Utility Computing

24×7 ESI is an Insurance Services, Financial Services and Software Product Companies

24×7 ESI’s goal is to make IT move closer to the utility computing requisites: data and applications that are always available, performance that is maintained at specified levels and IT management that is highly automated to reduce costs. Efficiency rises, and hardware and administrative costs drop. Ultimately, allocating costs helps align IT with business operations. Coupled with migration to open source, these are achievable benefits that are being enjoyed today by progressive enterprises.

On demand computing (dynamic computing, agility computing) envisions a world where IT resources are pooled, virtualized and allocated as needed to support ever changing business needs. Customers are promised they will simultaneously reduce IT costs while improving business performance. A true utility computing service provider builds an IT architecture from the ground up that takes advantage of shared resources, whether it be the Internet itself or shared application resources such as a database. The result is a consolidated server infrastructure with an order of magnitude cost saving over owning the infrastructure and applications yourself. In comparison, the ASP and outsourcing models only deliver, at best, low double digit cost savings. Best of all, utility computing costs are scalable – users only pay for what they use.

Utility computing architecture

Service Layer
Well defined classes of service
Charge based on usage
Organization Layer
Centralized centers of excellence
Service management disciplines
Organization Layer
Support for service lifecycle
Automation where possible
Standardized workflow
Hardware Layer
Full abstraction of hardware
Centralized I.T. management
I.T. process automation

24x7ESI Utility computing methodology

Data collection and analysis
Application identification
Intel compression
Utility-computing compression
Virtual-machine compression
Blade-server application
TCO analysis
Consolidate and repeat

Benefits

Reduce complexity and administrative effort
Improve manageability
Conserve data center space
Minimize cabling issues
Reduced Capital costs
Servers
Infrastructure
Consolidated and reduce Software licensing costs
Reduced Operating costs and TCO
Reduced asset Depreciation
Less System administration
Power, cooling, real estate
Annual infrastructure costs
Software maintenance
Porting and migration expenses
Business agility
Customer response time
Improved service levels