1 Time for Converged Infrastructure? EXECUTIVES DISCUSS THE OPERATIONAL AND STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES Executive Summary Managing corporate information technology infrastructure has long centered on the challenge of getting the pieces servers, storage, networks to work together. With converged infrastructure (CI), that work is done ahead of time and behind the scenes. So it can be easier to install, deploy, update, and manage infrastructure, as well as to optimize its performance, minimize its cost, and maximize its business value. IT organizations can rescue skilled staff from keeping the lights on and focus them on realizing new technology-enabled business opportunities. CI is catching on fast. IDC expects adoption to reach 44% of corporate IT organizations in the next two years. This guide explores the experience of three early adopters: Molina Healthcare enabled rapid business growth while reducing technology cost and data center footprint. Canadian Pacific improved customer service by bringing outsourced IT back in-house into high-performance data centers. Skyscape Cloud Services launched a new business and quickly gained U.K. government certification for secure and trusted cloud computing services. The guide then details the benefits of CI, the success factors for implementation, and what senior business executives need to know to leverage CI s breakthrough capabilities in both business and technology strategies. Converged Infrastructure: What and Why The evolution of corporate IT has a defining theme: Do less by way of commonplace or commodity activities and spend more time and energy enabling the business to capitalize on information systems. This shift happened in a big way in applications development with the availability of integrated software (from SAP, Oracle, and others) for common business functions. IT was able to get out of the commodity software development business and focus on smaller, specialized applications that differentiate the enterprise and its performance for customers.
2 2 WHITE PAPER Time for Converged Infrastructure? Now it s infrastructure management s turn. Most technology vendors have been concentrating on their respective stacks computing, storage, network and on helping customers integrate across the stacks. However, until recently, no one was bundling the components into simplified and integrated solutions. No one was providing infrastructure in a box. That s really what converged infrastructure is. It s a disarmingly simple concept with very sophisticated engineering under the hood. CI packages the basic components computing/servers, data storage, networking equipment, and the virtualization and other software for infrastructure management into integrated and optimized units. CI arrives on-site already configured, tested, and certified, so CI solutions are easily installed and maintained. CI goes hand-in-hand with virtualization: Computing resources are pooled, shared by applications and other workloads, and optimized with the help of a hypervisor and other control software. That s the what part of the definition. Here s the why. CI enables IT to: Consolidate and standardize systems Deploy and scale infrastructure rapidly Increase utilization rates and lower costs Simplify infrastructure management Reduce business risk through improved reliability and integrated approaches to security and disaster recovery Enable business innovation and agility through faster time to market for new infrastructure and the applications that depend on it THE NEW STACK Converged Infrastructure Management Virtualization Storage Network Compute CI promises to do for infrastructure management what software suites did for applications development lower total cost, raise operational performance, and enable IT to trade commodity work for more value-adding work. With CI, infrastructure is less a business constraint ( We haven t got the capacity ) and more a business enabler ( When do you need us to spin up a new platform? ). It s no surprise that the CI market is growing fast. According to IDC 1, as of May 2012, more than one-fourth of surveyed organizations were using or planning to use CI (double the rate from a year earlier). IDC expects adoption to reach 44% by With a 40% compound annual growth rate, the CI market will grow from $4.6 billion in 2012 to $17.8 billion in With introductions courtesy of the market leader, VCE, IT executives whose organizations have significant CI implementations shared their experience. Here are profiles of three of these organizations, followed by lessons learned from them and others about the operational and strategic potential of CI, as well as the benefits and challenges of CI adoption. Molina Healthcare Enables Business Growth Rapid business growth led Molina Healthcare to implement a strategy of virtualization and CI. Molina coordinates health services and provides health information management solutions to 4.3 million individuals and families in 15 states who receive care through Medicaid, Medicare, and other government-funded programs. Fastgrowing volume in these programs was increasing claims processing and other transaction loads. That in turn caused rapid growth in Molina s infrastructure, to the point where there was a concern that the company would run out of space in its main data center in Albuquerque if it did not implement a new strategy. Virtualization and consolidation enabled the company to reverse the tide. The data center footprint has decreased by around 60%, with associated reductions in energy and cooling costs, and the business now has plenty of room to grow in a scalable fashion. Molina knew it was on to something when proof-of-concept deployment of CI technology took only three days and the initial applications migration only five. The foundational benefit of CI at Molina is improved total cost of ownership of infrastructure. CIO Rick Hopfer lists many others: Application performance and availability have improved. With infrastructure provisioned rapidly, applications development teams can get their work done faster. Disaster recovery has been simplified and improved, and highly reliable operations enable Molina 1 All references to IDC are to the white paper, Converging the Datacenter Infrastructure: Why, How, So What? by Richard L. Villars, Randy Perry, and Jed Scaramella, May 2012.
