5 reasons your IT Infrastructure may leave you asking yourself, well, how did I get here? Or, a few other annoying questions.
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5 reasons your IT Infrastructure may leave you asking yourself, well, how did I get here? Or, a few other annoying questions.
In a past life, long before becoming a Marketing professional, I was a DJ, spinning and mixing records to pay my way through college (yeah, records!). During this period I became a huge Talking Heads fan! The lyrics from their critically acclaimed song, “Once in a Lifetime,” often interpreted as dealing with mid-life with crisis, sacrifice and questionable choices could honestly be questions posed by many IT professionals about the state of many current IT infrastructures. Let’s queue this up.
“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”
Let’s face it; traditional infrastructures have grown increasingly complex and inflexible, making it difficult, in most cases, to be responsive to the fast changing business needs of many enterprises. Datacenter sprawl, multitudes of heterogeneous hardware platforms, hypervisors, operating systems and applications; all with their own management systems, make it difficult to address changing business requirements, get accurate insight from data, or deliver new offerings or services. It simply takes too long to manually build, set up, deliver and tear down servers, storage, network devices the old fashion way. Factor in unpredictable occurrences, like a sudden spike in traffic or transactions and, “You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”
“Same as it ever was, same as it ever was”
“You may ask yourself, how do I work this?”
Highly developed and specialized skills are often required to install, provision, monitor and operate the wide variety of systems, storage, network devices and operating systems found in traditional IT infrastructures. Such complexity can hinder responsiveness, business agility and flexibility. In the event, IT organizations attempt to share cross-platform responsibilities the inevitable question arises “How do I work this?” Or worse, as captured in another verse, “You may ask yourself, my God, what I have done?”
“Same as it ever was, same as it ever was…..”
“Into the blue again after the money's gone”
We know the demands placed on IT to deliver services faster, cheaper and better are becoming more extreme. On the other hand, IT budgets are shrinking at an even faster pace. Many enterprises are pouring bucketfuls of money into their IT infrastructures, attempting to keep up with the need to crunch numbers faster, store more-and-more data, connect with more networks and float more clouds! Nice in theory, however, an inefficient, poorly optimized infrastructure typically requires additional people to manage, monitor and run! Costs money! Money’s gone, leaving some saying “Into the blue again after money’s gone, water flowing underground.” Which leads to my next point.
“Same as it ever was, same as it ever was…..”
“Remove the water, carry the water. Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean”
We all know the intelligence behind doing something just because it’s always been done a certain way, right? Yet, somehow we refuse to recognize or change the approach. And all along, we expect the results to somehow magically change. Maybe a refreshing, new, approach to deploying, provisioning, managing, monitoring and orchestrating IT resources could yield better business results while improving IT productivity. It’s funny, two of our C-suite studies revealed the Top 3 concerns of CEO’s and CIO’s were exactly the same: Develop greater insight and intelligence, improve client intimacy, while improving skills of employees. It might be a wee bit difficult to achieve better results with the same old methodologies, processes, procedures and infrastructures. Potentially, an optimized, dynamic and optimized infrastructure could be the answer. Hmmmm, “Remove the water, carry the water. Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean.” Really? Is this productive?
“Same as it ever was, same as it ever was…..”
“You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to?”
Ha! Maybe, that’s the question we should be asking ourselves. How do we bridge from where our IT infrastructures are today, to where they will become simplified, responsive and adaptive? It really doesn’t have to be “Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.”
What’s your “Once in a Lifetime” IT issue? I would love to hear what “You may ask yourself?”
Hope you enjoyed this departure from the typical technology blog post. Thanks for reading. Come back soon!
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"Once in a Lifetime" is a song by New Wave band Talking Heads, released as the first single from their fourth studio album Remain in Light. The song was written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth, and produced by Eno. It received critical acclaim, and was named one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century by National Public Radio.
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Today, everything I need to know is available on my smartphone enabling me to make purchasing decisions on the fly. Smart retailers are taking advantage of data transmitted from my smart phone while in their establishment, enabling them to gain insight into how clients move through their store, where they are spending their time and what they are purchasing.
