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Is Virtualisation a Mega Trend? Business Stream – Crowne III Ben Robinson – Unisys. Agenda. What is a Mega-Trend Why is Virtualisation one of them, and should you care? Impact of Virtualisation on the Data Centre If a virtual data centre dies in the forest, and nobody hears it…
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Is Virtualisation a Mega Trend?Business Stream – Crowne IIIBen Robinson – Unisys
Agenda • What is a Mega-Trend • Why is Virtualisation one of them, and should you care? • Impact of Virtualisation on the Data Centre • If a virtual data centre dies in the forest, and nobody hears it… • Virtualisation Management • Do more with less, but spend more time doing it? • How to get there? • Questions
What is a Mega Trend? A mega-trend is defined as a technology trend that impacts, or is impacted by several other technologies. Trends that are critical to how business and technology will evolve in the near and long term. Industry experts now believe virtualization will be built into every layer of IT within the next five years.
Is Virtualisation one of them……and do you care? • Faster deployments • Reduced downtime • D/R • Chargeback • Holistic capacity planning • Test/Dev 90% x86 $$$ 80% - 90% unused
Impact on the Datacentre Virtualization is hot. It changes and touches nearly everything in the IT portfolio. It affects what you buy, how you buy and how you implement it. Gartner ID Number: G00156488
Operational Disaster? Security? What security? Deployment heaven? 30 times improvement in server deployment Somebody’s gonna pay for this mess! Your new Virtualised Superhighway
LUN 4 LUN 3 LUN 2 Software, Network, Storage • Step 1: Server • Any server boots any software stack • Store images in “Persona Library” (iSCSI, NAS, SAN) • Place on suitable virtual or physical machines • Step 3: STORAGE • NAS, SAN, iSCSI • Virtual WWN: Free access from HBAs • Step 2: NETWORK • Logical Connectivity • Virtual NICs free OS from NICs • Virtual LANs free NICs from LANs • IP address portability The entire Data Centre is being virtualised, not just servers.
Alternative Delivery Models Streaming an application to a contractor-owned PC using a server software appliance on infrastructure as a service
Virtualisation Management The management requirements of a data centre environment apply to IT resources regardless of their physical or virtual characteristics. Today, IT spends about 75% of its budget on the ongoing operations and maintenance of IT.
Maturity Models Level 4 Value • IT as a strategic business partner • IT and business metric linkage • IT/business collaboration improves business process • Real-time infrastructure • Business planning Level 3 Service • IT as a service • Define services, classes, pricing • Understand costs • Guarantee SLAs • Measure and report service availability • Integrate processes • Capacity management Level 2 Proactive • Analyze trends • Set thresholds • Predict problems • Measure application availability • Automate • Mature problem, configuration, change, asset, and performance mgmt. process • Level 1 • Reactive • • Fight fires • • Inventory • • Desktop SW distribution • • Initiate problem mgmt. process • • Alert and event mgmt. • Up/down component availability Level 0 Chaotic • Ad hoc • Undocumented • Unpredictable • Multiple help desks • Minimal IT operations • User call notification Manage IT as a Business Service and Account Management Service Delivery Process Engineering Operational Process Engineering Source: Gartner, Inc. “IT Operations Process Automation.” by David Williams, Gartner 26th Annual Data Center Conference, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. November 27-30, 2007. Tool Leverage
Where to start? • Operational processes. • technical • such as the provisioning of a server or a network • operational • change, configuration, incident, release, and problem management. • Ensure mature operations management. • network, system, and application management tools • Implement a CMDB • for managing and tracking configurations and changes • Formalise Rigid Control Change Processes • establish preventive, detective, and corrective controls.
Pragmatic, step-by-step approach to a real-time enterprise, enabled by a real-time infrastructure