3 3 WHITE PAPER Time for Converged Infrastructure? to handle spikes in transaction volume and meet its all-important service-level agreements with state agencies. And the transition to CI was accomplished with no disruption to the business at all. CI also provides the glue that enables Molina IT to operate as one shop and move toward an IT-as-a-service delivery model. With the technology piece in place, Hopfer is focusing on this organizational transition. Structures and skills had been siloed, and CI presents the opportunity to rebuild from the top down processes, structure, competencies, careers. For example, managing the new infrastructure requires fewer senior engineers and architects, but they must be more versatile. Some of the best candidates are experienced people who have moved into management. So IT is creating a professional career track to parallel the management track and facilitate the movement of managers to senior engineers. Molina IT is also taking the opportunity to ask, Who are the real managers? and slot people accordingly. And IT is actively working with technology and research services partners to learn and adopt best practices in CI management. Canadian Pacific Focuses on the Customer Business strategy and customer commitment drive the migration to CI at Canadian Pacific (CP). The railroad serves customers in more than 1,000 communities in six provinces and 13 states. When E. Hunter Harrison joined as CEO in 2012, he quickly focused on accountability for services across the corporation. IT, which had been largely outsourced, reexamined its costs to serve and concluded that, to exercise true accountability to customers, it had to bring its infrastructure back in-house. Given the opportunity to make a fresh start, the company decided to build out its two new data centers with CI. Mike Redeker, the CIO, explains the rationale: The goals were to cut cost and improve service. What are the alternatives? Relying heavily on a large pool of contractors wasn t sustainable financially, and it didn t provide us a path to more holistic management of the infrastructure. We re going to make the change to more converged infrastructure at some point. We might as well make it now. CP is about halfway through the process of migrating all workloads from the older mainframe, servers, and storage devices onto its new CI. Among the first major applications migrated was the core SAP system, one of the largest in the transportation industry. The technological transition should be completed in December 2013, and CP plans to be selfreliant and free of contractors by mid The railroad anticipates and has started to demonstrate a reduction of 30% in infrastructure spend and an equivalent level of staff productivity improvement. IT also looks to the backup, recovery, and business continuity benefits of dual and coordinated data centers. Thus far, reliability has been flawless. Redeker describes his No. 1 challenge as the skills transition. People with CI experience are in growing demand, and there are not yet enough to go around. So CP relies on knowledge transfer from the vendor through both education and on-thejob training. The progression is: Run it for us, run it with us, then we run it. IT is building new support organizations from the ground up. It can act like a start-up, which has its advantages. Existing staff can step up to new responsibilities, and IT can hire to a future direction. IT professionals, including very skilled candidates from around the world, want to come work for a company that is at the leading edge technologically. Skyscape Cloud Services Builds a Business If you re starting a new business, especially a technology services business, you should start with CI. That was the strategy of Skyscape Cloud Services and its CTO Simon Hansford two years ago when the company was founded. Hansford says, We made a bit of a bet, because CI technology was less mature then, but it was a good bet, and it paid off handsomely. Hansford knew from experience that CI was the only way to provide the quality of cloud services thoroughly reliable and trusted, highly automated, cost competitive that Skyscape offers to its U.K. public sector customers. That experience came from his previous job running IT for a large U.K. managed services provider, where the provider had to converge the infrastructure on its own. Even when done extremely well, the work was unending patches, upgrades, testing and the components were never completely in sync due to human or automation error. At that company, Hansford had a team of 20 working to converge the traditional stacks in order to provide integrated services. At Skyscape, two people manage the infrastructure. The key difference is that with CI everything is pre-engineered, integrated, tested, and certified. Staff focus on optimizing the resources, not integrating them, and upgrades aren t disruptive, says Hansford.
4 4 WHITE PAPER Time for Converged Infrastructure? The savings in operating and staff costs are significant, and capacity management is simplified: We understand the install times and can deploy just-in-time capacity aligned with our sales forecast, says Hansford. But he is perhaps most enthusiastic about the reliability of CI. The company has experienced no customer-visible downtime whatsoever: We keep our promise to customers of 100% availability. With a reliable and scalable platform in place, Skyscape concentrates on ensuring that it is easy to adopt and use, centered around a customer portal for dynamic provisioning, monitoring, management, and pay-by-use billing of cloud services. Customers see extraordinary performance new services can be up and running in a matter of minutes. CI has been key to Skyscape s strategy and growth. The company was one of the first to gain pan-government certification for cloud services from the U.K. s national security agency. That s essential in the eyes of security-conscious and sometimes risk-averse public sector agencies, and the customer list has grown to include Government Digital Services (to help consolidate government websites), the Ministry of Defence, and various police forces. Hansford summarizes his stance: As it should be, computing is becoming a utility, increasingly in the cloud. We should be getting better at abstracting from the technology and focusing on how it serves the business. We should be getting business value faster. CI helps that happen. Skyscape can focus on its customers and selling its services rather than configuring its underlying infrastructure. Benefits of Converged Infrastructure As you can see from these case studies, the potential benefits of CI are many and interrelated. To appreciate the variety, and to anticipate what benefit streams your organization most wants to capture, look at the benefits through nine lenses: Simplicity. In many business endeavors, from customer relationships to product offerings to technology management, IT can