If you’re planning to move ahead your datacenter operating system journey, your natural next step is to evaluate how efficient was your past investments in virtualization and what are the challenges it created.
From server sprawl to operational efficiencies, the model helped unlock a tremendous potential in technology and business agilities by meeting very precise deadlines and knocking down silos of technologies in the data center.
On the flip side it created a new demands. The demand of fast creation, fast delivery and fast enablements.
“Shadow IT” was leveraged at very different sauce, but I personally think Shadow IT is in fact related, agnostically, to anything related that IT needs to do to deliver an outcome.
In the virtualization world, besides creating a virtual workload, virtual storage, virtual networking and in fact virtual “everything” was never accounted in the activities IT needed to deliver.
Let’s not talk about compliancy.
The Automated architecture
Anything that a human being does repetitively over and over SHOULD be automated, no doubts about that. Orchestrating a complete deployment of a business application is definitely a crucial part of the equation.
Market leaders have created “Orchestrators” or “vCAC” or “Pure” to enable that fast pace adoption of a technology and destroy the silos between the various elements composing a true and complete reliable and compliant automated creation of business applications.
Still though today, the adoption of such model remains challenging as the definition of this “automation” remains part of a form of “IT AI”, preconfigured and predefined for what we need it to be.
When creating a virtual workload (virtual machine), standardizing the operating system was easy: we called it “ghost” or “template” and the deal was sealed.
But true automation needs to go one step beyond the simple operating system streamline. What about everything related to it as it connects the business to the technology? Storage growth, network expandability, security, monitoring and overall efficiency of OS need to be precisely aligned with the business expectations, and thy should not be worried about it… nor should you.
I believe that Automation is the key element that enables this outcome. I believe that without automation there’s no way we can keep up with the demand. I believe that if you’re not in control of a true automated model you will lose.
vCAC comes to the rescue.
What a dream world when you’re overlooking at a well oiled engine that automatically deliver the most demanding applications in a snap of a finger, when needed.
Vmware has done a tremendous job at providing such level of automation with its Horizon virtual desktop journey. A new user comes in, connects to a site, and gets everything he needs, from an OS to an application and becomes productive to an organization in minutes.
Such approach delivered a true “as a Service” IT Desktop service to users.
How do we bring this level of automation to the virtual server world? vCAC has an answer for that. Policy driven workload where IT provides a secure portal where authorized administrators, developers, or business users can request new IT services. In addition, they can manage specific cloud and IT resources that enable IT organizations to deliver services that can be configured to their lines of business in a self-service catalog.
The SDDC challenge
SDDC is the comprehensive aggregation of a true automated datacenter. But we have played against this model in the past years and the cost of upgrade became unreachable as we were moving forward in our virtualization journey and empowered (or bought peace?) the LOBs with that they needed without true guidances: over provisioned virtual workload is playing against the SDDC.
Well, you have a new mission: uncover where it hurts so the vCAC model can help you help them.
The vCAC models relies on a new licensing program if you want to do it right: vCloud suite http://www.vmware.com/ap/products/vcloud-suite/compare.html
To achieve this level, and what should be your next step, you’ll need to go back and see where virtual world have been over provisioned. Once you have uncovered where it hurts, you’ll need to quickly align the remediation actions and provide a healthier virtualization model unlocking the possibility to move forward and receive in return some peace of mind and financial capabilities that can be injected in the business (which will also help IT been seen as an enabler and not a cost centre)
A very simple action can be taken: vCOPS http://youtu.be/S607B-GS4O8
Revisit your virtual workloads, realign the needs, and allow your virtualization farm to be running the same workload on few hosts (and few sockets) which will unlock the funds enabling the upgrade to the next level of a true automated datacenter leveraging vCAC.
We have done a good job at empowering our beloved organization with a very agile and healthy IT model.We need to take it to the next level.
Start by assessing where you stand, document the results, align an action plan, forecast the saving and build that business plan.
Hopefully you’ve been working with a reseller that worries about that 😉