Solution Provider Offers Five Truths about CI and its Relationship to IT Pros’ Emerging Services-Defined Role
NEW YORK, November 3, 2015 – Using cloud as an IT service delivery model makes perfect sense to many IT organizations – it’s efficient, it scales and it offers a right-now response to business users’ on-demand technology expectations. But the IT transformation needed to take full advantage of a cloud services model just isn’t the simple journey most organizations would like it to be. According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), there are six steps in the IT transformation journey, with each building upon the last. As companies move forward from the most basic step, a component-based architecture, they need to extend their use of technology tools to move from a physical to a virtual data center, then unify their compute environment into a single converged infrastructure (CI) where networks, storage and servers can be managed as one.
“When you talk to enterprise CIOs today, you hear the word ‘modernization’ in many of those conversations,” says Chuck Farrow, Vice President, Strategic Partner Alliances, Logicalis US. “‘Modernization’ is all about simplifying both the computing environment and the management of that environment. You want to provide the IT services users need when and how they want to use them. As a result, when people talk about ‘modernizing’ their IT environment, what they’re really talking about is the move from a component-based architecture to a converged infrastructure. CI gives organizations the flexibility and agility to use their compute resources in more efficient and cost-effective ways. And it offers them the ability to lower their IT management costs and increase the speed with which new software and services are deployed and implemented.”
“Ultimately, these technological changes are setting the stage for enterprise CIOs to offer their line-of-business users better, faster access to technology services,” says Bob Hankins, Vice President, Data Center Solutions, Logicalis US. “CIOs are under attack from every angle today – the C-suite wants more innovative IT solutions that drive productivity and competitive advantage, and line-of-business wants to consume IT services on demand like they do with other services in their outside-of-work lives. This puts technology experts inside the enterprise in a tough spot, and it’s forcing them to change the way they think about how they deliver IT and what their role is in the organization. It’s the difference between ‘technology-defined’ thinking and ‘service-defined’ thinking; smart CIOs see the writing on the wall, and they know their role is changing from being a technology provider to an internal service provider. They’re not going to throw out what’s already in their data centers, but they are taking steps to move toward a cloud-friendly environment that will allow them to manage things more easily and deliver IT services more quickly. The first step in this process is a change to both converged storage – which often is the catalyst that gets things moving – and to an overall converged infrastructure.”
To balance demands among line-of-business leaders as well as the corporate C-suite, today’s IT professionals have to become internal service providers for cloud-based services. Making the right technology decisions today could quite literally spell job security for savvy CIOs who have the foresight to prepare for these eventualities now. Implementing a CI is the first step in the evolution toward a service-defined infrastructure, and Logicalis has identified five important truths IT pros need to know to succeed:
While a converged infrastructure allows CIOs to lower IT management costs and speed implementation and deployment of new services, those benefits may be too nebulous to support a funding request for a complete infrastructure overhaul all at once. A better strategy is to look for building blocks like those above, and introduce them one at a time.
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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 over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is 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 $6 billion.
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