HCL presents Biztech2.com BizTransform: Strategies for moving from traditional data centres to dynamic private clouds
Our experts will provide strategies on how CIOs can break the problem of VM sprawl through integrated infrastructure.
The Lalit, Mumbai | 5th June, 2013
While server virtualisation has been a great technology trend, it has also made the spinning up of virtual servers both fast and easy, which in turn has led to an exponential increase in VMs, and this VM sprawl is taxing legacy equipment and practices. Added to this, legacy infrastructure and inflexible technologies have rendered IT unable to efficiently scale administration to meet the requirements of this growing virtual environment. In order to cut down on manual processes and administrative overhead, organizations must fundamentally change how IT infrastructure is managed. And in the era of Cloud Computing, better management of IT infrastructure must also provide a gateway to the cloud and transform traditional data centres into highly dynamic private cloud infrastructures.
The answer often is cross-functional, virtualization-aware management tools with automation fed by intelligent infrastructure components which execute in harmony. These holistic management controls inherently necessitate tight integration of compute, storage, networking, and virtualization--ideally, a reference architecture consisting of pre-tested designs built on shared infrastructure, which includes unified compute, network and unified storage.
While integration at the hardware level is important, the true value of integration is the level of intelligence seamlessly shared between server, networking, and storage systems. The exponential value for CIOs is only realized if these systems communicate, share information, and automate processes in a seamless manner invisible to the IT administrator.
Hence, what CIOs need is a complete stack that can be managed through a single pane of glass with enough granular capabilities to both streamline processes and appeal to server, network, and storage administrators. Constantly managing and maintaining individual stacks of infrastructure consumes an enormous amount of time from the IT team. One of the most attractive pieces of value of an integrated system is the ability for IT to focus on managing the platform as opposed to configuring it. When IT can shift its focus away from routine and mundane tasks, administrators can gain tremendous value in the following ways:
• Business value: IT can quickly change the way businesses view the IT role by leveraging management tools to quickly provision resources, add capacity, provide real-time reporting metrics, and share chargeback information to lines of business that rely on IT resources.
• To do more with existing IT resources, and in some cases, with reduced overhead.
• Streamlined process: Management integration enables IT to streamline provisioning and proactively predict the availability of IT resources. It can also optimize capacity and performance, and automatically provision workloads on the best suited infrastructure without manual intervention or downtime.
But while integrated server, network and storage combined with an intelligent management later is an idea whose time has come, what’s equally critical is the partner who builds the solution using these integrated systems and ensures customisation relevant to business.
At Biztech2.com BizTransform: Strategies for moving from traditional data centres to dynamic private clouds, our experts will provide strategies on how CIOs can break the problem of VM sprawl through integrated infrastructure on top of which highly intelligent management capabilities exist and thus provide Business Value that is ready for the power of Cloud Computing. We will delve deep into the key differentiating factors between highly virtualized data centres and dynamic private cloud infrastructure and look at how CIOs can move from the former to the latter at great TCO, business-centricity, scalability and elasticity.