Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

World Peace . . . and Cloud

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I was reading an article in the paper this morning on reactions to the riots and looting in the city of Baltimore. And one point struck me – citizens of nearby neighborhoods seemed at a loss for what they could do to help their poverty-stricken neighbors. The comments the journalist kept hearing over and over again were essentially — Yes, but what can I do ?

Sometimes it’s hard to go from thinking about big problems strategically to tactical methods with concrete steps.

And that reminded me of something I’ve been seeing in IT lately, specifically in the area of transforming a system to a cloud.

A lot of us get hung up on the long term strategic big ideas, dreams, and wishes for our infrastructure. In 10 years I want to be able to . . . I envision a world where our data . . . In the future I will connect this system to . . . I will manage and control and orchestrate — someday.

In reality, we can get started on our dreams with 3 simple steps:

  • 1. Understand the Roadmaps for hardware and software on your current system and any new products being considered – What is supported now and in the future?
  • 2. Determine which hardware and software in your environment is appropriate to contain in your private Cloud.
  • 3. Create your private Cloud management system to MANAGE your infrastructure by either employing a tool such as IBM Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) or creating an OpenStack tool of your own. Use this system to manage your compute (creating LPARs…), storage (managing SAN…), and network (allocating LUNs…) infrastructure. Start right now.

Now you have your private cloud and can consider some advanced steps:

  • Adopt a Cloud CONTROL and project management system such as IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack for a self-service portal to create accounts and assets with a single pane of glass.
  • Consider implementing advanced ORCHESTRATION with a tool such as IBM Cloud Orchestrator to provide the capability of facilitating more complex workloads necessary to deploy reusable pattern solutions and take advantage of libraries associated with deploying more advanced cloud capabilities.

Then you are on your way with a sophisticated private cloud environment. Connect these systems of record and insight to your systems of engagement, potentially in the public cloud space, and you now have a full Hybrid environment.

As for Baltimore, it’s amazing to me that people seem to think they need to do everything or do nothing. Every little thing can help. Work with a student who can’t read. Donate some time or assets to a non-profit. It doesn’t have to be that hard.


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May 5, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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