Data Center 7.0
Today's enterprise edge is evolving not just at the NIU, broadband entry but, at the mobile backhaul too. So, your network core needs to be able to handle the faster bandwidths but also the transition technologies for instance are you ready for low jitter SONET? How are you planning on making the transition in your data center?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  security compliance enterprise storage data center 844 Visits
The new data everywhere enterprise is about flexibility, which enables task savings freeing up resources to focus other critical enterprise events such as Risk, Security & Compliance.
What type of disk subsystem are we referring to that is flexible allow one to accomplish more?
Are you wondering how can it impact your enterprise?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  data unstructured structured storage 859 Visits
Everyone in IT is familiar w/ the 80 / 20 “rule”.
For networking it used for be 80% of traffic would remain local and then 20% would / could go offsite. Then the Internet Age came about and flipped that paradigm.
The data everywhere revolution is flipping the data storage model from an 80 / 20 rule. Where 80% WAS structured data and 20% was unstructured data. In the past few years, the rule has been creeping toward an equilibrium and it seems w/ the requirement to store video in-house the paradigm has shifted where 80% of the data is now unstructured (email, digital media, medical imaging, digital surveillance video, engineering / scientific data, etc) and 20% of data is structured. Are you locked into a storage offering which is built for the old paradigm? How is this going to benefit your enterprise moving forward?
How flexible is your new storage offering?
A flexible infrastructure is paramount in the new data center which enables an enterprise to quickly adapt to the changing course of the enterprise and technology while working within the realm of shrinking IT budgets.
From a networking perspective an enabler of flexibility is based around the recent 40 & 100GB (802.3ba) Ethernet ratification. This advancement is very important for the new data center not just from a speeds and feeds perspective but from the technology that will follow such as TRILL (RFC 5556) will change the game not just on the network edge (Metro Ethernet) but in emulating Ethernet services in all kinds of new connectivity offerings. From a storage perspective how does an enterprise properly move into the Petabyte age? Your business needs should dictate your storage needs not the other way around.
Or put another way how to tame the data explosion issue?
How is your enterprise preparing for this?
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  enterprise fcoe security center policies convergence data 5 Comments 1,467 Visits
In response to: Data Center 7.0 & StorageI am surprised that nobody questioned the business model I referenced; questioning its validity? I believe it is NOT valid, as business is constantly adapting to the new trends and directions (successful enterprises are not rigid). I believe, in order for the new flexible business model to be followed the IT organization must be more flexible. Another component is that IT leaders need to push further into businesses to allow enterprises the ability for them continue to grow through increased productivity and automation. We also need longer term goals instead of quarter to quarter we need to take the time to plan out strategy and roll it out and being integrated tighter into an enterprise is just one way to achieve this.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  security enterprise convergence fcoe center data policies 1 Comment 1,428 Visits
How has your enterprise been exploiting the
‘recession’ to push forward with new technology upgrades? Isn’t that what
we were taught to do in Econ. 201 & 202 (recall the businesses that
invested the most during times of economic downturn were the one’s taking the
greatest strides as the recovery came around and hence the most market share.
Think about your current data center was it built prior to 1997? If
so, your enterprise is not alone as a majority of them were built prior to then
(kind of scary knowing all the great technology created during the DOT.COM
Boom) and all that which has followed. Well, needless to say your
enterprise is NOT exploiting the most current technology initiatives that will
allow your business to continue to grow and gain market share. When did
you deploy IP phones were you early or late to deploying this technology set?
Are you ready to deploy a converged storage network? If not, why?
Is it due to lack of skills? Is it due to budget? Here are just
some of the benefits (simplified administration (are you willing to hand over
your storage network to the network team? If NO what are you doing to prevent
this coming skill absorption?)) rapid storage provisioning and roll outs,
increased cost savings). Are you skeptical that this will happen?
Think back to the early '90's and how many network protocols did the enterprise
have (DECnet, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk, Apollo domain, Named Pipes, XNS, etc) to
contend with and once IP was deemed the enterprise standard... in the end IP
won BIG. Still not convinced? Consider how many technologies
Ethernet has displaced (ATM, Token Ring, FDDI) with IP & Ethernet pushing
into the storage arena isn’t it time to put considerable thought into terms it
will impact Storage Network moving forward? Also consider how will this
impact your data center moving forward?
Until next time keep thinking about how Data Center 7.0 can help your enterprise move forward to quicker growth when this recession comes to an end.