Delivering ITaaS With a Software-Defined Data Center
Yo u r C lo u d: ita a s white paper | itaas Delivering IT as a Service With a Software-Defined Data CenterThis white paper is Executive Summarybased on researchconducted by IDG The pace of IT change is increasing remarkably. Mobility, cloud computing, socialResearch Services media, consumerization, big data and analytics have all become deeply interwovenon behalf of VMware. within today’s enterprise. The result is a paradigm shift in the way organizations useThe June 2012 “Cloud and consume IT resources. Today, new and dynamic service delivery models promiseInnovation Study: ITas a Service” was to revolutionize business and transform IT.conducted acrossNorth America, One of the most disruptive elements of the new order more holistic and transparent way.EMEA, APAC and is IT as a Service (ITaaS). ITaaS starts at the top withLatin America. All a crystal-clear understanding of business needs; For many organizations, this approach creates a650 respondents it also starts at the bottom with a set of virtualized dramatically different outside-in view of IT and busi-were from non-US resources and pre-configured and certified building ness resources. When ITaaS is used effectively, thecompanies with blocks that can be combined and deployed at the resulting solution drives transformation through the500+ employees or click of a button. enterprise and helps IT evolve from a tactical role toUS companies with strategic one that potentially leads to a competitive1,000+ employees. With a top-down view and bottom-up technology advantage. capability, IT can quickly and reliably respond to the changing needs of the business with optimized yet This paper explores the concept of ITaaS and the highly standardized solutions. With ITaaS, tech- opportunities and challenges it delivers. A number nology solutions can be deployed as needed, when of factors drive success, including a need for strong needed, and bill only for what is used. This allows IT leadership, a well-defined change management to be a strategic enabler of the business—but allows strategy, a way to redefine and standardize IT, and users of technology services to take control of the a long-term strategic plan that helps IT achieve peer process and work at their own speed. status with the business. CIOs and their management staff play a core role in the transformation of IT and The idea has been discussed for more than a the successful adoption of IT as a Service. decade. But now Software-Defined Data Center technology (SDDC) makes it a reality. A SDDC includes the ability to abstract compute, storage, Today’s Corporate Environment: networking and security resources so that virtualized A Nexus of Business and IT Priorities resources can be deployed and managed in a highly Clearly, the nature of business and information tech- automated fashion. This approach allows elasticity nology is changing radically. As organizations look to and on-demand self service for all of these resources become more agile, many are turning to virtualization according to established policies while being able and cloud computing through an SDDC to bolster to monitor and measure the entire environment in a resource efficiency.
Yo u r C lo u d: ita a s“We are trying to restructure technology, which Companies Face Risks butis one of our basic drivers, to become a ‘peer’ Greater Opportunitiesplayer in the business. It’s not about support, NET Extremely/very effective worldwideit’s not just about providing capabilities, it’s Reporting on LOB 68%about truly providing services in the context IT usage costing of leadership and achieving equal footing with Enhanced ability to manage 63% compliance/regulatory rqmts. other departments such as marketing, sales,HR and finance.” Improved customer service 62% Today, line of business managers increasingly choose solutions outside the domain of IT—through Working capital reduction 61% independent service providers—because IT has historically failed to meet their needs. These shadow IT purchases circumvent IT controls and put Improved profitability 60% critical information at risk. Later, these departments approach IT and require support for their rogue purchases. This “cloud boomerang” is detrimental to Expansion into new markets 59% the business. ITaaS puts IT back in the driver’s seat by making Customer rentention 57% it the internal services provider for the enterprise regardless of whether applications and services are built in-house or outsourced. Leveraging an SDDC, IT Productivity improvements 57% provides a simplified and transparent way—including a direct view of services and associated costs—to provision and enable a more modular and dynamic Faster time-to-market 56% IT infrastructure that relies heavily on a cloud and Customer acquisition 55% Delivering ITaaS is a top priority across the globe Increased 54% business agility Critical/High priority 76% Reduced costs 53% Increased revenue growth 52% Critical priority 36% Aligning demand, cost, and performance 51% High (but not critical) priority 40% Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with a software based foundation to support the high level of agility demanded by line of business users and the entire enterprise. Moderate priority 24% An IDG survey of mid-size and large firms conducted in July 2012 found that ITaaS is on the radar of IT2
