Hotel chain De Vere checks out of server rooms and into the cloud
Tips on how consolidation can save more than just cost
Live today De Vere hotels had legacy systems, systems that needed updating but, most of all, it had lots of servers doing different things. Having grown by acquisition, it needed to consolidate if it wanted to realise its plans for customer service. It did this using a private cloud created by ANS Group, based on NetApp's FlexPod. At 11:00 GMT today, you can hear the story of how it succeeded from Studio Reg.
Joining us for a live hour of their chat and your questions on how private cloud can be used to consolidate - and how consolidation can achieve flexibility and performance as well as save money - will be Jo Stanford from the De Vere Group, Andy Barrow from ANS Group and Laurence James from NetApp. Tony Lock of Freeform Dynamics will be providing the Wisdom Of The Ages as usual, and the Reg's Tim Phillips will squeeze in too (but we're not sure where) to put your questions to the expert panel.
As the feverish excitement of cloud hype becomes a practical challenge for you to solve, you strive to know whether private cloud delivers what it promises and whether it can meet the needs of a real business. We have the people who can give you the answers you need. Join us here, for free, on January 25 to hear them. ®
Re: Checks out of server rooms..
Didn't you know? The cloud is virtual so they don't use real computers any more. And it never goes down and you never have to maintain it either.
Or maybe "cloud" is just marketing bullshit which means "we'll do it for you. You'll pay less up front but a lot more in the long run."
Of course, this is absolutely fine for a lot of people, as long as they realise what's actually going on and what you're getting into. Nothing wrong with consolidation as long as you have the control that you need.
Alas if you had watched the session rather than passing comment on the 'subtext' of the article then you would have seen that wasn't the case. Your loss unless they publish the video, which if they do I would recommend you watch as virtualisation was barely mentioned. I think too often people think cloud = virtualisation. Virtualisation can be an enabler for cloud, but a cloud doesnt HAVE to have virtualisation underpinning it to be fall in the definitions of cloud as defined by NIST. I'd highly recommend reading the NIST documentation around cloud definitions if you have time.
@Barti - First comment made before the session started
Yes it was and the reason I left is explained in the content - The article mentioned cloud left and right. When you read the subtext, all they were doing is basic virtualisation.