Leverage the Power of
the Cloud for your
Business
Phil Marshall
Hosting & Managed Services
Meridian IT
e : [email protected]
m: 07850 347104
Tuesday, 11.00 in Room 3
Meridian Group Highlights…
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Privately held technology solutions company.
29 consecutive years of profitability& growth.
3 Continents, 6 countries, 33 offices, 600 professionals, 600 customers
International delivery capability built through acquisition & organic growth.
Committed to providing Business Benefit through innovative IT.
World-wide vision / World-wide delivery.
Flexible Reliable Expert Responsive
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Meridian IT (UK) – who we are …
We help our clients identify, evaluate
and implement systems that suit their
Business needs …...
• Company started in 1991 – MITL
• 2003 – MITL was purchased by Meridian Group
• Focused on IBM – (Power i, Power p, System x and Storage)
• Customers across all sectors – strong in finance, insurance & retail
• IBM Premier Partner > 10 years.
• Core tech and sales team been together for > 10 years.
Flexible Reliable Expert Responsive
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What is Cloud Computing ?
3 essential attributes…
“ …on-demand computing: ….computing resources are
made available by a provider to users on an as-needed,
Source: Cloud Computing by Judith Hurwitz
pay-per-use basis.”
“ ..a style of computing where scalable IT capabilities are
provided as a service…”. “
Source: Gartner
“ Computing in which applications,
data and IT resources are provided to
end users as services delivered over
a network. “
Source: Computerworld
CPU
Mem
Stor
Services
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It’s Been an Evolution …
Centralised
De-Centralised
Global
David Mitchell, IT Research, Ovum
Mainframe – centralised
Departmental - de-centralised
Personal Computing / Client Server
Application Service Provision (ASP)
Cloud & Software as a Service
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Industry Shift ...
“We expect cloud computing to account for $7 billion of our net revenue
by 2015.” – IBM
“Computing is undergoing a seismic shift.” – Microsoft
“The money spent on cloud computing is growing at over five times the
rate of traditional, on-premise IT.” – Cloud Connect
“Cloud-based services will grow 19.6 percent
to $109 billion by the end of 2012.” – Gartner
“Cloud computing is changing the way that
IT resources are utilised and consumed.” – Cisco
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Industry Shift - The BBC’s prediction in 2010 ...
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And which application areas are leading ...
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So what does Cloud Computing look like ?
There are 4 established models
Business Process as a Service
BPaaS
Software as a Service
SaaS
Platform as a Service
PaaS
Infrastructure as a Service
IaaS
Customer consumes Business
Process. eg : Payroll, HR
Customer uses applications, eg :
eMail, CRM (SalesForce), Sage, ERP
Customer uses Infrastructure plus
middleware, development tools,
databases, programming languages
Customer uses servers,
storage & network resources
from a provider, elastically
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So what does it look like ...
There are 4 established models
Business Process as a Service
BPaaS
Software as a Service
SaaS
Platform as a Service
PaaS
Infrastructure as a Service
IaaS
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So what does it look like ... the IBM Model…
IaaS
Graphic Source: IBM
PaaS
SaaS
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The User experience .. ...
Source: SaaS Blogs at www.SaaSBlogs.com
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and lots more Service Models are being developed …
Backup as a Service
BaaS
Customer backups system onto
rented server partition
Customer can store data
flexibly eg Googleapps
Storage as a Service
STaaS
Security as a Service
SECaaS
Typically anti-virus, anti-spam etc ,
eg Messagelabs
Customer rents use of data,
typically for marketing
Data as a Service
DaaS
Kenosha, WI
SaaS
PaaS
IaaS
BaaS
STaaS
Oak Brook, IL
UK * 3
Meridian’s Datacentres
Germany
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So what are the benefits ?
Characteristics
Rental Pricing Model
Rapidly Scalable
On demand
Flexible Model
Managed by Provider
Clustered Infrastructure
Benefits
No Setup cost. Pay for what you use
Changes with your business.
Fast to implement
Scales by Demand = No wasted capacity
You don’t have to maintain the skills
Highly Resilient
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So what are the benefits ?
Characteristics
Owned by Provider
Infrastructure maintained
SLA
24*7 monitoring
Upgraded by Provider
Benefits
Capex to Opex (tenant not owner)
No maintenance costs .
Guaranteed availability
Fixed before it affects the business
Always on the latest..
Shared infrastructure Economies of scale (HW, DC, Staff)
Reduced cost
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Is cost reduction the only reason to go to the Cloud?
Probably not, however ...
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The Solution, with Menu options …
Cloud
• Provision of IBM Power servers
• Hosted in World-class datacentre with 24*7 operations
• Monitored and managed 24*7 by Meridian’s team
• Dual path multi generator Power supplies
• Supported by 24*7 IBM maintenance
• V7000 storage
• System x (virtualised)
• Redundant Cisco infrastructure
• 24*7 Operations support/deliveries/security
• Managed Backup service to tape or eVault
• Replication to a remote datacentre
• Multi-homing ip, dual path load balanced across 5 providers
• Additional ip bandwidth (1MB increments)
• Additional CPW (500CPW increments)
• Additional Memory (4GB increments)
• Additional Disk (500GB increments)
• Monitoring of apps
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So is this real ?
We’ve been doing this for 9 years…
Software as a Service
SaaS
Customer uses applications, eg :
eMail, CRM (SalesForce), Sage, ERP
Platform as a Service
PaaS
Customer uses Infrastructure plus
development tools, databases,
programming languages
Infrastructure as a Service
IaaS
Customer uses servers,
storage & network resources
from a provider, elastically
… we are delivering each of these models
and now …
Backup as a Service
BaaS
Storage as a Service
STaaS
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Many thanks…
Phil Marshall
Hosting & Managed Services
Meridian IT
e : [email protected]
m: 07850 347104
www.MeridianCloudSolutions.com
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