Data Center 7.0
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Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  i/o security disks flexible storage fcoe lan man vdi 1 Comment 1,719 Visits
What does it take for a successful VDI implementation?
Let’s think about a few integral steps in getting your VDI project from the whiteboard into production (we don’t have enough space to cover all aspects such as project management, change management, Thin Client selection, etc.)
VDI aka Virtual Desktop Infrastructure relies on your disk subsystem being a stable foundation
in which you can build and grow your VDI environment.
Yet it needs to be flexible enough that it can meet the demands of this environment moving forward too.
Properly sized: How did you size your subsystem prior to rollout?
How many I/O’s did you allocate for each thin client?
How many more I/O’s did you allocate for each application?
How will you handle the ‘exception application’ which is not supported by VDI today?
Do not overlook some applications which require higher uptime than others.
What type of disk drive did you select to achieve this performance metric?
How large are the disk pools you are going to utilize to keep your performance consistent (Proof of Concept, Pilot, Initial rollout, full rollout)?
Did your sizing meet your performance expectorations in your lab?
Protocol selection: What protocol did you select for the backend connectivity (Fibre Channel, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS)?
What protocol does it use to the desktop (I.E. PCoIP or RDP)?
How agile is the protocol you selected? Was it designed for WAN use?
What are the cost implications if other network gear must be ordered?
Are you working w/ the Network team to ensure all aspects of the project are getting the proper attention?
For instance, How did VDI impact your LAN traffic (if applicable)?
How did VDI impact your WAN traffic (if applicable)?
Management: How are you going to keep control over your VDI environment (Roles/Responsibilities)?
Can you quickly integrate management into a directory structure and push out policies to manage all these new devices?
How flexible is your storage offering in assisting with desktop provisioning / creation?
How many golden images will you create & maintain (these might be worlds apart by the time you complete your pilot)?
How will you maintain these images? How much time has been allocated to maintain these images?
Security: Sure, you have locked down the selected OS but what about security at the physical layer have you disabled the USB ports too?
How are your existing security practices today going to be impacted? Will your VDI selection work across a VPN tunnel?
These questions might help get you on your way to VDI success!
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  security compliance enterprise storage data center 876 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 email@example.com Tags:  enterprise fcoe security center policies convergence data 5 Comments 1,595 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 1,537 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.