With a history of providing leading organizations with the IT expertise they need to excel for more than four decades, it should come as no surprise that Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) is on the leading edge providing the cloud solutions and services enterprises need to be flexible and fast.\nSungard AS is a leading provider of cloud connected infrastructure solutions serving enterprise customers from 75 hardened data centers and workplace recovery facilities in nine countries.\nWe recently caught up with Jim Paterson, executive vice president of global product and technology at Sungard AS, to learn what he sees in the rapidly evolving cloud landscape. We also wanted to learn how the company\u2019s disaster recovery pedigree influences its work in the cloud, what he sees as the driving force behind Sungard AS\u2019 dramatic growth, and where he sees the greatest opportunities for enterprises to harness the capabilities of the cloud today.\n\u201cSungard AS draws on more than 40 years of experience across a broad range of IT landscapes to align the right workloads with the right infrastructures \u2013 whether that\u2019s hybrid cloud, legacy systems, or something in between,\u201d says Paterson. \u201cEvery customer\u2019s needs and situation are different. We pride ourselves on our ability to partner with them to deliver positive business outcomes at any stage in their digital transformation journey.\u201d\nPaterson notes that while every customer may be at a different point in their journey, a strong foundation begins with a solid plan.\n\u201cWe enable our customers to manage uncertainty with a solid plan that puts the right strategies and solutions in place needed to deploy high-performance, secure solutions that align with all of the ways they do business,\u201d he adds. \u201cWe constantly drive innovation and agility. Today, that typically means pairing advanced digital technologies with next-generation managed services across scalable, multi-cloud, and hybrid IT infrastructure solutions.\u201d\nThe company\u2019s customers include organizations in just about every sector of the economy including communications, financial services, healthcare, insurance, retail, and utilities.\n\u201cWe are the people who make resilient IT a reality so our customers can focus on what\u2019s important to them, whether that means delivering packages or patient care, managing finances or the fleet, capturing sales, or streamlining processes on the factory floor,\u201d notes Paterson. \u201cSungard AS Cloud Services enable customers to seamlessly connect their private infrastructure to their public or private resources with a fully redundant network that gives the privacy, reliability, and control one might expect from a hybrid cloud architecture.\u201d\nHe points out that the Sungard AS Private Cloud, built on hyper-converged technology from VMware and hardware from Dell Technologies, delivers the resiliency, control, and commercial flexibility businesses seek.\n\u201cIt is built to scale with customers at the pace they need to grow, with flexible minimum commitments that they control, as well as on-demand scalability,\u201d he adds. \u201cWe also offer software-defined networking to connect remote data centers and customer premises, as well as a common toolset to manage resources in either Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure that enables cross-platform deployments with ease.\u201d\nNotably, the Sungard AS Private Cloud is VMware Cloud Verified. Paterson stresses that it\u2019s an important validation.\n\u201cWith the VMware Cloud Verified designation we can assure customers that they can move to the cloud with confidence knowing that Sungard AS meets or exceeds VMware\u2019s rigorous standards for offering VMware cloud technology,\u201d he says. \u201cVMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for both traditional and containerized enterprise applications, giving them the confidence that the service is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies.\u201d\nA Disaster Recovery Heritage \n\u201cOur more than 40 years of disaster recovery experience and our highly advanced approach prepares companies for disruptive or disastrous events,\u201d says Paterson. \u201cThis is made possible by spanning the people, processes, and technologies involved in delivering a fully recoverable production environment \u2013 something the full array of managed services we provide supports. If disaster happens, our Cloud & IT Infrastructure Recovery Service can connect a customer\u2019s data to their backup infrastructure, and help them recover their network and applications, whether for cloud-based or physical IT infrastructures \u2013 enabling them to quickly regain business continuity.\u201d\nPaterson stresses that while the cloud has radically improved disaster recovery and backup protocols, its full potential is even greater.\n\u201cWe believe the biggest opportunities to harness the cloud arise from its commercial flexibility, zero commitment, and no vendor lock in,\u201d he says. \u201cAnother great opportunity with cloud is the ability to take advantage of workload mobility. Workload mobility means supporting a hybrid environment, and it is a critical feature since it provides the flexibility to run each workload in the most optimal location.\u201d\nLearn more about Sungard AS and its partnership with VMware here.