When we renovated our kitchen, one of our top priorities was upgrading to gas appliances. The first step was to have the gas company determine if our current gas line could handle the extra load of a restaurant-grade range.
The same pre-implementation assessment is highly recommended, if not required, before adding a bandwidth-intensive product to a network. Let’s use Cisco TelePresence as an example.
You bring a customer to a live TelePresence session. They are wowed. They immediately see the benefits of a face-to-face meeting, and they are sold on how the TelePresence investment can pay for itself in a short period of time with the elimination of travel expenses alone.
They are ready! But is their network?
As your customer’s partner and trusted advisor, it’s your job to find out. An assessment of their network helps you mitigate risk by determining quickly what upgrades are required to ensure a successful implementation. It also helps you customize the solution by adding features and functionality that can help your customer—customization that might not have been identified without an analysis.
On the flip side, an assessment takes time. It costs money. It requires people, travel, and expertise. These things add up and can quickly eat into your profits.
7,929 miles (12,761 kilometers) separate Melbourne, Australia from Sacramento, California. Despite being half a world away from each other, these cities have a few things in common – both are capital cities, both had a rich history during the gold rush, and both enjoy a riverside view.
These cities have something else in common: their data centers are the backbone for supplying clean water to their citizens. And each data center is owned, operated, and managed by the local government.
“780 million people lack access to clean water – that’s more than 2.5 times the population of the United States,” — Water.org
Governments in cities like Melbourne and Sacramento aren’t unique in their quest to provide clean water to residents but the way they use technology, specifically their data centers, to accomplish this is something other organizations can learn from. The data center isn’t just the backbone for clean water…it’s the cornerstone of any network.
The challenges faced by Melbourne Water and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) are common to many organizations.
CSC’s portfolio of cloud solutions has quadrupled along with the global customer base. It’s unique offering, BizCloud, saves months and millions of dollars over the other “do it yourself” private clouds.
What’s the secret behind this success?
A unique cloud-business model
Take the best elements of a public cloud – scalability and convenience, combine with the security of a private cloud. Add a best-in-class infrastructure-as-a-service layer. Top it off with a menu of cloud services options. Then bill as a service from a standard rate card and include a pay-as-you-go plan.
What do you get? A unique solution that CSC calls BizCloud.
BizCloud delivers the security and exclusivity of a private cloud with elasticity and a pay-as-you-go rate structure.
Differentiation through automation
You might wonder, how did CSC circumvent the time consuming and costly business of managing a cloud environment? The answer is: better automation.
“The Cisco Intelligent Automation solution is also used by Cisco IT, and when we saw how Cisco uses its own cloud automation product, we were encouraged. It will be an essential component of our long-term reference architecture for the enterprise cloud,” says Eli Almog, CTO for Cloud, CSC
What do a telecommunications company and a University have in common? Well, at first glance, not a heck of a lot — unless you consider their network requirements. After talking to a telecommunications company and a University I found out they both wanted:
To know the exact status of all networking devices…within minutes.
A simplified service contract structure for said devices
To better predict, and budget for, support and upgrades of devices
Reduced network risk, simplified operations, and increased employee productivity.