The article “New App Can Help Turn 'Showroomers' Into Paying Customers” in Entrepreneur magazine discusses how an application called Swarm mobile, that connects to a customers mobile device, (if they agree), through Wi-Fi. Applications like Swarm connect and tracks a clients movement through the store, along with their web use enabling the retailer to see what sites they're visiting for price comparisons. This information can be used to send offers after careful analysis of the data gathered.
Another opinion about Wi-Fi tracking applications is highlighted in the Forbes article by Peter Cohan “How Nordstrom Uses WiFi To Spy On Shoppers” Cohan contends that retailers are spying on their customers through Wi-Fi and their smartphones, with many clients apparently feeling quite uncomfortable with a "big brother" application following them. A similar opinion is shared by The New York Times article “Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell” and an article in Taking Action “Stores track customers by WiFi on smartphones“.
Today a few people feel that this is intervention in their privacy and a few people feel that if at the end of the day if they are getting better offers it does not matter.
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According to the 2012 IBM Data Center Operational Efficiency study, only 1 in 5 clients have highly efficient IT infrastructures and are able to allocate more than 50% of their IT budget to new projects.
"Wonder what defines highly efficient IT infrastructure?"
These are infrastructures where clients have broken down silos and moved to a new era of interconnected, intelligent and instrumented computing. The unlimited data generated daily is used as a source of information to make informed decisions. IT is cutting manual work of operations and moving IT managers out of data centers to provide them an infrastructure that is programmable, yet cost-effective; scalable,flexible and accessible from anywhere. Highly efficient infrastructures help clients anticipate customer preferences, respond to the dynamic market changes and outpace competition.
How can organizations, with “non-efficient IT infrastructures”, achieve and maintain market leadership?
With this ever-changing IT, would you still be entwined to the complexities of datacenter or move ahead for a simplified, responsive and adaptive environment?
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In our earlier blog, Matt Hogstrom, CTO, IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE) explained about IBM’s SDE approach towards supporting the complete stack of the data center infrastructure from computer hardware to end-user software based on OpenStack. And now, Matt’s exclusive tete-a-tete with Datacenter Dynamics author, Penny Jones, describes IBM’s vision and mission towards Software-Defined Everything for Smarter IT infrastructure.
Well, the interview is quite interesting because it not only discusses the SDE foundations but the technology, the best practices as well as the intelligence for managing the Software-Defined Infrastructure. Let’s take a look at the key highlights of the conversation (according to Matt):
The notion with IBM products in relation to SDE is to deliver, via APIs, behavioral models allowing customers to build cloud that looks and feels the same as any cloud from Open Stack. Also, vendors can innovate and deliver additional competency within that framework. IBM has been working on this vision and is ahead of the curve by having Patents back in 2009 around virtual systems. IBM believes OpenStack community is the appropriate platform to embrace the way of expressing these patents. And with OpenStack, the need is to have a common language to describe service objectives (to avoid vendor lock-in) and a common culture to cultivate new technologies to reach goals as well as meet immediate needs and pressures.
Subject Matter Experts are key underpinning SDE. At IBM, skill and knowledge are diversified and cross-pollinated with respective practice zones to deliver diverse perspective and become more competent. Matt Hogstrom is also a Subject Matter Expert for Software Defined Environments. With his extensive experience, Matt has been phenomenal in noticeably enlightening large audiences about the overall SDE infrastructure right from emergence, evolution and its future. Interestingly in this article, Matt has closely addressed concerns about Software Defined Environments from customer’s perspective and opportunities from IBM’s perspective to build a highly efficient IT infrastructure. Let’s discover!
