Infrastructure and Data Management
Edge Computing is one of the top areas of IT investments, especially in the light of companywide digital transformation initiatives such as the internet of things (IoT). Computing technologies that enable the delivery and analysis of data and resources to people and things in a timely fashion are collectively referred to as Edge Computing. Edge Computing is the moving of compute to where the data is generated, and therefore aids in reducing the "time to value" i.e., the insight gleaned from it.
At first glance, Edge Computing appears very homogeneous, and includes all activities that are performed outside of the "Core", which could be the location of the primary corporatewide IT (Information Technologies) infrastructure. In fact, Edge Computing is a multitiered mix of assets arranged in a use-case and workload centric fashion. An "intelligent" Edge Tier is a crucial link between the Core and Endpoints, that provides a distributed compute, data persistence and network aggregation…
Digital transformation (referred to as DX, for short) is a journey that most organizations have to undertake in order to future-proof their existence. For these organizations, cloud is a crucial foundation for their DX initiatives. Cloud shapes enterprise IT service strategies, and, therefore, influences the outcome of DX initiatives. Organizations that fully embrace the distributed infrastructure model supported by cloud and hybrid IT treat IT as a core competency – one that drives new sources of competitive differentiation, while also supporting ongoing business processes.
Digital transformation (referred to as DX, for short) is a journey that most organizations have to undertake in order to future-proof their existence.Organizations embark on DX initiatives to achieve business growth, gain competitive advantage and deliver improved customer experiences.For many organizations, applications and workloads are at the center of their DX efforts, given that so much of their business is conducted and enhanced via applications.
For these organizations, cloud is a crucial…
Last week, I explored some of the key issues and core benefits that are prompting enterprises to move to more flexible and cost-effective composable infrastructures. As I pointed out in Part 1 of this blog, composable infrastructure technologies from vendors like TidalScale are designed to address many of the most pressing issues in today’s data centers, such as the rapid growth of data, the challenges of accommodating unpredictable workloads with traditional servers and rack systems, and the inherent inefficiency and outright waste that comes from provisioning servers that cannot address the needs of new-generation applications and those that are dedicated to running just one application. In this part, l will review the role of software-defined resources in ensuring that composable data centers are a realistic and cost-effective end goal for enterprise digital transformation.
How essential are software-defined resources to the composable data center?
A self-imposed incentive by most industries to transform themselves digitally is fueling the demand for a new infrastructure architecture. Lines of businesses are mandating IT organizations adopt a software-defined and service-centric approach to speed up IT provisioning, optimize application performance, and increase IT efficiency. The endgame will be to run the business with processes and operations that are…
New approaches to infrastructure design are required for businesses to keep up with the amount of data that is generated, and whose timely analysis is of paramount importance for the business to remain competitive in the digital economy. Newer approaches to infrastructure must focus on efficiency to minimize budgetary shocks on IT departments, and agility to respond to business needs on-demand. Businesses are embracing new-generation applications to prepare themselves for the future, while maintaining current-gen applications that support revenue-generating operations.
Composable infrastructure technologies from vendors like TidalScale are designed with these key objectives in mind. They are designed to support both current and new generation of applications, thus enabling IT to better service revenue-generating operations while also supporting their business foray into the future. Crucially, Composable software solutions are software defined, and maximize return on investments in server hardware by pooling compute, memory and disk resources for maximum efficiency, utilization, and visibility across the entire datacenter, and not just a cluster of servers.
How does composable infrastructure add value in today’s modern IT environment?
Current-generation IT infrastructure can be rigid and siloed, making it difficult for IT to deliver quickly on the demands of new-generation applications going into production. As businesses embrace NGAs, they are adopting an application-centric approach to IT — building environments that require new levels of scale, automation, and flexibility. This model means a shift from a static and inflexible infrastructure to…
IoT is bridging the IT–OT divide rapidly. Data is no longer just under the purview of IT. Smart and connected devices, which are under the purview of OT, enable data collection, control and actuation, and enable additional IT-centric applications. The need to collect, store, and analyze data in a cost-efficient and timely manner means that IT and OT architecture and operations models need to converge and coexist. Software-defined OT (SD-OT) and IT–OT convergence are part of an “Intelligent Edge." Converged IT/OT Systems minimize data transfer between the core and edge, and carry out OT and IT functions seamlessly. SD-OT moves OT functions into the software running on industry-standard hardware. OT control and data acquisition functions are network-based and can be performed from the Core or anywhere at the Edge. Converging IT and OT means running IT and OT software on the same core and edge infrastructure tier and possibly on the same physical hardware.
This is an excerpt from an IDC Perspective posted on idc.com on the topic of SD-OT and Intelligent Edge. Link here.
