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How the agile data center brings agility and growth.
Although the historical path from packet switching to a worldwide network is well known, it took the creative thinking of Tim Berners-Lee before technology could be harnessed to realize the power of the Internet. For executives seeking business agility and growth, Accenture believes it is the combination of a technological tipping point and innovative ideas that will lead to organizations’ own eureka moments.
Indeed, recent technology advances have opened up a window of opportunity that will transform an organization’s infrastructure. By employing an end-to-end solution, with the accent on interconnectivity and optimization, executives can achieve strategic business outcomes that not only potentially reduce non-discretionary spend by up to 40 percent but also lead to high performance.
For companies that are serious about cloud computing, the eureka moment has finally arrived. A cloud-enabled infrastructure includes capabilities specifically demanded by cloud computing such as support for elastic, on-demand allocation and deallocation of shared resources (including elastic horizontal scaling), multi-tenant provisioning and self-service administration.
IT organizations can develop capabilities that move them toward agile IT solutions such as the agile data center by combining IT governance processes and enabling technologies to better meet the needs of the business. With the emphasis on an overall infrastructure strategy that makes progress towards a service-based model, a database platform as a service solution should be considered.
To enable database platform as a service or cloud-based model using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, executives should:
Plan and set up the cloud infrastructure
Integrate a service catalog
Operate, maintain and chargeback to the business
By bringing together business and IT service management to the core enterprise where enabling technologies such as RAC and Oracle Exadata are deployed, these technologies can be integrated into cloud services that enable a flexible and agile IT infrastructure.
The road map to database platform as a service solution includes five stages:
IT silos: understand what is out there, developing the database application portfolio.
Standardize technology: decide on common database technology platforms.
Consolidate platforms: migrate database applications to the standardized and consolidated database platforms.
Shared services: develop the database service catalog.
Cloud computing: database platform as a service.
July 5, 2012
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