be challenged with runaway complexity. That s when simplification can be transformative. Many of the benefits of CI stem from the simplicity and standardization of working with an integrated platform rather than multiple technology stacks. The entire process of deploying infrastructure is simpler and easier: planning, purchasing, installation, upgrades, troubleshooting, performance management, and vendor management. So, too, are the business-critical processes around security and continuity. Performance. CI can dramatically improve both utilization and reliability of infrastructure. In a highly virtualized environment, server utilization may already be high. CI extends this efficiency to storage and network port utilization and enables better performance optimization of the overall infrastructure. Availability. Greater (sometimes near-perfect) reliability means higher availability of infrastructure, applications, and services. CI enables IT to meet its service-level agreements and the business to meet its performance promises to customers. CI has helped organizations make the leap to 24/7 business operation. Speed. Infrastructure can be deployed in record time. An IDC study found that CI cut the time to market for new services in half. If the new infrastructure is for applications development (DevOps), it can be spun up almost instantaneously, which means that developers can do their jobs faster. IT can respond to business requests with, You can have it now, rather than, You can have it in a few months. And the business can accelerate time to market of technologybased offerings. Scalability. With CI, it s also easier to expand or shrink available resources with changing workloads and the peaks and valleys of business transaction volume. If your organization wants to leverage the resources of what IDC calls the third platform Internet, cloud, mobility, social media, and big data then scalability is a business necessity. Staffing. CI requires less IT staff to operate and manage it. You can capture that benefit as labor cost savings. You can capture it as cost avoidance through the ability to support business and infrastructure growth without adding staff. Or you can capture it as an opportunity to redeploy IT resources. If IT professionals spend less time on the mechanics of infrastructure integration and management, they have additional time for more valueadding activities, and they can be increasingly customer-facing and responsive. If your IT organization still spends 75% of its energy and budget maintaining the legacy and keeping the lights on, CI can help change the proportion and give IT more time to innovate and help grow the business.
5 5 WHITE PAPER Time for Converged Infrastructure? Risk. CI reduces infrastructure supply chain risk through procurement control, the testing and certification of equipment, and the fact that the vendor has a lot of skin in the game. CI reduces operational risk through robust and comprehensive tools for infrastructure control, including security, plus automation to minimize human error. CI also reduces risk to business continuity through high availability and reliability, less disruptive upgrades, and a solid platform for disaster recovery. Innovation. With CI, a company enjoys technological innovation as the vendor builds in technology advances and keeps the platform up to date. More important, CI facilitates business innovation in two powerful ways: One, it provides a simplified path to the cloud, where a business can experiment with and use a vast and growing array of innovative and specialized software and services. Two, when software developers have computing environments on demand, they can experiment more, prototype more, iterate with their business partners, and discover superior business solutions. Cost. The cost advantages of CI can be sliced and diced many ways, but you should expect to realize and measure savings in four basic areas (again, not mutually exclusive): n Procurement. With technology bundled, you should enjoy more scale and leverage with the vendor and pay less to buy or lease than you would with traditional technology stacks. n Physical operations. Higher utilization translates into lower unit cost. You should also see significant drops in power and cooling costs, and a smaller footprint can mean lower facility costs. n Infrastructure management. The processes for deploying and managing infrastructure will be more efficient. This includes both periodic activities such as capacity planning and installing upgrades, and continuous activities such as monitoring and optimizing infrastructure performance. n Staff. The cost of labor needed to manage the infrastructure should decline, and the productivity of infrastructure staff should rise. The bottom line? Most organizations can achieve savings of 25% or more in the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. IDC research found some measures to range much higher, including average annual data center cost reduction of 68% per 100 users. That may make for an attractive payback period. But keep in mind that infrastructure cost may not be the biggest financial advantage of CI. BENEFITS LENSES Simplicity Performance Converged Infrastructure Management Virtualization Cost Innovation Storage Availability Network Risk Compute Speed Staffing Scalability
6 6 WHITE PAPER Time for Converged Infrastructure? If you review all the other benefits from a financial perspective, you find that CI can drive down business cost as well as infrastructure cost. For example, it will be harder to measure, but put some round numbers on the revenue opportunity and cost avoidance associated with better business continuity, as well as the value of expanded innovation capacity and faster time to market of systems-based products and services. If you look at the benefits of speed, scalability, staff redeployment, and innovation capacity together, you will find in CI a superior platform for business agility. When to Look at Converged Infrastructure There are three broad circumstances under which an organization should seriously consider CI: When you make a fresh start. At Skyscape, it s a new business entirely. At Canadian Pacific, it s new data centers needed to bring outsourced IT back in-house. At Apollo Group, it s a new platform to enable new products and services. When you start fresh, you gain the added advantage of thorough convergence and consistency. When business growth demands rapid infrastructure growth. At Molina, transaction volume would soon be stressing data center capacity. At Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, plans to double the size of the business called for not only more computing capacity, but also the ability to scale up quickly with each newly acquired or opened property. When infrastructure is running out of steam. This may be due to technology obsolescence or the inability to continue driving down unit costs. Interestingly, IDC