Forrester Report: Software-Defined Data Center - A Comprehensive Abstraction of a Complete Data Center! Part-II
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With our first release, we already understand Forrester’s analysis on the challenges and evolution of a well-established Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). The space is not over yet…We have something exciting coming up - the underlying opportunities of a Software Defined Data Center! According to Forrester, the opportunities of SDDC are a radical paradigm shift that transforms the traditionally infrastructure-centric data center into an application or business service focused environment. In what way? Let’s explore this by understanding Forrester’s evaluation on SDDC opportunities through its architectural and resource overviews:
SDDC Architectural View:
Forrester believes that the architectural overview of SDDC provides a building plan for a data center at a high level of abstraction. Moreover, the overall architecture of the SDDC will include several layers of functionality on top of existing virtualization capabilities that include four main components:
SDDC Resource Overview:
According to Forrester, SDDC services are composed of Physical and Virtual Resources. The services, which are the workloads deployed in the Software Defined Data Centers, are stored in a catalog and can be deployed either programmatically or via a role-based portal. These services are composed of one or more of the following resources: Server resources, Storage resources and Network resources.
Furthermore, Forrester identifies SDDC opportunities by comparing it to other trends - Converged Infrastructure and Workload-centric IT Infrastructure. Forrester believes the SDDC concept is complementary to these two major trends in the land of enterprise infrastructure.
For workload-centric architectures, SDDC concepts will have a major effect on future infrastructure architecture and execution. Also, SDDC is a way of identifying the infrastructure for a given workload and can be used as the predominant tool to define a workload-centric architecture across a portion of the SDDC resource sphere.
With Converged Infrastructure (CI), Forrester expects that SDDC products should be able to easily integrate present and future CI product offerings as a resource and as these CI products all include facilities for virtualizing critical user interfaces, they should be easy to incorporate into the SDDC framework.
As we can see, a pretty nice list of capabilities about SDDC coming up from the all-embracing Forrester report. Again, stay tuned and be sure to check out few more!
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Forbes Magazine recently published the article “Software That Tells You What It Needs” by Roger Kay that describes the evolution of virtualization and the emergence of software-defined environments as a gateway to the future. As I read “Software That Tells You What It Needs” three reasons became apparent why your software should tell you what it needs, and why you might want to listen.
Increase responsiveness and agility: To keep pace with the rapidly changing business environment driven by social business, mobile and big data requires software applications to define the resources needed, and for the infrastructure to respond quickly. The Forbes article uses a couple of application examples to describe why clients need to evolve IT infrastructures beyond basic virtualization. Roger discusses the importance of a business critical application as fraud detection identifying a sudden spike in activity, which should drive an immediate reallocation of storage resources to capture and track fraud related data. A software-defined infrastructure, in Roger’s example, enables clients to become more responsive and agile by proactively and efficiently responding to changing business conditions. Many enterprises are challenged when integrating existing IT infrastructures with business processes because servers, storage or network devices allocated to an application, job or department cannot easily or readily be reassigned, ultimately negatively impacting responsiveness and business agility. (Ed. - The Datanami article “Rebuilding the Data Center One Block at a Time” discusses several of the barriers today’s IT staffs encounter when attempting to integrate legacy, back-office systems with new age applications as social business, mobile and big data.)
Improve IT economics through increased efficiency: Virtualization of servers, storage and network devices definitely has a positive impact on data center efficiency and utilization. However, a software-defined environment enables enterprises to unlock the power of their IT infrastructure by dynamically allocating resources, based on usage patterns, policies and business processes. Essentially, a software-defined approach enables IT departments to streamline infrastructures, using less hardware to reduce complexity and cost; ensuring data center resources run at higher levels of utilization.
Increase flexibility and choice with openness: Common, open standards help to ensure enterprises have the choice to select and integrate the hardware that best suits their needs. OpenStack for cloud infrastructures and OpenDaylight for network infrastructures help enterprises reduce time-to-deployment while providing interoperability and investment protection.
So, there you have it! Three reasons why you should listen to what your software is telling you! Doing so can lead to increased responsiveness and business agility, reduced cost and complexity, increased flexibility and choice!
