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How to bring IT up to business speed

James Tay, CEO, Logicalis Asia | Jan. 26, 2016
This blog highlights how the rate of delivering new systems and functionality can no longer meet the demand of other business units at a manageable pace.

IT will then gain the visibility, agility and control it needs to deliver new capabilities to its customers at the speed of business; with more and more services directly linked to business policies. New instrumentation and control software will enable both IT and the business to monitor the availability, security, and cost of services. And it will enable resources to be provisioned at the push of a button. Logicalis describes this model as a move to 'IT by Wire'.

The first stage of the transition to the new model is the development of an agile and responsive core infrastructure: Data Centre, Network and Security.

The Data Centre must be able to deliver the right infrastructure for the right applications, and the right information and insight for the right users. It must also have the right policy and security controls for business security and compliance.

The Network must have the capability and control needed to support the Everywhere Generation and deliver the standards of access, service and experience that business users take for granted from the public cloud.

Security is a commercial imperative. The new model core infrastructure must therefore deliver security and compliance, along with the resources the organisation demands, at the speed of business.

Infrastructure: comprises converged platforms (platforms of stability) and hyper-converged platforms (platforms of change) to enable more efficient resource pooling and greater resource control.

Virtualisation: releases resources from being tied to particular physical devices in order to enable portability of services. Virtualisation technologies span compute, storage and networking to improve service abstraction and resource control. The result is a 'software-defined data centre'.

Automation: comprises cloud automation and Data Centre automation. Cloud automation provides on- premise and off-premise self-service provisioning and lifecycle services for virtual systems and workloads.

Cloud Integration: divided into in-house directories and external cloud. This provides authentication and authorisation services for in-house Active Directory platforms to control user access to cloud services, such as Office365, Salesforce etc. It also provides the integration of hybrid cloud (Softlayer, Cisco InterCloud, VMware Cloud etc.) with public cloud (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure) services. Cloud automation platforms make the service definition and provisioning process simpler, more accurate and extremely low-touch.

Instrumentation: this delivers the visibility and control that is needed across the entire Data Centre. The Instrumentation layer includes element managers for the core Data Centre technologies. Analytics platforms provide log and KPI monitoring to watch out for anomalous patterns to proactively identify potential issues, raise alerts and provide reports.


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