with Venture. “The mobile cloud has enough computing power and storage information to run a small business.”
The cloud is used as a selling tool for firms who are interested in cloud storage at the Venture Technology data center in Jackson, or for firms who are interested buying the components for storage at their own sites. And as Plunk says, it also makes house calls to interested firms or firms who want to compare their current provider with the Venture cloud.
“At the end of the day, it is always about selling,” said Plunk. “Even if they’re looking at it to see if they like the technology, we don’t leave this behind. We want them to buy their own version of this. We want them to say that technology worked for me. I want that in my data center.”
The Venture Tech data center opened in 2001, and later began offering early cloud technology under the term “application service provider.” “ASP was the cloud before the cloud was cool,” said Plunk.
And by all indications, cloud technology is here to say.
“Where is the cloud going?” Plunk said, repeating the question. “Do you post pictures to Facebook or Instagram? If the answer is yes, then you are probably already moving into the cloud — you’re moving stuff off your laptop and out into the network.
“The cloud is going much further than we can see. Visionaries are changing it on a daily basis. The cloud is about adding agility and business velocity to an environment. But now, as a business, I don’t have to worry about where my stuff lives anymore, because my service provider is taking care of things.”
And then there’s the reality of the young, rising work force, or “millenials” as Plunk calls them.
“They’re changing the way businesses deal with traditional architures,” he said. “The 21-year-olds of today know no world with out cell phones, text messages and Facebook. And they expect to be able to operate that way in their personal and business lives.
“We’re getting that influx of millenials into the employment pool who say ‘why can’t you just talk to me?’
“Some of them look at it like: ‘I’m coming to work to for you, can I access my CRM application, my business needs on my phone or pad? No? OK, I’m not going to work for you. I’m going to go work down the street. You can’t let me work the way I want to work.’
“But with cloud technology, you can say: ‘I’m going to give you a virtual desktop that you can acces with you phone or pad, so If you want to work at 1 a.m. from home, you can.’ ”
Venders attending the fair included
APC by Schneider Electric
Check Point Software Technologies
Venture Technologies distributors attending were