A Move Towards an IT-as-a-Service Model and the Effect of Flash Technology in the Enterprise

By Brian Vislusky, Director, Strategic Technology Group – Data Center at Presidio


IT services are at the heart of any enterprise organization and these services often differentiate businesses from their competitors. After all, service performance and reliability drives customer satisfaction, revenue generation, productivity, and often other core operations.  In short, a company’s portfolio of services allows the business to compete.


CIOs and CTOs are focused on managing their service portfolio to meet the demands of the business. To this end, they are continually looking for ways to increase the quality and availability of existing service delivery to improve customer satisfaction while decreasing the operational support costs needed to meet the service level agreement (SLA). In addition, the ability to react to changing market conditions and the need to deliver new services quickly requires an IT infrastructure that is both flexible and scalable.


Many of Presidio’s enterprise clients have begun the shift from a dedicated application stack to a service provider model. Today’s IT-as-a-Service public providers built their businesses on consolidated, scalable infrastructures and are relying on operational efficiency to onboard and support new customers. A by-product of quick fulfillment is customer satisfaction and a shorter order-to-cash period for the business.  These same architectures and operational efficiencies are being adopted by large enterprise organizations to assist in bringing new services to market faster and provide the business with a competitive advantage.  This new model, which includes resource consolidation, increases the utilization of corporate assets and reduces cost.


Presidio has helped enterprise clients achieve data center consolidation and a move towards an IT-as-a-Service based model by leveraging our practical thinking approach and a strong partnership with NetApp. In particular, we often meet our customer’s requirements using the FlexPod converged infrastructure platform. This platform provides our clients with a pre-validated converged architecture that is scalable and flexible. The pre-validated architecture reduces the deployment time because the components have been well tested to work together. The ecosystem of partners brings added value to the FlexPod architecture because these partners have a comprehensive understanding of the architecture and a well-defined deployment processes.


FlexPod Data Center Infrastructure:


Another challenge for many CIOs and CTOs is how to implement flash technology to address I/O performance problems in a cost effective manner. Success requires balancing cost, performance, manageability and scalability, to support increased workload demands.


Not all service-driven workloads are created equal and they often have varying characteristics. This is where NetApp’s portfolio-based approach to flash technology provides a range of options.


NetApp Storage Portfolio with Flash Acceleration:


For performance-intensive workloads that require the fastest access, NetApp offers both dedicated and shared storage platforms that are flash accelerated.  With multiple flash accelerated products in the portfolio, Presidio is able to design the best solutions by selecting the appropriate products to provide the customer with a balance between performance and cost.


NetApp’s Flash Accelerated Products:

All Flash Arrays:


Hybrid Storage Flash Accelerated:


A one-size fits all storage solution cannot meet the requirements of an enterprise environment. NetApp’s portfolio based approach and innovative product development, combined with Presidio’s storage expertise, provides clients with solutions that maximize their resources and prepares them for future business needs.


The combination of a converged infrastructure platform and the prescriptive deployment of flash technology provide an enterprise company the infrastructure needed to support an IT-as-a-Service model and deliver predictable outcomes to the business.