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The scope of virtualization has expanded well beyond servers to include operating systems, applications, desktops, networks and storage.
Achieving enhanced results across large and complex organizations, however, requires a clear strategy backed with the ability to execute, control risks and achieve lasting change. Accenture has unmatched experience in helping organizations use virtualization as a building block for high performance. Our pragmatic approach streamlines complexity, helps reduce unnecessary duplication and enables organizations to improve dramatically their IT infrastructure.
The benefits of virtualizing the IT infrastructure include improved operational flexibility and responsiveness, increased application availability, business continuity and reduced total cost of ownership.
Setting the Standard for Virtualization
In the past several years, Accenture has helped hundreds of organizations in a wide range of industries realize the advantages of virtualization. Accenture has found that the critical success factors have been the ability to coordinate multiple IT disciplines and keep stakeholders committed and working together to achieve the stated business objectives.
Accenture’s rigorous virtualization methodology enables organizations to stay focused and on a tight but realistic schedule to achieve important goals. Depending on client requirements, the key objectives might include integration to (or revision of) legacy services such as existing service desk, chargeback models and business continuity architectures. Accenture is working along with VMware to deliver a comprehensive spectrum of virtualization services.
Accelerate the Journey to Maturity
Accenture’s ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Maturity Model Version 3 helps organizations see clearly where they stand today and where they need to go. Our maturity model is a pragmatic framework used to assess objectively each organization’s unique business requirements, current virtualization footprint and desired state.
A flexible range of Accenture’s virtualization services using VMware helps organizations accelerate the journey to higher levels of maturity and benefit from a real time utility model for greater efficiency and business flexibility.
One or a blend of the three service offerings described below can be used to move up the virtualization maturity curve and reap an increasing number of benefits.
Accenture’s core virtualization offering delivers an operational production environment designed to meet an organization’s business, IT and financial goals. Key objectives include cost reduction, business continuity and improved methods of driving customer services.
Enterprise Virtualization Acceleration
This next level of virtualization focuses on delivering a repeatable process that can accelerate the benefits of virtual machine deployment. In addition, linkages to core IT processes — such as change, configuration, security and capacity management — are addressed to retain control while moving from hundreds to thousands of virtual machines.
Enterprise Virtualization Utility
This advanced offering targets a broad range of benefits: on-demand capacity, dynamic resource management, consistent end-user performance, and lifecycle services from development and testing through provisioning and support. Taking steps to realize the utility computing model can create the IT infrastructure necessary to support high performance.
Virtualization Objectives Aligned with ITIL
Virtualization technology is more effective when designed and deployed with a thorough understanding of ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library)-based service delivery and support processes. Accenture, as a co-author of the ITIL Service Strategy book – Version 3, provides industry leadership and best practices guidance that enables organizations to align virtualization strategy with the core service processes explored in the latest ITIL volumes.
Linking ITIL leading practices to an enterprise virtualization strategy demonstrates how Accenture helps organizations to address major IT concerns and create business alignment through the IT organization.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become highperformance businesses and governments.
With more than 175,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$19.70 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2007. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter. Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion, more than 100,000 customers and more than 10,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies. VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and on the Web at www.vmware.com.
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