Many companies that did not outsource SAP services during the recession are doing so now or are considering doing so as they upgrade their SAP solutions and, increasingly, consider full-service hosting options for application and service support. For many this process has become more complex with industry insiders talking about public vs. private “clouds” and estimated cost savings or other advantages. We firmly believe private clouds are the right choice for many reasons and engage with IT decision-makers daily to discuss the value and performance of private clouds.
For most CIOs and IT Directors, using hosted services increasingly makes sense as they evaluate the cost and resource burdens (e.g., physical IT, staff, training) of managing SAP systems. Understanding has grown around the reality that hosted services can provide an attractive solution for leveraging IT spend and addressing specific business process pains, while leapfrogging their SAP learning curve and getting critical projects up and running faster without technical difficulties. The importance of this reality simply can’t be overstated.
Private clouds, as offered through itelligence’s hosting packages, complement this model with predictable cost, high availability, quick response times, dedicated memory and powerful data security. In contrast, public cloud options simply have too many limiting factors to be a viable option. Our it.cloud solution provides flexible, enterprise-wide support for SAP software via a private cloud service that bypasses traditional obstacles generally seen with on premise solutions—such as a company having to pay for a certain amount of peak capacity that they may never come close to using or a company experiencing a spike in need due to unexpected increases, leaving their servers suddenly incapable of handling the influx.
With it.cloud, organizations share with other private cloud customers a group of clustered servers, which itelligence calibrates to dynamically meet capacity needs, giving organizations the performance and IT resources they require with the added flexibility of only paying for planned use. In addition, since it is a private cloud with VPN, or other traditional secure connectivity options that extend organizations’ networks, the internet security risk is mitigated. With service provided from itelligence’s Cincinnati-based state-of-the-art SAS 70 Type II data centers, it.cloud benefits all key IT functions, from processor and memory performance to SAN and data-protection. Look for added SAP Business Intelligence support in 2011.
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