In a challenging economic landscape, businesses are having to change rapidly to respond to new market opportunities; changing customer demands; accelerating rates of innovation, and restructuring by merger or acquisition. These changes are being performed against a background of cost reduction, limited human resources and transformation to increase productivity.
The IT department has a key role in delivering against these challenges and they need to be able to react more quickly, scale precisely to changing demands and accurately predict costs to meet the new demands of the business. However, current IT infrastructure approaches are not sufficient to meet this because they lack the ability to scale capacity and cost up and down with changing demand.
Key questions IT leaders are asking are:
- IT innovation drives business productivity and competitiveness. How often does lack of resource slow down our development or test activity?
- How well does our IT infrastructure meet the needs of fast starting, short term business projects?
- How quickly and cost effectively does our IT respond to surges in demand from key applications such as websites?
Colt’s Enterprise IaaS is an on-demand IT Infrastructure which brings you the benefits of best in-class enterprise IT capability consumed as a simple instantly available per server service. This service is ideal for application development and test teams or projects which require rapid access to IT services for periods of a few months or business applications which need to rapidly scale up and down.
Business: Enterprise IaaS allows IT to respond at the speed that the business divisions are responding to demands on them. It removes the typical delays for procuring IT hardware and software it also relieves the IT department of the demand for technical staff to perform the basic work of setting up servers. All of this is transformed to a simple process of online shopping cart ordering and management of your service; allowing you to run your business without shortage of IT assets or waiting for them to be made ready.
Financial:The service provides clear pricing through a catalogue that offers Windows and Linux servers with all running costs and licensing included. This allows budget holders and line managers to understand and forecast costs for projects. The service offers pay-as-you-go pricing based on hourly or monthly rates that allows line managers to align costs with the changing demands of business activity. When activity spikes resources can be made quickly available, and when activity drops those resources can be pared back to reduce the running costs.
Operational: The simple portal is designed to allow those who are not specialists in IT infrastructure to order, control and manage servers and storage. This increases operational efficiency because the end users are able to self-manage their own infrastructure requirements. The service is catalogue driven which means the users can only order fully proven ‘gold build’ servers that conform to enterprise IT policies, ensuring that the IT and corporate governance is maintained.
Technical: Enterprise IaaS is built from our experience of running ‘Cloud’ IT solutions since 2005 and uses leading vendor components from VMware, EMC and Cisco to ensure true enterprise grade performance. The service is backed by a 99.9% SLA for the availability of the platform in any data centre and the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Support Desk in Barcelona is equipped with state of the art self-heal systems to remedy the majority of faults in minutes.