Inside track: To disaggregate or no

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17 October 2016

Ability to change
“In this new agile world, governance of process is as important as hardware monitoring” ryan_o_donnell_asystec_web
Asystec Ryan O’ Donnell, solutions architect

Changing of the buzz words: ‘dynamic’ and ‘flexibility’ are somewhat over used words within IT industry in the past few years, everything seemed to be described as dynamic this and flexible that without much explanation being provided as to the actual features and benefits of a dynamic and flexible estate. I believe what dynamic and flexible actually meant was having the ability to change and this is indeed very important to many, but so was the ability create a trusted, performant environment that delivers against your business needs, goals and aspirations.

The emergence of converged and hyper converged systems has aided many IT teams to concentrate on evolution within their Data centre, whether that be through investigation into Data Analytics, DEVOPS, enhanced security compliance etc, but also it has resulted in internal reflection and process revolution and how converged, hyper converged, network virtualisation all come together to create new enablers for improvement across the estate. It enabled the environment to change yet included the control and governance to gain the benefits of being dynamic and flexible yet at all times ensuring the business goals were continuing to be met, enhanced and new strategies adopted to enhance the business.

The inclusion of converged technologies with network disaggregation creates the footprint for the Software Defined Data Centre. These can be utilised to create rule sets, based around enforced SLA’s, ensuring that the same goals are achieved and the business is better protected in this evolving environment. This business improvement can be focused on time to market, adherence with compliance standards, specific workload security, enhanced RPO’s and RTO’s and micro segmentation. The ability to utilise VMware NSX, EMC ScaleIO, VSAN and other Software Defined Data Centre technologies enables rules to be created that when choreographed into action triggers enabling automation to be a reality, speed and agility becoming the new dynamic and flexible.

The introduction of the Software Defined Data Centre and Web Scales technologies is important, it provides a dynamic and flexible platform with the robustness and performance expected from enterprise customers, it enables agility and speed and most importantly the compliance and conformity to embrace these new technologies in a compliant manner. In this new agile world, governance of process is as important as hardware monitoring, it won’t replace the traditional network and data centre approach for every business immediately, but will provide the tools to evolve and enhance environments.



Keeping pace
“Where organisations want to keep pace, then they need to model their architectures, processes and practices on those of the large scale cloud providers” john_caseyTrilogy_web

Trilogy Technologies John Casey, director

In this era of globalisation, the growth in web-scale IT is well recognised and Irish organisations should ask the question as to how they can take advantage of these trends. The benefits typically provided by web-scale architectures are improved speed, scale and costs. Where organisations want to keep pace, then they need to model their architectures, processes and practices on those of the large scale cloud providers.The first place organisations can look, are to the business applications which are already delivered by these global cloud providers, so they can avail of the benefits without building their own infrastructure. For example, the obvious place to access your email today is via MS Office 365 while Salesforce has been a popular CRM choice for many years now. As more business applications come on stream delivered as a cloud service, it is advisable for companies to think ‘cloud first’ when choosing applications for their business.

However, the challenge still remains for legacy and bespoke applications which still deliver core functions within businesses today. The choices for deploying these on public web-scale architectures can still prove expensive for heavy workloads and may not deliver the required cost-benefit return.

This leaves an organisation with the challenge of building their own private cloud infrastructure and incorporating the resilience, performance and operational controls required to deliver the needs of their business. The market offers an abundance of options for this and technology companies such as VMware and Nutanix are leading the way in the market for web-scale architectures available for any scale and workload.

At Trilogy we see forward thinking organisations now looking for advice as to which private and public cloud options are suited for their business, and a road-map for the future which incorporates a hybrid approach. Trilogy designs, implements and manages agile infrastructure across virtual and cloud platforms, helping clients to enhance their operations, mitigate risk and enable business strategy. The company incorporates expertise in both infrastructure transformation and Managed IT as a Service to deliver business-wide IT services.



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