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Turning Complexity Into

SIMPLICITY
Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System
to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
By Jim Utsler k Photography by Stuart Conway

rom a comfy hammock,
clouds appear to be
almost solid formations,
flowing with the winds. But upon
closer inspection, they're much
more complex, comprised of a
kaleidoscope of water droplets
or ice crystals, depending upon
meteorological conditions.
The same holds with cloud
computing. From a user's point
of view, the composition of a
cloud may seem monolithic,
with one system handling all
of the computing needs. The
background details, however,
reveal much more, with clouds
often including multiple
applications and OSs, diverse
physical and virtual servers, and
an array of storage devices.
Tying all of these components
together to function as a whole
may seem like no easy task unless,
of course, the proper tools have
been deployed to span all cloud
components. In the case of Vissensa
Ltd., the most crucial of those tools
is the IBM Enterprise Cloud System.

F

Bolstered by various hardware
and software solutions, the
Enterprise Cloud System acts
as the linchpin for Vissensa's
capability to deliver around-theclock cloud services to its many
and varied clients. Without it and
its closely intertwined supporting
systems, this service wouldn't
be available to customers who
would have to manage and pay
for their own data centers and
perhaps miss out on critical
competitive opportunities.

A Swinging Pendulum
Based in Fleet, England,
Vissensa has a wide range of
clients representing a number
of industries including finance,
pharmaceutical research,
green-energy initiatives, local
government and schools. To meet
their computing requirements,
the organization offers several
tiers of services.
Vissensa's CEO Steve Groom
describes this as a swinging
pendulum of sorts, with some

clients on one end needing mere
hand-holding-whether their
equipment is located at their
own sites or at Vissensa's-and
others on the opposite side
requiring complete end-to-end
computing support.
"If customers to the left of
the pendulum have their own
IT equipment, we can either
remotely support or locally host
it for them," he says. "But as the
pendulum swings to the right, we
become increasingly involved,
moving from simple support and
hosting to handling everything for
them. Some firms, for example,
may not want to deal with IT
at all, so they'll describe their
computing needs to us and we'll
meet them, putting them in an
environment that exactly matches
their requirements."
All of these tiering scenarios can
be described as some form of cloud
computing. For example, Vissensa
can remotely access customerhosted systems to provision
them. Similarly, Vissensa-hosted
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
HotTECH Products
Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - HotTECH Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE3
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