Meet Windstream’s Cloud Evangelist: Kent Landry

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As adoption of the cloud continues to increase, Windstream is projecting significant growth in the cloud computing and data center managed services area of our business. Having enterprise-class data centers located strategically across the U.S., interconnected on Windstream’s massive fiber network, Windstream offers the industry’s most robust cloud computing and data storage solutions. Windstream Hosted Solutions is supported by expert staff and engineers, including one of its newest additions—a person so knowledgeable that we’ve actually tapped him to serve as an “evangelist” for our cloud and data center business.

Meet Kent Landry, Windstream’s evangelist for cloud computing and data center managed services. Kent brings to Windstream more than 20 years of experience in IT, having worked for industry-leading information management and IT companies such as Lexis-Nexis, IBM-Lexmark, and Dell as well as running his own company as an IT VAR. To better get to know Kent, we asked him a few questions.

Q: Tell us about your knowledge and expertise in the areas of cloud computing and data center managed services, and what you bring to Windstream.

KL: I’ve been involved with data centers and their development since the 1980s. To Windstream, I bring a deep understanding of technology, solutions, trends and the competitive landscape and business drivers within the cloud computing and managed services space. I’m responsible for introducing industry CIO’s and IT professionals to Windstream Hosted Solutions and educating them on the value that our platform offers, and how that dovetails into our other products and solutions.

Q: What attracted you to Windstream? From your perspective, what makes Windstream different from its competitors?

KL: “Smart Solutions, Personalized Service” is more than a tagline—it drives our business. Windstream is focused on enterprise-class custom solutions, which means we provide complete end-to-end solutions for customers; they don’t have to do it themselves. Windstream’s private cloud offerings are also a differentiator since they’re engineered solutions within our data centers. We provide the resources, processes and knowledge under a single point of contact. We also have the ability to take the private cloud and extend it into a hybrid cloud deployment, and do it across the network. As you know, convergence is occurring on the network and Windstream is best positioned to meet this nexus of activity.

For example, our ability to provide an MPLS network connecting into our own Tier III data centers is very unique. We can share with customers exactly where and how their data is stored, as well as how it’s protected—all because we own both the data centers and the network.

I want to educate people about Windstream’s integration and ability to provide hosted solutions, virtualized PBX, and cloud computing services, and offer assurance that when they choose Windstream—for any service—they’re making the right choice.

Q: What is the future of the cloud?

KL: I think we’ll begin to see even more demystification and standardization of cloud deployment models so that moving forward we’re all speaking the same language. Of course, we’ll also see increased adoption of the cloud as more businesses learn to trust it and its security. Specifically, I see growth in the private cloud and hybrid cloud space as enterprises use (and trust) cloud solutions for business-class applications. And finally, we’re going to see extended consumerization of IT driving BYOD, coupled with social media, new applications and the cloud—the so-called “SMAC” (Social, Mobile, Apps and Cloud) convergence.

I’m glad to be here at Windstream right now—this is such an exciting time for cloud computing! I see enormous opportunity for Windstream Hosted Solutions and can’t wait to see where the next few years take us.