Cloud IaaS built on availability, resilience and recovery

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:

Increased agility
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.

Environmentally responsible
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?

To find out how it could benefit your organisation read our white paper on the real value of cloud computing.

The findings of a new Computing survey, sponsored by SunGard Availability Services, paint a worrying picture of organisations that are not in control of their information, unsure of their data protection obligations and unable to recover their critical data and systems within the required timeframe.

  • Nearly 7% of UK enterprises back up their data only every few days, or periodically – an extraordinary admission in today’s information economy.
  • Astonishingly, 18% of senior IT strategists within medium to large UK enterprises answered “Don’t know” when asked what data regulations govern their business.

It should be said that these failings cannot necessarily be laid at the door of the it department whose hardpressed staff are having to accommodate phenomenal data growth, equipped only with multiple legacy systems and a budget that is insufficient to tackle the root cause of the problem.

Putting the results in context, the survey’s author notes that whereas ‘the old economy’ was rooted in global infrastructures and distribution networks that evolved over centuries and were unlikely ever to fail completely, our high-speed information age of social networking, e-commerce and mobile communications has sprung  up in less than two decades!

Organisations built on shaky foundations

The study concludes that replication could be the solution – but points out that replicating an inefficient, multi-vendor it infrastructure merely magnifies the problem. Furthermore, up until now it has been an expensive option, affordable only by large, cash-rich enterprises. However, cloud computing: infrastructure, applications and computing platforms delivered as a pay-per-use service – brings replication within reach  of all businesses.

As Replication as a Service follows the cloud computing model of renting on-demand services rather than maintaining a duplicate it infrastructure, the cost switches from being a capex to opex, added to which customers pay only for what they need. For this reason, it is estimated that Replication as a Service can result in savings of nearly 40% on traditional replication.

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