Finding Silver Linings in the Automation Cloud
Even if you graduated from an Ivy League college with an MBA or a finance degree and an emphasis in IT, there’s still a fair chance that you will need help determining the return on investment of your company’s cloud automation initiative. And for the rest of us mere mortals, learning how to calculate CapEx and OpEx savings in a virtualized IT environment may take some training.
That’s one of the key reasons why VMware is launching its free Cloud Automation Savings Calculator. Once you describe the size of your physical and virtual IT environment, and factor in projected growth rates, the calculator determines the total annual savings possible if you implement cloud automation.
Where Savings Come From
Enterprises adopt cloud automation for a variety of reasons, but mostly to launch successful and sustainable private clouds. Operational efficiency is a key measure of success, along with resource utilization; but ultimately what will capture everyone’s attention is a compelling CapEx savings number.
Operational efficiency may come from administrative time-savings; for instance, with automation it may take three admins half the time they spend currently on cloud provisioning. Beyond that, the calculator projects savings from factors such as a reduction of machines provisioned unnecessarily and the impact of reclaiming inactive resources.
Service improvements stemming from cloud automation are where companies achieve enormous gains - reducing service delivery times from, say, days to hours.
Over the course of a year, as the number of virtual machines grows, and your enterprise becomes more adept at provisioning these resources, the savings will increase – rapidly.
Show Me the Money
Find out where you can optimize your IT organization’s operational efficiency and maximize your business’s bottom line by clicking here to try out the free Cloud Automation Savings Calculator.
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