found that infrastructures with high levels of server virtualization can still see their costs creep up as the difficulty of overall integration and administration grows. The countermeasure can be deploying CI. These are all driving circumstances. Other organizations will evaluate CI as part of their ongoing initiatives to keep their infrastructures healthy and high performing. Several IT executives interviewed say CI is the natural next step in the evolution of infrastructure architecture and management it s just a question of when and why you make the move. Redeker Whenever significant change is on the horizon, the status quo asserts itself in the form of reasons not to. Here are some of the common concerns raised with regard to CI, together with responses from IT executives and industry analysts. CONCERN We re afraid of vendor lock-in. We re 80% virtualized what have we got to gain? We want best-of-breed components. We re heavily outsourced and can t change things. Our staff and skills are too siloed. It will cause too much disruption. If it ain t broke, don t fix it. RESPONSE Weigh this risk against the supply chain risk of multiple vendors. Many companies are already consolidating around fewer vendors. With a CI strategy, you forge closer relationships and exert more influence over vendors. You ve captured much of one benefit stream which others would you like to capture? Keep in mind that virtualization facilitates migration to CI. As IDC explains, with CI you trade choice for both ease of installation and simplicity of management. Assembling best-of-breed components doesn t necessarily yield a best overall solution. Many companies are weighing the option of bringing infrastructure back in-house. At a minimum, know your vendor s CI plans, benchmark price/performance against a CI alternative, and negotiate accordingly. You ll have to face this issue sooner or later, and you can turn CI into an opportunity to refresh and energize your IT organization. You must plan workload migration carefully, but CI should be engineered to minimize disruption, both now (initial migration) and in the future (simplified upgrades). Fix it before it breaks. Technology infrastructure is always partly broken aging, incompletely integrated, challenging to maintain. The question is whether you want to wait until things break, or anticipate how to deliver maximum value.
7 7 WHITE PAPER Time for Converged Infrastructure? of Canadian Pacific takes a pragmatic stance: You may choose to look at alternatives, but you have to take a look at converged infrastructure because the value is there. The benefits accrue fastest when you can make a fresh start or migrate a significant portion of your infrastructure. However, CI is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Many organizations prove the concept and its value by starting with small DevOps platforms. Others begin with a major application (e.g., SAP) that already runs on dedicated servers and storage, and that can immediately benefit from improved scalability and resource optimization. Challenges of Converged Infrastructure Implementation Interviewed IT executives are unanimous in declaring that CI technology installation was the easy part (as is usually the case with new and well-engineered technology). Much more effort goes into migrating applications and other workloads onto the new infrastructure, including first virtualizing them as needed. Migration is typically done in phases, with workloads running in parallel on old and new hardware until a cutover point. And migration must be planned in detail, especially when the process is the business equivalent of changing the wheels while the car is in motion. The more fundamental challenge with new technology, of course, lies in getting people to use it in new ways, to work differently and realize the technology s added value. The basic operational processes of infrastructure management will change planning, installing, maintaining, upgrading, deploying, monitoring, and optimizing. And with CI, people stop doing some familiar things (patches, forms of testing) while learning new methods. The financial management processes for infrastructure must usually be revamped. Budget categories and allocations can be simplified, and investments can be closer to just in time. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants was following a multiyear investment plan for refreshing infrastructure and improving its management. When the company completed its plan for CI adoption, it found that it no longer needed to do many of the things in the plan, including expanding the data center. Among the big three people, process, technology the No. 1 challenge is usually the people issues: staff, skills, and structure. Specialty silos need to merge to form integrated infrastructure services organizations. Fewer staff are needed, but they need to be more versatile. There s less need for inside the box break/ fix type work, but there is still important work for businessfocused architects and engineers to do. And IT staff can be shifted to other important initiatives. When adoption of a new technology category is ramping up, there never seem to be enough experienced practitioners to meet demand. So you have to develop them and their skills. It helps if architects and engineers are familiar with the CI platform s component technologies (e.g., VCE s Vblock offering incorporates EMC storage, Cisco networking, and VMware virtualization). But the key to success is knowledge and experience transfer from the vendor s staff to yours. Recall You know it s converged when... As a new technology category emerges and gains momentum in the marketplace, established vendors improve and polish their offerings. And new entrants jump in, often with less-than-complete offerings, or even old products relabeled. Regardless of what players you re evaluating, pay close attention to how converged the infrastructure offering really is. Here are some simple litmus tests to tell you if it s really converged: You can get it up fast not only the initial installation, but any deployment of new infrastructure. Configuration work on-site should be minimal. Upgrades are simple, infrequent, and nondisruptive. The vendor has tested, certified, and automated the upgrades. You can manage and optimize the CI as a whole. The combination of automation and control software should provide unprecedented visibility and performance. You spend less across the board. CI should help eliminate trade-offs (e.g., between speed and quality) without introducing new ones. You can have the architecture you want virtualized, private or hybrid cloud, compatible with backup/recovery services. You shouldn t have to do extraordinary work at the perimeter. It s an operational solution, not just a reference architecture. Providing instructions and even tools for integrating infrastructure remains a far cry from providing a converged solution.
