Adaptable Data Center® – Infrastructure is the Cornerstone
Essential Infrastructure Platforming
The cornerstone of the Adaptable Data Center® architecture on premise is infrastructure. The decisions you make within your infrastructure have a direct impact on your ability to deliver the outcomes that the business demands. The first platform was monolith server/storage platforms, dominated by IBM’s mainframe (by the way still a $5B business for IBM). The second platform was client server, dominated by the push to distribute the workloads over the network and back to the server. The third platform may be mobile, which will continue to grow over the next twenty years, in fact did you know there are 4 billion people that still don’t have internet access or mobile phones? So, what’s next? What will be the fourth platform, when does it arrive, how big will the market be?
I believe the fourth platform will be the Hybrid Enterprise IT. The hybrid enterprise is still in the beginning stage of maturity with plenty of room to run over the next two decades. With cloud and mobile pushing the enterprise to figure out how to deliver IT services for better business outcomes you won’t survive long if you do not have a clear strategy to optimize your infrastructure, enabling the seamless integration of cloud services, with the agility to push and pull in either direction. Getting to this point is not easy. The reward is worth the journey though, so stay the course. To get started, consider getting your arms around these areas:
1. Virtualize as much as possible – Virtualization is one of the biggest enablers of portability that you have direct control over.
2. Consider converged or hyperconverged strategies – Pre-packaged solutions cut IT Operations time and done correctly, they eliminate cost, complexity and performance issues.
3. Assess current application stack for cloud readiness – Not all applications can be made cloud ready. Find your outliers and make a plan to deal with them, including moving to a vendor that aligns with your new strategy
4. Select automation and orchestration toolset/frameworks – Automate Everything. Orchestration is the highway to the cloud, pick one and go for a drive.
IF you are stuck on legacy infrastructure or modern infrastructure is keeping you weighted in one direction because it is what the enterprise has always done, then start looking for new solutions now. Don’t be afraid to make bold moves that position you to enable the Hybrid Enterprise rapidly. IT may just be the competitive advantage you need to succeed.
Director of Solutions Architecture