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Our Consulting Practice provides transformational advice and innovative services that capture the breadth of our experience and industry knowledge.  
Managed Infrastructure
Helping clients design, deploy and operate resilient infrastructure
Managed Infrastructure helps our clients transform their current technology platforms into simplified, agile, cost-effective and security-rich infrastructure designed to support innovation and deliver business value.
 
Our Infrastructure Assurance model allows us to leverage both our physical infrastructure and vendor relationships to help our clients adopt  evolving technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), flexible computing & storage environments and adaptable security. 
 
Through advanced base lining and sizing techniques, allied to the use of industrial deployment methods, we are often able to fund new initiatives with savings from optimizing legacy IT operations in traditional or hybrid cloud environments.
     

Consolidate &
Virtualize

Simplify &
Automate

Optimize &
Standardize

Deploy
Dynamically

Managed Infrastucture - Overview
Managed Infrastructure - Key Technology Platforms
Our managed services focus on three specialist areas:
Network & Communication draws on our network Infrastructure, management platforms and vendor relationships to help clients streamline network infrastructure with feature-rich, rapidly deployable, highly resilient WAN, LAN and Communication environments.
Security & Resilience provide agile firewall, unified threat management, intrusion detection and log analysis capabilities which scale from complete solution deployments to us taking primary responsibility to operate your existing platforms.
Our resilience solutions focus on providing secondary and tertiary network communication facilities designed to allow continued operations in the event of a failure of your primary network. 
Cloud Infrastructure enables organizations take greater advantage of the flexibility and economics of the As-a-Service operating model by providing an open, scalable technically advanced cloud platform that allows services to be ramped up or down as needed.
Our Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform provides a framework to support migration from legacy architecture toward private, public or hybrid cloud environments while maintaining granular security controls
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Managed Infrastructure allows you to weave a cohesive infrastructure 
strategy into the fabric of your business and realize the benefits of
the "As-a-Service" model.
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MANAGED
SERVICE

Managed Infrastucture - Key Platforms 
Managed Infrastructure - Managed Network Service
Our Managed Network Service (NMS) offers best-in-class network infrastructure, management platforms and expertise delivering connectivity at a compelling price while improving performance. 

NETWORK

Managed Network Services help clients address the incremental and non-strategic investments they are forced to make to match ever increasing demand for connectivity.
 
Our Infrastructure Assurance model provides a framework within which we transform the operational capability of network architecture within realistic commercial boundaries
THE PROBLEM
 
Enterprise Network infrastructure is often evolved in response to tactical challenges rather as a component of a cohesive strategic plan.  The constraints of carrier contracts, constant equipment refresh cycles, evolving applications, and continual rise of capacity requirements result in less than optimal conditions and strain the best IT organizations.    
 
Across our consulting practices we see a common range of challenges including:
 
 
 
 
THE SOLUTION
 
Our Managed Network Service directly addresses these issues using a highly adaptive outsourcing framework which takes account of the existing architecture, defines a strategic roadmap to ensure that all the required functionality and resources are in place to support both current and future operational requirements, executes that vision and then provides comprehensive support.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Key Stage

This is a wide scope audit process designed to capture, baseline and articulate information relating to the existing "in scope" environment.  Key Elements typically include:    
  • Full assessment of "As-Is" environment in terms of design, capability, resilience, performance, metrics, documentation, operations process, risk and known problems  
  • Commercial audit to capture budget criteria, contractual detail, license compliance, regulatory environment and counterparty or partner details.
  • Human resource assessments, leadership and stakeholder meetings & roundtables.  

1

Understand Existing Environment

This is an iterative process designed to identify the business, operational and functional requirements that need to be supported within the network infrastructure on a going forward basis.   The effort typically encompasses:    
  • Articulating how the overarching business or organizational plan, the application landscape, planned transformation or structural change, expansion, contraction or market conditions, shape the operational requirement for network infrastructure.
  • Gap analysis to identify delta between capability and requirement together with solution design and environment optimization planning.
  • Development of a comprehensive Roadmap to align functionality, resources and timelines.

Define
Strategic
Roadmap

2

This is the continuing operations component where change defined in the Roadmap is implemented, day-to-day operations are supported and the infrastructure adapted or upgraded to meet the changing needs of its users.      
  • Changes, upgrades and architecture transformation defined in the Roadmap planning exercise are implemented in accordance with the agreed timeline.
  • The infrastructure is operated in accordance with the Resource Plan.  A formal quarterly review process is initiated as part of a continuous improvement plan.  
  • Architecture, Information Security, Project Management and Leadership resources are engaged in the wider application development process as required. 

Deploy
Operate &
Maintain

3

Component Detail

Managed Services - Managed Network Service
Increasing network and service management costs.
  • Rising network operation and maintenance costs​ 
  • Unpredictable infrastructure investment requirements
  • Significant ratios of fixed vs variable costs
Numerous network technologies and telecom carriers.
  • Multiple architectures technologies and protocols
  • Evolutionary topologies lacking consistency
  • Multiple contracts on differing timelines
  • Lack of clear accountability for end to end performance
Restricted functionality sub-optimal performance 
  • Ageing technologies and design with limited scalability
  • Inconsistent QoS policy implementation across infrastructure 
Ever increasing resource constraints
  • Skilled resources difficulty to find and retain
  • Specialist resource costs increasing
Risk profile increasing significantly
  • Complexity in maintaining digital defense
  • Regulatory environment quickly developing
  • Technical complexity of resilience increasing
  • Audit compliance becoming expensive​
Infrastructure Transformation
A structured analysis process defining the optimum transition path between current state infrastucture to an environment capable of supporting evolving business and organizational change.

Plan

Consulting - Architecture & Strategy - Infrastructure Transformation
Infrastructure Transformation provides the analytic and planning components which map a clear path between existing platforms and those which can withstand the competitive environment of tomorrows demands.  Focusing on practical and actionable outcomes, our aim is the harness the potential of emerging technology to provide variable scaling, improved performance and reliability while enhancing security and protecting Information.
 
Using an array of tools, rapid assessment processes, industry specific reference architecture models and predictive scheduling timelines, we provide in depth recommendations, change strategies and risk assesments addressing both strategic and tactical components.
 
Using this highly interactive approach we help our clients rationalize cost, increase agility, mitigate risk and improve service quality across their IT operations including:
  • Data center facilities, infrastructure, and management
  • Desktop & mobile technology, messaging and collaboration
  • Network design and security for voice & data
  • Optimization of server, storage and SAAS resources