8 8 WHITE PAPER Time for Converged Infrastructure? the Canadian Pacific formula: Run it for us, run it with us, then we run it. When evaluating vendors, look beyond the technology and its ongoing support. What are their capabilities and commitment when it comes to skills transfer? While organizational change can be unsettling, the good news is that your best staff will want to learn the new technology. If management communicates the objectives well, the IT organization at large will be energized by the direction you re taking. And skilled candidates will be drawn to your organization to work with its leading-edge technology. CI adoption can provide the opportunity to rethink and rebuild the infrastructure services organization, with less attention to shoring up weaknesses and more attention to meeting future business needs. What Business Executives Need to Know Infrastructure services normally operate behind the scenes. They can be taken for granted by the business, noticed only when they re not working. The migration to CI should also be behind the scenes. The business needn t care about technology configurations as long as everything works, and a goal of CI implementation is to avoid business disruption altogether. However, the decision to adopt CI should be made by the executive team, including the CEO, CIO, and CFO. The CFO, of course, has special interest in the cost advantages and the necessary changes to the IT budget. The CIO and CFO can work together to help the executive team at large understand the basic expectations and benefits: CI lowers cost. Better utilization of resources lowers the unit cost of infrastructure, and simplification lowers the labor and process costs of infrastructure management. CI raises performance. Improved availability, reliability, and speed of infrastructure deployment boost service levels and business performance. CI lowers business risk. Greater reliability means less business downtime. Standard and integrated infrastructure simplifies security and business continuity processes. CI raises business agility. Rapid deployment and scalability of infrastructure enable responsiveness and faster time to market. With computing on demand, business and IT people can experiment more, prototype more, and innovate faster. Understanding the what and why of CI will help the executive team address three strategic questions about how the enterprise uses information technology: What should we standardize and how do we innovate? CI represents a commitment to simplify and standardize core infrastructure, while being able to spin out small-scale computing environments for business experiments. What business should our IT organization be in? The traditional business of building and maintaining technical products, or the business of providing easily consumed business services? CI can be a platform for providing infrastructure as an on-demand service, and for enabling IT to spend more of its time creating new value. How will we operate when we have fewer technological constraints? With greater technological capability, businesses can do more, do things differently, do different things, and make better decisions. CI helps remove infrastructure availability and capacity as business constraints. That last question goes to the heart of what s happening with information technology today: The constraints are disappearing fast. The combination of scalable infrastructure plus cloud computing for the overflow means that computing capacity need not be a business limitation. And just in time, given the explosion of information available both within enterprises and via the Web. That information is unconstrained as well. With the technologies for filtering and analyzing big data, you no longer have to define all your data in advance or structure it in conventional ways. Today s business constraints have less to do with technology and everything to do with imagination. Enterprises that ask new questions, that experiment and innovate relentlessly, that put new information to new uses, and that shed the old constraints without being paralyzed by the new freedoms they are going to thrive. CIOs and IT organizations can maximize their value by enabling their businesses to turn this corner. Converged infrastructure can meet pragmatic objectives around cost, performance, risk, and agility. It can also shape how your enterprise operates and innovates in a world with fewer technological constraints. n
IT Best Practices Series Cloud Computing Safe Harbor or Wild West? With IT expenditures coming under increasing scrutiny, the cloud is being sold as an oasis of practical solutions. It s true that many
Sponsored by: VCE Authors: Richard L. Villars Randy Perry May 2015 Business Value Highlights 4.6 times more applications developed/delivered per year 41% less IT time spent keeping the lights on 4.4 times
GET CLOUD EMPOWERED. SEE HOW THE CLOUD CAN TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS. Cloud computing is as much a paradigm shift in data center and IT management as it is a culmination of IT s capacity to drive business
Enabling HR service delivery Cloud HR 9 10 HR shared services and Outsourcing Global privacy and Security 11 12 Social media 9 Cloud HR What do a carve out from a global medical device maker, a fast-growing
GET CLOUD EMPOWERED. SEE HOW THE CLOUD CAN TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS. Cloud computing is as much a paradigm shift in data center and IT management as it is a culmination of IT s capacity to drive business
White Paper 8 STEPS TO CLOUD 9 How a hybrid approach can maximise the business value of cloud and what you can do to make it happen Introduction Today, we re seeing IT s place in the enterprise evolving
WHITE PAPER Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Agile, Efficient and Under Your Control - 1 - INTRODUCTION Most businesses want to spend less time and money building and managing infrastructure to focus resources
White Paper Elastic Private Clouds Agile, Efficient and Under Your Control 1 Introduction Most businesses want to spend less time and money building and managing IT infrastructure to focus resources on
Independent Software Vendors: Upgrade and Unify Your On-Premise IT with Cisco When it s time to refresh your data center or your customer s, put Cisco on your team. For independent software vendors (ISVs),
CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE: Making the Move From Buzzword to Big Hit in SMB CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE CONTENTS Introduction...................................................... Does converged infrastructure
WHITE PAPER A Comprehensive Cloud Management Platform with Vblock Systems and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Abstract Data center consolidation and virtualization have set the stage for cloud computing.
