|By PR Newswire||
|March 18, 2014 10:37 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The journey to the cloud is actually an IT transformation that improves enterprise computing. To help clients chart their course to the cloud, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), has created a blueprint for IT transformation, the IT Transformation Journey, a step-by-step guide to assist IT pros in determining where they are, as well as where they're headed. Research reveals that, by the time organizations reach the cloud stage of this journey, CIOs are reporting greater than 130 percent improvements in their ability to forecast requirements and respond to risks, overcome threats to availability and performance, and react to challenges and proactively solve IT issues.
In large part, this is because the data center is fully virtualized, converged, automated and orchestrated by the time an organization reaches this sixth and final stage – the cloud stage – of the IT Transformation Journey. The company is not only ready to realize the benefits of cloud computing, but its IT is also running at a predictable monthly cost and key personnel have been freed to focus on the ways technology can help their businesses succeed.
"As organizations continue to move through the IT Transformation Journey and start looking at cloud offerings, it is important to truly understand the offering and the costs associated with it," says Brandon Harris, Vice President, HP Solutions, Logicalis US. "Looking at use case scenarios is one way to explore the possibilities and potential cost savings to the organization."
Five Cloud Options
The delivery of cloud computing can be consumed in a variety of ways ranging from public to private to hybrid, and several choices in between.
1. The Public Cloud: Enterprise customers with high-performance computing needs can benefit from the public cloud's flexible, reliable and secure infrastructure when they need to host web-based or business applications. Public cloud use cases range from software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to backup-as-a-service for customers looking to reduce their overall storage costs for the retention of data not regularly accessed.
"Logicalis has been working with HP Public Cloud to offer object-based storage capacity to our customers; the customer pays for the service based on actual usage on a monthly basis, there are no long-term contracts, and Logicalis can help them set up the communication to the public cloud through either a physical or virtual appliance. This is a very affordable way to move data into the cloud at about 9 cents per Gbyte," Harris notes. "Another use case for this service is giving multiple people access to data, assigning access and revision control only to those who need it."
Correctly matched with the right service, public cloud customers can simplify IT management, minimize large capital investments, become more agile and quickly gain access to cutting-edge technology.
2. The On-Demand Cloud: The public cloud also provides the ability to create capacity on a short-term basis at a low cost; users may want access to virtual machines and storage to test or write an application, but may only need that access for 30 to 90 days, at which time the service can be turned off. This kind of on-demand service offers a flexible infrastructure that helps organizations increase their speed to market and agility by being able to meet tight deadlines and keep up with changing business requirements and market conditions.
3. The Private Dedicated Cloud: A private dedicated cloud provides all of the benefits of a public cloud, but in an isolated environment built on a foundation that can be tailored to meet very specific customer uptime, security, compliance and performance requirements all supported by managed services. This cloud solution is perfect for customers who want the ability to combine the best of both worlds – a public IaaS cloud delivery model that allows them to consume cloud services on-demand as an operational expense and the security and privacy normally available only through a single-tenant, on-premise private cloud infrastructure that carries with it a significantly higher capital expense to build those capabilities in house.
4. The Private Cloud: A private cloud expands on the value of a virtualized infrastructure. While there is a capital expense for building the required infrastructure, a private cloud gives customers a range of benefits including self-service provisioning, scalability, the ability to quickly and effectively respond to changing business needs, and the ability to spread the fixed costs for technology already in place over a longer term. It may also give users the ability to implement additional levels of security, control and customization, as well.
5. The Hybrid Cloud: Hybrid clouds provide the best of both worlds by tying the private and public options together. Doing this gives users a pool of resources from which to draw with the freedom to move application services or data between the organization's private cloud and its public cloud provider's service.
Want to Learn More?
- What five points should CIOs consider as they develop a cloud strategy? Find out here: http://www.ict-log.us/uicQr.
- Explore Logicalis' IT Transformation Journey microsite here: http://www.ict-log.us/qy1w1.
- How often do you use the cloud? Maybe more than you think. View an informative infographic here: http://www.ict-log.us/uicKc.
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs nearly 3,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.4 billion from operations in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $5 billion.
For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.
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