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Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Nearly everything is cloud based these days. This exposes company data to problems that just didn’t exist before. How best to get this to work the right way and have the best fit for an organization takes time and knowledge of best practices. WEI experts can help identify the best way for the cloud to fit into an organization. The emerging world of private, public, and hybrid cloud services presents a dizzying array of questions for today’s IT team. Is it right to go “all in” with one vendor’s cloud vision for the future, or what about open source as a solution? Should a company adopt a public “cloud first” policy for all of their IT needs or just a small portion? When it comes to cloud-based solutions, WEI acts as a trusted, independent resource to help vet cloud technologies, architectures and the growing world of cloud service providers.

Need to architect or build orchestrated, automated private cloud or hybrid cloud architectures? What about custom service catalogs? WEI can help a company there as well. When it comes to delivering or obtaining the right set of cloud services, WEI routinely pairs industry best practices with top-flight technologies and their own brand of innovation. The result? The right cloud-based solution at just the right time for any business.

Private & hybrid

Orchestration, Automation and SDDC

Since 2002, virtualization has enabled server consolidation to contain physical-server sprawl and provided the ability to use compute resources. This caused a major shift in data center operations that affected how applications were deployed, how recovery plans were created, and how infrastructure was scaled. Having a Virtual Infrastructure, the foundation of the Private Cloud, is now a common and efficient way to run a data center.

Even with the efficiency of a Virtual Infrastructure, customers are still looking to do more with the resources they have. What are the key factors that can assist in enhancing the capabilities of the infrastructure, allowing IT to become an even more proactive business enabler?

Consistency, efficiency, lifecycle management, and the ability to understand the cost of running applications are all important. So are orchestration and automation of process. IT professionals need to review internal processes and consider the various cost models for Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud to understand how to ensure the cost efficiency of data center operations.

WEI has been helping our customers improve the efficiency of their data centers, while ensuring consistency and lifecycle management for the applications that make their businesses successful. Is it time for WEI to help you realize more control and efficiency in your IT operations?

SDDC

The transition from physical servers to Virtual Infrastructures has changed the face of the data center. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has enabled consistency, efficiency, and lifecycle management of data centers over the past few years. Now, a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) can further simplify not only how you choose the hardware that runs in your data center, but also how you develop strategies for managing your IT infrastructure.

The technologies required to build a SDDC are simple. The Virtual Infrastructure that provides your IaaS is a core component that abstracts the operating system from having any type of hardware dependency. The Software Defined Storage (SDS) layer allows you to abstract the storage area networks in the same way Virtual Infrastructure abstracts the operating system from server hardware. The Software Defined Network (SDN) layer enables your network to focus on delivery of data, while allowing you to abstract the details of individual port configurations with a policy-based network that can transition across Private and Public Cloud boundaries.

The adoption of the SDDC allows an IT team to integrate into your business and its strategies with more flexibility, agility, and consistency to meet the demands placed upon it. Need to utilize your Hybrid Cloud resources for a month, without causing an application outage? Need to transition workloads easily between Private and Public Cloud as the cost models change? Need to bring the development environment into the Private Cloud from a Public Cloud resource without any reconfiguration?

Enabled self-service IT resources, that are backed by pooled resources and have the elasticity to scale on demand and run anywhere within your Cloud , can have their costs quantified.

Policy-based management for all aspects of your IT infrastructure is what comprises the SDDC, and creates these types of possibilities. WEI has been helping our customers make the transition to SDDC and enabled policy-based management within their organizations. Is it time for WEI to help your transition

Public

IaaS, BaaS, DRaaS, PaaS and SaaS

A Virtualized Infrastructure has been common in most data centers since 2002—it’s been the standard for all data centers for the past decade. The savings have been immense. It’s meant fewer components in our data centers, reduced power consumption to run our facilities, more control over our data, simplified operations, and the agility to move our workloads as needed.

Even with all of these benefits, customers are still looking to improve their operational efficiency and consistency, and get a lifecycle management tool in place, and do even more for their businesses while reducing costs even further.

Our Virtualized Infrastructure is the foundation of our next step in the data center transition to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Having confidence in the design and architecture of your hardware allows you to add the software-enabling components of IaaS, and realize additional benefits that increase your agility, efficiency, and control. It also empowers groups within your organization to have self-service IT resources at their fingertips.

Take, for example, a two-week request for a development environment. The process was well defined, required many different groups to participate in delivering the request, and worked well … except for the two-week delay in empowering developers.
Providing the IaaS components, on the other hand, allowed for this to become a five-minute process that a developer could initiate on their own. Imagine what that could do for your business.

WEI has been helping our customers to simplify development, production, and Disaster Recovery environments using IaaS, while enabling additional efficiency, consistency, and lifecycle management. Is it time for WEI to help you realize these same benefits?

BaaS

Business Continuity strategies have been a requirement in IT operations for decades. The need to back up and restore data is an essential requirement in all data centers. With concerns over cybersecurity on the rise, the need for a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan has never been more important, and more options than ever now exist to implement an effective DR plan, even for the smallest IT operations.

The ability to back up to different media, be it tape, disk, or a Public Cloud offering, is essential, with Service Level Agreements driving low Recovery Time Objectives and minimal data loss (Recovery Point Objectives), while still demanding 7-year retention of data. Backing up to disk can provide a short RTO and RPO, but may not be the answer for long-term retention. Tape may address long-term retention but not provide the restore capacities your SLAs demand. Add Disaster Recovery Plans to the strategy, and the RTO/RPO requirements defined in your Business Continuity plans, and you have even more to consider. How do you find a happy medium for your business?