We’ll expand on the topic of software-defined environments in upcoming blogs, focusing on each of the three areas mentioned in greater detail. And, if you haven’t, read Roger Kay’s insightful Forbes article “Software That Tells You What It Needs.” In the meantime, please check out additional blog posts that discuss software-defined. Also, follow us on twitter @IBMSDE and @AlphonsoBrodie.
Thanks for visiting and reading.
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How can organizations accelerate sales cycles and improve client relations leveraging software defined?
Having spent the majority of my career in IT infrastructure and Telecommunications network sales and management, I understand the importance of accelerating sales cycles, increasing forecast accuracy and establishing longer lasting client relations. The Forrester study “Defining the 21st Century Sales Person” highlights the dilemma facing today’s sales organizations embattled to find new clients, increase pipeline, increase sales and revenue growth. Lengthy sales cycles are one of the factors that drive rising Sales, General and Administrative (SG&A) costs.
At the same time, salespeople are the proverbial hamburger in between the bun, being driven to increase sales effectiveness, while clients are increasingly demanding sellers demonstrate greater differentiation and deliver more value or risk being removed from approved vendor lists!
Here’s the point, to be an effective sales organization requires deeper insight into emerging market and clients’ trends in order to open new doors, gain access to decision makers, collaborate and identify new opportunities, reduce sales cycles, close more sales and improve customer experience and loyalty. The underlying IT infrastructure; particularly, one that is software defined, will enable this to happen!
So, why does a software defined environment impact sales and client relationships? Simple! Success in accelerating sales cycles is dependent on 3 things: the ability to anticipate and identify new customer trends, leverage new client engagement models and quickly to new dynamic market changes. Bottom line, an enterprises infrastructure directly impacts the effectiveness of sales.
Our next blog will explore how a software defined environment can help enterprises, sales organizations and sales people achieve three imperatives: anticipate and identify new customer trends, effectively leverage new models of engagement and quickly respond to new market changes.
Lastly, the upcoming InterConnect event will showcase IBM leading offerings based on biggest trends in business today including Software Defined Environment, Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Social Business and many more. Connect with experts from across the world to be a part of this unique experience!
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As we discussed in Part I of this blog series, today’s successful enterprises, sales organizations and sales people need more data and better insight to anticipate and identify new customer trends, leverage new models of engagement and rapidly respond to new market changes. Two interesting facts from the Forrester study “Defining The 21st Century Salesperson” magnify the importance of these three imperatives even further.
First, Forrester estimates that SG&A costs are growing faster than revenues. And, that the hidden cost of sales alone averages $ 132,262 per rep/per year. Second, is that “customers now handle an estimated 53% of the traditional selling process via online research and self service.” In other words, if enterprises, sales organizations and salespeople do not use their IT infrastructures to provide deeper insight, leverage clients in new ways or respond to market changes, they might find themselves on the bench!
Here’s how a software defined environment can help accelerate sales cycles and improve client relationships.
Anticipate and identify new customer trends: Capturing, managing and analyzing data, in real-time, to develop actionable insights, strategies, campaigns and tactics, will increase forecast accuracy, accelerate sales cycles, increase sales revenue and reduce SG&A. A software defined infrastructure that leverages software defined storage and software defined networks, creates a highly flexible, high performance software defined environment that includes storage tiering, resource optimization and virtualized scaling. The infrastructure is established using rules based on usage patterns, policies and processes to ensure data center resources are aligned to meet the needs of the business. The ability to perform real-time analysis and have the most often-used data closest to applications and users leads to faster, and deeper, client and market insight. Increased data insight helps sales and marketing adjust strategies to increase competitive differentiation, align offerings with client needs and demonstrate increased client value.
Effectively leverage new models of engagement: Social, mobile and big data all provide methods for enterprises and sales organizations to understand discussions in their market segment and how their brand is viewed. Accurate interpretation can lead to actionable insights which can provide new avenues to develop closer relationships with current and prospective clients. The challenges new generation applications place on today’s IT infrastructures directly impacts SG&A costs with lengthier sales cycles. Integrating traditional CRM, ERP, sales applications and existing business processes with social, mobile and big data is difficult at best.
