How Fast Can This Go?
The speed of change is changing. It’s getting faster and faster and it sometimes feels that if you blink you can miss an important development in technology. A prime example is the proliferation of Virtualization in the Data Center. Always wary of proclamations such as “this is the year of VDI” or “Everything is moving to the Cloud”, I do think that it is now valid to characterize the situation today as “Post Virtualization”. Virtual machines are now ubiquitous and there is widespread knowledge about how to configure and optimize the storage and network to support them- i.e., we know how to do this.
So what comes next? I suggest that the next phase is the Data Center Re-born: A dynamic pool of resources and productivity for the business to consume. We are moving out of the days where services and solutions are hard coded, built individually and not re-usable. Up until now, as new applications and resources come online, there is simply more to do, more to know and more to manage. People like to talk about “The Cloud” as the answer, and maybe in time it will be. What we need NOW are real ways to converge and streamline the datacenter and grant easy/secure access to Users and Data in support of the organizational mission. As a wise man I know once said, ” They just want to press the button and a get a Banana”. Up until now it’s all been way too complicated…..
The Data Center Re-born
OK, we are not yet just going to press a button and get everything we want out of a Datacenter just yet. But now there are many straightforward ways to get pretty close to that vision. I have been designing and deploying these solutions since the 1990′s and we are at the best point ever to balance the Triangle of Cost-Performance-Capacity. In short what this means is that for a very reasonable cost, organizations can now adopt strategies and technologies that get you much closer to the dream. It is now completely possible to configure your storage, network, operating systems, applications, data, and user access as fully Dynamic Services. Three major characteristics of these systems are:
Deploy By Assignment- Deploy users, devices and applications simply by assigning resources, not by the brute force of building machines, installing applications, locking down systems, maintaining hardware, etc, etc
Built once, Re-use infinitely- Yes, it’s real!
Dynamic Allocation of Resources: Storage, Compute, Applications, User Data, Remote Access are all available to be consumed as needed on top of a High Availability and Fluid platform. This platform is lower cost, its components can be used, re-used and re-purposed as needed (for example, no more new SAN every three years, reuse that storage in new ways). This is not magic, it follows from building the infrastructure and platform services using these new approaches. Once the foundation is properly established, it becomes easy to serve up the Applications, Tools, Data, and ability to Collaborate that your users need to serve the Mission of the Organization.
Join us, and a select group of core technology partners, on September 17th for the AZ Tech Summit in Phoenix to explore these concepts. We will be hosting an Innovative Data Center Pavilion at the entry to the Main Event Hall.
Come speak with experts and learn how our clients are running these streamlined operations and gaining the benefits 24×7. Informal discussions will be going on throughout the day as well a Main Conference session:
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tech Theater II
…and an Executive VIP Presentation/Discussion:
|2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
VIP Executive Track
REGISTER HERE and enter the code thin to receive a complimentary registration to this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you there!