Championing ‘The Adaptable Data Center’ At CMI
The Year of The Adaptable Data Center
2015 is a pivotal year for many IT leaders and executives as companies try to keep up with the rapid transformation and evolution of IT infrastructure—impacting fundamentally how these firms operate and innovate in order to satisfy customer demands and grow. The CEO and the business part of the management team are constantly thinking about the growth trajectory. How can IT deployments align with this growth vision? How can IT stay ahead of the curve relative to the rest of the company?
As these IT decision makers grapple with the “identity crisis” brought on by the rapid shift to/proliferation of cloud infrastructure solutions, we posed the above questions—along with other questions such as “what are the 3 IT-related things I must do in the next 100 days?”—to our existing book of clients as well as IT leaders from our monthly CIO Roundtable in the East Bay who represent a wide array of industry verticals (financial services, e-commerce, traditional retail, healthcare, non-profit) and specializations. What we have learned from these conversations is that even though many would call 2015 the Year of the Cloud, here at CMI we’d like to refine that a bit and call it the Year of the Adaptable Data Center.
We have noticed that many organizations, at this point, are simply not ready to “go all in” and move a majority of their workloads off-prem to adopt public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer. This is due to factors such as: the inability to migrate specific workloads; security/compliance considerations; change management; time/resource availability; fear of vendor lock-in (Ex: very high switching costs if you are to move workloads from AWS to SoftLayer); and the rapid increase in complexity of control issues when it comes to cloud adoption—they want to be able to summon a system administrator from down the hall when something goes wrong.
Here at CMI we believe that IT decision makers should embrace the adaptable data center model (please refer to our last blog post where Tim Cuny, VP of Solutions, provided the illustrative view of the reference architecture), which would alleviate the fears and concerns that we’d just discussed above. And if you currently have on-prem assets, this architecture can enable them to work smarter. For these organizations, all of the benefits of public cloud – improved efficiency and time-to-value via resources on-demand (pay-as-you-go model) – can be realized by deploying private cloud. Creating a private cloud can be accomplished in a multitude of ways. Below are just a few examples:
- Leveraging existing infrastructure and layering automation/orchestration.
- Creating a dedicated private cloud off-prem on bare metal servers.
- Deploying Converged Infrastructure with integrated virtual machine (VM) management.
Of course, as you look at this reference architecture, you also need to take a hard look at your organization and consider infrastructure refresh lifecycle, security policies, existing software tools and appetite for services/customization versus pre-packaged solutions, as you embark on the adaptable data center path.
Here at CMI—our experienced and capable cloud solutions architects and enterprise architects can help you and your organizations become not only more agile in building out the IT infrastructure of the future, but also ensure that it’s adaptable, secure, and scalable. We’re excited to continue our journey with all of you here in 2015. Please contact us to continue the discussion on our reference architecture and what it means for your company.
Director, Regional Manager