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Five Tips for Realising the Power of Virtualisation

Management, as we know it, forms the core of most businesses. Various aspects of a business needs to be managed efficiently in order to achieve success. However, in the past decade, given the proliferation of IT solutions in the enterprise, it is absolutely critical for enterprises to manage IT solutions effectively.

Virtualisation is one such solution that needs to be managed properly to realise the benefits of a virtualised environment. The following tips are targeted at enterprises who are serious about implementing Virtualisation on an enterprise-wide scale:

  • Scale Management: In today’s time, the volume of workloads are pretty heavy. Therefore, it is necessary for organisations to manage workloads effectively. Additionally, it is important for physical servers to be practiced faster, with greater precision and at a higher scale.
  • Virtualised Environment Monitoring: Since the whole idea of virtualisation works on a model of shared resources, it is imperative for organisations to monitor every activity. The solution to effective monitoring lies in gathering and compiling resource consumption at the workload level and then pass it on to the workload users.
  • Probe data and storage: A set of questions need to be answered when the volume of data grows exponentially as a result of Virtualisation:
  • Is the data protected?
  • Is there a need for change in policy?
  • Are privacy regulations supported?

These and some more questions need to be answered for organisations to realise the most out of Virtualisation.

  • Pre-Virtualised Servers to Pre-Optimised Servers: Whether it is consumer electronics or enterprise servers, the technology keeps changing. It is important to follow a plan that continuously upgrades servers built explicitly for Virtualisation.
  • Improvement of Workload Management: Virtualisation can reduce costs and increase efficiency but it certainly results in more data and workloads. Clumsy Workload management might result in losses. Workload management is vital as it is the foundation for successful implementation of Virtualisation in an enterprise.

The below mentioned case studies are a testimony to the power of Virtualisation:

  • An Indian Power company Virtualises more and spends less.
  • A Japanese firm enables better marketing and reduces server cost by approximately 70%.
  • A bank in Tokyo reduces TCO(Total Cost of Ownership) of IT and boosts productivity.
  • A Chinese government agency accelerates workload deployments by 90% through Virtualisation.
  • Virtualisation helps leading food distributor meet changing demands.

For more insights on these case studies and to realise the power of Virtualisation in your enterprise, click here. What has been the results of the implementation of Virtualisation in your enterprise? Let us know in your comments below.

Top reasons to adopt SaaS

Even if you are not familiar with SaaS (Software as a Service), you can be rest assured that you are already using it! Your e-mail, social networks, in fact this very blog you are reading is a great example of SaaS services. What makes these services ‘SaaS’? They are all Cloud applications. The storage and processing of these applications are done on a server. When you are connected to them (applications), you use a fairly simple client (a web browser) to access and interact with the applications. Users are not expected to pay for the entire software but only rent it out for a fee agreed upon by the SaaS provider and the user.

So what makes SaaS so great?

SaaS helps break down barriers when it comes to accessing organisational applications and Data and eliminates the challenges faced by traditional IT systems. A report by a reputed publication, states that around $3.9 billion will be spent on cloud services in India over the next three years, of which $1.7 billion will be spent on software-as-a-service (SaaS), which is indicative of where businesses are headed in order to achieve success.

The top four advantages of SaaS are as follows:

Reduced time to benefit:

Unlike traditional systems, SaaS applications are already configured and installed. You have the luxury of accessing the applications within just a few hours after setting up the Service. This minimises the time spent in installation and configuration, and can reduce the issues that can get in the way of the software deployment – as seen in traditional IT systems.


Lower costs:

SaaS applications are subscription based, which means no software license fees. At the same time, SaaS infrastructures are maintained by the service provider which means further reduction or even elimination of maintenance costs.


Scalability and Integration:

SaaS applications reside in a Cloud environment meaning they can be scaled indefinitely to meet customer demand and also integrated with other SaaS applications seamlessly. Compared to traditional IT models, you need not buy another server or software. You only need to enable other SaaS offerings and everything else will be taken care of by the service provider.


