Solution Provider Prepares to Help Clients Transition to the ‘Third Platform’; Offers Four Reasons SDDC Makes Good Business Sense
NEW YORK, October 7, 2015 – Enterprise CIOs are at an important crossroads: Where hardware purchases, application support, and day to day management once consumed the majority of their time and attention, their focus is now shifting to providing a seamless IT experience to their users. This IT experience embodies the “third platform” analysts have described as the convergence of mobile and cloud computing together with social media and big data. To help enterprise clients move through this transition, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), today unveiled its new Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) practice, a business unit created for the sole purpose of helping CxOs leverage their existing technology investments while adding a software and services layer to aid them as they move toward and embrace technology’s third platform.
Hardware still plays a pivotal role in the third platform, but the focus and attention in IT will shift to employing the software and services that can deliver greater business agility, faster time to market, increased corporate efficiencies, and a lower total cost of ownership. Experts say driving this kind of business value requires a services-led approach to IT, something that starts with the implementation of a software-defined data center. With the addition of its new SDDC practice, Logicalis US is ready to assist clients from end to end along this IT transformation journey.
“By creating this SDDC practice, we can help our clients make the vision of the service-defined enterprise a reality,” says David Angradi, Director, SDDC Solutions, Logicalis US. “People have the mistaken interpretation that moving to the third platform requires a rip-and-replace strategy or a complete shift to open source. While in some cases that may be true, for the vast majority of our clients, our new SDDC practice will focus on helping clients significantly increase the use of their existing hardware and software investments to achieve higher value for the organization as a whole.”
Expressing this higher value requires a change in the data center – a change that rests squarely on the inevitable convergence of networking, storage and server virtualization, all things that savvy CIOs have been steadily working toward over the past few years. “The software-defined data center is the technological culmination of the IT transformation journey IT professionals have been following and adopting for several years now,” says Troy Vetter, Senior Director, SDDC, Logicalis US. “SDDC is a significant step forward in automating the data center. It provides the foundation for the third platform and the integration of IT services into a SaaS model, paving the way for a fully service-defined enterprise with an IT focus on ‘user experience.’”
In the third platform, while hardware will still provide the underpinning just as it has always done, software and services will become the critical tools in the CIO’s toolbox. The IT department won’t spend as much time managing data center infrastructure, but will instead be focused on delivering applications and information to business users, partners and their customers. Having a software-defined data center will allow for a high-performance dev-ops strategy that delivers business agility leveraging hybrid cloud deployment models.
When asked about the advantages of a software-defined data center, many experts spout the utopian ideals of agility, time-to-market, efficiency and total cost of ownership. These ideals, however, can become realities for the enterprise willing to take the time to honestly assess where it is along the IT transformation journey as well as where it wants to go.
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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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