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Application Consolidation Next logical Step to Optimise Enterprise Resources, Manage Costs and Enhance Efficiency and Flexibility says visionapp

Companies that consolidate their server environment without the corresponding consolidation of their applications will never achieve the true potential of their investment, according to server-based solutions specialists, visionapp. The pace of modern business –burgeoning demand for new services, increased pressure to align IT infrastructure with those services, increased automation, mergers and acquisitions – has resulted in the rapid growth of an increasingly complex IT environment with a high management overhead. This is driving many companies down the server consolidation route, but visionapp maintains that companies need to undertake application consolidation as the next logical step in realising the full benefits of reduced costs, increased efficiency, greater scalability and improved value of IT systems.

“Server Consolidation has become synonymous with IT consolidation in many people’s minds, and while consolidating servers can deliver tangible benefits, it is only half of the answer,” said Perry Stanford, Regional Manager UK, visionapp. “To reduce cost, complexity and provide a more stable environment for future growth, it is also necessary to simplify and optimise the application environment, which enables a company to reduce costs, streamline its operations and 'future-proof' its IT infrastructure.”
A combination of server and application consolidation can have a dramatic impact on the enterprise: by optimising existing end-to-end infrastructures it is possible to reduce operational costs by up to 30%, simplify the infrastructure and provide a flexible, but stable, foundation for future growth.

“Rather than reducing the application environment for reduction’s sake, visionapp knows that the real value of consolidation lies in the rationalisation of all IT resources, and the fact that a fully consolidated environment enables internal resources to be refocused on projects and tasks that can deliver real business value,” said Perry Stanford. “This is why visionapp enables the enterprise-wide standardisation, consolidation and centralisation of applications.”

The company believes that one of the reasons that application consolidation is not more prevalent, despite the clear benefits, is that there is no ‘silver bullet’ solution; it requires an external team of engineers on site to undertake the task. However, the visionapp solution minimises this workload by fully automating installation and configuration of servers and applications. The automated process removes the risk of human error or variances in configuration and reduces operational workload going forward.

visionapp specialises in server-based solutions that enable enterprises to efficiently centralise their applications and provide secure, simplified access for their distributed workforce. The company provides two key products that address application consolidation and application access: visionapp Platform Management Suite and visionapp Access Portal. visionapp Platform Management Suite provides fully automated installation and administration processes for large terminal server environments, including Citrix MetaFrame XP Presentation Server. It not only reduces downtime and improves operational availability, but it also provides significant risk reduction and change management capability while increasing overall productivity. visionapp Access Portal provides secure, consistent access to corporate applications through a centralised environment. Applications are delivered through one central location, as opposed to every desktop, thus dramatically reducing IT support costs. Fur
thermore, visionapp’s partner relationships for encryption and authentication functionality ensure simplified, yet secure, access using a standard web browser.

visionapp has a blue chip customer base and a strong presence in Financial Services with six of the ten largest banks in Germany using visionapp. With almost 70,000 seats worldwide, visionapp customers include companies such as Deutsche Bank, Daimler Chrysler Bank, Dresdner Bank, BW Bank, Bayerische Landesbank, RWE Innogy and Loreal. Furthermore, iZBSOFT, the largest server-based computing site in the world, uses visionapp products to manage its server-based computing environment.

About visionapp
visionapp is a provider of innovative end-to-end server based computing and portal solutions; specialising in the planning, implementation and operation of solutions based on Microsoft and Citrix technologies. visionapp tools enable the creation of standardised solutions for application portals in addition to the installation, automation and management of large Citrix server farms. The company are currently the largest solution provider for server based computing in Germany and clients include Dresdner Bank, Fujitsu-Siemens and DaimlerChrysler Bank. For more information on visionapp, please visit www.visionapp.com


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