WHITE PAPER Data Center Fabrics Why the Right Choice is so Important to Your Business Introduction Data center fabrics are emerging as the preferred architecture for next-generation virtualized data centers,
A UBM TECHWEB WHITE PAPER SEPTEMBER 2012 The Road to Convergence Six keys to getting there with the most confidence and the least risk. Brought to you by The Road to Convergence Six keys to getting there
IT Services Capita Private Cloud Cloud potential unleashed Cloud computing at its best Cloud is fast becoming an integral part of every IT strategy. It reduces cost and complexity, whilst bringing freedom,
WHITE PAPER Selecting the Optimal Path to Private Cloud Sponsored by: EMC Laura DuBois John Daly October 2013 Randy Perry Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200 F.508.935.4015
DRIVING BUSINESS VALUE WITH VBLOCK INFRASTRUCTURE PLATFORMS Private clouds, built on pervasive virtual infrastructures, are increasingly appealing to organizations looking to deliver IT resources to end
Top ten reasons to transition your IT lab environments to the cloud WHITE PAPER BROUGHT TO YOU BY SKYTAP 2 Top ten reasons to transition your IT lab environments to the cloud Contents The Promise of Cloud
Hybrid: The Next Generation Cloud Interviews Among CIOs of the Fortune 1000 and Inc. 5000 IT Solutions Survey Wakefield Research 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Hybrid The Next Generation Cloud M ost Chief Information
IBM Software Thought Leadership White Paper January 2013 The business value of improved backup and recovery The IBM Butterfly Analysis Engine uses empirical data to support better business results 2 The
IT Transformation: A Mixed Strategy Supporting IT-as-a-Service IT Evolution to Strategic Operational Models IT transformation is broader than a vision or a strategy or a specific initiative. It is a fundamental
Transform your Business with VMware The global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter Building a High Performance Datacenter with VMware At VMware, we understand the business
Consider the challenges small to mid-size organizations typically face, and how well those challenges map to cloud computing strengths: Maximizing ROI. Smaller budgets mean every dollar spent must generate
WWT View Point Journey to the Private Cloud: Take the First Steps with FlexPod TABLE OF CONTENTS 1...EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW 2...SECTION 1: THE ROAD TO PRIVATE CLOUDS 3...SECTION 2: START WITH A STABLE INTEGRATED
Accenture cloud application migration services A smarter way to get to the cloud Cloud computing can help make your apps extraordinarily agile and scalable. You know this. Your competitors know this. And
Virtualization Essentials Table of Contents Introduction What is Virtualization?.... 3 How Does Virtualization Work?... 4 Chapter 1 Delivering Real Business Benefits.... 5 Reduced Complexity....5 Dramatically
WHITE PAPER A Practical Guide to Choosing the Right Clouds Option and Storage Service Levels www.earthlink.com 1 Our job in IT is to provide technology frameworks and an operating model to facilitate but
March 2016 Five Tactics to Kick Start Your Table of Contents High-Performance IT Environments Drive Revenue and Agility 3 What is Hybrid Cloud? 4 Five Keys for Hybrid Cloud Success: 1. Start with a Business
An Application-Centric Infrastructure Will Enable Business Agility March 2014 Prepared by: Zeus Kerravala An Application-Centric Infrastructure Will Enable Business Agility by Zeus Kerravala March 2014
VALUE PROPOSITION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS Helping Service Providers accelerate adoption of the cloud Partnership with Service Providers Enabling Your Cloud Services in Complex Environments Today s challenge
See what cloud can do for you. Uncomplicating cloud business Table of contents Introduction 3 Why cloud is relevant for your business? 4 What is changing? 4 Why organizations are moving to cloud 5 What
whitepaper economics Aligning and Priorities Forward-thinking organizations are viewing computing as an investment in business transformation, not just a way to cut costs for IT. Thanks to the, s and s
Can Cloud Database PaaS Solutions Replace In-House Systems? Abstract: With the advent of Platform-as-a-Service as a viable alternative to traditional database solutions, there is a great deal of interest
Solution White Paper Build the Right Cloud, Quickly BMC Express Cloud Table of Contents 1 THE PROMISE OF CLOUD COMPUTING Getting Started 2 SUCCEEDING WITH CLOUD COMPUTING 3 INTRODUCING BMC EXPRESS CLOUD
This paper seeks to help in that process. It provides a high-level overview of cloud computing models (discussed previously), outlines some of the important benefits it could deliver to higher education,
Cloud Computing; the GOOD, the BAD and the BEAUTIFUL The quest for increased cost savings and reduced capital expenditures with comprehensive cloud solutions Executive summary Asking the hard dollar questions.