Achieving effectiveness with a software defined environment, and integrating traditional and new generation applications can help reduce time to value for new business models by accelerating cloud deployment. A software defined environment can help lead to increases in IT productivity and SLA’s with rapid provisioning and management of heterogeneous virtual resources. IT can help enterprises increase responsiveness to emerging trends, market opportunities and competitive threats. The end result being more effective messaging, sales insight, sales strategies and tactics that reduce sales cycles, increase forecast accuracy, and reduce the ever widening gap between SG&A and P&L (i.e. sales revenue, profitability, etc.).
Quickly responding to new market changes: An underlying theme discussed throughout today’s blog involves how quickly enterprises can improve responsiveness in an increasingly complex and competitive business climate. In today’s economic environment, every qualified sales opportunity is like gold, because sellers’ clients are under pressure themselves to capitalize on market shifts, respond to changes in client demands, reduce sales procurement costs and deliver ROI faster! A software defined environment consisting of software defined storage and software defined network components will ensure secure, continued access to mission critical applications and data, when and where needed. An IT infrastructure, where software tells you what it needs to facilitate capture and analysis of big data, and rapid deployment of new revenue generating services can lead to accelerated sales cycles, increased sales revenue and increased customer relationships.
I’ll leave you with a quote from “Defining the 21st Century Salesperson” to help draw a direct correlation between accelerating sales cycles and data: “How salespeople sell is more important than what they sell.” Accurate interpretation of data in conjunction with social insight, rapid market responsiveness and engagement will impact the level of seller effectiveness. A software defined environment, software defined storage and software defined network help insure the impact is a positive one!
Lastly, please join us at InterConnect to learn and discuss how software defined environments, cloud, big data, social business and networking are driving real business results.
Thanks for visiting and reading.
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Over the past few years, technology due to its rapid advancements has progressively risen on CEOs’ radar. It now ranks as the number-one factor impacting organizations. According to IBM 2012 Global CEO Study, 71% of CEOs identify technology change as the most important external force impacting their organizations. For the first time, business leaders across all industries are seeking answers to respond to the rapidly changing technological advancements. However, a well-organized IT infrastructure mainly, one that is software-defined will enable business leaders to respond to the dynamic market changes, anticipate customer preferences, and outpace competition by simplifying their data centers, making it more flexible, efficient, and less expensive to operate as rigid silos will be transformed into adaptive IT. With this ever-changing IT environment, would you still like to be twisted with data center complexities or move ahead for a simplified, responsive and adaptive environment?
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In the recent Searchcloudcomputing article, IBM reveals its plans for software-defined environments, Dennis Quan, VP of IBM SmartCloud Infrastructure in his interview with Beth Pariseau, describes the need and impact of a Software Defined Environment (SDE) in a cloud architecture. Quan believes that IBM’s SDE approach is truly revolutionary and packed with the capabilities enterprises need in the cloud services. According to Quan, SDE is a more dynamic version of cloud as they free the application layer from the physical infrastructure layer and allow for a wide scope of uses including managing, computing, storing, networking and deploying myriad business applications in a cloud environment. Also, he considers SDE as an integrated approach where compute, storage, networking, security, and availability services are pooled, aggregated, and delivered as software, and managed by intelligent, policy-driven software.
When asking about IBM offerings in this space, Quan states that we have products that make up the capability of driving Software Defined Environments including open standards to achieve integrated and interoperable cloud infrastructure management. For the networking level, IBM capabilities bring significant benefits to complete network and cloud infrastructures. For instance, IBM’s DOVE (Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet) technology enables highly scalable network virtualization without requiring changes to the physical network. At the compute level, SDE is about how to correctly deploy virtualization, placement, and ability to manage extremely large compute clouds and all these capabilities came from the Platform Computing acquisition IBM made a few years ago. Then for storage, IBM have got offerings like Flash to boost critical application performance, gain efficiencies and strategically deploy resources for data management. Quan strongly believes in open standards and the importance of open standards to the growth of cloud and SDE to deliver both interoperability and value to the customers. IBM is already committed and applying its experience in supporting and validating open developments including its partnership with Pivotal for Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, OpenDaylight to name a few.