Yo u r C lo u d: ita a s executives. Overall, 76 percent of the 650 respon- change systems and a need for a more flexible IT dents from the United States, EMEA, APAC and Latin framework that can adapt to a rapidly changing 24-7 America indicated that ITaaS was critical or very business environment. The vice president and CTO important for enterprise success. of a $500 million firm reported that ITaaS serves as a way to reduce risk and trim costs through a build- Among the biggest perceived benefits reported in versus-buy approach. He noted that the organization, this Cloud Innovation Study: IT as a Service: which mandates that any new system function in a virtualized environment, first looks externally for IT and u eporting on line of business IT usage costing R only engages in internal build-outs when necessary. (68%) Trend 2: u nhanced ability to manage compliance and regu- E It is Vital to Attain Executive support latory requirements (63%) and Altogether, 64 percent of survey respondents acknowledged a need to attain executive endorse- u mproved customer service (62%). I ment of ITaaS business objectives. But under- standing the importance of the concept and putting it into play are two entirely different things. Part of the challenge is educating senior executives and middle The IDG study identified several important trends: level managers about the benefits of ITaaS. One CIO noted: “You have to take every opportunity to discuss Trend 1: Changing Mindset, Roles and technology decisions as well as the pros and cons of Organizational Structure is Paramount a decision. You need to talk about why an approach Success with ITaaS requires IT to take a strategic such as ITaaS may align better or worse with a longer outlook and break down IT silos. It’s vital to overcome term strategy for the business.” internal barriers while coping with growing competi- tion from established service providers that offer a The same CIO admitted to facing “pockets of resis- proven value proposition for outsourced cloud, IaaS tance”—mostly individuals, including some “conser- and software as a service (SaaS) models. IT organi- vative” and highly change-averse IT staff from his zations that can attain a more strategic role move up department. As a result, he has focused on getting the value chain and emerge as a partner rather than a his staff “attuned” to the ITaaS model and realigning cost-centric technology supplier. resources to support the change. A vice president of IT for a $2 billion firm summed up Trend 3: Organizations must Refactor thinking about this new era and how the organiza- ITIL and ITSM Practices tion is adapting to changing times. “We are trying Overall, 56 percent of survey respondents said to restructure technology, which is one of our basic “Refactoring Information Technology Infrastructure drivers, to become a ‘peer’ player in the business. Library (ITIL) and IT Service Management (ITSM) It’s not about support, it’s not just about providing practices, procedures, and metrics across all capabilities, it’s about truly providing services in the domains … to accelerate the adoption of ITaaS” is a context of leadership and achieving equal footing with critical or high priority. At the center of this concept other departments such as marketing, sales, HR and is a need for clearly defined standards and a clear finance,” he explained. The company has also been vision of technology and ITSM lifecycles. Many forced to redesign roles and positions and repurpose organizations begin by assessing core architecture and re-skill individuals. capabilities and then expanding the process. Transparency is at the center of this new model, he A senior operations manager at a $3 billion consumer noted. The concept must apply to “resources, bene- packaged goods firm explained that the organization fits, cost, and choices” about information technology. has worked to define core architecture capabilities “This dynamic means you can’t have merely good but also examined everything from configuration performance. You’ve got to have great performance databases to the help desk. “We have created a that is sustained all the time.” This has translated into huge metrics-driven scorecard focused on resource new Key Performance Indictors (KPIs) as well as a allocation and innovation, solution delivery, the redefined executive vision and exercises surrounding percentage of the roadmap that is completed, service strategic scenario planning. level agreements (SLAs), scheduled up time, support staff satisfaction levels, percent of run budget as a Other CIOs, CTOs and VPs report similar challenges, percentage of revenue, and more.” including smaller time windows to implement and3
Yo u r C lo u d: ita a s Trend 4: Organizations must Redefine will become part of your core architecture.” More- Their Core Architecture to Accelerate ITaaS over, “You have to make some decisions about your Slightly more than two-thirds of respondents cited the standards and you have to try to do that in a way that importance of “Defining core architecture capabili- does not completely box you in for the next 20 years.” ties for service delivery with consistent standards.” Indeed, it’s next to impossible to embark on an ITaaS strategy without a Software Defined Datacenter Putting ITaaS to Work that enables IT departments to establish consistent There are three primary lessons learned from the IDG governance and standardized systems. It’s neces- research and executive interviews. sary to survey and assess all dimensions of an IT infrastructure and workload portfolio in order to u usiness objectives must drive the ITaaS strategy B identify the right mix of internally delivered services and guide the transformation process. and broker with external service providers. u n enterprise must devise a plan for collaborating A One infrastructure services manager at a 100,000 with and nurturing different IT user groups and employee company commented that migrating across helping them adapt to the change. IT platforms such as Java and .NET has demon- strated a need to build a broader architecture and u T must substantially reinvent itself as a nimble, I “understand the pieces that feed the overall delivery innovative service provider instead of a general of the service to the customer.” Another VP of IT for cost-centric technology group. a $2 billion firm noted that agility isn’t about accom- modating every technology that comes along. “What ITaaS within an SDDC can encompass both new and it means is that you have to select the things that longstanding IT initiatives and resources. In either case, several key strategic issues impact results: u hanging the conventional IT mindset that revolves C Call to Action around managing infrastructure to viewing it as an agile software service delivery model for ITaaS. There are several best practices that organiza- tions can adopt to increase the odds for ITaaS u aining senior-level executive support and leader- G success. ship. Internal Steps for Organizations u ligning roles, organizational structure and KPIs A u Conduct an internal assessment and align- with a service-oriented delivery organization. ment to business priorities. Among other things, this means recalibrating the u stablish, socialize and plan the ITaaS E Information Technology Infrastructure Library strategy, based on these business priorities. (ITIL) and IT Service Management (ITSM) model to better align with business practices, procedures u eview, build and refine processes and R and metrics. timelines. u eview and address project ownership R u dopting the tools and mechanisms to use ITaaS A and governance, as well as the evolution of to further develop your SDDC for the underlying people skills and knowledge that enables it. u astly, tackle technology and product L u uilding a governance framework that supports B issues. and fosters ITaaS. External Steps for Organizations: Conclusion u each out for assistance from peers or R partners that are experts and have under- Making the leap to an IT as a Service approach is gone an ITaaS transformation. Besides tremendously beneficial to organizations. In today’s industry colleagues, these may include: business environment, disruption and transforma- tion are the foundations for all things digital. How u Mware’s Accelerate Advisory Services V enterprises collect, manage, store and use data is u eer Groups, including VMware’s CXO P undergoing a profound change. Agility and flex- Corner. ibility are paramount and ITaaS complements, if not, encompasses, other IT initiatives, including IaaS and4
Yo u r C lo u d: ita a sSaaS which is why a SDDC is critical to this journey.Ultimately, CIOs, CTOs and other senior IT executivesmust have a deeper understanding of the business andhow technology touches employees, business partners,customers and others.However, achieving success requires a clear strategy andongoing attention to strategic as well as tactical elementsof IT. It’s critical to gain executive support; IT must takea leadership position and obtain executive support forany ITaaS initiative; it’s essential to identify both internaland external factors that can derail a project; it’s vital torealign processes to support this emerging model; andIT must ensure that staff is attuned to the ITaaS modelwithin an SDDC. nSupporting Links and Resourcesu Mware Executive Resource Center (ERC): V www.vmware.com/solutions/executive-resource- center/u XO Corner: www.facebook.com/vmware/ C app_280927348591518u ccelerate Advisory Services: A www.vmware.com/services/accelerate/u oftware-Defined Data Center: S www.vmware.com/solutions/datacenter/software- defined-datacenter/index.html