May 24, 2012
Software enables self-service orchestration of cloud services
FALLS CHURCH, Va., May 24 — CSC today announced that it is deploying Cisco's Intelligent Automation for Cloud solution to automate the delivery and management of cloud services to clients. CSC identified the Cisco solution as a vital component to support the company's cloud services business and by utilizing the software can automate the complex processes involved in cloud service delivery.
CSC is working with alliance partners like Cisco to provide an automation and management layer for CSC's off-premises and on-premises cloud models. By leveraging Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, CSC is able to provide a self-service portal and service catalog that allow clients to quickly and easily order cloud infrastructure services online – with on-demand provisioning, a workflow engine to automate tasks associated with orchestration and pay-per-use tracking.
"Intelligent automation software from Cisco is fundamental to building our cloud services platform because it can automate the many procedures that span operations, and can integrate smoothly across heterogeneous environments," said Siki Giunta, global vice president, Cloud Computing and Software Services, CSC. "It allows us to deliver self-service provisioning and orchestration across Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) as well as other existing systems."
CSC's infrastructure includes VCE's Vblock platform as a preferred infrastructure stack for cloud services, comprising Cisco (UCS) blade servers, Cisco networking components, EMC storage systems and VMware virtualization technology.
"The demand for cloud services is accelerating rapidly, and CSC is benefiting from that growth," said Flint Brenton, senior vice president of Cisco's Intelligent Automation Solutions. "In an effort to deliver cloud services faster and more efficiently, CSC saw the value in Cisco's intelligent automation software for provisioning physical and virtual infrastructure on the Vblock platform and other environments. The result is speedier deployments of cloud services to their clients, greater business agility, as well as a better way for CSC to track and control costs."
"Automated self-service provisioning and orchestration are essential to delivering the agility and speed required in the fast-paced business of cloud services," said Bob Laliberte, Enterprise Strategy Group. "Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud provides a compelling software solution to meet this need and help organizations like CSC fully realize the potential of Cisco UCS and converged architectures like Vblock."
CSC (NYSE: CSC) is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 98,000 employees and reported revenue of $15.9 billion for the 12 months ended March 30, 2012. For more information, visit the company's website at www.csc.com.
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