Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Unified Infrastructure

Partly thanks to relatively new technologies like Cloud, Analytics, etc; we can greatly simplify the organization of your infrastructure. We turn your data center into an integrated whole. This integration and automation make significant savings possible, also when it comes to energy consumption.

 
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Agile Data Inc Managed Services - Virtual Infrastructure (IaaS) Solution

With "Cloud Computing" being the talk of the present times, it is very important for our Customers to understand the pros and cons of the cloud.  While the technology itself is proven by virtue of advancements in Virtualization by some key players like Vmware, Microsoft and Citrix, etc, security is on top of the list of concerns for everyone of us looking at extending our corporate infrastructure into the cloud for high availability or Disaster Recovery purposes.
Agile Data understands how complex it could get when it comes to evaluating some of these technologies and is here to help our customers leave the complexity to us while they are busy putting their requirements to build their next generation products and services.

Agile Data provides a full range of services—all within the scope of IaaS. The bulk of our services are delivered in premier data centers managed by AWS & our co-located Data Centers. These data centers are equipped with enterprise-class technology, and are backed by certified support teams and direct access to certified engineers 24/7/365.  These U.S. data centers are linked via a global Tier 1 IP backbone to Agile Data Communications’ network of a range of services that increase flexibility, stability and scalability, and offer the rapid response and cost reduction required to support aggressive growth in highly competitive business environments. These services free up human resources and capital resources for companies on a fast-growth curve, so they can stay focused on their own mission-critical and core business operations.


Today many business owners face material capital expenditure constraints that prevent the procurement of additional IT infrastructure to meet the rapidly increasing demands of business. ADI IaaS is a real-world cloud computing solution designed for businesses that have rigorous uptime requirements but don't necessarily have the capital or time to build additional IT capacity themselves.

Agile Data secure virtual environments offer high availability and the ability to dynamically expand and contract for production or development environments, or for disaster recovery.

ADI-IaaS is ideal for businesses that:

  • Require a flexible deployment architecture that scales up and down
  • Real time monitoring of regulatory compliance
  • Must provide 99.99% uptime to their customers
  • Need 24x7x365 monitoring of mission-critical applications and network systems
  • Would benefit from a more affordable R&D and/or test / dev environment
  • Are interested in a more affordable but equally robust IT disaster recovery solution

As a flexible, scalable managed service featuring robust IT Infrastructure that includes fully managed servers, routers, firewalls, and data storage devices, ADI IaaS provides businesses a robust Virtual Infrastructure while alleviating the cost and resource burden that the typical in-house IT department demands.


Benefits of ADI IaaS

  • Affordable monthly service
  • Rapid deployment
  • Dynamic and scalable cloud computing capacity to meet your current, seasonal, and future needs
  • Automatic local failover and redundancy
  • Ability to scale without investing in costly infrastructure (a "pay-as-you-grow" model)
  • 24x7x365 technical support services including management, monitoring, and support by virtualization experts
  • Smooth, rapid upgrades with minimum service disruptions
  • Analytics that calculate Return on Investment (ROI) when migrating from your current hosting provider or datacenter to Consonus VIS
  • A fully-redundant and integrated IT disaster recovery solution
  • Support for various compliance and regulatory standards with pre-configured environments

Agile Data offerings in the Infrastructure segment are enhanced by the support of several top-level key industry partners.  Our solutions are bolstered by hardware and software from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Citrix, Sonicwall, Juniper, Microsoft, Symantec, EMC, Sun Microsystems, and Cisco Systems. Additionally, through its partnership with TerraPass, ADI is able to provide a carbon-offset service that enables customers to fulfill green IT mandates.

 
IT Infrastructure at Your Service

Today’s challenging business climate is driving a move toward delivering IT functions as a service

In today’s challenging economic and competitive environment, organizations are faced with tightening budgets and reduced resources. They are looking for creative and effective ways to get the greatest return on investment, while achieving or sustaining business growth and profitability. This delicate balance especially affects one business function in any enterprise—corporate ITservices.

While ITcapabilities are arguably the lifeline of most companies, ITdepartments are also under increasing pressure to achieve more with reduced capital and constrained operating budgets for infrastructure facilities, technology acquisition and refresh, and staffing. Adding to the challenge of sustaining operations with tighter budgets is the fact that ITdepartments are being asked simultaneously to support more services and more users—with the expectation of higher performance and, in some instances, with formal internal SLAs accompanying internal ITcharge-backs to the lines of business.

In the face of these financial and operating challenges, businesses are moving away from the traditional model of building and maintaining their own internal ITinfrastructure to an outsourced, services-oriented business arrangement. This external services-based approach to delivering ITservices is now becoming recognized in the industry as Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS. The basic concepts of IaaShave been around since the late 1990s, with its elements evolving since that time as either a web hosting service or ASP (Application Service Provider) service now known as SaaS(Software as a Service). What distinguishes IaaSservice from these older variants is the more comprehensive approach that service providers are taking to deliver support for all major aspects of a corporate ITinfrastructure, via a hosted service model.

That service depth makes it possible for a corporate ITdepartment to fully outsource not only the enterprise data center facilities, but also all of the hardware, operating systems, databases, storage, security, middleware, business applications and all associated monitoring, maintenance and end-user support--essentially everything that constitutes ITfunctions. IaaSpricing is still evolving, but many elements of an ITinfrastructure can be obtained on a pay-as-you-go monthly basis. This service-oriented approach represents a major change in the way organizations acquire, fund and deliver ITservices.

