Dec 7, 2007

Bittman Talks about Data Center Sprawl

Okay, this post is a little late, but hey, it was hard to get work done after hours in Vegas. We had booth duty until 8:30pm at the show, followed by a long dinner. I'm not much of a gambler, but I did drop $40 in slot machines, hoping for the big payout. So I didn't break the bank, and I'm back to blogging.

Here are some highlights from Tom Bittman's opening keynote at the Gartner Conference:

Data center sprawl (physical and virtual) can be managed by creating pools of resources. Automation of the Real Time Infrastructure will be the trend if 2010-2016. Virtualization is becoming a commodity. By the end of 2008, the hypervisor will become free. By the end of 2009, there will be 4 million x86 VM’s. Managing those VM's will be the challenge, and where most vendors should focus their efforts.

Real Time Infrastructure

  • Resources are shared.
  • The interface is business policy and SLA’s.
  • Provides agility to applications and services.
  • Inputs are service requirements, servers and storage. The outputs are IT services.

CMDB’s must be used with well-defined process. Organizations must make changes to culture and process for CMDB’s to be effective.

Run Book Automation: workflow of operations and process. This is not really technology.

Virtualization enables alternative delivery models:

  • Cloud computing / grid
  • Software appliances
  • Containers
  • Infrastructure as a service

Power and cooling are problems. Demand drives an increase in energy requirements. Virtualization solves a short-term, tactical problem. However, virtualization increases the long-term demand for energy, since the barrier to entry for deploying new servers (as VM’s) is reduced.

Over the next few days, I'll try to post about the other sessions I attended. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

scottjarvis123 said...

While I agree with some of the things Tom Brittman has stated I don’t believe we’ll see Data Center Automation lead to full Virtualization until closer to 2020 as opposed to his argument of 2010-2016.Though automation is quickly becoming a commodity it’s still a tough sell to those who manage money for all the companies out there and updates are just as tough to sell even after they’ve been convinced to take the first steps. People who shell out the cash for things need time especially with technology. 2020 is my prediction.