“Atos first to launch Digital Data Center”
Where speed of IT finally meets business demand
Atos, an international leader in digital services, today launched its Digital Data Center services that enable clients to stay ahead of the competition by ensuring their IT operates securely at the speed of their business. The new software defined services from Atos that customers can benefit are:
- Digital Data Center design, planning and implementation services
- Digital Data Center Managed services at customer or Atos secure data centers
The services will be provided by a dedicated global Atos team to customers worldwide so organizations can migrate and transform to the new Digital Revolution in a non-disruptive way, both smoothly and progressively. The Digital Data Center services also enhance and complement the offerings from Canopy – the Atos Cloud powered by EMC and VMware – so clients can benefit from an end to end capability in the digital space.
It extends its virtualized compute services to include networking, storage and management/automation, delivered as a managed service of a fully integrated software defined platform. Digital Data Center services are built on a software-defined data center architecture and commodity hardware that uses technologies from VMware including VMware vCloud Suite®, VMware NSX™, VMware Virtual SAN™ and VMware vRealize™ Suite.
Eric Grall, Head of Managed Services, Atos said: “At Atos we are progressing our customers to what we define as the third Digital Revolution. This is where the speed of IT finally meets the business demand in providing infrastructure resources just when our customers need them, ensuring they can gain a competitive advantage. The Digital Data Center services provide a step change in infrastructure and complement our Canopy solutions and services, positioning Atos as the leader in helping clients to evolve their IT infrastructure to leverage the best of breed software-defined and Cloud technologies”.
“Through a software-defined data center architecture, organizations have the ability to realize greater scalability, flexibility and agility in their IT infrastructure,” said Todd Surdey, Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances and Emerging Partners, VMware. “We congratulate Atos on the launch of its Digital Data Center services, which use a complete VMware software stack to empower customers to securely and quickly move at the speed of their business.”
In addition to speed, the Digital Data Center provides increased security and significant lower running costs. Unlike in existing data centers, in the new digital data center the “intelligence” moves out of the hardware devices towards a new over-arching software layer. The software-defined based Managed Data Center Services are therefore abstracted from the underlying physical infrastructure, enabling programmatic and automated provisioning and management across the entire infrastructure including networks and storage as well as compute.
The Atos Digital Data Center is going to deliver a seamless service and all the benefits of the agile platform for clients that want to retain direct control of security and data.
The first Digital Data Center pilots are beginning in Q1 2015 with further functionality from a pre-defined roadmap to be added throughout 2015 and beyond.
According to Gartner: “SDDC’s (Software Defined Data Center’s) key value is enabling agility through policy-based automation of the data center and facilities infrastructure.” “Software-defined infrastructures are a new way to operate, orchestrate and automate what used to be a manual task, resulting in enhanced processing, mobility and workflow, both internally and externally. It allows for configuration from one place, and will eventually encompass networks, storage, data centers and more.”
Atos is the European leader in Managed services and has been positioned as a leader, for the last three years, in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Infrastructure Utility Services 2014, Europe.
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of € 10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.
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