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Capgemini and EMC form Global Strategic Alliance to accelerate customers’ journey to the Cloud

Capgemini and EMC have announced a strategic alliance to jointly identify and build multiple cloud-based IT-as-a-Service offerings, enabling customers to reduce costs and gain efficiency and business agility. As one of Capgemini’s global strategic partners, EMC, a leader in enabling businesses to transform their operations and deliver IT-as-a-Service, will play a significant role in helping Capgemini expand its cloud-based business service portfolio globally. The first offering to be rolled out will be ‘Storage-as-a-Service’, aimed to help deliver more agile and efficient storage solutions to customers.

 

Date: 26 Sep 2011

According to Forrester Research Inc., the global market for cloud computing will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020, and the market for private cloud solutions will grow from $7.8 billion in 2011 to $15.9 billion. Forrester’s “models reveal a significant cost difference, with the cloud-based model coming in 74% less expensive than Infrastructure & Operations running it in-house.” Forrester attributes this higher cost to several factors, including: staff, facilities and power, and data migration.

The ‘Storage as a Service’ offer delivers a cost-effective way to consume storage that removes the complexity of capacity planning by providing storage tiering to meet varied customer demands and increase business agility. Capgemini and EMC have developed a common and repeatable storage architecture that delivers predictable costs and service levels and shifts storage costs from capital expenditure to operational expenditure. In addition, ‘Messaging-as-a-Service’[4] and other offerings will be rolled out over the next 12-18 months.

Bill Teuber, EMC’s Vice Chairman, commented “EMC and Capgemini share the same vision for providing customers with the cloud-based services that enable them to enjoy the benefits of cloud computing, including increased efficiency and business agility. Capgemini’s global scope will enable customers around the world to more easily accelerate and adopt cloud computing to meet their business objectives.”

Patrick Nicolet, CEO of Infrastructure Services at Capgemini said “We are delighted to be making this important strategic announcement and feel that EMC is an ideal partner for us to meet the growing demand for cloud and As-a-Service solutions. Leveraging EMC’s world-class offerings in data and cloud computing, starting with ‘Storage as a Service’, we are certain that this agreement will help us to offer improved, differentiated and competitive solutions to customers worldwide.”

Under the terms of a five-year agreement, both companies will jointly work to identify and build tailored solutions based on Capgemini’s global service capabilities and EMC’s best-of-breed cloud optimized information management technologies. The solutions will be designed to meet customers’ unique business challenges, requirements and service level agreements for specific vertical market segments and geographies including North America, the UK, Netherlands, the Nordics, France, Germany, China and Brazil. These services will provide flexible, agile business solutions in line with evolving client needs. They also will enable customers to gain considerable savings in annual IT spend by lowering the total cost of ownership, shifting from Capex to Opex-based models, and implementing a common platform and tools which will support process standardization and management efficiencies. This collaborative initiative will leverage common channels through Capgemini and EMC to bring to market a portfolio of end-to-end cloud-based ‘as-a-service’ offerings that initially include the new ‘Storage–as-a-Service’.

Capgemini’s relationship with EMC dates back to 2002 when the companies began offering joint pay-as-you-go storage services. In 2010 EMC acknowledged Capgemini as EMC’s Partner of the Year with the Information Infrastructure Group, for the second year in a row. The award recognized Capgemini’s quality of professional services, engagement and ability to scale, and its strong global growth across the US, France, the UK and the Netherlands.
 

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