The software used to manage your Business Continuity strategies has changed over the years, just as the media used for recovery has. Many of the solutions available have the capabilities to manage the backup and recovery of data as well as replication and recovery. Backup as a Service (BaaS) may address part of your continuity requirements, and be part of your solution.

WEI has been helping our customers update and simplify their Business Continuity strategies—proving that it is possible to meeting aggressive SLAs with short RTO and RPO windows. Is it time for WEI to help you update your Business Continuity plans?

DRaaS

Business Continuity strategies have been a requirement in IT operations for decades. The need to back up and restore data is an essential requirement in all data enters. With concerns over cybersecurity on the rise, the need for a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan has never been more important, and more options than ever now exist to implement an effective DR plan, even for the smallest IT operations.

A traditional Disaster Recovery plan requires two data centers, with identical hardware for servers and storage. Storage arrays needed to be identical to enable their replication software. Adoption of this type of DR solution was expensive, as it essentially required two data centers (that had to be managed).

With the adoption of Virtualized Infrastructure, many of the traditional obstacles no longer existed in DR plans. Servers did not need to be the exact same model, allowing for repurposing of equipment. Storage Arrays had to be similar models in order to be replicated, and if replication was performed per Virtual Machine at the software layer, storage at both sides could be different. This led to a more cost-effective way for DR plans to be rolled out.

Up until now, any Disaster Recovery plan still had a challenge … it required BOTH data centers be managed, regardless of the DR implementation.

This is why Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has provided a tremendous benefit to organizations, both large and small. The ability to fail over a Virtual Infrastructure to a data center in the Cloud eliminates the aggravation and costs associated with managing multiple data centers. There are even options that can address the physical server workloads that exist in your data center as well.

WEI has been helping customers control their capital and operating costs while achieving the RTO and RPOs their businesses require. More of our customers now have a DR recovery plan that can be tested successfully, and keeps their ongoing operations simple. How can WEI help you realize a successful DRaaS solution?

WEI has also been helping modernize our customers’ Business Continuity strategies, and realizing simpler operations in meeting those strategies. Meeting aggressive SLAs with short RTO and RPO windows is possible. Is it time WEI helped you update your Business Continuity plans?

PaaS

Many IT professionals have been looking for a way to shorten software development lifecycles. Many have accelerated the development process through the use of a Virtualized Infrastructure or IaaS, but wonder if there is any better way.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) can provide an answer.

PaaS provides Cloud-based infrastructure for application developers, allowing them to concentrate on developing, testing and rolling out their applications without having to equip a local data center to support them.

If you have development teams that have yet to embrace PaaS, perhaps it’s time to take a closer look—at everything from the initial vendors that provide PaaS to the technologies that enable the teams to assemble the pieces to enable rapid and custom development, including the tools and services designed to make coding and deployment efficient.

SaaS

Applications are designed for end users and delivered over the web.

Virtualization

Complete Solutions to Meet Your Needs

Virtualization solutions deliver some of the most compelling results of any technology available today—making over-provisioning for servers, storage, networking, and desktops a thing of the past. WEI offers complete virtualization solutions tailored to meet your needs.


Realize More Efficiency and Control

Since 2002, virtualization has enabled server consolidation to contain physical-server sprawl and provided the ability to use compute resources. This caused a major shift in data center operations that affected how applications were deployed, how recovery plans were created, and how infrastructure was scaled. Having a Virtual Infrastructure, the foundation of the Private Cloud, is now a common and efficient way to run a data center.

Even with the efficiency of a Virtual Infrastructure, customers are still looking to do more with the resources they have. What are the key factors that can assist in enhancing the capabilities of the infrastructure, allowing IT to become an even more proactive business enabler?

Consistency, efficiency, lifecycle management, and the ability to understand the cost of running applications are all important. So are orchestration and automation of process. IT professionals need to review internal processes and consider the various cost models for Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud to understand how to ensure the cost efficiency of data center operations.

WEI has been helping our customers improve the efficiency of their data centers, while ensuring consistency and lifecycle management for the applications that make their businesses successful. Is it time for WEI to help you realize more control and efficiency in your IT operations?


Implement a Solid Virtualized Infrastructure

Since 2002, virtualization has provided a tool that has enabled server consolidation to contain physical server sprawl and provide the ability to utilize compute resources. The reduction in the number of physical components in a data center keeps a business agile, and helps reduce the cost of IT within the organization. The benefits you realize from High Availability features, and from automated shifting of workloads to systems that can provide the resources required, are key to your IT operations working efficiently. They are part of your toolset that helps you meet your SLAs.

IT today depends heavily on Virtualized Infrastructure—to simplify operations and deliver zero-impact maintenance, plus the ability to scale infrastructure no matter what the demand. With Virtualized Infrastructure, your teams can manage the network, storage, and servers that provide the applications your business depends on to make your customers happy.

It’s critical that your Virtualized Infrastructure is as solid as the foundation of any building. You need to know you can depend on the infrastructure to provide your applications with the performance, uptime, and agility your business requires. Eliminating single points of failure in the Virtualized Infrastructure can reduce glitches that interrupt your business processes.


Consider the Possibilities

Although virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) have been around for quite a while, the solution seems to be experiencing its highest surge in popularity and demand right now.

VDI has different perceptions and levels of adoption. Adopting end-user computing can enable virtual desktops, though it forces us to rethink the entirety of our existing processes in the life cycle management of desktops and applications—in the same way that server virtualization forced us to redesign the way we think about and deliver our applications.

WEI can help you implement a solid Virtualized Infrastructure within your organization. When do you want to get started? Contact us today