ETISALAT MISR Defining the future of telecommunications services ESSENTIALS Challenge Maintain competitive edge in a fast-changing marketplace through IT agility and ability to exploit third-platform technology
Extend the Reach of Business-Defined IT With the Most Flexibility and Control for Your Cloud Increase Business Agility With Integrated Microsoft and VMware Clouds on Hitachi Unified Compute Platform By
TOP 5 REASONS WHY FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRMS SHOULD CONSIDER SDN NOW Abstract Software-defined networking, or SDN, is a relatively new technology that is already having a major impact on companies in the
I D C T E C H N O L O G Y S P O T L I G H T F l e x i b l e Capacity: A " Z e r o C a p i t a l " Platform w ith On- P r emise Ad va n t a g e s March 2014 Adapted from Attaching Support Services at the
vce.com VCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PORTFOLIO OVERVIEW Accelerate IT Transformation Today's fast-moving global economy requires an infrastructure with greater flexibility and agility than ever before. This
: Real Ways Private Cloud Can Benefit Your Organization In This Paper Leveraging cloud technology can help drive down costs while enabling service-oriented IT. Private and hybrid cloud approaches improve
Fluid Data storage: A fully virtualized foundation for the IT stack A Dell Technical White Paper February 2010 A C-level look at the business impact of virtualization Executive overview In today s challenging
WHITE PAPER APRIL 2015 Redefining Infrastructure Management for Today s Application Economy Boost Operational Agility by Gaining a Holistic View of the Data Center, Cloud, Systems, Networks and Capacity
THREE WAYS TO GET EXTREME PERFORMANCE IN THE CLOUD By Barbara Lewis 2013 W W W.OUT S OUR CING -CENT E R. C O M Outsourcing Center 2013. A Package Deal: Managed Cloud Services for Engineered Systems The
SOLUTIONS Cut Costs While Improving Productivity The Why & How of Managed Services What are Managed Services? CIOs all face similar challenges: cost containment, reliability of systems and keeping pace
WHITEPAPER How to Choose the Right Virtual Datacenter for Your Needs USING MULTIPLE VIRTUAL DATACENTERS FOR GREATER CLOUD EFFICIENCY CONTENTS Executive Summary Virtual Datacenters: One Size Does Not Fit
White paper Private cloud computing Increase agility and reduce cost Increasing agility and reducing cost with cloud computing Table of contents 2 A time of big IT trends 3 As if IT needed more challenges
A HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ANALYTIC SERVICES REPORT RETHINKING THE IT/BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP TO DRIVE DIGITAL INNOVATION Copyright 2015 Harvard Business School Publishing. sponsored by RETHINKING THE IT/BUSINESS
Making the hybrid world work for you: Redefining IT operations Frank Casey Group Director, Data Center Solutions & Managed Services accelerate your ambition We re a USD 6.7 billion business with a remarkable
SERVICES SOLUTION SUMMARY SEIZE THE ADVANTAGE From the workplace to the datacenter, the enterprise cloud footprint is growing. It delivers on-demand development resources. It accommodates new digital workloads.
Cloud Computing: It s In Your Future What You Need to Know about Logicalis and Cloud Computing Cloud computing is a transition that is changing the way you will buy, build, operate and consume information,
SOLUTIONS CUT COSTS WHILE IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY THE WHY & HOW OF MANAGED SERVICES WHAT ARE MANAGED SERVICES? CIOs all face similar challenges: cost containment, reliability of systems and keeping pace
White Paper Benefiting from Server Virtualization Beyond Initial Workload Consolidation By Mark Bowker June, 2010 This ESG White Paper was commissioned by VMware and is distributed under license from ESG.
Solution Overview Cisco Unified Data Center Simplified, Efficient, and Agile Infrastructure for the Data Center What You Will Learn The data center is critical to the way that IT generates and delivers
GETTING THE MOST FROM THE CLOUD A White Paper presented by Why Move to the Cloud? CLOUD COMPUTING the latest evolution of IT services delivery is a scenario under which common business applications are
SOLUTION BRIEF CA Capacity Management and Reporting Suite for Vblock Platforms can you effectively plan for the migration and management of systems and applications on Vblock Platforms? agility made possible
Economic Benefits of Cisco CloudVerse Executive Summary Cloud enables IT to be delivered as a service, when and wherever it is needed, from central, secure, public and private data centers. Enterprises
IT Enterprise Services Capita Private Cloud Agile Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud potential unleashed Cloud computing at its best Cloud is now an integral part of every IT strategy. It reduces
The Cloud as a Platform A Guide for Small and Medium Business As the cloud evolves from basic online software tools to a full platform for business, it can provide ways for your business to do more, grow
Navigating Among the Clouds Evaluating Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Computing Approaches June 2012 Much like the winds of change that continue to alter the cloud landscape in the skies above, a powerful
TECH DOSSIER SPONSORED BY CLOUDY FUTURE? THE FLEXIBILITY TO TRANSITION FROM PERPETUAL LICENSES TO CLOUD-BASED APPLICATION DEPLOYMENTS SUGGESTS A BRIGHT FUTURE. CLOUDY FUTURE? 2 Enterprise license software
Cloud Computing: Public, Private, and Hybrid You ve heard a lot lately about Cloud Computing even that there are different kinds of Clouds. And you ve got questions:» What are the differences between Public
Managing Public Cloud Workloads CHALLENGES AND BEST PRACTICES Page 1 of 10 Large companies are shifting more aggressively to the public cloud today for running a variety of production applications at scale.
