Capgemini and EMC Smooth the Way to Cloud Computing Services

What happens when two global giants get together? Something positive is the outcome. Capgemini and EMS have combined their resources in cloud computing and technologies to build IT as a service and deliver storage as a service to customers everywhere.

EMC is active in smoothing the way for organizations to take to the IT as a service (ItaaS) in cloud environment. The global leader assists start-ups to establishes enterprises to manage and analyze data in a better, cost efficient way. Capgemini is another global leader with headquarters in Paris and operations in 40 countries employing over 120000 people. The two have been collaborating in diverse sectors since quite a decade when they jointly started offering a unique for that time pay as you go service. The latest is their joint endeavour in multiple cloud based IT as a service offering to further enhance efficience and reduce costs. The synergistic collaboration may deliver profits to their coffers but for customers, it means a smoother transition to cloud at reduced costs and increased productivity. Those sitting on the fence may just be tempted to lean over and start off with their first roll-out, Storage as a Service.

Unique to the Storage as a Service offering from Capgemini and EMC is the model of repeatable storage architecture. Business, at any level, benefits due to cost efficiencies, enhanced efficiencies and the pay as you go model, entirely sidestepping capital expenditure for hardware and storage. The combine will also roll out Messaging as a Service by the next year or so. Capgemini has a global footprint and it should not be too difficult for the combine to see a steady stream of customers latching on to the storage as a service facility. The agreement between Capgemini and EMC is for five years and will leverage EMC’s expertise in data and cloud computing allied with Capgemini’s global market presence to induce customers, existing and new, to take to the refined technologies. According to them “these services will provide flexible, agile business solutions in line with evolving client needs.” The goal is to gradually shift businesses totally to cloud as a service offering, starting with their current storage as a service package.

This arrangement and offering may not be a towering landmark on the cloud horizon but it has significant portents for cloud computing and for inducing users who consider clouds to be beyond their business horizons to give serious thought to cloud services. Cloud computing is expected to grow to $ 241 billion by 2020 and private cloud business will be worthover $ 16 billion according to Forrester Research, a global IT research firm who also noted that the operational expense model is 74% less expensive than the in-house model.

What Capgemini and EMC have done will be emulated by others at different levels and on greater or smaller scale in the cloud computing and services environment. A look into the crystal ball of cloud computing, with this as the background, may point to more small businesses giving serious thought to cloud implementations, one way or the other, whether it is software as a service or storage as a service.

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