This weekend I had the pleasure of participating in a very cold, rainy and windy charity bike ride to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. Outside of work, cycling is my passion and normally 50+ miles on a bike is a breeze. Saturday’s ride was anything but, and since none of my riding partners were particularly chatty, I had a lot of time to think about the long and winding road that lay ahead. In particular, how this “epic” experience can parallel many virtualization projects. You invest a lot of time, effort, pain and suffering yet time seems to standstill and what little progress one makes seems to take forever.
In today’s blog I will focus on two of the many barriers that face enterprises in their quest to increase data center efficiency, IT economics and actionable insight.
The first barrier often is the lack of a fully virtualized IT infrastructure. A recent IBM study of virtualization with our enterprise clients documents that most clients have not moved beyond basic server virtualization. To improve the economics of IT requires virtualizing and optimizing servers, storage and network resources. In doing so, enterprises can achieve higher resource utilization, scalability and flexibility to address the ever changing demands of their business, clients and market segments. At the same time, IT costs are reduced through consolidation and elimination of under utilized resources.
The second prevalent issue blocking many enterprises from moving beyond virtualization to software defined environments that encompass software defined storage, software defined networks, software defined data centers and cloud is the lack of a common framework. Integrating and managing diverse, heterogeneous platforms requires a commitment by industry leading technology providers. IBM has made that commitment to Open Source and standards communities as OpenStack for infrastructure management and Cloud, OpenPower Consortium and OpenDaylight for networks. Open standards, architectures and solutions help enterprises integrate servers, storage and network devices and position themselves to reap the rewards of Cloud, Software Defined, Big Data, Social Business and Mobile. Jacqueline Woods, Vice President, Software Defined Marketing, addresses the benefits enterprises can achieve in her most recent blog post, “Infrastructure matters for cloud, for data, for success!” Simply stated, the IT infrastructure is the foundation for Cloud, Big Data and a host of new, emerging applications that enterprises can leverage for competitive advantage, increased business agility and real-time insight.
On Tuesday, October 8th, IBM announced several offerings within our Smarter Computing portfolio that will help enterprises improve the economics of IT through efficiency, increase the ability to drive real-time insight, revolutionize information sharing and ensure higher levels of security. You can read about these by following the announcement page link. Please also take a few minutes to listen to the announcement webcast and visit Jacqueline Woods’ announcement blog and learn why Infrastructure Matters, and how it can help your enterprise. Lastly, we recently published a Software Defined Environment solution brief available for immediate download.
Infrastructure Matters! Don’t stay on that seemingly long and winding road to nowhere; take my advice and come in from out of the rain!
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