Published on March 20, 2014
Cloud – from Conception to Completion Rob Gee Datacentre Architect
What is your perspective of Cloud Computing? “Once upon a time, there were six blind men. The blind men wished to know what an elephant looked like. The six blind men all perceived one aspect of the elephant and were each right in their own way, but none of them knew what the whole elephant really looked like.” Your definition of something may depend on your perspective… It’s like a rope! It’s like a wall! It’s like a fan! It’s like a snake! It’s like a spear! It’s virtualisation! It’s automation! It’s statelessness! It’s on-demand computing! Cloud Computing It’s a self-service portal! Its “Anything as a Service” (XaaS)! “Once upon a time, there were six IT people. The IT people wished to know what cloud computing looked like. The six IT people all perceived one aspect of the cloud and were each right in their own way, but none of them knew what the whole cloud really looked like.” Elephant It’s like tree!
Poor DR and Business Continuity Infrastructure Challenges Predictability Time to provision Backup Physical Infrastructure
Options? Bolt on Aftermarket Extension’s Marginal Gain (if any) Increased Management and Cost Refresh Infrastructure Same Service Same Challenges Maybe Different Badge Move to a Cloud Model Innovation Validated Infrastructure SLA Driven Reduce Cost / Service Improvement Delivered via “As a Service” models
Cloud Models – Logicalis Portfolio Private Cloud FlexPod VSPEX VPDC LVPDC Shared Dedicated Compute-as-a-Service Public Cloud AWS Azure - Web Apps & Test / Dev. - Application Resilience - Commodity Cloud - Traditional Applications - Infrastructure Resilience - Off Premise Cloud / SP - Traditional Applications - Infrastructure Resilience - On Premise Cloud Workload Centric
Your Strategy Starts with Applications OperationalFlexibility Strategic Value Application Silos Zones of Virtualization Public Cloud Private Cloud Categorise requirements based on business needs CRM Dev/ Test IT Apps Custom Apps App requirements unique to silo Dedicated and optimized hardware Static environment Application Silos Core IT application consolidation Moderately dynamic No self-service requirements Zones of Virtualization Noncore applications Adapt to dynamic demands Self-service and pay as you go Readily available cloud services Public Cloud Core-defined services Highly dynamic Self-service and metering Private Cloud
Place Workloads in the Right Cloud Workloads Placement Hosted Cloud Workload Groups (Based on Attributes) Compatibility Service Levels Protection Levels Security Time To Market Financial Private Cloud Public Cloud Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Test / Dev
Workload Assessment - Sample Requirements Metric Private Cloud Hosted VPDC Public Cloud Compatibility x86 - Intel ✓ ✓ ✓ Service Levels 99.9% Uptime ✓ ✓ ✓ Protection 30 Daily Backups, DR ✓ ✓ ✗ Security / Trust Model On Premise ✓ ✗ ✗ Scalability N/A - - - Financial $ ✓ ✓ ✓ Requirements Metric Private Cloud Hosted VPDC Public Cloud Compatibility x86 - Intel ✓ ✓ ✓ Service Levels 99.9% Uptime ✓ ✓ ✓ Protection 30 Daily Backups, DR ✗ ✓ ✗ Security / Trust Model Australian Data Sovereignty ✓ ✓ ✗ Scalability Yes ✗ ✓ ✓ Financial $ ✗ ✓ ✗ Requirements Metric Private Cloud Hosted VPDC Public Cloud Compatibility x86 - Intel ✓ ✓ ✓ Service Levels 99% Uptime ✓ ✓ ✓ Protection 30 Daily Backups ✓ ✓ ✓ Security / Trust Model No Data Sovereignty ✓ ✓ ✓ Scalability Yes ✗ ✓ ✓ Financial (No commitment) $ ✗ ✗ ✓ Test/dev workloads Critical Business Apps Core Business Apps
Logicalis Approach Drivers PositionDiscover Challenges - Inadequate DC - No Disaster Recovery - Over extended IT Team - DC Infrastructure at capacity - Desktop Management Initiatives - Wants to remove Tape (effort) - Wants to offer Ops services to other organisations - Implement Virtual Desktops (future) Requirements - Scalable platform aligning to business demand - Data Remain in Australia Reduce Risk - Data Centre Facilities - Implement DR Scalable Platform - Meet business demand Operations - Reduce Ops effort Financial - Impending DC Infrastructure Upgrades Hosted Cloud Private Cloud Public Cloud Next Steps Cloud Advisory Service - How do I determine what applications are good for cloud? - What type of cloud? - How do I compare cloud costs to my current enterprise costs? - What is our reference architecture? Meeting with SA - Deeper Cloud Discovery - Cloud Presentations - LVDPC Demonstrations
It’s all about the right Cloud for each workload.
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