Case study

Technology solutions leader expands portfolio with private cloud

Ingram Micro, Inc., a technology solutions company based in Irvine, California, helps businesses maximize the value of the technology they make, sell, or use. Operating in 52 countries across six continents, Ingram Micro delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain solutions that enable its customers to operate efficiently and successfully. The company has run a cloud business unit since 2009, and in recent years has noted a shift in end-user consumption preferences whereby organizations require more choices including incorporating private clouds into their multicloud deployments. To fill a gap in its services portfolio, Ingram Micro turned to CenturyLink to deliver the CenturyLink Private Cloud, a single-tenant hosted cloud solution built on VMware Cloud Foundation and HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 servers. The solution answers the call from Ingram Micro customers - managed services providers (MSPs) that in turn sell to end-user organizations - for private cloud solutions bringing greater flexibility, cost savings, efficiency, and security.

Hosted private cloud solution fills gaps in services portfolio

In the world of cloud-first enterprise strategies, public clouds play an ongoing role. Ingram Micro's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) business with public cloud providers grew at 122% in 2018. However, Ingram Micro, in recent years, has seen many organizations start to repatriate their data out of public clouds.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), 80% of respondents to IDC's 2018 Cloud and AI Adoption Survey said that their organizations over the past year had migrated applications or data from public cloud environments to on-premises or private cloud solutions. Respondents also said they plan to move 50% of their public cloud installed applications to either a private cloud or noncloud environment over the next two years.