Easy to use:

SaaS applications are easy to use as they are built using industry best practices and also provide samples inside it for references. You can perform proof of concepts and test the software functionality or a new release feature in advance. Also, you can have more than one instance with different versions and do a smooth migration. One of the biggest benefits of SaaS is the vendor owns the software and automatically assumes responsibility for all the upgrades, updates and increased availability. Scaling, upgrading, updating hassles as seen in traditional IT systems are no longer your prerogative.


IBM has embraced SaaS and built hundreds of applications that meet critical business needs which are made available through IBM SaaS offerings

Cloud computing empowers Mobile, Social, Big Data

As businesses progress using the power of technology, it is important to not get lost amidst technology’s myriad puzzle. We are aware of the nexus of forces – Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social. But, do all these technologies have the same bearing on the organisation? By observing these technologies under a watchful eye the answer becomes clear – Cloud computing empowers the other technologies such as Mobile, Social and Big Data.

Let’s look at a real-life example that helps us unravel the role of Cloud in more detail. Today, almost everybody has a Mobile device and they use it to capture life events and create various forms of digital content to share it with the world. See the figures below:



Simply put, people want to create something with their personal touch – underlining their individuality, share it with others and discuss life events with each other.

So where is Cloud in all of this?

It may not be visible to us but Cloud is the key technology empowering the others.

Cloud empowers Mobile: Mobile acts as a gateway for people to access the digital world. The Cloud provides the essential information management and infrastructure to provide connectivity and storage services for information shared via these devices.

Cloud empowers Social: Social acts as a catalyst in spreading information across devices and to users. But “Social networking” as a descriptor marks a huge range of personalised cloud computing platforms and functions of interaction on the web.

Cloud empowers Big Data: Users sharing this information creates vast volumes of Data. Cloud acts as a central repository that stores this data and provides access to it.

Summing up, the huge amount of Data created has to be managed centrally so that the information shared can be accessed by and shared by everybody, across the globe. Cloud is the backbone for this information management. It comprises of technologies that store the data and provide complimentary digital services to access this data via multiple devices that facilitate sharing.

Though Cloud is not visible to us, it is an essential part of the Digital age. It is important for organisations to realise that to make the most of one’s technological investments, Cloud needs to be an integral part of the technology mix

Cloud In Action

Business and technology leaders of organisations – big or small – across geographies and virtually in every industry are embracing Cloud as a measure to reduce complexities and costs associated with traditional IT approaches. A recent IBM study titled ‘Cloud Business Enablers:- A Framework for action’ indicates that almost three-fourth of the leaders surveyed indicated their companies had piloted, adopted or substantially implemented cloud in their organizations – and 90 percent expect to do so in the next three years.

Cloud computing, although universally observed as a transformational force, its potential for driving business innovation and ability to build disruptive business models still remains untapped. Cloud computing offers more than just savings on IT costs. The following figures throw light on various ways in which the Cloud enables businesses and how the use of Cloud impacts value propositions and value chains.



Find below some examples of “Cloud in Action” and how it helped businesses optimize, innovate, disrupt by harnessing the power of the Cloud:

1. Ecosystem Connectivity:

A major business enabler powered by the cloud is ecosystem connectivity; which is recognized by a third of the  respondents to an IBM study as a major benefit. Through Cloud’s ecosystem connectivity which facilitates fast  and easy access to information, reputed automakers found an innovative way to help manufacturers maintain vehicles more efficiently, boost customer satisfaction and improve their brand image

2. Differentiator:

The days of technology, pricing strategies and scalability being a company’s competitive advantage in the market place have faded. So how can a business find its competitive edge? Differentiation. Cloud’s ability to boost infrastructure, helped this premium web-hosting providerkeep pace with client demands for more agile and flexible hosting services and cloud-based offerings.

3. Cutting complexity:

As technologies evolve and businesses start providing better services to customers, the complexity of its operations increases tremendously. In an era where consumers are connecting with businesses in multiple ways, especially Mobile, delivering an exceptional Mobile service becomes an imperative. See how this Mobile application develper was able to cut costs and complexity by moving back-end services into the Cloud.

