First and foremost you can't have a successful software-defined model if your
team still have a hardware-defined mentality. Change is inevitable and
whether it's embraced or not it will happen. For experienced CIOs this is not
the first time they've experienced this technological and consequently
cultural change in IT.
Question 1. Vendors are racing to lead the movement towards a
software‐defined data centre. Where are we up to in this journey, and how
far are we from seeing this trend widely adopted?
Considering most organizations have still not fully virtualized or moved
towards a true Private Cloud model, SDDC is still in its infancy in terms of
mainstream adoption and certainly won't be an overnight process. While
typical early adopters are advancing quickly down the software-defined route
these are mostly organizations with large scale multi-site data centers w... (more)
SystemAdmins were generally the early embracers and end users of VMware ESX
as they immediately recognized the benefits of virtualization. Having been
bogged down with the pains of running physical servers such as downtime for
maintenance, patching and upgrades, they were the natural adopters of the
bare metal hypervisor. The once Windows 2003 system admin was soon
configuring virtual networks and VLANs as well as carving up Storage
datastores, quickly empowering them as the master of this new domain that was
revolutionizing the datacenter. As the industry matured in its understa... (more)
The best method of Storage virtualization has been one of the most debated
and argued issues within the industry. Nobody argues that while it is nothing
more than an abstraction between the storage device and its application, the
benefits that come with it such as consolidation, ease of management, online
migrations etc. make it a fundamental aspect of the constantly
non-heterogeneous emerging world of storage.
Of course virtualization is on everyone's lips with the advent of VMotion and
Vstorage offered by the Server-based storage virtualization solution of
VMware. Veritas Volu... (more)
I was recently asked my opinion on what were the main considerations for
Cloud Computing with specific emphasis on Internal Clouds.
Eager to assist I quickly gave a rundown of issues which included SLAs,
distinguishing charge rates, security etc, etc.
Pleased with the response received our conversation then veered off into
another direction but then it struck me - I had just fallen victim to the
marketing jargon. Internal Cloud?
What on earth was he asking me and what on earth had I just answered with?
I thought back and reassessed my understanding of the Cloud to what I
2009 seems to have been the year of corporate marriages but whether they are
marriages made in heaven is yet to be seen. The ongoing saga between Oracle
and Sun and their child ZFS is already suffering from the clutches of the
scorned mistress ECC, while the Dell/ Perot and HP/3Com matches are still in
their honeymoon period. One partnership though which does look likely to
stand the test of time and causes the biggest threat to all others is that of
Cisco, EMC and their wonderkid Vmware.
The discussion on how in my opinion these three will monopolise the future of
ILM and cloud ... (more)