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GlassHouse Introduces Accelerated Cloud Enablement (ACE) Service.

Enables Rapid Deployment of a Secure, Scalable, Automated Cloud in 45 Days

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- GlassHouse Technologies, a global provider of vendor independent data center consulting and managed services, today announced its Accelerated Cloud Enablement (ACE) service. Based on GlassHouse's comprehensive portfolio of cloud services, this service addresses the escalating market demand for rapidly deployed, secure and manageable private cloud environments that meet defined business objectives.

For virtualized environments, the ACE service delivers operational intelligence with a cloud management layer and includes:

* Secure, personalized self-service automated provisioning

* Unified governance and control over virtual, physical and public cloud resources

* Intuitive user and administration portals

* Service catalog with defined offerings and chargeback capability

* Intelligent workload placement

* Defined policies

* Standard configurations

* Comprehensive reporting

* Integration with existing IT infrastructure

* Deployment, documentation and training

* Ongoing life-cycle management

"For IT organizations, deploying cloud hardware and software is relatively easy, but enabling a true cloud environment that lives up to the promise of defined services, simple user self-selection, and rapid, automated provisioning is much more difficult. It is also part of the reason private clouds have yet to be as widely deployed as predicted," said Patrick Scannell, President and CEO of GlassHouse Technologies. "IT organizations eager to take advantage of the cost and flexibility benefits of cloud services, and better meet end-user demands typically focus on hardware and software and learn the hard way that success requires much more than deploying technology alone. This service is designed to help enterprises overcome these challenges and ensure that cloud initiatives meet business objectives."

The ACE service allows enterprises to have a fully-operational private cloud deployed within 45 days. This service is based on DynamicOps' Cloud Suite, and supports VMware ESX and ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. While the ACE service facilitates the rapid deployment of a fully-operational cloud, it is also designed to be fully extensible and scalable.

This service provides dramatic improvements in time-to-cloud-value. While simple hardware and software cloud products can be deployed quickly, a typical enterprise private cloud deployment can take six to 12 months. And without proper planning, service definitions, security and governance requirements, many of these deployments fail to meet objectives. Often the result is increased costs, failure to convince end users to adopt the cloud services and without effective chargeback mechanisms in place, virtual server sprawl escalates. ACE also addresses the common problem of cloud vendors installing their hardware and software and then leaving IT to learn how to manage and integrate users into the cloud environment. ACE ensures that the cloud is designed and deployed to be effective, and also provides the option for GlassHouse to manage the cloud environment for a six-month transition period, or on an ongoing basis. Ongoing ACE management services include cloud-based monitoring, incident management, administration, reporting and defined Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for availability and provisioning.

GlassHouse's comprehensive portfolio of cloud services, also including Cloud Impact Analysis, Cloud Modernization, and Accelerate cloud services, have experienced tremendous market demand as enterprise IT organizations grapple with the flood of cloud products that promise increased service levels and reduced costs. These GlassHouse services also enable IT organizations to become more of a service provider to end-users, creating on-demand private cloud services while building an agile, easy-to-provision infrastructure in an automated-delivery framework.

About GlassHouse Technologies

GlassHouse Technologies is a global provider of data center infrastructure consulting and managed services. GlassHouse partners with customers to define and execute data center strategies, and operate their environment, helping clients address the complexities of cloud, virtualization, storage, backup, security and next generation data centers. Our constant focus is on cost efficiency, risk mitigation and service improvement, delivered through our unique model comprised of proprietary software tools, methodologies and domain expertise. GlassHouse is uniquely "vendor independent" in that we do not sell vendor's products, enabling us to provide objective analysis and recommendations. The depth and breadth of our expertise has been developed through more than 17,500 engagements with more than 12,000 clients. For more information, visit us at www.glasshouse.com, visit the GlassHouse blog for expert commentary on key data center issues and follow us on twitter @GlassHouse_Tech.
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