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AHEAD’s 6 Biggest IT Bets In 2021 Include AWS, Cisco, VMware

Mark Haranas

From Cisco and VMware to cloud services and PCs, here are AHEAD President Stephen Ayoub’s biggest technology bets and investments for 2021.

Doubling Down On AWS, Azure and Cloud Services

The COVID-19 global pandemic caused a surge in cloud services demand for AHEAD last year. AHEAD, who is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and a Gold Microsoft Azur partner, is betting big on the two public cloud titans in 2021.

“We see customers asking us on a daily basis to help define and implement a cloud strategy. We’ve gained growth in both our AWS and Azure business. For 2020, we had a substantial increase in alignment with both of those vendors as well as our customers implementing new solutions or new applications in the cloud,” Ayoub said.

Doubling down on cloud migration services sales and workload optimization is a big investment this year for AHEAD.

“Cloud migration services is probably our largest services play,” he said. “But it’s also understanding and mapping the customers’ current environment to determine where the low hanging fruit is for the quickest ROI and the benefits of moving a certain workload to the cloud. Also, we’re focusing on looking at dependencies of different applications for customers to make moving to the cloud a reality for them.”

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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