4. Boost Performance:

Consistent performance of products and services is the key for businesses to survive and thrive in the industry. This IT service providerrisked loss of business as it struggled to deliver the performance its broadcasting customers need for smooth TV and radio operations. By leveraging the Cloud, they witnessed a fourfold performance increase, achieved return on investment in six months, with investment and operating cost savings of 75 percent.

5. Integration:

We are witnessing a nexus of forces – Cloud, Analytics, Social and Mobile and the market leaders will be the ones who are able to take advantage of these technologies collectively. Read how this product manufacturing corporation was able to upgrade to newer technology that could support its Mobile workforce through a hybrid environment.

From the above, we can infer that the benefits of Cloud are not just limited to technology companies but percolates across all industries of all sizes. To learn more about how businesses can go about implementing a Cloud solution, download the IDC Interactive White Paper- Best Practices on Cloud.

Cloud: Key to your KPIs

Technological evolutions have made doing business more simpler and straight forward than ever before. For example, a world bank surveystates that the period 2009 – 13 alone has witnessed over 70,450 new businesses in the private sector in India.  As more players  enter the business arena, it is hard to differentiate between you and your competitors as similar business models, pricing and marketing strategy level the playing field.

As a decision maker, your Key Performance Indicators lie in how well you are able to tackle these business forces and facilitate innovation and advancements to give your business a competitive edge.

One way of doing it is using your IT as a strategic weapon and use it to strengthen your business strategy. Why? Look at companies like eBay & Yahoo and the answers become clear. IT is a critical core competency for sustained competitive advantage today. A well-crafted IT strategy built into the overall business strategy will provide you with the much needed competitive advantage.

Meet Cloud Computing. a.k.a Key to your KPIs

When utilized effectively, Cloud capabilities offer numerous opportunities to drive your business forward i.e., meet your KPIs. Recent technology and connectivity trends have created a perfect storm for your business to embrace the power of Cloud, innovate and build disruptive business models. Moreover, applications of Cloud in an enterprise environment is ubiquitous in nature meaning, Cloud benefits can percolate to all levels and operations in your organisation.

Leading adopters of Cloud are enjoying faster innovation, greater sales and profits. The pace setters in Cloud computing – the top 20% – are already almost doubling revenues and boosting gross profits by up to 250%.

So, how do organisations leverage Cloud and how do they plan to employ its power to fuel the future? The following presentation can help you understand ways in which you can leverage Cloud, meet your KPIs and become a Rainmaker in your organisation.

Cloud: Key to Strategic Reinvention

According to IBM study “Under Cloud Cover” published by IBM center for applied insights Leaders are finding the secret sauce in cloud to differentiate. It allows them to serve customers in new ways and re-imagine their business models. It can help surface valuable insights from their data and transform how they make decisions. It enables them to tap expertise from across their entire ecosystem.

Why there is a growing strategic interest in cloud?

 Business Value

Simply put, it’s an evolution. Cloud computing is following the same pattern of other technologies that have shaped busi­ness and society. Like earlier innovations, we can’t imagine the innumerable product innovations, business models and industries that would ultimately be built upon this technology. It will power business growth: – Innovate Products & Services, Reinvent customer relationship & Build new business models.

Strategic reinvention

For leading organizations, cloud provides an escape route from the status quo. Most often, it’s helping them better engage their customers. Compared to Chasers, Pacesetters are more than twice as likely to use cloud to rein­vent customer relationships. Cloud enables them to listen more broadly and dig through big data to learn customer preferences and deliver more relevant offers.

Better decisions

Leading organizations also recognize the power of connecting their data, the information scattered across segregated servers and employee hard drives. Leading organizations are likely to use cloud-based analytics to dig for insights buried inside big data. With cloud, they can feed their analytics more raw data – and provide computing capacity for more expansive analysis.

Deeper collaboration

Cloud can bring together masses of collaborators, spreading knowledge faster and drawing on the collective wisdom of the crowd. Leading organizations are also taking advantage of cloud-based collaboration to help eliminate silos – especially within their IT organization