Five Virtualised Data Centres Deliver Cloud Computing: Cisco Network Is the Platform for ITricity's 'on Demand' Computing Services in Holland

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing enables effective virtualization of offices and enables them to provide for the needs of the clients on time and effectively. This case study tries to understand the cloud computing possibilities provided by iTricity. iTricity was derived from its parent company Glidepath on 1 January, 2008. A wide range of solutions comprising server, storage and network solutions was the core aim of iTricity. Along with these solutions, the company also provided a strong Virtual Private Network and good processor storage capacity. iTricity believes that the basic aim of cloud computing was to help small and large companies build their own IT infrastructure. As a result, a new cloud computing system was implemented that had five data centers. The strategy adopted by iTricity was similar to that of Cisco. It emphasized on consolidation, virtualization and automation. This helped in reduction of costs and simplification of tasks for the company. Employing second generation data centers facilitated high flexibility and competitive advantage over others. Results thus generated indicate a 25% to 30% increase in the efficiency of system processes for iTricity. Customer service has also improved significantly since supply can be made available immediately, depending on the demand. A straightforward billing system is another advantage offered by this initiative. In addition, customers are now required to pay only for the services that they avail.

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