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) and cost to transact.
2. DEMAND MAPPING
In natural language terms, define and capture the “day in the life of the
business” — what it expects and where there are problems. Be sure to
understand sensitivities to cost, bottlenecks and timing constraints — in
particular, the quality attributes... (more)
Adaptivity Keynote at Cloud Expo
Virtualization is the topic du jour in IT today. The technology is cool, the
attributes are slick and now the stock market even is tracking it. The
adoption problem that is facing virtualization strategies stems from a bottom
up IT driven approach versus a top down business aligned approach.
Furthermore, the technology is limitingin value unless it is implemented as a
“virtual enterprise cloud service oriented platform architecture” with a
dynamic operational model.
The playbook for exploiting virtualizaiton AND other key enabling technology
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)
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)
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)