Virtualisation and cloud technologies have always been said to help provide significant cost savings. However, as these technologies may present complexities and come along with security concerns, organisations are hesitant to adopt them. Savvis thus recently launched its Cloud Data Centre, a virtual data centre service that offers organisations a simplified platform for complex hybrid cloud solutions. Users can use this service to build software-defined data centre services that manage compute capabilities, storage, network connectivity and security operations.
Mark Smith, managing director for Asia, Savvis, shares his thoughts on the impact of virtualisation, the demand for cloud data storage and centres in Asia Pacific, as well as the Cloud Data Centre.
1.In your opinion, how will virtualisation of (or software-defined) data centres impact organisations?
Virtualisation can provide significant cost savings, but there is a risk of substituting "server sprawl" with "VM sprawl". Organisations that are looking to reduce both complexity and cost, should seek out experienced vendors who can advise and implement solutions which help ensure an optimised infrastructure, utilising a combination of on-premise and off-premise hybrid solutions.
2.What are your thoughts on the evolving demand for cloud data storage and centres in Asia Pacific?
Asia continues to grow economically, resulting in the need for more mature solutions from vendors. For example, historically, more regulatory and compliance requirements have existed for organisations conducting business in North American and Europe than in Asia. However, recently, Asia-relevant requirements are starting to come into effect, such as the TVRA (Threat Vulnerability Risk Assessment) outlined by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Savvis provides a consistent experience of enterprise-grade data centres, managed hosting, and cloud products and services specifically to meet the needs of organisations both in Asia as well as those expanding operations into Europe and North America.
3.Security is always an issue when it comes to the cloud. How is the new Cloud Data Centre addressing this?
Savvis provides in-house high level of security features such as server-tier firewalls, perimeter firewalls, and proactive security and data monitoring across all of our service offerings. Our new Cloud Data Centre also offers hardened images of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows Server, as well as security design and configuration of the underlying virtualisation and network layers.
4.In what way(s) does the new Savvis Cloud Data Centre differentiate itself from solutions from other vendors?
Our new Cloud Data Centre offering is based upon the technologies from VMware's vCloud Director, Cisco's Unified Computing System and Intel's latest Xeon chipset. Leveraging these technologies, Savvis focuses upon the needs of large and medium organisations seeking private cloud extensions as well as public cloud bursting solutions to deliver hybrid cloud solutions. Savvis further integrates a broad suite of managed services and professional services into its cloud offerings.
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