With a relationship with VMware that began shortly after the company\u2019s inception, it\u2019s no surprise that Atomic Data has a rapidly growing cloud services business. We recently connected with Atomic Data\u2019s Marketing Communications Manager Scott Evangelist and Systems Architect Tim Grosshuesch to learn more about the company\u2019s growth, what\u2019s driving clients to the cloud, and why the private cloud is of crucial importance in an increasingly multi-cloud world.\n\u201cAtomic Data\u2019s roots are deep with data center technology,\u201d says Evangelist, a nine-year veteran of the company. \u201cWe started by renting space in shared colocation racks and since 2001 progressively added more than 200 products and services \u2013 all while providing on-demand access to a wide range of expert engineers at a fraction of the cost clients would pay to keep those same experts on staff. We\u2019re unlike large Infrastructure-as-a-Service vendors who offer only limited and slow-moving support or smaller IT service providers who can\u2019t offer the same depth of services or access to highly skilled personnel.\u201d\nToday Atomic Data operates five high-performance data centers. The Atomic Cloud\u00ae, its private cloud solution that enables clients to maintain compliance and peace of mind, is based on VMware vCloud technology.\n\u201cHoused in our SOC 3 attested data centers, our cloud solution is highly secure, highly available, and particularly well suited for those with the highest security and compliance needs,\u201d Evangelist continues. \u201cAnd we can deploy it in conjunction with the public or hybrid cloud implementations we conduct on behalf of our customers. We\u2019ve also built in even more flexibility and included a self-service portal that enables clients to use the same VMware toolset they\u2019re comfortable with.\u201d\nThe Atomic Cloud is also offered as a fully managed VMware Cloud Verified service. Enterprises can elect for the company\u2019s engineers to take care of everything, from migration to data protection, 24 x 7 x 365. \nAtomic Data provides customers not only with the unique IT solutions they need to thrive, but also with the guidance needed to make the right decisions tomorrow. Its proprietary Orange Book, an audit and assessment service, is based on interviews, system scans, network mapping, and expert analysis.\n\u201cThe Orange Book provides an overview of an enterprise\u2019s IT infrastructure and offers a roadmap of the where the business currently is and where it wants to end up,\u201d Grosshuesch explains. \u201cMost importantly, it serves as a critical jumping-off point for prioritizing projects and identifying pain points. For many organizations it\u2019s a particularly valuable asset for formulating IT and cloud strategy.\u201d\nEmbracing the Cloud\nAtomic Data\u2019s cloud business is almost as diverse as its client base, which includes more than 600 companies. Its engineers work with organizations throughout their cloud journey, starting with assessment, followed by initial migrations, and ultimately progressing to multi-cloud deployments that involve everything from complete security-as-a-service solutions to the development of cloud-native applications. Still others work with Atomic Data to bridge the gap between legacy systems and the cloud.\n\u201cNow more than ever we\u2019re having conversations about how to modernize legacy systems,\u201d says Grosshuesch. \u201cFor example, one of our retail customers is using our cloud as they transition and modernize their ERP system. Because they must maintain warranty information in their older system for several more years, they need to keep it operational. With our cloud, they can turn it on as needed and are only billed for the hours it is running rather than having to maintain the entire system and associated hardware enterprise-wide.\u201d\nGrosshuesch notes that Atomic Data prides itself on offering \u201cwhite glove services\u201d that its clients can\u2019t get from the largest cloud providers, including remote service desk support, an always in-operation network operations center, on-site services, and access to experts in many disciplines, including professional services and architecture, software development, automation, patch management, and many others. \n\u201cThese wrap-around services enable Atomic Data to serve as the single vendor for clients, consider the end-to-end IT picture when mapping out cloud strategy, and offer a level of support and issue ownership that is unrivaled in our market,\u201d he says. \u201cInstead of simply coming in and selling a cloud solution, we\u2019re able to evaluate the customer\u2019s business and digital transformation goals, understand why these clouds exist or will exist and for whom, determine how their usage impacts IT budgeting, provide mentoring and migration services for legacy systems, deploy monitoring for the entire stack, and map out a holistic future-state system architecture that enables business growth.\u201d \nLearn more about Atomic Data and its partnership with VMware here.