By Jim Livingston, Chief Technology Officer
It's an exciting time to be in IT. There are so many new and innovative technologies available that are transforming how we deliver and consume IT services. Some of these technologies are critical to our ongoing success and must be part of our IT strategy going forward.
Three examples of these technologies are Software-Defined Everything (SDE) in the Downtown Data Center, Private and Public Cloud, and Object Storage.
SDE is the abstraction of the architecture and programmability of infrastructure, including compute, storage, network and data center operations. Cloud refers to hosted services that are delivered over the internet, such as Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (Saas), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Security as a Service (SECaaS), etc. Object Storage is data storage architecture that manages data and files as objects.
There has been a lot of hype about these technologies and many organization have decided to jump on the bandwagon early on, with some being successful and others not so much. For example, some organizations migrated many or all their IT services to the Cloud. Many of the workloads that went to the Cloud have now been brought back on premises due to lack of control and the high cost of Cloud services.
Moving to cloud technologies and services is the right path to follow, depending on the use case, because of the benefits and flexibility it gives us. However, for optimal flexibility, we are taking a Hybrid Cloud approach by implementing our own on-premise Private Cloud integrated with Public Cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure, which will give us the capability to place workloads where it makes the most financial and service delivery sense.
Fortunately, these technologies have greatly matured. We can learn from others who have implemented these technologies and move forward with confidence, avoiding some of the pitfalls that others have experienced. We are well underway with our implementation and are excited with the benefits we are receiving.
- Object Storage, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP): Implemented
- Hybrid Cloud (HPE Hybrid Cloud Management Suite), data center automation (HPE Data Center Automation Suite), software-defined operations (HPE Orchestration), software-defined compute and storage (HPE Synergy): 1/31/2018
- Software-Defined Networking, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI):
- Phase I: 2/28/2018 (migration of servers to new ACI data center core)
- Phase 2: TBD (policy enforcement, micro-segmentation)
Most exciting about these technologies are the benefits that we'll realize as an organization.
Here are some of the benefits categorized by project:
|Hybrid Cloud, Data Center Automation, Software-Defined Compute/Storage, and Software-Defined Operations|
I'm very excited about these new technologies and look forward to the benefits we’ll receive as an organization by improved service delivery and capabilities, enhanced flexibility, cost savings and improved security.
Please feel free to contact me any time if you'd like to learn more about these technologies and the benefits we'll realize as an organization.