All this while the IT team is faced with another reality, the main corporate
datacenter has 6-18 months left in terms of shelf life. The datacenter's
power distribution and patch panel design was not built to handle the massive
density and cooling power requirements. The sprawl of unstructured data, app
servers, web servers and now virtual machines is proliferating at a pace that
will force a space crunch in a time frame that is counter to the challenge
from the business in terms of capital preservation and opex reduction.
What does a firm do? The standard playbook is consolidate, virtualize and
automate. This strategy is absolutely critical and is part of a target
foundation that must be built. However, it will NOT solve the challenge of
A different approach needs to be taken. The approach starts with a
fundamental principle - IT delivery must be "as needed... (more)
Adaptivity Keynote at Cloud Expo
Businesses today face a tsunami of challenges unlike it has ever faced in
history: globalization, geo-political, rise of the Internet consumer,
customer mind-share dynamics, proliferation of information and content to
manage and maintain (with regulatory & security concerns).
This requires new ways to do business:
provide an enriched and consistent quality customer experience; conduct
business over any form of electronic channel; rapid adoption of new business
models; transact business in the most efficient & effective means possible;
IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date.
Too often IT departments seem resigned to accepting mediocre results, as if
the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of
this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspects refuse to comply
with these manual processes to keep a CMDB updated. This creates the number
one barrier to moving to some form of a cloud-like delivery model.
Furthermore, advancements in virtualization have made the situation worse, as
software resources have been severed from physical resources. T... (more)
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Adaptivity, Inc, the company that is putting "IT
Blueprinting" on the map of Enterprise IT, is adamant: IT must invest in
architecture and engineering, and it must do so right away, here and now in
2010, 2011 and beyond.
An innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy,
design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology
platforms across large organizations, before founding Adaptivity Bishop
served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia's Corporate Investment Banking
Technology Group, where his team designed... (more)
This is part 2 of the continuing article series “From Legacy to the
Cloud: Next Generation Datacenters”
Restating the obvious: Business and IT have planned, designed and operated
business systems in a silo-oriented manner with disconnected decisions and
actions as to how the business needs to executes and systems are created.
In the first article in this series I stated that there is not silver bullet
or single strategy that solves all. There is however, proven methods and
successful strategies that multiple firms have employed to attack the legacy
problems in their existing data... (more)