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
- 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
- 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.