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Converged Infrastructure at its core brings together network, storage, compute and virtualisation technologies into a pre-integrated IT platform. Many IT organisations utilise CI (Converged Infrastructure) to address some of today’s most pressing IT challenges such as the demand for increased system virtualisation, optimised system management, a reduction in complexity and increased efficiency for power and cooling consumption.
Typical use cases include; virtual desktop environments, high-demand compute environments such as Oracle, SAP, SQL, hybrid private cloud and secure application development platforms.×
A hyper converged infrastructure or (HCI) is a framework of technology brought together into a single unified appliance. Compute, Storage and virtualisation technologies are combined into a software defined intelligent environment, capable of web-like scale and rapid application lead deployment. HCI is built on commodity X.86 architecture linked with direct attach storage, its ability to deploy and scale quickly has helped address the demand for simple, scalable solutions ready to deliver applications on-demand and increasingly at a web scale.
Typical use cases for HCI include; virtual desktop environments, intensive database solutions such as Oracle, SAP and SQL. Highly condensed physical environments requiring maximum compute and storage density with the minimum of footprint and rack usage.×
With Converged Infrastructure?
As part of the Capita Plc group, S3 has built a CI practice which brings together all of the required skill sets required to ensure a successful transition to CI. Our collaborative program approach brings together skill sets from our dedicated Cisco network practice, specialist software license teams, virtualisation design specialists and data storage experts into a comprehensive service design team.
Our core vendor partners include; Dell/EMC, Netapp, HDS, IBM and HP all offering technology solutions ideally suited to address the demands of today’s evolving datacentre environment. S3 CI solution experts help guide your business through the transformation process, Capita Plc brings direct vertical market experience from sectors such as Healthcare, Government, Financial Services, manufacturing and Retail. Together S3 and Capita Plc. tailor the solution to match your business demand and enable cloud-ready solutions.
With Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
As part of the Capita Plc group, S3 has built a HCI practice which brings together all of the required skill sets required to ensure a successful transition to HCI. Our collaborative program approach brings together skill sets from our dedicated network practice, specialist software license teams, virtualisation design specialists and data storage experts into a comprehensive service design team.
Our core vendor partners include; Dell/EMC, Nutanix, VMware and Gridstore all offering technology solutions ideally suited to address the demands of today’s evolving datacentre environment. S3 HCI solution experts help guide your business through the transformation process, Capita Plc brings direct vertical market experience from sectors such as Healthcare, Government, Financial Services, manufacturing and Retail. Together S3 and Capita Plc. tailor the solution to match your business demand and enable cloud-ready solutions.×
S3 offers a dedicated team of CI/HCI solution design experts brought together under an established practice and methodology designed to maximise the return on investment you make in CI/HCI technology.
Our program of work helps to guide our customers through a structured process of discovery, planning, analysis and migration, designed to capture all of the key environmental, operational, application and technology aspects required to ensure a successful implementation of any converged infrastructure environment.×
Often the temptation when investing in new technology is to move straight to the discussion relative to features and functions of the new solution. In reality the due-diligence and up front effort made within the discovery phase of your existing environment and current application estate offers a far greater benefit during the early design phase.
S3 offers a range of professional services designed to map out the current physical and virtual estate, identifying network, compute and storage environments along with their key interdependencies through a series of workshops and inventory discovery. Secure, client-less discovery toolsets are available as part of our service, capturing key metrics relative to a successful and commercially viable datacentre design change. Vendor partners such as EMC, Netapp, Nutanix and IBM all offer pre-engineered CI/HCI solutions, S3 professional services help bridge to gap between your current estate and desired future state, all backed with industry accreditations and Capita Plc. experience.
S3 Deliverables; On-premise workshop based guidance, secure asset discovery, tailored management summary and inventory identification, dash-board based exec summaries.×
Once mapped and identified your IT estate and proposed business plan will need careful analysis. S3 offers a structured approach to transformation planning which aligns existing environment data with your desired future plans for virtualisation, network and compute utilisation. A careful, step-by-step approach to application dependency, unique user demands, disruption factors and proposed migration steps ensures a balanced and logical transition from legacy based siloes of technology to ultimately software defined CI/HCI environments. Our project team builds a comprehensive view of your current capacity, application performance demands, risk and growth all relative to a successful datacentre design change. Planning the most suitable, optimal place for applications be they virtual, private or cloud environments requires a solid understanding of the operational impact, efforts involved in change and steps required, S3 and Capita Plc. bring these key attributes together to help you plan a successful transition.
S3 Deliverables; On-premise workshop based guidance, asset versus outcome analysis, high-level migration plan, commercial modelling and bill of material construct.×
Bringing together expertise from application vendors and platform vendors S3 offers a deeper analysis of application and environment demands when planning a migration towards converged infrastructure. Understanding the effort involved in application remediation and virtualisation will help your business prioritise and plan specific project aspects most likely to disrupt users. A clear view of workload and effort involved in virtualisation, choice of hypervisor, choice of delivery and time to change is a vital step in the journey towards cloud, be that private or public. S3 can offer a structured engagement to provide the detailed levels of analysis during the business transformation phase.
Deliverable; On-premise workshop based guidance, application relationship mapping, asset utilisation heat mapping, risk and time dashboard analysis.×
Bringing together the information gathered from discovery, planning and analysis into a cohesive migration plan is the final step in our CI/HCI transformation service. All too often migration plans lack the granular detail to achieve a success transition, resulting in delay, additional costs and end-user disruption. S3 and Capita Plc. design and run platforms for a mix of major clients across a broad spectrum of industry sectors including Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, government and retail. Our expertise in business process outsource has created a solid methodology for business transformation which is directly relevant to customers looking to partner with a solution provider who can bring experience and stability to a technology transformation project. S3 brings together the various moving parts identified during the discovery stages, blending practical experience with established industry best practice, ensuring a seamless migration service.
S3 Deliverables; On-Premise project management and workshops, risk analysis, migration test strategy, cloud readiness assessments, test and contingency planning, back-out reporting, migration run books.×
Today cloud as a technology is commonplace, everything from mobile apps to large-scale analytics based services run native in the cloud. Pioneering vendors such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google have set the benchmark for native cloud services and scale-out platform environments.
Transitioning to the cloud however still remains a complex and costly exercise if not correctly approached and understood. As part of Capita Plc. S3 has long been established with scale-out data storage environments which ultimately service many thousands of cloud based customers. Our CI/HCI practice helps customers transition from legacy silo based IT infrastructures into cloud enabled, software defined estates, from which a transition to true cloud-scale can be achieved.
Understanding which applications and services will transition to the cloud, be that a private or public design requires a clear view of business demand, desired end-user experience and future growth. Our vendor partners include Dell/EMC, Netapp, HDS, Nutanix, VMware and IBM, offering a depth of solutions perfectly suited to private and hybrid cloud solutions.
Deliverables; On premise cloud-readiness workshops, application transformation planning, migration strategy and risk assessments, vendor consolidation and service design, automation and provisioning design service.×