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This is the introduction to a five part series focusing on identifying the problem and sharing proven strategies for transforming legacy datacenters and infrastructure to next generation datacenters that operate in a cloud computing like model for enterprise IT. The article builds on concepts I introduced in the book I published in June of 2009, “Next Generation Datacenters in Financial Services (Driving Extreme Efficiency and Effective Cost Savings.” (Elsevier). It is a continuum of thoughts I have shared in the past along with influences of recent dialogues with technology executives and the problems they continue to face. The Problem One of the fundamental barriers to business today is the intersection of the “day in the life” of the business and how that executes across the IT supply chain. The barriers caused by this Business-IT Chasm, include limits placed ... (more)

Fit for Purpose Datacenters to Enable Clouds

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The trigger for this post is a conversation I've had far too often with an IT executive who has  an ambitious plan to leverage hypervisor virtualization to create a new data center infrastructure upon which his entire business would run.  The goals are laudable; dramatic cost reductions, increased availability, decreased time to market (as measured by how long it takes to provision a VM)...all things any sensible business or IT executive wants, right?  But when I asked about their plans for business applications that didn't fit his deployment opti... (more)

How the Enterprise Cloud Computing Affects the Datacenter

Adaptivity at Cloud Expo There are a variety of applications that support numerous business lines across an enterprise. These applications exhibit a wide range of operational characteristics as they service the diverse business demands. That diversity is the key to business success, but it has consequences. Ask an enterprise application architect about how IT should run a data center and you will find that the range of behaviours exhibited across the portfolio of applications cannot be run on one set of standard platform configurations. Most critical applications have extreme ope... (more)

Eleven Key Components of the Enterprise Cloud

Adaptivity at Cloud Expo Here are the 11 key components that enable IT organizations to operationalize an enterprise cloud: 1. ECONOMIC MODEL Define the business and IT linkage of demand and supply. Orient the analysis and model creations around the interactive dynamics of consumption of IT resources by the business and the fulfillment behavior of processing by IT. This needs to be correlated with the value-chain function and the corresponding products or services, differentiated by business type (liquidity, risk transference, advice), business importance (margin, labor, flow)... (more)

The Service Orientation of IT

We are entering a new phase of IT where organizations must orient delivery of service across the entire IT supply chain to behave and operate in a real time manner. Those organizations that don’t embark on this transformational journey will not deliver the desired business growth and maximized shareholder value that is the fiduciary responsibilities of IT executives in support of their businesses. Let’s call this the Service Orientation of IT, where leading innovative firms are using as a strategy to improve the long term competitive position of business – by delivering anytime,... (more)