Choosing Your CSP: Price vs. Service

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by John Humphreys No Comments
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If you’re a cloud service provider (CSP), staying relevant in a space where you’re competing against both the Goliaths of the cloud service market (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, etc.) and all the other smaller providers can be tough. While the big name brands can easily out-price their smaller competitors, low price for a working cloud offering doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right solution for you. Because they have such a huge customer base, larger providers are trying to fulfill as many needs as possible by taking a one-size-fits-all approach by standardizing their services. As Jeff Kaplan of ThinkStrategies mentioned, the problem is that configuring these solutions on a case-to-case basis requires specialized skills that service providers may not necessarily have. That said, are the low costs of these brand name clouds truly worthwhile if the level of service doesn’t live up to the end-user’s expectations? If end-users are truly looking to… continue reading

Optimize your SAP environment & Reduce TCO

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Feza Pamir No Comments

Join us for this informative seminar as we discuss how Egenera can help you achieve these benefits and more with its advanced software approach. Through case studies and expert knowledge we will detail how you can – Simplify your compute infrastructure – Transform it from a static to a dynamic environment – Automate management and orchestration – Implement an effective and flexible N+1 Disaster Recovery solution – Reduce TCO while optimizing your SAP environment view now

Orchestration as a Service: The Eventual One-Stop Shop

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Having recently written on the benefits of cloud brokering, I thought now would be a good time to discuss trends we are seeing in the enterprise market. While most organizations understand the value of a hybrid cloud environment in addressing the requirements of their various applications, one of the complaints we often hear is how complicated and time consuming it can be to deal with multiple vendors all delivering their own cloud services. Because each vendor uses their own interface, the end-user must go through the tedious task of navigating multiple portals to purchase and manage the resources they need. Identifying the clouds which meet their specific needs can also be troublesome if they don’t fully understand the details of the services being offered (e.g. SLAs, availability, budget, security requirements, etc.). With these hurdles being common pain-points for many, enterprises are turning to MSPs or cloud brokers to help them… continue reading

Experience the Power: New PAN Cloud Director Eval Package

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Feza Pamir No Comments
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We are pleased to offer an evaluation package for our Egenera PAN Cloud Director Cloud Management software package. This Eval Pack is intended to provide an easy to access, self-guided method to experience the power of Egenera PCD; the industry’s most versatile multi-tenancy, cloud aggregation tool. The package includes the software and documentation required to create your own portal, publish common catalog objects, and integrate into a VMware cluster for deployment.  The included guide will take you on a complete journey, starting with an overview of the Egenera technology solution stack and the challenges faced by enterprise customers when deploying the various different cloud options available. From there we will deploy and configure our own VMware-based PCD environment, after which we will walk through a series of different evaluation tests, demonstrating the features and functionality of the solution. For more information, please register here for access. Learn more about Egenera… continue reading

Optimizing your SAP Environment While Reducing TCO

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by John Humphreys No Comments
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SAP has been around since the 1970s, and their software applications are an integral part of many business environments today.   Because  SAP applications are so crucial to the flow of business for the organizations that rely on them, the occurrence of a problem can have severe repercussions on the users – potentially halting all business operations. As a result, up to 74% of IT budgets are spent on operations and maintenance of SAP environments. Basically, IT budgets are being squeezed dry and what money is left over is spent maintaining SAP systems. With so much of your business and budget tied to your SAP environment, it has never been more important to institute processes to help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and management complexity. To achieve this you can take one of the following approaches: Continue with Business as usual Consolidate and re-implement Move to an alternative platform Modernize… continue reading

Disaster Recovery as a Service – Concerns, Benefits and Lessons Learned

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Dana Morris No Comments
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Having worked with a number of customers to implement disaster recovery (DR) solutions, we know the pains businesses endure when a system failure occurs. While many businesses are now migrating to the cloud, they are still hindered by concerns that are causing them to stay with traditional DR methods of planning and execution.  With this in mind, we are happy to announce that we will be co-hosting the Disaster Recovery Journal’s next webinar along with our friends at Renaissance, Ireland’s premier IT security distributor and leading Business Continuity consultancy provider, to discuss how DR in the cloud is not only a good option for protecting cloud-based systems but how new services make DRaaS a viable option for in-house production servers. We will review the concepts, concerns, and benefits associated with these new services along with best practices and lessons learned from DRaaS implementations. Egenera’s Scott Harris, VP of global services,… continue reading

The Benefits of Cloud Brokering

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Back in 2011, the concept of using a cloud broker or third-party to mediate the transactions of cloud services between sellers and buyers was premature as cloud adoption was still in its infancy. As benefits such as reduced costs and faster time to deployment became more apparent, more organizations started to use cloud services.. Today, businesses can choose from a wide variety of services from many different vendors , which can make the process of matching the service and provider to specific needs more complicated than in the past. This is where having a cloud broker comes in handy. Because of their experience in dealing with multiple vendors on a day-to-day basis, cloud brokers possess a thorough understanding of the cloud service market and its prices. By using a broker, buyers are able to save themselves the trouble of having to conduct this research on their own, and by token… continue reading

Managing Rack Servers Made Simple

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Dana Morris No Comments
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As a pioneer in bringing dynamic computing to the market and helping customers simplify their data center management, we’ve heard all there is to hear about the pros and cons of rack servers. While their lower incremental cost makes them a more feasible option than blade servers, moving workloads across servers can be difficult due to the high volume of connections (i.e. consoles, your network, your media, etc.) that come with them. The more devices that you have connected to your rack server, the more connections there are to be configured and managed. To make matters worse, these devices may have to be configured through their own specific interface; limiting IT’s ability to move workloads across servers. Join us next week as we discuss how a converged infrastructure approach helps to simplify rack server management. Presented by our CTO and EVP of Engineering Scott Geng, this webinar will explore the… continue reading

Upland Software Selects ECS to Manage their Internal Private Cloud

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Managing applications and development environments across the cloud can be challenging, particularly when the data centers housing the cloud hosting the applications are spread out across an entire country. This was more or less the case with our friends at Upland Software. A leading provider of work management apps, Upland selected Egenera Cloud Suite to help deploy and manage the internal private cloud they use to run their business apps and development environments. As part of their growth strategy Upland acquired a number of data centers spread across the US to complement their technology. Once these data centers were in place, Upland made the natural move and created pools of virtualized resources within their private cloud. However, with multiple pools in place, management complexities arose due to the lack of a comprehensive management tool to keep track of all of these resources. To simplify the management process Upland needed a… continue reading

MSPs: SLAs and why they matter

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by John Humphreys No Comments
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As the increased availability of cloud services has made managing enterprise compute environments more complex, the demand for managed service providers has never been greater. A recent study released by research firm MarketsAndMarkets reported that the global market for MSPs is expected to grow from $107.17 billion in 2014 to $193.34 billion by 2019. While this expected growth clearly demonstrates the need for MSPs, it’s important to remember that service management is a two-way street in that the provider needs to deliver a certain level of service that meets customer expectations and requirements. To ensure a successful relationship, MSPs and customers need a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to act as a blueprint which explicitly outlines terms of the agreement. A “good” SLA touches on every aspect of the relationship and protects both the customer and the MSP.  It covers how the client should react in the event of an outage,… continue reading

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