IT organisations are finding themselves under increasing pressure to deliver more with less, however business demand for IT continues to rise. In addition, the economic climate is necessitating businesses to innovate and change, creating unpredictability and fluctuating business demand that can make effective delivery of IT services to the business a significant challenge. The promise of cloud computing creates an irresistible value proposition that both business and IT leaders are keen to capture. However, the promise of cloud also brings with it confusion and concerns. The hype around cloud has brought the topic of infrastructure to the forefront of both technical and business discussions, creating pressure on IT to deliver cloud solutions in the short term. IT organizations need to understand how to safely leverage cloud to transform themselves into a provider of agile, efficient and elastic services whilst minimizing risk.
The simulation can be used by large enterprises or cloud vendors looking to bring to life the benefits of cloud computing. Facilitated in a high-tech global scenario, the Cloud Simulation brings to life the business impact of fluctuating demands on global IT organisations and accelerates understanding of the elasticity and cost benefits offered via the utilisation of private, public, hybrid cloud and virtualisation technology.
What does it do?
Participants are quickly immersed into managing the IT services of a global business over a busy 28-day period where demand fluctuations for services immediately become evident. Marketing campaigns and other demand drivers create peaks in opportunity, which participants struggle to meet with the existing silo-based, geographically dispersed infrastructure. Chaos and panic ensue as simulation participants frantically attempt to meet business demands. Opportunities are lost, revenues are impacted and customer faith is shattered. A comprehensive review session is then facilitated, where the cloud planning process is initiated. Questions such as What is Cloud Computing?, What elements of this model are relevant to our business?, How do I get there? and What solutions can help me? are addressed. To improve simulation performance, participants can use best practice to help drive fact-supported choices on which services to build or cloudsource, which cloud services to use when, and to dynamically orchestrate how it all comes together – internal and external, virtual and physical.
Participants are once again challenged to manage IT services during another busy 28 day period. Through deployment of a global private cloud and the subsequent pooling of internal capability, business results of Round 2 are vastly improved. By designing and implementing an internal cloud model that leverages the existing infrastructure and software investment, opportunities are met and superior service levels are delivered, ensuring optimal utilisation of underlying resources. Revenues significantly increase and customer satisfaction levels are on the rise. A further review session is facilitated, where the cloud planning process continues.
Participants experience their most significant challenge to date, with extreme peaks of demand being introduced. Deployment of a public cloud infrastructure supports the growth of capacity requirements in line with demand, lowering capital expenditure and optimising utilisation. A final review session summarizes the day’s events and allows the participants to relate the key findings of the day to their own organisations.