With Quan’s detailed plans for SDE, we can be sure that in the years to come, IBM will continue to support open standards — and through innovative solutions based on it, help clients around the world realize the full potential of Software Defined Environments.
Finally, we invite you to join us at IBM InterConnect 2013 to discover the best practices around the biggest trends in business today including Software Defined Environments, Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Mobile, Social Networking and more. Register today and submit your experiences at InterConnect 2013.
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The phrase "software defined data center" has rapidly become an industry buzzword, and like most buzzwords, it's used a little too often. In this case, however, the buzzword strikes me as an accurate description of reality — and it's a reality that lies beyond traditional data centers.
Data centre transformation is accelerating beyond virtualization to next-generation Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC), bringing new challenges for flexibility, application performance, scalability and mobility. The underlying software defined data center is far more flexible and emerging as one of the most disruptive advances that enterprises have seen in the past decade. The foundation and aim of a software defined data center is to build an efficient, agile and service-driven IT for a simplified, responsive and adaptive infrastructure. A software defined data center is about using software to bridge the technological and organizational gaps between discrete IT silos that can be managed holistically as part of the business.
According to a report , the global SDDC market is estimated at $396.1 million in 2013 and expected to grow to $5.41 billion in 2018. This represents an estimated CAGR of 68.7% from 2013 to 2018. This clearly shows that the IT arena is certainly moving towards SDDC. Enterprises are embracing a software defined data centers to transforms the traditionally infrastructure-centric data center, with their focus on ensuring the proper operation of compute, network, and storage elements, into an application or business service focused environment. Infact, number of vendors, including IBM, is actively developing the Software Defined Environment (SDE) approach and standards to deliver an efficient, robust business function by creating new solutions and intelligent and integrated management platforms for the overall and integrated SDDC. The Software Defined Data Center has become the defining architectural abstraction for infrastructure architects as it integrates legacy IT infrastructure as well as newer VM-centric, cloud, and workload-centric architecture.
Would you like to continue this conversation with your peers and turn your IT practices into profitable realities? Join our exclusive InterConnect 2013 Conference: the New Era of Smart, between October 9-11 in Singapore, to share your experiences and gain deeper insights from world’s leading experts about SDDC. The conference will feature a robust educational program focused on defining the current state of SDE, how it’s being implemented and give attendees an in-depth look at its best practices, what’s coming next, both in terms of technology and use cases. Additional highlights of the conference will be deployment strategies around other emerging trends, including Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Social Networking, Mobile and more. Don’t forget to miss this exciting opportunity register today at InterConnect 2013!
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We are moving towards the "New Era of Smarter Computing" and we need to transform our business model and culture to gain competitive advantage.
So what is this “New era of Smarter computing” we are talking about?
If you want to learn more about overcoming the inhibitions of moving to “New era” and achieve a business model with efficient and agile infrastructure please join IBM's leading expert at the following sessions at InterConnect 2013 .
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The long and winding road that leads to……nowhere, fast? Sorry, I digressed for a moment. But, the very famous Beatles song does have applicability to the state of many companies’ implementation of virtualization. Without a fully virtualized data center that goes beyond servers to include storage and network virtualization, you might not be in a position to fully take advantage of the benefits of next generation applications as Cloud and Big Data!
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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.
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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According to Tom, business models have fundamentally changed and are driving the need for a shift to more efficient and agile IT infrastructures, from monolithic applications to dynamic, composable and orchestratable services. Enterprises are turning to cloud infrastructure to revamp their existing business models while improving the responsiveness and manage an unprecedented rate of change without increasing risk or cost, said Tom. Outperforming organizations are using IBM clouds to achieve these business outcomes with the three key built-in attributes: