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ACS Enables Clients To Build Virtual Data Centers and Private Computing Clouds

Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. today announced plans to help clients build virtual data centers and private computing clouds through a new, integrated IT cloud services solution.

This new cloud solution, expected by spring 2010, will offer data center services on a utility model and on-demand basis for enterprise use and rapid deployment of business applications – allowing clients the flexibility to buy as many (or as few) as they need and easily scale these services if necessary.

“Emerging technologies continue to have a profound impact on how enterprises consume IT from both a cost and business alignment perspective, and the IT services market continues to be redefined by these technologies,” said Ken Stephens, senior vice president for ACS. “ACS has always tailored IT services to meet our clients’ changing business needs, and our newest cloud solution, based on a unified computing approach, will accelerate our clients’ journey toward further adoption of cloud services.”

ACS intends to build its new cloud solution utilizing the Vblock 2 Infrastructure Package recently announced by the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, which was formed by Cisco and EMC together with VMware.

Vblock 2 Infrastructure Packages offer reduced total cost of ownership for pervasive virtualization at a scale to meet today’s most demanding use cases. This preconfigured, pretested solution combines best-in-class technology including Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v and Multilayer Director Switches (MDS), EMC Symmetrix V-Max storage (secured by RSA), and the VMwarevSphere platform.

“We are encouraged by the response we are receiving from our customers, like ACS, that are eager to utilize a Vblock Infrastructure Package to deliver new cloud services to their customers,” said Manjula Talreja, vice president business development, Strategic Partner Organization for Cisco. “The Vblock Infrastructure Packages are purpose built for cloud environments and can help service providers accelerate the delivery of innovative, new dynamic data centers that provide cost effective and reliable cloud computing.”

ACS has long-standing relationships with Cisco, EMC and VMware. Recently, ACS integrated Cisco’s UCS technology with EMC CLARiiON CX4 networked storage, and deployed the solution at its Dallas data center. ACS also announced that it will standardize the deployment of VMware View, the industry-leading enterprise desktop virtualization solution, at all of its customer data centers around the world.

Additionally, ACS has dedicated data center resources to actively run Proof of Concepts (POC) certifying enterprise applications in this private cloud environment, which is available for immediate client access.

“Enterprise transformation to cloud computing is not just about technology, but also is about ensuring that our clients can embrace and adopt emerging technologies, like the best of breed solutions in the Vblock infrastructure, without any disruption to their business,” said Nagesh Kunamneni, vice president of Technology Innovation and CTO for ACS.

ACS Global IT Outsourcing Solutions enable commercial businesses and government organizations worldwide to focus on their core competencies. ACS ITO solutions include business applications, application and technology infrastructure, and IT consulting services. ACS is ranked as the Best Performer for Infrastructure Providers by Global Services 100.

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2010 6:39 PM by David Marshall
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