BEYOND TOOLS: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE MEETS ANA LYTICS FLASH-OPTIMIZED STORAGE IS TRANSFORMING THE DATA CENTER White Paper - February 2016 BEYOND TOOLS: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE MEETS ANA LYTICS Flash-Optimized
The Road to the Private Cloud The Value CA Technologies Tools Bring to Vblock Infrastructure Platforms Internet Research Group Internet Research Group March 2012 About The Internet Research Group www.irg-intl.com
Our job in IT is to provide technology frameworks and an operating model to facilitate but not throttle innovation. 1 Cynthia Stoddard, CIO for NetApp A Practical Guide to Choosing the Right Cloud Option
VMware Hybrid Cloud Accelerate Your Time to Value Fulfilling the Promise of Hybrid Cloud Computing Through 2020, the most common use of cloud services will be a hybrid model combining on-premises and external
The Cloud as a Platform A Guide for Small and Midsize Business As the cloud evolves from basic online software tools to a full platform for business, it can provide ways for your business to do more, grow
Technology Accenture Data Center Services 2 Accenture employs marketleading technologies and processes to help clients design, implement and manage data center solutions that align to business priorities,
WHITE PAPER: Easing the Way to the Cloud: 1 WHITE PAPER Easing the Way to the Cloud: The Value of Using a Reference Architecture in Private Cloud Deployments for Microsoft Applications and Server Platforms
2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey GLOBAL RESULTS CONTENTS Evolution of IT... 4 Methodology... 6 Focus... 8 Finding 1: Gaps between expectations and reality reveal market evolution...
M A R K E T S P O T L I G H T C l o u d - B a s e d S u p p l y C h a i n s : T r a n s f o rming M a n u f a c t u r ing Performance October 2012 Adapted from Business Strategy: Supply Chain in the Cloud
Selling the FlexPod Data Center Solution The opportunity is clear Your customers need to reduce their overall operating expenses while increasing their agility and ability to respond to changing market
2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey DENMARK RESULTS CONTENTS Evolution of IT... 4 Methodology... 6 Focus... 8 Finding 1: Gaps between expectations and reality reveal market evolution...
Migrating to the Cloud: When Should Your Business Make the Move? By Lauren Gibbons Paul Information technology is undergoing rapid change as organizations of all types begin to embrace the idea of moving
Top Ten Reasons to Transition Your IT Sandbox Environments to the Cloud WHITE PAPER BROUGHT TO YOU BY SKYTAP 2 Top Ten Reasons to Transition Your IT Sandbox Environments to the Cloud Contents Executive
Nov 7, 2012 Cloud vision and capabilities - N-Cloud framework - Introduction Marv Mouchawar President, Cloud Services NTT DATA Inc Kazuhiro Gomi President & CEO NTT America Steve Nola CEO, Cloud Solutions
A Look into the Cloud An Allstream White Paper 1 Table of contents Why is everybody talking about the cloud? 1 Trends driving the move to the cloud 1 What actually is the cloud? 2 Private and public clouds
INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE 1 A Brief Introduction As IT administrators and chief information officers, you face a particular challenge: facilitate the ability for your agency to work remotely, while reducing
VMware and Primary Data: Making the Software-Defined Datacenter a Reality CONTENTS About This Document... 3 Freeing Data From Physical Storage Silos... 3 Dynamically Move Virtual Disks to Meet Business
White Paper Seven Best Practices for Building Private Clouds via Virtualization In a Federal Contracting Environment 11600 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 300 Reston, VA 20191 Phone: (703) 889-8444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transworld Data Mary E. Shacklett President Transworld Data For twenty-five years, Transworld Data has performed technology analytics, market research and IT consulting on every world continent, including
Transform Your Business Transformation Data Center Transformation Data Center Initiate Your Transformation Value creation is an emphasis for today s IT. Your data center must be efficient, flexible, and
Medical Center Trims Budget by $600,000 by Switching to Hyper-V Private Customer: UConn Health Website: www.uchc.edu Number of Employees: 5000 Customer profile: St. UConn Health is a vibrant, integrated
ATA DRIVEN GLOBAL VISION CLOUD PLATFORM STRATEG N POWERFUL RELEVANT PERFORMANCE SOLUTION CLO IRTUAL BIG DATA SOLUTION ROI FLEXIBLE DATA DRIVEN V WHITE PAPER Gear Up for the As-a-Service Era A Path to the
IBM Global Business Services White Paper The future of application outsourcing: making the move from tactical to strategic Application Services Page 2 Contents 2 Introduction 2 Success brings new challenges
Sponsored by: VCE Authors: Richard L. Villars Matthew Marden June 2014 Business Value Highlights Customers using Vblock Systems as a platform for deploying private cloud workloads are realizing significant