Atos, an international provider of IT services, with annual revenue of € 10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries, has extended its virtualized compute services to include Digital Data Center services – networking, storage and management/automation, delivered as a managed service of a fully integrated software defined platform. The launch of these Digital Data Center services would enhance and complement Atos’ Canopy cloud solution.
The Digital Data Center services are built on a software-defined data center architecture and commodity hardware that uses technologies from VMware including VMware vCloud Suite, VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Suite. The first Atos Digital Data Center pilots are beginning in Q1 2015, with further functionality from a pre-defined roadmap to be added throughout 2015 and beyond.
The new software defined data center services from Atos include:
- Digital Data Center design, planning and implementation services
- Digital Data Center Managed services at customer’s or Atos’ secured data centers
The services will be provided by a dedicated global Atos team to customers worldwide enabling organizations to migrate and transform to “the new digital revolution” in a non-disruptive way, both smoothly and progressively. Atos Digital Data Center services would also enhance and complement the offerings from Canopy – the Atos Cloud powered by EMC and VMware – so clients can benefit from an end-to-end capability in the digital space.
In addition to speed, the Atos Digital Data Center platform would provide increased security and significant lower running costs. Unlike in existing data centers, in the new digital data center the “intelligence” moves out of the hardware devices towards a new over-arching software layer. The software-defined based Managed Data Center Services are therefore abstracted from the underlying physical infrastructure, enabling programmatic and automated provisioning and management across the entire infrastructure including networks and storage as well as compute.
“At Atos we are progressing our customers to what we define as the third Digital Revolution,” said Eric Grall, Head of Managed Services, Atos. “This is where the speed of IT finally meets the business demand in providing infrastructure resources just when our customers need them, ensuring they can gain a competitive advantage. The Digital Data Center services provide a step change in infrastructure and complement our Canopy solutions and services, positioning Atos as the leader in helping clients to evolve their IT infrastructure to leverage the best of breed software-defined and cloud technologies.”