IT infrastructures have become too complex and brittle. Today, 70% of IT investment is focused on maintenance, leaving little time to support strategic business projects. With users demanding faster response times and management demanding lower costs, IT needs a better strategy. Cloud computing is a new approach that reduces IT complexity by leveraging the efficient pooling of on-demand, self-managed virtual infrastructure, consumed as a service. Cloud computing is central to that better strategy.
Public Cloud Computing: Ensure the security and compliance the business demands by deploying a private cloud infrastructure inside your firewall, built on the industry’s most trusted virtualization platforms in the industry. With resource pooling and dynamic resource allocation, centralized management and automation, and a self-service portal for end users, you will see lowered infrastructure and management costs and increased business agility. Virtualize all your assets in the IT infrastructure and deliver IT as a Service through policy-driven management that automates routine operational tasks and leads to efficiency and savings across the business.
Private Cloud Computing: By offering customers the freedom of open standards and interoperability of applications, Virtualization offers the best choice for organizations looking to expand IT capacity or migrate applications to the public cloud. A common management and infrastructure platform ensures visibility of pooled resources along with the elasticity to provide the highest service-levels for applications. Organizations can get Virtualization services ranging from on-demand, pay-as-you go infrastructure to enterprise-class, production-ready offerings.
Build a Private Cloud
Once IT shifts its approach to computing, fundamentally moving away from the inefficient “single application, single server model,” IT can focus its energies away from maintenance toward driving business innovation and supporting growth. How does IT get to the private cloud?
Phase 1: Pool your IT Resources into Logical Units
The first phase in the journey to the private cloud starts with the pooling of IT resources, meaning server, storage, and networks are virtualized and abstracted into virtual data centers. This leads to a tremendous reduction in capital costs through server consolidation and increased utilization of resources across the IT infrastructure.
Phase 2: Create a Standardized Service Catalog
The second phase enables IT to create catalogues of services available to users. Policies and permissions are defined to allow users to access, create and modify these services. Then, service-levels need to be defined for all applications running in the virtualized infrastructure. This requires bundling applications into logical units called virtual application stacks. IT also defines updated processes for maintaining control over these application units based on the defined service-levels.
Phase 3: Provide User Access and Chargeback
The third phase allows the user self-service access to the private cloud. Metering capabilities lets them understand usage, and chargeback functions provide cost insights and gives the business visibility it needs to prioritize IT usage. Virtualized private cloud solution provides IT with the ability to deploy only what is needed and for the business to pay for only what they use.
Cloud Computing Solutions For Any Application, Any Customer
Virtualization brings three unique characteristics to public clouds, designed to serve the needs of businesses that want production-level performance and reliability, on and off premise.
- Choice: 7 Layer IT Solutions has partnered with hosting and cloud computing vendors to enable delivery on a common Virtualization platform. This gives users choice in deploying applications in either a private or public cloud, allowing easy transitions between providers.
- Reliable Technology: Leveraging key technology advancements found in Virtualization, users get the assurance that applications can be managed, moved and operated in the cloud as they are onsite.
- Application Compatibility: With almost 1000 applications in the Virtual Marketplace, users can easily deploy these virtual appliances and in a private or public cloud. More importantly, the applications that run in your datacenter today will work the same in a Virtualized public cloud, and do not require any rewrites or optimization.