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Saving Time and Money with FlexPod Managed Private Cloud

I’m someone who values options. It used to be that companies only had two choices for their IT environments: Run the entire show themselves, or hand over the reins to a managed service provider. Now, as companies move workloads to the cloud, they have options. A terrific option is FlexPod Managed Private Cloud, the advantages of which John McAuley wrote about.  

According to a survey on cloud computing, 67 percent of respondents prefer a managed private cloud to a public cloud.i Managed private cloud, or hosted private cloud, is where a partner provides your business with all of the ‘good stuff’ of traditional managed hosting.      

A new program from Cisco and NetApp is combining the benefits of a managed private cloud solution with the industry’s leading converged infrastructure, FlexPod. Our managed private cloud is far more than remotely managed FlexPod. It is a robust managed private cloud offering with the look and feel of a public cloud service.     

We’ve built a great partnership between the cloud and the FlexPod converged infrastructure (CI). With the help of our delivery partners, we can now bring you a fully managed, dedicated, private cloud infrastructure, anywhere in the world. Our solution allows clients to maintain ownership of their infrastructure and data while reducing the organizational management burden.   

Saving Time and Money 

According to McKinsey & Company, adopting the cloud is part of a necessary business standardization. By utilizing a managed private cloud, companies can:  

  • Reduce overhead IT costs by 30 to 40 percent 
  • Scale IT processes up and down as needed (optimizing IT asset usage) 
  • Improve flexibility of IT in meeting business needs (such as Big Data and Machine Learning services) 
  • Reduce IT incidents by up to 70 percent by rethinking IT operationsii 

Saving money is the primary reason for cloud service adoption. Michael Warrilow, Research Vice President at Gartner, says, “Cloud shift highlights the appeal of greater flexibility and agility, which is perceived as a benefit of on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing in cloud.”iii  

FlexPod Managed Private Cloud will streamline operations, reducing headaches, and cutting operational costs by up to 67%.iv Outside of the vast cost savings, there are many other advantages to shifting to a managed private cloud.    

Advantages of FlexPod Managed Private Cloud: 

  • Customization 
  • Faster Enablement  
  • Dedicated Infrastructure
  • Rapid self-service provisioning 
  • User Dashboards
  • Flexibility 
  • Larger scale  
  • Industry standard 

With the cloud becoming mainstream, and with the many advantages that cloud solutions offer, organizations will continue to move toward cloud solutions. Gartner forecasts 28 percent of spending within critical enterprise IT markets will shift to the cloud by 2022. v 

Table 1: Cloud Shift Proportion by Category

20182019202020212022
System infrastructure11%13%16%19%22%
Infrastructure software13%15%17%18%20%
Application software34%36%38%39%40%
Business process outsourcing27%28%29%29%30%
Total19% 21% 24%26%28%

Source: Gartner (August 2018)

FlexPod Managed Private Cloud works well for many of the same use cases as an Enterprise private cloud, targeting traditional enterprise applications, but it saves the company from having to support all these features itself. With a managed private cloud solution, FlexPod’s cloud and infrastructure specialists set up your company’s infrastructure and then keep the technology current and secure. This simplifies your environment and speeds up new solution deployment.  

To find out more about FlexPod Managed Private Cloud, I encourage you to read the solution brief or reach out to me directly. 


[i] https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100823005929/en/Yankee-Group-Survey-Finds-Infrastructure-as-a-Service-Adoption-Growing
[ii] https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/cloud-adoption-to-accelerate-it-modernization
[iii] https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2018-09-18-gartner-says-28-percent-of-spending-in-key-IT-segments-will-shift-to-the-cloud-by-2022
[iv] https://www.netapp.com/us/solutions/build-cloud-infrastructure/infrastructure-as-a-service.aspx
[v] https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2018-09-18-gartner-says-28-percent-of-spending-in-key-IT-segments-will-shift-to-the-cloud-by-2022

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