Harness Innovation via a Consumption-based, Multicloud Strategy

Datacom is helping customers achieve innovation goals with enhanced IT flexibility, simplicity and performance.

Adopting a multicloud IT strategy has become a key enabler of digital transformation. For organizations across nearly every industry, from healthcare to retail, and companies of all sizes, multicloud is the predominant choice. A Forrester report found that 60% of surveyed technology practitioners and decision-makers were currently using multicloud, and during the following year, that number would swell to 81%.

That’s because a multicloud approach can help provide the agility, scalability and cost predictability needed to spur innovative growth. But leveraging multiple public and private clouds can also add complexity, prohibiting teams from reaching their full creative potential. The same Forrester report found that a lack of in-house skills (41%) and inconsistent workflows across cloud environments (30%) are hindering multicloud success.

The key to overcoming these and other challenges lies in adopting a unified multicloud solution customized to each organization’s unique needs and supported by an expert partner. A flexible, consumption-based approach provides a highly customizable way to move part, or all, of data center operations into a pay-per-use model while providing the agile cloud environment teams need to do their best work. Datacom is doing just that to help its customers maximize their business potential. 

Taking the Data Center to the Cloud

Operating across New Zealand and Australia, technology solutions provider Datacom acts as an extension of their customers’ IT teams from day one. As a Dell Technologies Titanium partner, Datacom combines the power of 6,800 in-house experts and industry-leading technology solutions to address customer challenges and unlock business opportunities.

Recently, Datacom found that an increasing number of customers were struggling to manage multiple public clouds and existing on-premises data centers. Increased complexity and rising costs were eclipsing the reasons customers were initially drawn to the public cloud. Reducing this IT complexity was key to helping customers move forward.

To help do this, Datacom developed a flexible, consumption-based approach called Datacom Cloud X. Their solution, powered by Dell APEX Data Center Utility, provides a fast and highly customizable way to move part, or all, of data center operations into a pay-per-use model with cloud functionality. Customers enjoy all of the benefits of an on-premises data center – best-in-class data protection, performance and cost predictability – combined with the flexibility, scalability and OpEx budget of the cloud.

Freeing Teams to Do Their Most Innovative Work

People-powered technology is at the heart of Datacom’s mission. Datacom’s team of experts works in close collaboration with customers early on, to explore what they want to achieve and solve problems from the ground up. With the adoption of Dell APEX Data Center Utility, Datacom gained the opportunity to provide solutions quickly and flexibly, without the time investments required in traditional CapEx models. As a result, Datacom enjoys simplicity and design freedom and is accelerating the build of tailored, customer-driven, commercial constructs around its offerings.

“Dell APEX Data Center Utility is a new way of working, freeing up our people and catalyzing their creativity. That’s a critical component of how we’ve helped our customers be successful with Datacom Cloud X.”

– Darren Hopper, Associate Director for Product and Digital Experience – Datacom

Read the Datacom case study here. 

This commitment to unleashing creativity is also passed along to Datacom customers. By eliminating the complex management of multiple public clouds and an on-premises data center, organizations can free their teams to do more innovative work and add value to the business. 

State-of-the-art On-premises Performance on an OpEx Budget

There are inherent challenges associated with building and maintaining an on-premises data center. Securing the CapEx budget to update infrastructure can take months or even years. And with technology advancing so quickly, waiting for updates means equipment can quickly go from state-of-the-art to out-of-date. Skilled staff needed to maintain the technology are also expensive and difficult to secure.

Instead, organizations can move to a hybrid cloud solution like Datacom Cloud X and rely on a trusted technology partner to build and maintain best-in-class infrastructure. Organizations have access to all the data storage, processing and protection power they need, while only paying for the resources they use. This consumption-based model allows organizations to scale as needed, creating streamlined financial models that mitigate IT risk and hasten the achievement of meaningful business results.

For Datacom customers, Dell APEX Data Center Utility also helps remove large upfront CapEx investments from their business. That way, customers can reduce financial risk and release funds through a consumption-based model that fits into an OpEx budget. Additionally, Datacom’s Cloud X engineers can manage large aspects of the platform capability and free up customer teams to focus on other business priorities.

With Dell APEX Data Center Utility, Datacom is helping customers streamline and scale technology transformations with reduced complexity and within budgetary constraints to achieve better business outcomes.

To learn more about Dell APEX Data Center Utility, click here.

Erick Brown

About the Author: Erick Brown

Erick Brown is the Vice President of APEX Custom Solutions, a division of Dell Financial Services and a pillar of the Dell Technologies APEX Portfolio. APEX Custom Solutions provide our customers flexible, pay-per-use payment solutions, namely Flex On Demand and Data Center Utility. Erick started his career as an Engineer in Manufacturing for EMC from 1996 – 2003, and held various business operations roles between 2003 and 2010. Prior to the Dell EMC merger, Erick led the Global Commercial Solutions team which was responsible for Utility and ELA pricing. Erick has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth with a High-Tech MBA from Northeastern University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, flying planes and golfing.