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Look Back to Move Forward – Top 3 Infographics from 2013

As any good strategist knows, you must first assess past actions to successfully plan for the future. So in the midst of 2014 planning, we decided to take a step back and revisit a few of our top posts for the year.

The Accelerate Advisory Services team prides itself on helping to clarify and simplify complicated IT initiatives, focusing in on key goals and eliminating inefficiencies. So it makes sense that three of our most popular posts this year included infographics that break down big topics into concise, clear insights (that happen to look good, too).

Take a minute to check them out—it’s a quick look at this year’s trends, which history tells us are likely to influence the next.

IT as a Service: Virtualization Is Only Part of the Puzzle

During VMworld last month, VMware released insights from its 2013 Journey to IT as a Service Survey, based on feedback from more than 1,000 CIOs and other IT decision makers.

The findings illuminate a growing revolution in how IT organizations are managed and perceived. As outlined in the study, IT organizations are progressing through three stages of transformation:

  1. IT Productivity: Capital expenditure savings through consolidation
  2. Business Productivity: Operating expenditure savings through automated management
  3. IT as a Service (ITaaS): Agile, strategic IT organization providing innovative, business-focused service delivery

As Gene Likins, director of Accelerate Americas, points out in this video, expanded, sophisticated virtualization provides big business benefits, but it’s not the whole story. Successful ITaaS organizations also transform their processes and organizational structures to support IT’s new role as a service provider and innovation center.

Full Steam Ahead to IT as a Service – Are You on Board?

A recent VMware customer survey found that 74 percent of companies have surpassed the first stage of the three-stage journey to IT as a service. Those that have reached the final stage enjoy increased funding for innovation. This infographic reveals other key findings from the study.

The Logical Evolution of the Principles of Virtualization

Why are customers so excited about the benefits of expanding the power of virtualization and shifting the IT mentality to that of a service provider? In this short video, VMware’s Raghu Raghuram and Michael Hubbard discuss the prospect of the transformative and financial benefits that can be realized from the software-defined data center.

Join Us For a Software-Defined Data Center Twitter Chat on June 27th 8am &11am PST

Author: Rob Jenkins, Director VMware Accelerate Advisory Services EMEA

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the software-defined data center (SDDC) as it relates to financial services, information security, and emerging IT cloud careers.  As the Accelerate team meets with customers, we find that there are still many questions around how this infrastructure will eventually transform IT from the traditional model to one focused on business agility. And their business issues range from how to drive down cost and streamline their IT organization to be more efficient and responsive, to managing expectations of internal IT business stakeholders.

So, we’re pleased to announce a Twitter Chat around this topic—to hear what others in the industry are thinking and to provide our insight.

Please share this information with your teams, and I look forward to an open dialogue at the chat.  (You can find me on Twitter here @cloud_rob)

HOSTS: VMware Events (@VMwareEvents) and IDG (@IDGtechtalk)

WHAT: Live Twitter Chat on Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)

WHEN: June 27, 2013, 8-8:30a and 11a-12p PT (3p & 6p GMT)

WHERE: Twitter or any Twitter client, recommend using Twubs

Hashtag: #vSDDCchat

Mark it on your calendar!

Download the white paper: Catching the Tide: IT as a Service (ITaaS)

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More Details on Twitter Chats: 

What is #vSDDCchat?

#vSDDCchat is an online Twitter Chat scheduled on June 27, 2013 at 8a & 11a PT (3p & 6p GMT). The topic is the software-defined data center (SDDC), and everyone is welcome to join.

What are some sample questions that will be posed during #vSDDCchat?

  • “What are the core technologies that enable SDDC?”
  • “As an IT professional, what is your opinion of SDDC?”
  • “What is the biggest challenge or misunderstanding about SDDC?”
  • “Will SDDC change the role of IT in your organization?  If so, how and why?”

…and more!

How do I participate in #vSDDCchat?

Is this your first time participating in a Twitter Chat? You can use Twubs to help you easily follow the conversation.  Enter in our hashtag #vSDDCchat to see only this specific chat stream (after signing in, it will ask you to authorize Twubs to use your Twitter account).  Then you’re ready to go and can post your thoughts in the text bar to be added to the action.  If you’re a more advanced Twitter user, you can also use tools like HootSuite, TweetDeck, or TweetGrid to filter for all posts marked #vSDDCchat.

