It’s certainly big business – the analyst house, Forester, predicts that the cloud market could hit $240 billion by 2020; a huge sum by anyone’s standards. Amidst the buzz, we recently [...]
While Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has already been enthusiastically embraced by small and medium-sized businesses, its potential is now being exploited by larger firms, eager to reap the benefits of secure, resilient Cloud IaaS. Many have eagerly switched to SunGard Availability Services’ fully managed, enterprise-class private Cloud IaaS since its launch in October 2009. Here are some of the reasons why:
SunGard’s Cloud IaaS gives customers the ability to dramatically accelerate the rollout of new applications. Without needing to arrange capital expenditure, purchase hardware, software licences and manage the implementation process for a new physical environment – a process that typically takes at least three months – SunGard can deliver a live, Cloud–based IaaS solution in 30 days or less.
While some aspects of the cloud are still the subject of fierce debate, there is one point on which all the experts are agreed: a successful transition to the cloud hinges on the resilience and security of your cloud provider. Unsurprisingly, given SunGard’s 30-year track record in business continuity and managed IT services, our Cloud IaaS has been built with availability at its core. It is delivered through multiple highly resilient data centres with the best network links between them to meet mission-critical standards.
Traditionally, IT departments would have to commit vast sums to build under-utilised in-house IT departments to future-proof for growth. SunGard’s huge pool of high performance, redundant computing power and storage enables our cloud customers to buy only what they need now, secure in the knowledge they can scale up quickly in line with actual business needs.
Unlike many other cloud providers who are only able to accommodate an “all or nothing” approach, the SunGard IaaS Cloud integrates fully with our hosting model so customers can adopt a hybrid solution that incorporates both physical and virtual environments with no concerns about interoperability.
As customers are buying a fully managed service, rather than a mere computing resource, staff are freed from the considerable burden of management and monitoring. Consequently, SunGard’s Cloud IaaS is typically up to 60% cheaper than the equivalent in-house alternative.
In the light of issues associated with real estate, power draw, cooling and other resources, a shared data centre that can service multiple organisations is intrinsically a more sustainable model than companies trying to buy, resource and power their own standby facilities. For instance, a typical SunGard Cloud IaaS server consumes significantly less power than a dedicated or co-located physical server of an identical specification.
In summary, SunGard’s enterprise-class Cloud ensures unrivalled levels of availability, scalability, resilience and quality of service…where else would you want to build your cloud?