Firms embark on Digital Transformation (DX) Initiatives by embracing a data-driven, analytics-first approach to improve business processes and increase operational efficiencies, better understand customer behavior and preferences, and build deeper customer, supplier and/or partner relationships, and more importantly, be prudent about how they gain insight from the data they…
The upcoming OpenStack Summit in Barcelona builds on a familiar theme: The unprecedented momentum that OpenStack has gained (and continues to gain) amongst firms of all shapes and sizes: enterprises, cloud and telecom services providers and hyperscalers. At the summit, the community will seek to showcase the fruits of streamlining product development and project coordination, maintaining currency with market trends, and more importantly that it is actively listening to its constituents of developers, end-users and vendors. IDC anticipates that their release message for the “Newton” release “One versatile platform” backed by key themes such as scalability, resiliency and user experience, will resonate stronger and louder with attendees, setting the stage for an even bigger footprint for OpenStack in 2017.
The OpenStack Summit in Barcelona to be held from October 25-27th 2016 could not been held at a more opportune time for the community. As 2016 draws to a close, it will no-doubt get labeled as a year that saw noteworthy mergers, splits, spin-offs and even “spin-mergers” – all of which will collectively leave an indelible mark on the industry landscape. Call it what you may, the fact is that much of the IT industry is being disrupted, and is responding accordingly. In such trying times, this…
At the recently held HPE Discover conference, HPE made Synergy - it's foray into Composable Infrastructure solutions. This announcement is timely as IDC is in the process of formalizing its research on Composable and Disaggregated Infrastructure. This blog post is meant to provide a quick take on how IDC's views this technology, and the impact it will have on the storage, server and networking markets.
HPE Synergy - HPE's foray into the world of Composable Infrastructure - was one of the key highlights of the 2016 HPE Discover event. While the product, portfolio and solutions were announced late last year, Discover set the stage for the strategic significance of the "Synergy" brand for HPE. Given that IDC is in the midst of its own research on the topic of Composable and Disaggregated Infrastructures, this blog post (a series of questions and answers) serves to provide a quick take on how we…
This blog post discusses flash-enabled storage architectures like the new EMC VMAX All-Flash that will continue to underpin the modern datacenter, but additionally enable new workloads and drive economic benefits. Flash has compelled storage suppliers like EMC to go back to the drawing board – to re-engineer storage architectures and capitalize on the transformational value of flash. The results are systems like the VMAX All Flash, which delivers unprecedented levels of performance and scale while bringing the gold standard of VMAX services that customers have come to rely on.
Flash-enabled storage architectures have been in existence for a few years now. They underpin the Modern Data Center, which comprises a shared infrastructure resource model governed by policy-based service quality and automated enforcement of service level objectives. Flash boosts the ability of a storage system to scale linearly in terms of capacity and performance. Flash also vastly improves the predictability of the storage system.
Some suppliers, such as EMC, are pioneering the task of…
Recent data from IDC research shows that show why dedicated IP storage networks have become the preferred industry solution not only for today’s workloads, but for the future growth in new applications that businesses will require. The bottom line is that businesses already utilize storage-optimized networks for mission-critical storage traffic—and increasingly they must treat business-critical applications in the same manner.
As the 3rd Platform continues to create tectonic shifts throughout the data center, IT professionals around the globe are facing some unprecedented challenges. By 2017, over 50% of organizations' IT spending will be for 3rd Platform technologies, solutions, and services; by 2020, spending on the 3rd Platform will rise to more than 60%.
You’ve likely encountered some of the challenges firsthand.
- How do you handle Data growth?
- Virtualized application sprawl?
- High performance flash storage?
The shift to the 3rd Platform will be remarkable but disruptive. IDC predicts that virtually all new strategic IT investments made by enterprises through 2020 will go toward 3rd Platform technologies and solutions. The software-defined IT infrastructure that supports next-generation 3rd Platform applications must be agile, resilient, scalable on demand, and manageable in a capex-friendly fashion. As suppliers prepare to deliver this next-generation infrastructure, they'll need to focus on providing value via a portfolio of offerings — each designed to serve as a cog in a "cloud scale" datacenter. The ScaleIO Node from EMC is an example of such an offering. The 3rd Platform is the new core of IT market growth — and software-defined storage (infrastructure) is a crucial element of that growth.
The shift to the 3rd Platform will be remarkable but disruptive. IDC predicts that virtually all new strategic IT investments made by enterprises through 2020 will go toward 3rd Platform technologies and solutions. The software-defined IT infrastructure that supports next-generation 3rd Platform applications must be agile, resilient, scalable on demand, and manageable in a capex-friendly fashion.
The storage tier is a core component of this software-defined infrastructure. Current-generation…
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