3PAR Inc., Egenera Inc., and Inkra Networks Corporation today announced that joint customer SAVVIS Communications, a global IT utility, is introducing its virtualised utility services delivery platform within the United Kingdom. The SAVVIS utility platform is designed for businesses that need powerful servers, storage, and networks to run their applications but do not want to invest in the infrastructure and expertise to run IT operations. Built upon virtualisation technologies from 3PAR, Egenera and Inkra and unlike the traditional service provider model which forces users to pay for excess capacity, the utility computing platform enables SAVVIS to charge customers only for the resources they use. This is made possible by routinely optimising the resources allocated to each client based on utilisation. For even greater savings and efficiencies, the solutions provided by 3PAR, Egenera and Inkra automate this process, setting the standard for today's utility computing environments.
"The technology investment that SAVVIS made in 3PAR, Egenera and Inkra has helped enable our expansion into the global marketplace," said Rob McCormick, SAVVIS chairman and chief executive officer. "After unveiling the virtualised IT services delivery platform in the US, we grew our customer base by offering a much more cost-effective IT infrastructure. Our customers such as Deluxe Entertainment and Innovest have cut IT expenses by as much as 50 per cent."
The SAVVIS virtualised utility services platform integrates 3PAR, Egenera and Inkra technologies and deploys an array of managed utility services from its world-class data centre in Reading and other centres in the US and Asia. SAVVIS is the first company to integrate networking, hosting, storage and computing into one virtualised platform and deliver end-to-end IT services to enterprises.
"The integrated, virtualised platform made possible by 3PAR, Egenera and Inkra is a great example of utility computing at work. The successful expansion of SAVVIS' utility platform demonstrates just how real utility computing is becoming," said Tony Lock, Chief Analyst, Bloor Research. "Service providers can now see a proven utility computing model in production at SAVVIS and will have to decide whether they can compete with traditional solutions or 'join 'em' with a utility computing approach."
3PAR: Simple, Efficient Storage for Utility Computing
SAVVIS is one of dozens of enterprises that have selected 3PAR Utility Storage as the right choice for their utility computing deployments. The 3PAR InServ Storage Server is the storage cornerstone of the SAVVIS virtualised IT services delivery platform. With 3PAR, SAVVIS can reduce the total cost of storing data by 50 per cent due to the dramatic increases in capacity utilisation and reduction in administrative expense. These aggregate savings are passed along to SAVVIS customers in a business model that showcases the tangible financial benefits of Utility Storage.
"The SAVVIS deployment highlights the next-generation utility computing data centre," said David Scott, President and CEO of 3PAR. "It is a visible example to other UK and European enterprises of the right path for this next wave of computing. 3PAR is proud to be the storage choice for SAVVIS' utility computing platform."
Egenera BladeFrame Virtualises the Data Centre
The Egenera BladeFrame system virtualises data centre infrastructure by creating a pool of server resources that are easily divided into private, secured configurations. These resource configurations can be dynamically allocated to support an application and then disbanded if necessary. Server capacity is then freed from dedication to individual applications, and services can move fluidly between different hardware or network paths. This means SAVVIS clients can pay only for the resources they use. In addition, they gain access to advanced features such as high availability, disaster recovery and real-time scalability without the expense of inflexible and over-provisioned legacy systems.
"Since its introduction in late 2001, the Egenera BladeFrame system has been installed by marquee enterprises worldwide, including industry leaders in financial services, government, telecommunications, the Internet and healthcare," said Bob Dutkowsky, Egenera chairman, president and CEO. "Now, the SAVVIS virtualised services delivery platform brings the benefits of utility computing to organisations that prefer to outsource. We are pleased to be working with SAVVIS in both the US and the UK to help their customers realise lower total cost of ownership and improved IT responsiveness."
Inkra's Virtual Network Infrastructure Slashes Costs and Provisioning Time Inkra Networks Virtual Service Switches consolidate, virtualise, and automate the delivery of networking and security services, including firewall, VPN, and load balancing. By leveraging virtualised networking and security services from Inkra, SAVVIS has been able to reduce its infrastructure equipment and operations costs by more than 70 per cent.
Virtualisation brings automation and efficiency to managed service delivery, allowing customers like SAVVIS to quickly provision new services in a matter of hours, rather than days or weeks. As an Inkra customer for more than two years, SAVVIS has now deployed Inkra 4000 Virtual Service Switches in five data centres worldwide. Currently, over 200 SAVVIS managed hosting customers receive dedicated virtual firewall and load balancing services delivered by Inkra Virtual Service Switches.
"SAVVIS was an early adopter of the virtualised service model, and their continued success validates the need for this solution. We are proud to be part of a strong group of technology innovators that have made it possible for SAVVIS to deliver IT services that improve IT performance, increase service flexibility and lower overall costs for business clients," said Dave Roberts, co-founder and chief technology officer of Inkra. "The Inkra VSS provides the consolidation, virtualisation and automation that is absolutely critical to drastically reduce the complexity of today's data centres."