Improve performance and efficiency and unlock existing data centre capacity.
Our thorough approach guides you through the process from understanding your current capabilities to the design and build of a new optimised data centre infrastructure. You’ll benefit from reduced IT OPEX and complexity, improved management and controls to meet and exceed compliance requirements.
Cloud computing isn’t the panacea for all. For some organisations, modernising and optimising current IT systems is the most effective solution. Research by IT analysts reveals that most data centres have under-utilised servers and storage, and still offer unrealised opportunities to significantly reduce operating costs and power, as well as improving efficiency. Your current legacy applications and IT infrastructure may not be cloud aware or cloud ready but you’ll need to exploit the latest and most suitable technology, such as Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and private cloud to become Data Centre optimised.
So how do you go about it? Once you’ve decided that data centre optimisation is the right option for part, or all of your business, there are still many more choices to make. Do you choose virtualisation, private cloud, automation and orchestration or software defined data centre (SDDC)? You’ll need to create the right solution stack, working out the right reference architecture and choosing the right vendors and technology. With so many decisions and implications, you need the best guidance – a deep understanding of your current infrastructure, assessment of the suitable technologies available and help with designing and building a new optimised data centre architecture.
Stage 1: Information gathering
Infrastructure technology and operational maturity assessment provides a high-level structured view of the maturity and effectiveness of the technology, service and operating model of the current infrastructure and associated environment. This enables the organisation to quickly determine where they are mature and where improvement and transformation would benefit the business.
Infrastructure and workload capacity assessment provides a structured methodology than reveals where organisations can take advantage of unused infrastructure capacity (whether compute, storage or network), or plan for infrastructure or workload consolidation through virtualisation, software defined data centres, cloud or other hosting service adoption or modernisation. This service identifies the benefits of adopting such consolidations through a discovery, capacity and usage assessment.
Infrastructure operations assessment enables organisations to determine where they can improve their operational efficiency for infrastructure administration, maintenance, troubleshooting and deployments and identifies the cost efficiencies of adopting new, improved or revised operating procedures.
Infrastructure environmental impact assessment provides organisations with an understanding of the environmental impact of their data centre infrastructure. Power consumption, cooling requirements and platform specifications will all be analysed in depth to identify the efficiency of current usage, demands and provision.
Additional TCO and ROI assessment is a bolt on option to enable organisations to understand their current cost of ownership and predicted future cost of any proposed data centre, hosting, infrastructure or service. This will determine the points at which the investment becomes either cost neutral or cost saving.
Stage 2: Planning
Infrastructure target architecture is a high level assessment of the most appropriate technology-based target infrastructure. Organisations can see where they can take advantage of various data centre technologies available to align with their strategies and see the benefits of adopting such technologies and supporting processes.
Infrastructure appliance capacity shows organisations where they can best take advantage of unused infrastructure appliance capacity of plan for appliance consolidation. This service identifies the benefits of adopting application consolidation, virtualisation or modernisation depending on the customer’s unique situation and needs.
Software Defined Data Centre (SDDS) readiness assessment will quickly determine if the current infrastructure components can be transformed to a SDDC platform and identify the benefits of adopting such a platform and its supporting technologies.
Stage 3: Implementation
Infrastructure designer service creates a foundation to design and operate core building blocks on any data centre infrastructure through validated architectures, standard operating frameworks and standard levels of service, compliance and cost. This service offers organisations the ability to deploy, transform or innovate a data centre environment for a people, process and technology perspective with the creation of a future state architecture and target operating model.
Infrastructure builder service implements the core building blocks of a date centre infrastructure design and standard operating model or framework (including VMware’s virtualisation and data centre technology product suites. This service provides organisations with the ability to deploy, transform or innovate a data centre infrastructure environment.
Orchestration and automation overlay service delivers operational and functional management layers that include a service catalogue, workflows and policy definitions, enabling an operational management layer to be deployed quickly. It is designed to be fully extensible and scalable and support market-leading technology platforms.