Cloud Computing and Virtualization
According to IDC, the IT industry as a whole is moving toward the mobile/social/cloud/big data world of the 3rd Platform much more quickly than many realize. They predict that from 2013 through 2020 these technologies will drive around 90% of all growth in the IT market. According to IDC's Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst, "Companies that are not putting 80% or more of their competitive energy into this new market will be trapped in the legacy portion of the market, growing even slower than global GDP."
As the 3rd Platform, as IDC refers to it, takes off in 2013, the cloud component will manifest itself in four distinct deployment models:
Each of these cloud deployment models, as well as integrating existing physical and virtual infrastructure assets, present today’s enterprise or government agency with a distinct set of challenges. As a result, a well-defined and managed Infrastructure Provisioning and Management business process is essential, ensuring sufficient infrastructure availability and capacity to meet demand, while integrating with other elements and processes of the IT enterprise.
Leveraging our copyrighted Framework for IT SuccessSM, ISM’s cloud computing consulting services and solutions begin with the planning components needed to develop the required strategies and plans to provision an infrastructure of integrated physical and virtual devices (servers, networks, storage, clients, and software) and on-boarding contracted cloud computing services. With the required strategies and plans in place, our Infrastructure Provisioning and Management process manages the provisioning and de-provisioning of cloud services and deployment and re-deployment of virtual machines to meet demand requirements. The infrastructure and cloud elements of the Framework for IT Success also facilitate audits and measures delivered business value for the entire enterprise or agency infrastructure.
The primary goals of our Infrastructure Provisioning and Management process, as part of ISM’s cloud solutions consulting services, include:
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