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Comparing Systems Integrators Companies for Cloud Computing

By Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman, Fern Halper

Creating a cloud strategy is a complicated process. A cloud infrastructure needs a well-defined architecture or it can’t scale and won’t be manageable. Do you need lots of help with cloud strategy development and implementation, as well as integration services? Systems integrators handle those kinds of customers.

Many systems integrators have deep knowledge of data center creation, partner closely with technology providers to create practices focused on private and hybrid cloud creation, and have specialized knowledge in areas such as security and service orientation.

Unisys for cloud computing

Unisys, a veteran computing company, has focused its cloud strategy on security. Its primary offering is the Unisys Secure Cloud Solution, which is a hosted managed cloud service. Unisys intends to have a version of this available by the end of the year that it will call Cloud-in-a-box. The objective is to make it easier for you to create your own private cloud.

Cloud computing with Computer Sciences Corporation

Computer Sciences is focusing on IT security and reliability for its cloud strategy. While CSC has offered security services on a hosting basis, the company is now launching an Infrastructure as a Service version. CSC will try to differentiate itself by taking into account the physical location of a company (because different countries have regulations regarding the movement of data). A future service will help these companies securely connect to third-party clouds. CSC intends to build its services on top of Cisco’s Unified Computing System.

Accenture and cloud computing

Accenture offers what it calls its Cloud Computing Suite, which includes the following services:

  • Accenture Cloud Computing Accelerator

  • Accenture Cloud Opportunity Assessment Tool

  • Accenture Cloud Computing Data Processing Solution

Accenture is leveraging its experience with managed services and hosting to move into the cloud market. It also is partnering with many of the software and hardware providers (including EMC, Microsoft, and HP) to provide cloud solutions for its customers.

Cloud computing with Savvis, Inc.

Savvis is primarily an outsourced infrastructure service provider for enterprises. Over the past several years the company has begun providing private cloud solutions for its customers. The company is leveraging its 29 data centers to create cloud services, such as providing virtual lab services for developers and a platform for independent software vendors (ISVs) to offer their SaaS applications. In addition, the company is offering a hybrid cloud service so customers can establish a private cloud environment without one of the Savvis data centers.