“Employees are a company’s greatest asset—they’re your competitive advantage” is an often-repeated phrase attributed to former chairperson and CEO of Xerox, Anne M. Mulcahy. Yet how well does your organization understand the true costs of this significant asset, particularly those working for your business in IT?
Ask anyone in IT management and they’ll tell you that they want to help grow the business, meet user requests faster, promote good governance—and do all of it faster, better and cheaper. Yet in reality, most IT teams are stuck maintaining existing systems. And that routine busywork prevents them from focusing on strategic challenges that drive innovation. So what can your organization do about it?
New business models. Strategic advantage. Market disruption. These game changers are exactly what line-of-business (LOB) leaders want from their IT organizations. And new technology approaches—including cloud, big data, mobile and social—are creating opportunities to improve service delivery, cost and flexibility. But mundane operations tasks have kept IT from leading the way to innovation. Until now.
Is your organization looking to cut costs, reduce deployment time or gain new capabilities that you find challenging to implement with traditional on-premises infrastructure? Then outsourcing IT may be right for you.
Rackspace experts will be out in full force next week at VMworld Europe 2014, as we take to the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona to showcase how Rackspace manages all the things through managed VMware®, managed OpenStack® and Managed Cloud.
Some IT initiatives, such as disaster recovery, are natural fits for cloud computing. Yet it can be challenging to know exactly where to begin when it comes to configuring self-managed recovery plans and replicating virtual machines (VMs) from on-premises to a cloud service provider.
The past decade has been difficult for many IT organizations. Economic conditions and financial pressures have resulted in ever tightening IT budgets. These constraints have required CIOs to focus resources on ensuring the availability, reliability and stability of the most business critical systems and applications. This necessary focus on “keeping the lights on” has come at the expense of innovation, with over 70 percent of IT budgets now still spent on ongoing maintenance, operations and capacity expansion according to Forrester.
Many enterprises have invested millions of dollars over the years in IT management, monitoring and automation solutions for their data centers. So a natural question that arises when considering migration of workloads to hosted environments is around management tools. What new capabilities will be required? What new skills will our organization need? Is our existing toolset extensible at all?
Security and compliance are common top-of-mind issues for IT leaders considering migration of virtualized workloads to managed infrastructure models. Enterprises understandably want to ensure that a hosted VMware environment won’t create significant additional security control, risk management and audit requirements.
Many organizations are actively pursuing new “zero-infrastructure” models, seeking to migrate workloads from on-premise data centers to managed infrastructure models. While the benefits of getting out of the “data center business” are clear, organizations used to traditional on-premise models sometimes have concerns. In particular questions are often raised about the impact of workload migration on IT governance, management and operations.