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Our portfolio of offerings addresses the complexity and the impact of the latest transformative technologies that are widely thought to be the keys to next generation IT, sometimes called The Third Platform or The Third Wave in IT. While transformational technologies are providing the platform for digital business, eventually it’s all about business outcomes and user experience. The IT ecosystem of the future will be distributed, software based, multi-vendor, automated and highly secure and reliable. We at Fast Lane / Directions have identified several key solution areas to achieve these desired business outcomes.
What started with the virtualization of computing resources (servers) to achieve better utilization and flexibility is now the basis for most IT solutions. Now, storage and networking are also being virtualized and therefore the conversation includes the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).
In addition, the growing adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has started the trend toward modernizing the IP infrastructure that runs today’s networks. Being able to virtualize all IT resources and thus being able to deploy resources and applications in a much shorter period of time also requires a different approach to application development and deployment. DevOps promotes a set of processes and methods designed to improve collaboration between development, quality assurance and operations.
Fast Lane / Directions is the training provider of choice when it comes to Virtualization. Being the only company that is authorized by all the major vendors in this space (e.g. Cisco, NetApp, VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, etc.), we have combined the best sales and technical information from these leading companies to create a powerful curriculum to help you sell, implement and support all relevant Data Center and Virtualization technologies.
Based on virtualization technologies, Cloud Computing enables companies to consume compute resources as a utility. It enables convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable (computing) resources that can be provisioned and released with minimal management effort. This enables superior economies of scale compared to traditional IT infrastructures.
Cloud Computing enables “Everything as a Service” - Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service - and allows a major shift in business models from a CapEx to an OpEx based approach. Cloud Computing accelerates and automates the deployment of new IT services and solutions while at the same time does not require major capital investments. Common cloud deployment models are Private Cloud, Public Cloud and Hybrid Cloud while a new overlay technology called InterCloud allows businesses to build a "cloud of clouds" just like the Internet is described as a network of networks.
When it comes to Cloud there are mainly three different audiences - Cloud Builders, Cloud Providers and Cloud Users. Fast Lane / Directions partners with leading technology vendors to empower you to maintain relevance and differentiation in today’s dynamic cloud-enabled environment. As such, Fast Lane / Directions has developed a rich portfolio of business and technical training and sales enablement solutions addressing all aspects of hybrid IT concepts, methodologies and technologies, as well as related topics including OpenStack, Virtualized DC, DevOps, SDN/NFV, Network Programmability, XaaS models, etc.
Supporting more and more employees working out of the office using mobile devices and cloud services to perform business tasks can be challenging to say the least. In order to run business applications and access corporate data from mobile devices, critical areas like Identity, Mobile Management and Security need to be addressed.
Security, in particular will undergo a massive change from securing devices to securing information. While those areas are addressed in the underlying communication infrastructure, one of the most important factors for success is the ability to develop and deploy mobile applications. As with virtualization, traditional development that takes a lot of time and resources will not work anymore, so the same DevOps processes must also apply to Enterprise Mobility application development. Fast Lane / Directions offers a broad portfolio of business and technical training as well as sales enablement programs that address all aspects of Enterprise Mobility.
Connecting billions of devices of all kinds to the Internet is producing an enormous amount of data that by itself is quite useless unless properly managed and analyzed in order to gain insights leading to desired business outcomes.
Analytics is often considered to be a Data Center or Cloud focused activity, but with the enormous amount of data generated by connecting everything, the paradigm is shifting. Fog Computing introduces the capability to perform analytics at the edge of the network or cloud. Fast Lane / Directions offers a broad portfolio of business and technical training as well as sales enablement programs that address all aspects of (cloud based) data collection, (big data) analytics, fog (edge) computing and related business solutions.
In this era of hyper connectivity and the consumerization of IT, whole industries are being disrupted by new, more efficient means of accomplishing business objectives and creating business value. Every business sector is experiencing massive changes creating new opportunities for revenue growth, process efficiencies and ways of doing things that were unimaginable even five years ago.
Fast Lane / Directions is helping both IT and business professionals capitalize on the value created by connecting the unconnected. Our services help companies turn data into value and ideas into realities. We have created programs to help professionals design, build and sell industrial IoT solutions. We also offer services for enterprises and government entities to help explore various IoT use cases for verticals like utilities, transportation, healthcare and city operations.
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Today, everyone is on the go and needs to stay connected no matter where they are - home, work or in between. End users now expect many of their IoT-related experiences in their personal lives to also be available in their professional lives.
Business leaders worldwide have realized that “IoT for Business” is no longer a pipe dream, but an immediate reality which is quickly becoming a basic requirement for attracting and retaining the best employees.
As such, most companies are accelerating the deployment and expansion of integrated collaboration solutions. The solutions embrace industry trends related to unified communications like work-life simplification enabled by seamless interoperability between popular devices and applications or video conferencing and streaming across various devices from personal phones/tablets to desktop PCs to conference room telepresence units.
Securing a corporate network and web presence connected to the Internet was difficult in 2000. Now, the proliferation of consumer devices in the workplace and connecting everything from machines and sensors (IoT) to cars and cattle, the challenge to security teams is at the breaking point.
There is an urgent need for more comprehensive and scalable solutions to address security. With the average enterprise having over 40 security vendors (products and services), there is an overwhelming need for security visionaries that can design solutions that are simple, flexible and effective. These modern security solutions also need to be able to deal with security events before, during and after an attack. Fast Lane / Directions provides a range of services addressing the latest in security architecture, technology and skills essential for keeping an enterprise innovating and growing securely. While the right technical solutions are essential, they are nothing without a trained security and IT workforce. Our teams of technical and visionary security experts are ethical hackers who are passionate about helping you defend your assets against the bad guys.
Learn about industry-leading, security technology vendors' solutions from security experts who understand the ever-evolving threat landscape, bringing hands-on experience to security solution training.
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Most businesses realize it is no longer an option to rely on old means of managing their workforce and engaging their customers. Using digital capabilities available to them today, companies need to increase innovation, productivity and satisfaction by providing workers with a better experience and increase customer loyalty and sales with operational improvements.
IT needs to be the center of innovation, no longer just the plumber or the firefighter; IT needs to be an integral part of the business, creating new opportunities and solving emerging business problems by focusing on enhancing the user experience. We are here to help – our team of cross-architectural experts and facilitators are fluent in business solutions and state of the art technologies; we work with an eco-system of top vendors, designing and delivering services that help accelerate a smart adoption of new digital capabilities.