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The Technology Innovation Centre aims to education IT decision makers on the benefits and challenges of transforming their infrastructure

The Technology Innovation Centre aims to educate IT decision makers on the benefits and challenges of transforming their infrastructure

UK hosting and cloud services provider Phoenix announced the opening of a Technology Innovation Centre this week, which the company said is aimed at providing IT decision makers and C-level executives with the knowledge and the tools to better understand and experience the changing nature of IT infrastructure.

Located in Aston, West Midlands, the centre aims to address the “pain-points” often experienced by mid-market firms when it comes to managing IT infrastructure transformation. As companies look to adopt more cloud-based services pressure is mounting on IT departments to accumulate expertise in new kinds of infrastructures and services.

The centre will seek to educate IT decision makers on these technologies including cloud, virtualisation, dynamic system monitoring and alerting, and homeworking solutions, and demonstrate how these could be implemented in a firm’s existing IT infrastructure.

“The concept behind the Technology Innovation Centre is to provide an immersive environment whereby those organisations looking to make changes can experience first-hand the impact of new IT capabilities and the positive result this can have on their business, through real-life scenarios using replicas of their own applications, data and servers,” the company said.

Asigra, Citrix, HP, NetApp and Microsoft are among other vendors supporting the new centre.

The move comes as some within the IT community voice concern that cloud service providers aren’t doing enough to educate customers on the benefits of moving their IT systems over to cloud-based platforms.

In an interview with Business Cloud News Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated chief information officer Onyeka Nchege explained that vendors could indeed be doing a much better job of illuminating the benefits of moving core, business-critical systems over to the cloud, which includes helping to manage the challenges associated with that.

“How do you get a traditional brick and mortar organisation like ours to truly consider moving business critical, core business services out to the cloud? I think cloud providers can do a much better job in terms of educating, and helping to sell the story,” Nchege said, adding that often the benefits of moving these services are greater than those achieved when migrating smaller less critical services.

Mike Osborne, managing director of Business Continuity services at Phoenix said that in the mid-market, firms are often not on the radar of the big vendors and therefore are left to pick through options without being fully informed.

“At Phoenix this is the concern we are aiming to address with the opening of the Technology Innovation Centre,” Osborne said. “We have the ability to use our huge IT recovery inventory to provide a testing ground for customers to enable them to make decisions that lead to a modern, resilient and scalable IT infrastructure with confidence,” he added.