Cloud services, whether internal to the enterprise or externally contracted, are beginning to provide application owners with infrastructure on demand, instant scalability, APIs for integration, and pay-as-you-go cost savings model, you’re probably wondering, “How do I get to the clouds?”
Today’s environment has businesses clamoring to get products released faster, with lower upfront investment, lower unit costs, nonstop infrastructure, greater flexibility, and the ability to scale rapidly with minimal notice. This alone is difficult, but adding fuel to the fire, enterprise IT is also struggling with overloaded data centers, unprecedented mergers and acquisitions, unpredictable demand, silo application environments, difficult to schedule application outage windows, and demands for greater efficiency and green initiatives.
Forward looking enterprise IT groups are building their data centers on a service-oriented infrastructure (SOI). A service-oriented infrastructure includes all configurable infrastructure resources such as compute, storage, and networking hardware and software to support the running of applications. By providing internal cloud services to meet the needs of most applications and leveraging external clouds for lower value applications and data, these organizations are able to slash cost, time to market, and risk.
So you’re probably wondering what has been the path most traveled.
The consensus seems to favor the following modular approach.
As you can see, each step is taken with big picture design in mind and will generate significant benefits. The five-phase adoption to the dynamic data center involves:
1. Centralize management of IT to gain visibility of costs, take control of the IT offering, gain economies of scale, and begin the journey to SOI.
2. Standardize the offering based on the key business requirements. Attempting to support custom solutions for each application puts a burden on resources. Consistency is the key to improving quality, provisioning times, and reducing support costs and risk. Standardization is a prerequisite for successful consolidation and automation.
3. Virtualize and consolidate the physical infrastructure. Virtualization and consolidation drive up asset utilization. Along with Oncorre storage efficiency, the savings are huge. Virtualization happens at each level of the infrastructure stack; unified storage, unified fabric, virtual servers, increasing asset utilization and simplifying asset lifecycle management through mobility of applications and data. With pooled resources come much faster time to market and considerably lower overall cost structures, and these require a 24X7, nonstop infrastructure. You’ve got the basis of SOI.
4. Automate the environment. Once the offering and processes are standardized and infrastructure virtualized, the step of automation is possible. Automation tools increase abstraction, providing simplified controls for overall workflow management.
5. Self-service and APIs for delegated control. Handing back control is evidence of a successfully deployed SOI model. Allowing application administrators and owners the flexibility of scaling on demand, choosing different levels of performance and data protection as required, and automating recovery from application errors are all possible through application integration and self-service capabilities, making the jump from SOI to internal cloud services.
A dynamic data center requires partnering across your organization to help move through each of these phases. Oncorre can guide you to a proven service-oriented architecture and services management framework that is in use for thousands of applications and hundreds of petabytes in customer deployments around the world.
Oncorre has an in-depth understanding of the underlying cloud computing technologies, with a strong SaaS technology foundation. Building on our SaaS capabilities and experience, we have established dedicated competency centers for the leading cloud platforms – Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Apps and Salesforce.com’s Force.com. These centers are driven by cultivating core technical expertise to enable customers to successfully migrate their existing applications or create new ones on the cloud infrastructure.