If you’re planning to take part through just the standard Twitter site, please remember to add the hash #vSDDCchat to all of your tweets so your comments aren’t overlooked.

Get ready! It’s a fast-paced conversation with 140 characters or less at a time. Every 10 minutes the moderator will pose a new question. It’s not necessary for you to answer/comment on every question, but it’s a terrific way to get a variety of perspectives and to keep the conversation moving. 

Technical Steps for Participation 

  1. Your first tweet should include your name, title, company you work for, and hashtag #vSDDCchat
  2. Subsequent tweets should start with the question number you are responding to and include the #vSDDCchat hashtag. For example, “@VMwareEvents A2: Agreed, SDDC is actually an architecture and not just one product #vSDDCchat
  3. Be yourself and please don’t push your product during the conversation.
  4. Use common sense and don’t say things that might come back to hurt you or your business.
  5. Be nice to your fellow tweeters.

Chat Tips

  1. Don’t worry about catching and reading every tweet—find the ones that speak to you and go from there.
  2. Remember that your tweets go to all your Twitter followers unless you DM someone (to DM someone, they have to be following you).
  3. Try to tweet complete thoughts whenever possible- this will help followers outside the chat learn from you.
  4. Consider sending out a tweet in advance letting your followers know that you’re participating in this Twitter Chat, and encourage them to take part in the convo with you.

Moving Beyond Virtualization 101

It All Started with Server Virtualization

Rob Jenkins, Director of VMware Accelerate Advisory Services in EMEA, presented on the journey to virtualized compute — from server consolidation, to automation, to game changing ITaaS — at IDC’s Cloud and Virtualisation event in Dublin this month. At the time, no one predicted the impact server virtualization would have on the IT industry. VMware’s early customers achieved unheard of cost savings and ROIs, leading to unprecedented adoption of this technology by more than 500,000 customers.

You can follow Rob @cloud_rob

Is the Software-Defined Data Center a Good Fit for Financial Services?

Author: Mark Sarago

Most of my career as a chief information officer was in the financial services field, including mortgage banking, insurance and auto lending/leasing. Financial services companies, as well as healthcare providers and insurers, have heightened sensitivity to industry compliance rules and customer privacy concerns. As a result, the IT organization often prioritizes its focus on a tight security profile.

Compliance and privacy concerns range from restricting access to customer Personally Identifiable Information (PII), patient healthcare records (HIPAA compliance), and the company financial data or customer equity and bond trading transactions (SEC compliance). Breaches to data security that result in violations of compliance and privacy rules can result multi-million dollar fines or severely tarnishing a well-established brand.

It was not uncommon for my organization’s chief risk officer or chief legal counsel to forcibly mandate that no company or customer data move beyond the “four walls” of our dedicated data centers.

Recently, as a VMware Accelerate Advisory Services strategist working with a global financial institution, I saw this security mandate extend to a prohibition against the use of public cloud services or the use of multi-tenant, co-located data centers for business software application development, quality assurance procedures, and high-volume stress-testing activities—even when the underlying test data was completely fictitious! (click on image to download related case study)

The main concern with using a public cloud is that services are typically provided in multi-tenant environments. Multi-tenancy is the norm because it significantly reduces the operating costs for the public cloud provider. As a result, financial services, healthcare and insurance companies usually bypass pubic cloud solutions in favor of implementing private clouds within wholly owned or dedicated data centers.

The capabilities offered by the software-defined data center (SDDC) are perfect for private clouds, and accordingly, are an appropriate fit for financial services, healthcare and insurance companies that operate dedicated data centers.

SDDC provides software systems and technologies to virtualize networks and storage, as well as servers. SDDC implementations result in reducing overall CapEx and OpEx costs while enhancing automated workload provisioning, pooling resources and application security.

Financial institutions, healthcare and insurance companies that are early adopters of SDDC technologies are focused on implementing the components in dedicated private clouds. I expect this trend to continue as SDDC features become more widely adopted in the near-term future.

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Mark Sarago is a business solutions strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services.

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