PARIS, January 19, 2011 – Capgemini Group, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced the launch of a new suite of virtualization services in partnership with VMware, a global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure technology. The Virtualization to Business (V2B) services combine Capgemini’s business-centric approach with VMware’s proven virtualization technologies. Through this new suite of service offerings, Capgemini will provide the insight, roadmap and support to help clients achieve infrastructure agility and cost reduction.
Virtualization is significantly supporting the realization of the CIO agenda, and the emergence of cloud computing is revolutionizing the world of infrastructure and bringing it to the forefront of the business agenda.
Virtualization to Business services deliver to the CIO agenda by transforming IT into an “as a Service” consumption model—driving a business-centric approach that focuses on outcomes such as operational efficiency, enhanced competitiveness and reduced time-to–market. IT is emerging as a value provider within the business and is directly enabling business outcomes.
Together, Capgemini and VMware are working to create a flexible consumption-based IT services model and help companies drive increased cost reductions through further consolidation and server virtualization. A highly virtualized IT infrastructure provides the foundation for building agile, effective cloud computing IT services, where physical hardware such as servers, networks, storage and even desktops are transferred to virtual servers with high levels of automation. Some companies are already progressing towards a high level of virtualization and implementations are expected to increase as many overcome the challenges of investment and adopt holistic approaches to transformation, helping them to breakthrough the 30% barrier*.
Capgemini is positioned to deliver measurable business results for its clients because of its proven infrastructure management capability, which enables clients to transform the delivery of their IT Services. Virtualization to Business uses this technology experience and applies it to deliver measurable business outcomes for clients.
The V2B services enable clients to remove the barriers for greater adoption of virtualized infrastructure. Based on the industry-leading VMware vSphere™ virtualization platform, the new V2B suite of services delivers in three steps:
- Business Infostructure: removing the IT and business barriers such as lack of business engagement, poor governance, or conflicting agendas, to enable companies to realize cost savings but also positive business impacts through wide scale transformation, improving utilization, speed of deployment and provisioning
- Virtual Infostructure: providing the steps required to align services to agile infrastructure management whilst progressing automation. This takes place through the optimization of key processes and ensuring strong business engagement and support through the transformation.
- IT-as-a-Service: enabling IT services to be implemented through a self-service and consumption-based charging model which can be easily consumed and valued by the business.
“This service-oriented approach is to empower clients to respond faster and more intuitively to changing market dynamics to enable them to become more competitive and to leverage new technologies. Through working in partnership with VMware we feel well equipped to do this and can bring a unique perspective that is both technology and business savvy,” said Daniel Chaffraix, Global Head of Infrastructure Transformation Services at Capgemini.
“As enterprises move through their journey to adopting IT as a Service, they continuously increase the strategic value of IT by reducing costs and improving responsiveness to business demands,” said Scott Aronson, vice president, global accounts and vCloud market development, VMware. “The resulting agility and quality of service improvements will not only help develop IT infrastructure, but more importantly will aid in business transformation.”
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation chose Capgemini as its partner in a large office automation initiative, including thousands of workstations, management of central networking and server infrastructure, data storage, fixed telephony, coordination over mobile telephony and print services. Vincent Wouters, Chief Information Manager, said: “We chose Capgemini and VMware because they were able to offer cost efficiencies and technology advancements. Our employees now have workplaces that are run remotely and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, from all our office locations. Because of this, our staff are now more flexible and able to work more efficiently with more reliable and technologically up to date systems. It’s a sustainable IT solution that offers cost reductions over the long term, in addition to boasting significant energy efficiencies.”
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 35 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and employs over 100,000 people worldwide.
More information is available at www.capgemini.com/virtualization.
Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini
VMware (NYSE: VMW) delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere™ – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2009 revenues of $2 billion, more than 190,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the expected transformation of how businesses provide IT, the vision for a transition to IT as a Service and the potential benefits to businesses, and expected demand for such implementations. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing and IT-as-a-service, (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud and desktop computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) VMware’s ability to protect our proprietary technology; (ix) VMware’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; and (x) the successful integration of acquired companies and assets into VMware. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed by VMware with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including VMware’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that VMware may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.
* Large scale infrastructures typically experience a barrier at around 30% virtualization due to a variety of non-technical challenges (i.e business engagement, change management etc.)