U.S. and global businesses of all sizes are now examining the benefits, risks and challenges of the IaaSbusiness model. Some of the key considerations organizations must understand and assess before adopting IaaSinclude:

• Strategic and tactical benefits of the IaaSmodel

• Selecting the right IaaSprovider

• Implementing IaaS

• Managing the IaaSprovider

 
Managing the Relationship

As noted at the outset, the range of services available within the IaaSframework is quite extensive, and it is possible for a corporate ITdepartment to fully outsource not only the enterprise data center facilities, but also all the hardware, operating systems, databases, storage, security, middleware, business applications, and all associated monitoring, maintenance and end user support. The complexity of managing the technical, business and contractual relationship with the IaaSservice provider varies with the number and type of service elements that are moved to the hosted services platform. Enterprise ITand business operations managers must orient their ITmanagement approach to better suit working with a hosted IaaSplatform where their ITservices are not located on corporate premises or within the direct physical control of the corporate ITstaff.

Experienced IaaSservice providers ensure that the perceived loss of control by corporate ITstaff is mitigated by a timely, on-demand and holistic view into the on-going performance of the outsourced infrastructure. It is not uncommon for the hosting service provider to track and report on the health of the customer’s infrastructure on the basis of metrics that are far more comprehensive than are possible via in-house methods. Many IaaSservice providers will also accommodate a customer who wishes to retain remote control of ITfunctions, provided this does not compromise the overall operational viability of the customer’s outsourced infrastructure.

Atime-honored way for corporate ITstaff to manage a hosting service provider is via service level agreements or SLAs. While conceptually this is reasonable and, in fact, serves as a hallmark of the degree of commercial sophistication of the IaaSservice provider, in practice SLAs are not an effective or reliable tool for managing a service provider. It is more advantageous for companies to select a service provider who is managing its business with all of the necessary engineering, quality assurance, operations controls, monitoring and maintenance—and through industry-standard performance and process metrics—than to rely on service credits and penalty fees to ensure standards of service.

 
IaaS Delivers Business Value

ADI IaaS offerings give companies access to cutting-edge technologies and services. The package of solutions can help organizations manage costs and investments in ITfacilities and equipment. It also helps them maintain competitive levels of scalability and flexibility, and engenders the freedom to focus not on their background ITinfrastructure, but on their core business objectives—the real reasons they’re in business.

The basic concept of IaaS—as a set of hosted data center services that allow technology and support to be obtained for a monthly fee instead of requiring up-front investment capital—gives companies the financial latitude to not only conserve capital but also to better align operating expenses with revenue streams. Depending on the size of the company’s IToperations and data center facilities requirements, this capital expenditure avoidance can be a significant driver in the company’s decision to use an IaaSmodel. Linking monthly IaaSpayments to corporate monthly income not only allows for better stewardship of a company’s financial performance, but also supports cash-flow management. It is essential that ITexecutives remain mindful of these types of financial considerations—especially in the 41 percent of companies where ITreports to the CEO(for more information, see CIO magazine’s 2008 State of the CIOsurvey, located at www.cio.com).These CIOs have to interact with board members, C-level executives and other stakeholders outside of IT, where ITcan be viewed as a cost center and not as a strategic partner or business-oriented service provider.

Financial considerations, however, are only one aspect of assessing an IaaSsolution on a hosted platform. Equally important are the business issues of scaling and growing the corporate ITinfrastructure to stay in step with the growth and expansion of the core business of the corporation itself. And this business growth may be occurring along several dimensions--rate of customer acquisition, addition of new services and lines of business to the corporate portfolio, mergers and acquisitions, and geographic expansion within the United States and acros the globe. Aservices-oriented approach to procuring and adding ITinfrastructure will likely give the company a right-sized, right geography, and right cost-based ITinfrastructure scale and time-to-market than may be possible through organic and internally sourced methods.

Most of the well-established IaaShosted platform providers maintain and support state-of-the-art, highly engineered, fully redundant, highly available, highly secure, certified and independently audited data center facilities staffed by highly trained and credentialed technical resources with skills that are perennially in short supply. Such resources are typically beyond the investment reach of many corporations on an individual basis. However, by leveraging an IaaSsolution from such service providers, the value and benefits of these resources and capabilities are available cost effectively to businesses of all sizes.

Another factor in evaluating a hosted IaaSmodel is the inherent flexibility of this type of service arrangement. Although most reputable service providers offer fairly comprehensive ITservices on an IaaS-type arrangement, it is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Corporations have the flexibility to be highly selective in the ITelements they may choose to outsource to a service provider. Depending on their business imperatives, or availability of critical technical ITskills, or appetite for business risk, companies may benefit from IaaSarrangements in many different forms. For example, some companies may start out by leveraging IaaSfor data center backup services, gain confidence, and then move to outsourcing primary data center services. Others may start with basic data center facilities, associated wide area and IP networking, security, and backup services before exploiting the fuller breadth of managed hosting services. In terms of typical IaaSadoption, most companies outsource the common elements of their ITinfrastructure, to include hardware, operating systems, security, data storage, and backup needs—while retaining control of, and in-house support for, business-specific applications. By offloading all the nonmission-critical service layers of their ITplatforms to the hosted IaaSprovider, such companies are astutely focusing their resources on core mission-critical applications that are the true underlying drivers of their business value and competitive distinction.

 

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