EMC IT’s ongoing quest to meet business’ need for speed and on-demand infrastructure has entered a new chapter as our IT organization implements a software defined data center using EMC’s Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud technology. As we continue to build our infrastructure and services in the cloud, there are several lessons we have learned along the way that will hopefully help your organization on your path to the hybrid cloud.
Like most organizations, EMC IT has virtualized and consolidated our infrastructure, achieved significant cost savings, and continued to drive down provisioning time and increase agility. After this, we used a myriad of tools, software, and scripts to deliver some Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) capabilities. The introduction of new EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud technology (FEHC) is accelerating our progress toward a software defined data center by leveraging a fully integrated technology stack with virtual networking, storage and security, in addition to the virtual compute layer we have been – accustomed to for years.
So you’ve virtualized nearly 100 percent of your organization’s IT infrastructure which means you’re ready to transform your IT operations to an IT-as-a-Service model, right? Well, not really. There is another transition you must make to bridge the gap between a highly virtualized environment and ITaaS.
EMC IT defines IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) as Optimizing IT Production for Business Consumption. Many of our previous blogs have discussed the need to transform IT’s business and operating model to operate more like a service provider. That requires business model evolution and shifts in the skill of the people in the IT organization. These topics address the business consumption aspect of ITaaS. Optimizing IT production implies that there are additional opportunities to increase the utilization of your IT infrastructure beyond virtualization.
First, despite high percentages of virtualization, many IT organizations are still managing discrete groups of virtual machines that aren’t pooled together in a cloud ecosystem. The groups of virtual machines or clusters of servers running virtualization software may or may not be optimally configured and contain excess capacity needed to meet peak loads or anticipated growth.
So the next step in your journey to the cloud (and ITaaS) is addressing how to move workloads between those virtualized environments to fully balance utilization across your infrastructure. This migration from a clustered infrastructure to a cloud infrastructure allows you to leverage your virtualized environment further still to gain more savings and flexibility.
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