Solution Provider Shows IT Pros How to Move to SDDC without the Need to Rip and Replace Existing Investments
NEW YORK, January 26, 2016 – Despite the risks involved with shadow IT, many CIOs may reluctantly admit their line-of-business (LOB) colleagues once had good reason to procure technology services outside the watchful eye of the IT department. In the absence of a more centralized, easy-to-control pool of IT resources, CIOs’ hands have been tied by the limitations of traditional hardware-based data center management techniques. As the velocity of business in corporate America has steadily increased, so too have LOB technology demands. This creates a perfect storm which has left many IT departments struggling to keep up. “Innovation” has become the mantra among organizations working to give themselves competitive advantage, and as CIOs are quickly learning, everyone from the C-suite down is counting on the IT department to provide a pathway for that innovation to take place. However, according to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), before innovation can define the business, software must define the data center.
“CIOs who don’t take this seriously won’t exist in the next 10 years,” says Troy Vetter, Senior Director of Software Defined Data Center Solutions, Logicalis US. “Anyone who doesn’t implement a software-defined data center will be too slow to keep up. It isn’t impossible to do – but it is complicated and takes some experience.”
A software-defined data center (SDDC) is a data center in which all of the components – network, compute, storage – are virtualized and controllable from a single unified interface. By creating a management layer that spans all data center resources, IT departments can more quickly and easily define, develop and deploy services in response to an organization’s rapidly changing business needs. IT tasks that once took months to complete can literally become minute-long, single-click exercises, giving the IT department a new way to keep pace with LOB service requests. Not only does SDDC provide CIOs a way to combat shadow IT, but it is also the first step in moving toward a truly service-defined enterprise and acts as the catalyst that redefines the CIO’s role from technologist to business enabler and innovator.
One of the chief reasons organizations resist a move to SDDC is the concern that they will have to rebuild their data centers from scratch. “You don’t have to rip and replace,” says David Angradi, Director of Software Defined Data Center Solutions, Logicalis US. “One of the industry’s best-kept secrets is that you can re-use most – if not all – of your existing IT investments. In short, you’re closer to SDDC than you think.”
A software-defined data center may be the goal, but many skeptical CIOs worry about what it will take to implement one. To help, the experts in Logicalis’ SDDC practice have outlined a six-step how-to guide.
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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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