Software defined hybrid IT: improving automation and flexibility

Software defined hybrid IT is transforming the IT infrastructure of businesses across the globe thanks to greater automation and improved flexibility, says Christos Altimparmakis at Unisys

By Guest on 02 September 2015
Software defined hybrid IT: improving automation and flexibility

This article was first published in the Summer 2015 issue of OnWindows

Enabled by virtualisation, hybrid IT is providing true service aggregation by allowing organisations to consume a mix of on-premise, private and public cloud services. Software defined (SD) hybrid IT is opening up a new set of capabilities that are of major importance for modern mission-critical technology. By extending virtualisation across all resources – compute, storage and network – in the data centre, it is driving transformation in the delivery of infrastructure services and flexibility on how these services can be consumed at an optimised cost.

The benefits of an SD hybrid IT architecture are significant. Automating all domains of the data centre enhances visibility and results in lower operational costs. Policy based provisioning means that requests for new or additional services and/or resources are dramatically simplified. There’s also greater flexibility to choose a hardware platform from any vendor.

We help our clients to transform their IT by providing the required services automation, based on a feature-rich portal and various delivery options (for example, a combination of Unisys Secure Private Cloud and Microsoft Azure Public Cloud Services). We also offer the option to manage these environments on the clients’ behalf, providing aggregated services in a multi-sourcing environment, simplifying complex operations.

To address the potentially disruptive nature of this new architecture, Unisys has built a step-by-step methodology, ensuring that the transition to the SD hybrid IT (future) state takes place in a phased manner.

A well-defined set of tools, combined with an eight-track, detailed methodology is used to define the current state and determine the optimal combination of service aggregation, based on a predefined set of technical and financial attributes, leading to a truly open, best-of-breed solution.

Our approach allows organisations to identify and tackle immediate pain points as part of their transition plan, while also making the correct decisions with regards to the future state architecture.

Unisys is working very closely with Microsoft in EMEA to address this market need and apply a combination of its consultancy and managed services expertise in solving clients’ problems. Unisys has recently applied this methodology for several clients in Portugal, in industry and distribution as well as across the public sector.

Christos Altimparmakis is EMEA director for SD hybrid IT at Unisys

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